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    Don't Carbs After......


    Found this from another site, thought I'd post it for some of you carb haters.
    Guess this goes with the "If It Fits Your Macros" -Calories in vs. calories out-





    This is something that I’ve been meaning to write about for a long time because this is just about the most ignorant dietary myth that is still around and I hear it over and over again. Don’t eat carbs after ‘X’ o’clock because it will turn into adipose tissue. I mean how many of you have heard this before or think this is true? That it is bad to eat carbs after 6, 7, 8, 10 o’clock at night or even midnight? Well, big shocker coming your way because I’m here to change this myth.

    People believe that since they are closer to sleeping they should curtail carbohydrate intake, this is simply ludicrous. Carbohydrates at night don't make you fat; too many total calories make you fat. A study done by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem took 78 obese subjects and had them consume carbohydrates mostly at dinner for 6 months and results showed greater weight loss, abdominal circumference, and body fat mass reduction. Additionally, if you train at night you NEED those carbohydrates to properly recover and start glycogen re-synthesis (stored carbs in the body that convert to glucose in the blood stream). Insulin sensitivity is high after a workout, so it’s okay to eat a high amount of carbs at this time and not worry about storing excess carbs into fat. Your metabolism doesn’t say “hey it’s night time, so that means I have to store these carbs into fat cells.” There’s nothing about night time that changes your metabolism.

    If you are not training at night and you eat the right amount of carbs that you’re supposed to be eating to hit your daily macronutrient count, then you will be fine. On the contrary, if you’re living a sedentary lifestyle, you should eat a moderate serving of complex carbs (oatmeal, sweet potatoes, bran cereal, low-fat pop corn, brown rice, etc.) about the size of your fist with a lean protein source before bed. These carbs will be assimilated in a slower manner and keep you fuller for that 6-8 hour sleeping fast that you are about to enter. Complex carbs before bed will also help spare muscle protein while you sleep and your body will synthesize these carbs into glucose (blood sugar levels) and store it into your muscle cells, instead of your fat cells. On the contrary, if you eat a huge serving of simple carbs (white carbs, sweets, candy, etc) without a lean protein source at night, then your insulin levels will most likely rise, as well as your glucose levels and there will be nothing else to balance it with, so that sugar from the simple carbs will be stored into your fat cells. There’s a lot more that goes on during this process with insulin, so rather than just looking at it as a black and white answer, keep an open mind that other variables are involved, but I won’t get into that in this article. Also, keep in mind everyone’s body and metabolism is different. Some can handle more carbs, some simply can’t.

    I really don’t know where people got this notion of not being able to eat carbs after ‘X” o’clock because it will turn into adipose tissue. I’ve never came across a study or research that has proven facts to this myth. So, stop being Carbophobic and cutting carbs out after ‘X’ times because you’re missing out on crucial calories and nutrients that your body could be assimilating. Carbs at night don’t make you fat; too many total calories make you fat and if your metabolism is telling you not to eat carbs at night, shut it up by eating some more carbs!
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    its not unusual as leptin is raised even higher (to help you sleep). This carbohydrate meal shifts leptin in a favorable way to increase energy expenditure. But remember, if the calories are too high (and your over your caloric limit) you wont get too much of the effect you desire

    However this process can also be stopped by having too many carbohydrates, in which your liver glycogen and muscle glycogen levels are full. Liver glycogen is more important due to the effect on malonyl co a. That MCoA is the rate limiting step in fatty acid synthesis....

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    Good info...
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    I just don't know why people think the body magically cares about timing so much. It's as if some people think "ah I worked out an hour ago and didn't immediately eat! I missed the post-workout window and now my body won't use this protein/carbs/fat!

    It's 6:45 here so these carbs should be fine...Wait it's 7:45 on the East Coast it's all going to my ass!"

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