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14 Aug Fact or Fiction: Carbs After Dark

Author: Maddy Fredrick –

They’re everyone’s new favorite hashtag – #carbsafterdark is the new black.  Whether you are practicing an “if it fits your macros lifestyle” (check out our post on what this is ) or just like to carb load at night, you’ll thank us after reading the scientific breakdown of carbohydrates at night .

Fact: Carbs At Night Can Help You Lose Weight

According to a new study published in Obesity, eating carbs at night can actually help you lose weight.  Male participants were put on a 1,500 calorie diet, consuming 50% carbs, 20% protein, and 30% fat.  The participants were split up into two groups.  The first ate carbs at equal portions throughout the day, while the second saved most of their carbs for dinner.  After six months, the first group lost about 19 pounds and the second lost 25 pounds.  That’s almost 10 more pounds lost for the carb hoarders! Also, this article does a swell job of explaining it further!

Fiction: You Can Eat As Many Carbs as You Want

Keep in mind that the male participants were on a calorie deficit, so weight loss was inevitable.  They were also police officers.  Their job requires moderate to intense physical activity on a daily basis.  If you’re not exercising intensely or on a more lenient calorie plan, Jessica Siegel, MPH, RD, nutritionist for the Southern California supermarket chain Gelson’s recomends you save most of your carbs for pre-workout or breakfast.  According to Siegel, “If you’re not going dancing after dinner, you don’t need the energy that carbs provide.”

Fiction: All Carbs Are Created Equal

The Harvard School of Public Health states, “The amount of carbohydrate in the diet- high or low – is less important than the type of carbohydrate in the diet.”  Unlike whole grains or vegetables, processed carbohydrates (white bread, pastries, soda) have been linked to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease.

Furthermore a study conducted by Bringham Young University demonstrates that neural reactivity to food is lessened in the evening hours.  This means that that piece of cake may not feel like quite enough food, even when it surpasses our energy needs.

To recap, carbohydrates won’t necessarily lead to weight gain but they are best kept for breakfast or pre-workout.  Remember that quality counts!

At Gymonji we’re working to provide everyone with access to the best nutritionists and trainers in the industry.  We like providing you with accurate information, but we also welcome first hand accounts, comments, or questions on your experience with #carbs after dark.   Tell us what YOU think below.

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