What To Eat Or Take Before Bed???
- 07-01-2007, 12:03 AM
What To Eat Or Take Before Bed???
I have heard people talking about consuming slow digesting protein before bed and that it is important to maintain an anabolic state. So I was wondering what exactly yall do before bed and how much protein and calories yall try to consume. I have heard people say they drink casein protein shakes before bed.
- 07-01-2007, 01:37 AM
1 cup cottage cheese and 2 cups skim milk. before bed your body needs slow digesting casein proteins - which take roughly 7/8 hrs to digest - to keep your body in a perpetual anabolic state as you sleep. since youre not taking in any nutrients during the night your muscles need some kind of protein to nourish and sustain you as you sleep.
avoid taking in lots of carbohydrates directly before bed, as large carb meals pre bed can lead to water weight. 1 cup cottage cheese and 2 cups milk is about 50 grams of casein/ whey protein, 30 grams of carbs. i usually dont feel that hungry when i wake up in the morning.
07-01-2007, 04:36 AM
IMO, use a pure whey with some ... some healthy fat to slow the digestion. Make a whey shake with water and ice and add 2 TBSP of coconut milk to it, blend and enjoy. I really don't want to sound redundant and sport a product over and over, but I love Oryx Goat Whey as my choice of protein for everything powdered. I've only really sported 2 products this much: Poseidon being #1, and Oryx Goat Whey.
07-01-2007, 10:53 AM
07-01-2007, 11:35 AM
But I do agree a little with the reasoning of not overloading digestion overnight. Recently, I started 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1 can tuna or 1 cup chicken breast, with 1 cup green beans. I don't notice much bloating with this, but the addition of cottage cheese might be linked to some restlessness I've been having. It's not bad, though, and I kind of enjoy the opportunity to get something to eat in the middle of the night, which usually ends up being a little peanut butter and 10-20g of whey.
07-01-2007, 12:34 PM
07-01-2007, 01:11 PM
Thanks for all the replies and ideas guys. I will definantely try some of those suggestions. I have always just been worried about getting fat from eating before bed, but I have recently realized thats only if you eat incorrectly. One more question, would it be sufficient to simply make a protein shake with a casein protein such as Optimum Nutrition's 100% Casein, and if so how much protein should i put into my shake, and if so would it be better to mix it with water to avoid the sugar or to mix it with skim milk to further slow the digestion and add some extra protein?
07-01-2007, 04:31 PM
07-01-2007, 04:37 PM
07-01-2007, 05:42 PM
Cottage cheese, above all else, is a low glycemic carb and abundant in caseinate proteins. 1 cup will provide roughly 30 grams of casein protein, which your body will use to fuel itself over the course of the night. Milk simply provides additional low GI carbs to give you energy during the night and prevent catabolism.
I scarcely feel bloated in the morning - only when I specifically eat lots of carbs before bed do I sometimes wake up feeling "fat". Aside from occasional stress, I usually always sleep very soundly at night and don't feel very groggy come the AM. 2 cups of milk works for me. Ultimately depends on your body type and what portions you can handle though.
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07-02-2007, 05:57 AM
Either a pure, pure casein... or like some of us agreed on... 50 grams of pure whey and a tablespoon or two of peanut butter or coconut milk to slow the digestion and absorption of the whey. You can also add organic hemp protein into the mix for some additional dietary fiber and awesome plant protein which will slow digestion even more!
07-02-2007, 08:41 AM
And to the contrary, I sometimes feel the hemp protein doesn't help the gas situation always either. If you take it without any other fiber source, it is usually fine. But I would usually take it with a protein blend that already had significant fiber in it and I'd have to say it was totally disrupting to my sleep that night that I put hemp with the protein shake.
07-02-2007, 06:15 PM
You can have cottage cheese before bed. The fellow that is so utterly against must have had a bad experience or something. Now 1 cup of CC along with 2 cups of skim milk is a little excessive IMO. But cottage cheese before bed is and probably always will be a STAPLE for alot of people. Whatever happened to the old tried and true combo of Cottage cheese and an apple?? Always...always worked well for me. Healthy fats are also a great choice also with some casein powder. But NOTHING wrong with cottage cheese my man.
07-02-2007, 11:04 PM
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