12 Laws of Fat – Burning Training. Rule 5
NEVER EAT CARBS BEFORE BED
Once again, it’s about hormones. At night your insulin sensitivity decreases, meaning your body must release more insulin than usual to put any carbohydrates you eat at night to use in the body. And by now you know that higher insulin levels can decrease fat-burning and enhance fat storage. In addition, the body naturally produces a fat-liberating hormone called growth hormone (GH) within the initial 90 minutes of sleep. GH not only increases fat-burning but is required to build mass and strengthen the immune system. Yet carbs put a damper on GH release, so it’s ideal to go to bed under one of two scenarios: on an empty stomach or, even better, having consumed only protein, no carbs. This allows blood glucose – the high-tech name for digested carbs circulating in the blood – to remain low, which facilitates the rise in nocturnal GH production.
Do This: Don’t eat anything about three hours before bed. A better option is to eat only protein meals the final four hours before bed, with one protein meal immediately before bedtime that includes only protein, such as a casein shake, low-fat cottage cheese or chicken breast. You can, however, eat a small serving of vegetables here if you wish.
Casein Protein is the slower digesting protein found in dairy products. Dairy products are high in fat and not so advisable to be eating at night even though you body does need a protein source at night to support muscle throughout the night. This is where a casein supplement comes in to play. It is just the powder with little fat added.
For more information on casein protein visit the Health Elements website
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