House of Carbs
Here’s where it gets interesting, an article from Bodybuilding.com claims that the main the metabolism slowing down claim isn’t as correct as it seems. Turns out that metabolism speed while sleeping depends greatly on your overall fitness, like whether you workout, when you workout and other factors.
It points to a study that conducted a six-month trial of people eating 80% of their carb intake at night, and a group eating 80% during day time. The result showed that the group of people that ate carbs mostly at night lost more weight and experienced less hunger.
The deeper you dig into this subject, one factor keeps popping up — timing. The argument goes that if you workout at a later part of the day (or night) you body will need carbs to replace its glycogen (carbs that are stored in your muscles) levels.
There have also been studies done in the 60s that seemed to suggest that people who ate carbs earlier in the day felt sleepier than the people who ate them at a later part of the day. The same studies suggested that people who ate carbs later on in the day even felt more energetic during the mornings.
On the previous page we covered what happens when you eat carbs prior to bed time and why it’s bad. Well, turns out that eating food that includes complex carbs like a yogurt, oatmeal or peanut butter before bed time, isn’t all that bad actually. Carbs help deliver an essential amino acid to your body, called tryptophan. That is a good thing because it’s one of the amino acids that helps your body synthesize protein.
So, what the verdict? Should you or should you not eat carbs before bed time? Both sides have their benefits and their flaws, but eating certain carbs can help your body in recovering after an intense workout and help in delivering protein into your blood stream and your muscles.
However, it all comes down to what kind of carbs you’re eating. If you’re eating sugary, starchy carbs there’s a high chance that sh*t’s about to go south real fast. On the other hand, if you eat something like peanut butter or oatmeal it could be beneficial to your body.