Have you ever heard that you shouldn’t eat carbohydrates after 6pm if you’re trying to lose weight? Or just not eat after 6pm full stop? It’s a common method that people employ to get the number on the scales down, but in reality, it’s load of rubbish! As Personal Trainers in Dublin, we say this pretty much everyday to different people – no macronutrient (protein, carbohydrates, fats) is “bad”. Moderation and balance are key.
So with that being said, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t eat a balanced meal containing carbohydrates (and protein, and fats) prior to bed.
The reason we actually advocate this is quite simple – when you eat carbohydrates, you release a hormone called Serotonin. You’ve probably heard of Serotonin being called “the happy hormone”, but it also induces better sleep. If you get a quality night’s sleep, you’ll have more energy for your workouts, but more importantly, your hormones will be balanced and thus you will be less likely to crave sugary foods (which happens when we don’t get enough sleep!).
Some examples of good carbohydrate choices are:
- White rice
- Sweet Potato
We recommend a fistful sized portion of carbohydrates teamed with the same size of a protein source (eggs, steak, turkey, chicken, beef etc.), a vegetable source, and a fat source (half an avocado, some drizzled olive oil, handful seeds/nuts, egg yolk, butter etc.).
Give it a go tonight and let us know how you get on! Hopefully you’ll get a nice long sleep.
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