"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