Jan 11, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
Does anyone else do this? Is it a good idea?
paulflexes saidSounds stupid, but if it works for you, the go for it.
MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI cannot eat meat before bed either. I do not eat beef but lately my schedule has had me eating my turkey almost right before bed. I was waking up with a sour stomach and realized what was going on and made alterations.
With that being said, eggs are much easier to digest than meat and you should be able to have them at night. Fish is generally easier on the stomach than fish and especially red meat.
You can have protein shakes at night. Just watch the ones with a lot of sugar. No need for that at night.
iguanaSF saidThe principle is sound, but it's oversimplified.
The key point is that carbs are more easily converted into energy (i.e. into the simple sugars the body uses as fuel) relative to fats and proteins, so they should be taken in before you are going to expend energy. If you carb up then just blob out, your body will learn to store that energy away in body fat instead. Think of your body fat as an energy bank. Deposits are made when you eat more energy (calories) than you expend. Withdrawals are made when you expend more than you eat.
The oversimplification is this notion that places carbs in the morning and proteins/fats in the evening. Often with an arbitrary boundary (7 or 8 PM usually).
This completely ignores the fact that:
1) Not everyone works a day shift
2) Not everyone blobs out after work
3) Your brain, on a per pound basis, consumes more energy than the rest of your body does, so if you're going to work on proving that theorem in differential equations in the evening, if you're running low on carbs, you're going to get a headache and bonk without making any progress.
But, sadly, nobody really wants to know the details behind these oversimplified rules, so the cling to these easy, but often inaccurate maxims.
So, what's the right way to go?