should carbs be taken before bed? or no
- 03-10-2010, 07:55 PM
- 03-11-2010, 06:35 AM
A moderate amount of complex carb.s is ideal.....avoid quick digesting carb.s in large quantity....it's about spiking insulin and storage vs a slow burning source of energy/nutrition and reducing cortisol.
- 03-11-2010, 06:40 AM
cottage cheese is ideal right before bed, it contains casien protein, few carbs. Carbs are your bodies main source of energy......how much energy do you need to sleep? a little? sure a little but not alot like cflight mentioned.......
03-11-2010, 06:43 AM
i do 6 meals a day so first 3 meals are carbs n protein, last 3 are protein and fat. been working well so far.
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03-11-2010, 09:52 AM
03-11-2010, 09:57 AM
I do 2 scoops of now carbo gain (complex carbs) and one scoop of protein about an hour before bed. Im not getting fat.. And I like to feel somewhat full before bed..
03-11-2010, 11:26 PM
03-12-2010, 02:13 AM
I agree with the posts above. I think complex carbs are okay before bed.
03-12-2010, 04:59 AM
03-21-2010, 02:45 PM
03-27-2010, 01:18 PM
03-28-2010, 11:48 PM
03-29-2010, 01:59 AM
I like my coconut oil before bed in the place of carbs.
03-29-2010, 02:43 PM
03-29-2010, 04:39 PM
03-29-2010, 07:15 PM
keep in mind that even BCAA's/whey and lean protein will create an insulin spike. Almost any food will. Quick releases of glucose into the blood stream trigger a large pulse in insulin and thus a large increase in somatostatin which will suppress HGH. complex carbs do not create this large insulin pulse. Yes they will cause an insulin release, as will just a whey shake, however you tend to get the best of both worlds here. Also I don't necessarily recommend anyone slam down a meal IMMEDIATELY post training. Stretch, relax, catch your breath, let your CNS cool off and then eat. Digestion will be improved and the hormonal environment will be better suited to utilize the nutrients efficiently
03-29-2010, 07:40 PM
03-29-2010, 08:14 PM
I slam about 24 ounces + of skim milk with a tablespoon of flaxseed oil right before bed. I haven't gotten fat from it.
Also, I believe studies have shown that eating lots of calories before bed and later in the day hasn't shown to increase fat. BUT eating most of your calories in the morning/earlier in the day and not within 3 hours of bed has shown to increase mass-less fat loss (but I believe the study was only conducted on woman).
I don't have a link to the abstract but i'm sure you can google it.
Greek yogurt is good before bed too if you have to get up and pee in the middle of the night (I don't).
03-29-2010, 08:17 PM
03-29-2010, 08:18 PM
So if his prime concern is just gaining muscle, then insulin won't be so bad at all. But nobody wants to gain more fat than they have to during a bulk, sooo best avoid the giants fudge/chocolate sundae before hitting the sack.
03-29-2010, 08:39 PM
I know about insulin, and what tends to spike it and how every BODY is different when it comes to the macro levels it takes to spike it.
03-30-2010, 01:33 PM
I allow only 40 clean carbs max intake before bed.
I also ingest 60 grams of protein.
I eat a total of 400 calories before bed.
90 cal skim milk
200 cal protein shake
90 cal whole weat pretzel.
I lose weight doing this....while gaining muscle.
Total cals for day 1400....
I am on a cutting cycle....With a test booster...
It is working!!!
03-30-2010, 02:06 PM
Do you really think your body really stops working when you go to bed? You need to think of your body in terms of a few days worth of nutrition at a time. I eat some kind of fruit and nuts before bed and have had success with suggesting a small balanced meal 2 hours or so before bed to clients. If you need more calories in a day, eat them whenever you can, including before bed. You're not going to get fat unless your totals for the day exceed what they should, not because you decided to eat a little oatmeal/fruit before bed.
03-30-2010, 02:26 PM
04-01-2010, 09:05 AM
04-01-2010, 09:09 AM
04-01-2010, 09:21 PM
04-01-2010, 09:23 PM
04-01-2010, 11:11 PM
A lot of people are caught up in the minutae around here. Yes, its ideal to have balance meals at every possibility with higher carbs around workouts. But this is the real world and I work with real people. Not everybody has the desire or drive to count every last carb and time it exactly. People need flexibility and what has worked best for my clients and friends are hitting total macro goals day in and day out with planned cheats/refeeds on occasion. Until people are 90-95% solid on their totals for the day, every day, for 6-8 weeks, there is no reason to get more advanced.
In my opinion, diet and exercise are about progression. If you jump in and make things too complicated and advanced too quickly, adherence goes way down. The best food plan with timing and supplements is crap if someone can't/won't follow it.
04-01-2010, 11:19 PM
And yes, what is BP insulin? I think you're also getting caught up in little details that don't mean much in the grand scheme. Beef has about 4-5g of leucine in a 250g portion. I'm not too worried about those numbers.
Here's another tidbit. Just smelling food can release insulin. Does this mean we should walk around with nose plugs unless we're trying to spike insulin?
04-02-2010, 12:36 AM
I sometimes read through thread's quickly to get caught up and may have misinterpreted the original poster's point. For that I apologize. In fact certain paleo diet principles are founded upon something to the effect of - waking up and drinking lots of water. then snacking on fruit/nuts/leaves for most of the day while hunting. Then feasting on your kill at night. The concept has been applied successfully to those attempting to better their physique (not necessarily to the precision or magnitude of a bodybuilder). There many ways to skin a cat. All just food for thought (no pun intended)
04-02-2010, 08:25 AM
Ahhh, k, when I use bp, I think of blood pressure, so I was quite lost.
In Poliquins book, he advocates a caveman type diet, where you eat similar things to what a caveman ate. Nuts, berries, leafy greens, meat.
04-02-2010, 09:50 AM
Poliquin definitely has an interesting and successfully applied insight towards nutrition. His suggestions are based on factual and anecdotal evidence to suggest that this is how the human body is design to be nourished. The thing is, is it optimal for today's desired physique? for some people - maybe.. But even though not fully adapted to the outcomes of agricultural industrialization, our bodies have developed the ability to benefit from things like grains etc. I still would prefer someone eat a potato over a grain though. digestion wise- some people have no issues with grains, others find that eliminating them (or close to it) dramatically improves their digestion. Not to digress.... Poliquin has his niche and is a very intelligent guy. He does well with his clients.
04-05-2010, 05:15 PM
04-05-2010, 06:57 PM
Complex carbs will still cause an insulin spike. They are broken down to glucose in the GI tract and the body detects and releases insulin. Fibrous carbs (ie vegetables) create less of an insulin spike. Saying that complex carbs won't spike insulin is inaccurate.
Also, GH does promote muscle growth via local growth factor release.
04-05-2010, 06:59 PM
04-05-2010, 07:09 PM
04-05-2010, 10:48 PM
Hard to imagine he "gains muscle" on a 1400 cal/day diet...
04-06-2010, 02:05 AM
04-06-2010, 09:23 AM
Re: Bedtime meal - how long before you go to sleep/bed is best to leave for consuming your nightime meal ie 1hour before bed/directly before etc?
Currently have mine about 30mins before going to bed, cottage cheese with salad/pepper added works well, sometimes with cashews and a small amount of peanut butter.
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