Originally published on NutriEats.com
The ‘Carbs at Night’ Myth keeps cropping up and NutriEats is laying it to bed forever!
Some people are under the impression that eating carbs at night will lead to weight gain, but this isn’t true.
Weight change is dictated by the relationship between calories in and calories out (Thermodynamics) across a 24-hour period, not overnight. So If you consume most of your calories or carbs in this case later in the day, then so be it. A Caloric deficit or surplus is what’s truly important.
Our advice would be don’t fear carbohydrates later in the day. In fact, multiple studies have observed effective weight loss in subjects consuming a majority of their carbohydrates in the evening. Furthermore, there was even improvement in multiple obesity-related health parameters, and reports of feeling more full and satisfied throughout the day. We aren’t saying to abandon carbohydrate during the day but rather stop fearing it later in the day.
It goes to show you that your calorie deficit or surplus is more important for weight management than carbohydrate timing.
Also your daily schedule and routine should dictate your need for carbohydrates in the evening. If you workout perhaps in the evening, or prefer carbohydrates with dinner, go ahead and eat them…
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