Monday, April 2, 2012

Carbs – Never Eat Carbs within 4 hours of Bedtime

Rule of thumb: Try not eat carbohydrates within 4 hours of bedtime and really avoid right before bed. The body naturally produces growth hormone (GH) within the initial 90 minutes of sleep. GH increases fat burning. It is also required to build muscle and strengthen your immune system. (See previous blog entries on hormones). Carbohydrates will affect and significantly reduce the GH release thus interfering with your fat loss and muscle building. Now here's the catch: It is not advisable to go to bed on an empty stomach because your body will go too long without nourishment. Therefore, your last meal of the day and any right before bedtime snacks should consist only of protein and healthy fats. You want your blood sugars to remain low and have enough protein and healthy fats to keep your metabolism up and take advantage of nighttime GH production.

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