Total Pageviews

Mar 31, 2013

Is eating dinner later at night after the gym bad for you?

"Eating late at night will make me fat" This is a common myth that people flaunt around, you can eat up until and hour before you go to bed, it depends totally on WHAT you are eating that counts, rather than IF your eating. If your Only eating at 8pm, you need to be sensible in what you eat, Carbs are a major issue when eating at this time, but not all carbohydrates are bad, Starchy Carbs you should avoid at all costs late at night, but fibrous carbs are all good .
Starchy Carbs are those that will yield great energy deposits, things like Potato's, Yams, Breads, Pastas, rices, and other foods along this nature. This starchy carbs are what we use in the body for energy, they are our main source of fuel for daily activities and workouts, So if we was to come home AFTER we hit the gym, and only plan on eating dinner, watching tv, and going to bed, What will we need all this energy for at this time??? Answer? we wont. This is when it will then be converted to fat as we fail to use it.

Fibrous carbohydrates are things such as vegetables, legumes etc. Broccoli, cauliflower, peas, sweetcorn, kidney beans etc. This foods will NOT be used for high energy activities like the previous starchy carbs, there are used mainly for minerals, vitamins and fibre. These can safely be eaten up until 1 hour before you go to sleep.

Protein - Protein is needed after workouts to help rebuild your body, and should be the main portion of your late night meal. This protein will not be used as energy but to aid rebuild the body whilst youy sleep. Proteins include meat, fish, dairy and raw nuts.

Fats - Avoid them YES?? NOO!! Essential fats are required by the body to help break down, utilize and remove bad fat (The stuff sitting on your thighs and tummy). Your evening meal should also include healthy fats to aid removing the bad fat in the body. Essential fat includes nuts, olive oil, avocado and oily fish.

So you can eat a meal at night, and if you eat right, it will actually accelerate your weight loss, not slow it down.

Here's a typical meal you could eat.

4 oz Chicken Breast
2 Cups Vegetables
10 Cashew Nuts