Hey guys! After helping my brother and sister-in-law come up with a “diet” plan to help shed a few pounds pre bikini season, I was inspired to start a new series on diet myths that the media has taught us. The first one will be on everyone’s favorite topic… CARBS 🙂
Who doesn’t love a good ole’ carbohydrate filled meal? I mean come on, I’m pretty sure if everyone could live off of one macro-element and not gain a pound it would be carbs. That is probably why there is so much controversy over whether or not the timing/amount of eating them is so widely discussed.
Now I’m no dietician, but I have done a lot of research and self-experimentation and from my view-point the theory that eating a large carbohydrate meal after a certain time will make you gain weight is BOGUS.
There is no data to back this claim and in fact, there is more data to refute it than there is to support it. Here are a few of the main reasons I believe that eating carbs is actually BENEFICIAL and why I personally save a good majority of my carbs for my pre-bedtime snack:
- Cortisol levels are naturally highest in the morning and take a dip later during the day
- Insulin levels spike after a high-carbohydrate meal
- Cortisol enhances the fat-storing effects of Insulin
- –> Meaning, fat-storage after eating a high-carb meal is less likely to occur when Cortisol levels are at their lowest, which is generally in the evening before bed.
- Carbs make you sleepy, which makes it ideal for a pre-bedtime snack.
- When you wake up you are in a “fasted” state, meaning your body is likely using your fat storage for energy until you give it fuel. By eating a breakfast comprised of Protein + Fat you pro-long the bodies fat-burning stage by not giving your body a quick digesting fuel source (carbs).