There has been some speculation in the fitness industry regarding eating carbs at night. One swears that skipping carbs before bedtime will make you ripped and jacked. While the other side seems to think that skipping carbs, in particular, means nothing to your metabolism.
We’ll look at the arguments of each side and see what makes more sense. So without further ado let’s try to end this debate, once and for all. Does skipping carbs before bedtime to anything to your body in terms of losing fat?
Will Not Eating Carbs Before Going To Sleep Help You Lose Weight
The theory goes like this: when you eat carbs around the time you will go to bed means your body will have to deal with digestion overnight, while you sleep. Which is a bad thing because every time you eat your metabolism speeds up to digest the foods that you just gave it. However when you go to sleep, your metabolism slows down and only functions that burn calories are from life support functions; heart beat, breathing, brain activity, eye movement during REM sleeping and other stuff like that.
Clash of Hormone Titans
So, let’s say you eat a hearty, starchy carb-rich meal around the time you go to sleep, what does your body do? It spikes up your blood sugar levels, which is bad because at night your body also produces 80% of this one thing called human growth hormone. HGH is responsible for everything in your body — from aging to cell regeneration.
The problem here is that to tackle the spike in blood sugar, your body releases insulin, which in return restricts the HGH release into your body. That as you can already imagine, kinda sucks and it also sets you back in the gains department.
So this seems like a done deal, right? How can the other side claim that eating carbs before bedtime is a good thing when you just read what is it a bad thing and how it effects growth hormone.