Eating Carbs at Night: To Do or Not to Do?

It is said that carbs at night need to be limited because it'll be stored as fat while you sleep. I'm here to make your life 100% better by sharing that this is NOT true!

Your energy during sleep is no different than your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate); for those of you that exercise the sleeping metabolic rate will be higher.

Now many say that we are more prone to insulin sensitivity at night. However, much of the scientific research that has been done has not been accomplished in a fair matter. Most studies are done when you finish waking up - and of course the fact you’ve been fasting for 8 hours does improve insulin tolerance. However, a more equal comparison would be consducting research with a mid-day meal against a meal at night and you will see there is no difference.

Eating carbs at night will not adhere from your goals. It actually will have no affect.It may actually be better for the  balance of cortisol, a stress hormone, and insulin. Cortisol is naturally highest in the morning and takes a dip during the day, which is completely natural. But when insulin is elevated (i.e. let’s say you have a high carbohydrate meal and insulin comes out to “grab” the glucose/sugar), then fat loss/weight loss is halted. Cortisol enhances the fat-storing effects of insulin, so if you have carbohydrates with your evening meal, i.e. when your cortisol levels are naturally dropping, you don’t run into the problem with both high cortisol + high insulin and you have an advantage to tap into fat loss/weight loss.

In conclusion, the only factor the will have a negative affect on your weight loss is over-eating. Being in a caloric surplus is what will make you gain weight, carbs at night will NOT have this affect. It may in fact, be good for you.

 

 

NutritionMonika Paez