So I usually lift after 7pm sometimes even as late as 9pm all the way up to 1am.
Problem I'm having is I also work sometimes @ 8am so I am up for a bit and eating as well during the work day. When cutting (aka Fat Loss) theories suggest cutting carbs @ night (call it brosciene what ever) & to scale back on calories.
That's fine but lifting @ night @ let's say 9pm and going to bed around 11-12pm should I be taking in a big meal post work out, should I still be eating my calories through out the day as well. I've been stuck on this and like some opinions.
Some people claim to eat carbs @ night, others claims to not, some claim to have liquid meals @ night & cut off eating @ certain times, other do fasting...
I don't want to comprise my work outs & I don't want be over eating either or at the "wrong times" e.g. Before bed. What would you folks suggest?
I'm all ears...
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Thx homegirl.Originally Posted by mls51112
I'm curious abt this too...lately ive found my self having to lift after 7 pm, by the time i get done drinking my pwo shake its close to 930 ish....like right now for instance ha..its wierd i find it hard to eat a meal late at night, takes me like 30 min to get it down
Personally I was going to the gym around 11pm - 3am and I would eat like crazy after my workout. I would have lunch around 1pm, then wouldn't eat again until after the gym, probably around 1am-3am normally. Sometimes I'd workout later. I'd hit maybe around 2.5k calories for the day and never saw any negatives from eating before bed. I do get where your question is coming from though, I've always been told, even by my parents when I was a little kid that eating late isn't good for you
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Ask yourself a couple question:
If that magic window for post workout does exist does it matter what time of the day it is and if you are asleep awake after consuming it?
If you are in caloric surplus or deficit does it matter what time of day does that defect or surplus takes place when its a weekly or monthly surplus or defect that really matters?
IMHO this can be over analyzed and be of no substantive value that is quantifiable. IMHO experiment and learn what works for you. The only thing I can imagine being a problem is eating (if too large a meal) so close to going to bed that it interrupt your quality of sleep. Also, physiologically it may interfere with your natural GH release but is that substantive or quantifiable either?
My post workout meal is the same regardless of when I train.
I won't get too far into my beliefs but I say whatever you are doing currently when lifting earlier, if you believe that is optimum, then do the same at night.
It very much depends on the goal. It also depends how full your glycogen tank is as well.
If tank is somewhat empty then all those calories will just replenish glycogen and repair torn muscle without fat stores. If the tank is full all the extra calories will end up mostly as fat.
You just have to experiment to find your balance. From experience it is very easy to put on fat by eating at night especially carbs.
Thx for the feedback gentleman.
That about sums it up.Originally Posted by David Dunn
Experiment and see how different approaches effect your sleep, gains, physique, etc. then go from there. In my own experience when I lift later on a night there is no way in hell I'm getting to bed without a few solid meals I'd be up all night with hunger pains. IMO the don't eat after a certain time is bull. If your body needs the nutrients and calories it will use them in a positive manner regardless of ingestion time.
I think David and Nyiron say it about as well as can be said.
post workout your body is craving nutrients no matter what tiem it is, bottom line.......you are only able to resysnthesize glycogen at a rapid rate for 30 min postworkout after that the rate goes down exponentially!!!
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i just started IF'ing last week and am eating everything between 12-8, train at 4:30.
so far the biggest issue is getting all my calories in those 8 hours. i eat a big meal at noon, some fruit and a protein shake pwo and a big meal at 8. go to bed around 10.
being hungry sucked the first few days but now it's just a minor annoyance, i do find it hard to eat feeling full.
no effect on sleep so far.
there is some stuff out there there that advocates eating a couple hours before bed: recovery, gh release and all kinds of other good things happen at night. give that time of day the nutrients needed for anabolism. basically nutrient timing or whatever you want to call it. just putting it out there...
I eat a bowl of cereal with raisins and bananas almost every night around an hr before bed.. I also snack on random items in my pantry... Munchies hit me hard at night but I have not seen an increase in weight or a decrease in definition.. I'm sure I would be further along if I was a good boy and didnt smoke on the reefer, but whatever.. Eating carb filed foods at night hasn't negatively impacted me yet... It's probably different for everybody and how fast your metabolism works and how much it slows down at night.. Just putting my one cent in