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Just the other day I had a newsletter subscriber email and ask me what my thoughts were about an article which challenged the traditionally accepted idea that you shouldn’t eat after 7pm!

Now traditionally when we talk about nutrient timing we are usually looking specifically at the timing of individual nutrients pre and post workout, etc. Here I am going to address two topics, which I like to refer to as half-truths or half-myths. I’m going to fill in the pieces of blank information most people leave out. I am by no means a nutrition expert, Bryan is (he made me write that.lol), but common sense is all that’s really needed here.

 Half-Truth # 1: Eating LATE Causes You To Gain WEIGHT!!!

Some people will tell you to never eat after a certain time. Usually the time they mention is 7pm. I’m not too sure what’s so magical about 7pm (can someone please tell me), but they never tell you why. I understand that as the day progresses into evening time most people are winding down their day and level of activity, therefore it makes sense to ease back on food consumption….

The truth is… eating after 7pm isn’t ‘bad’ … What you eat and the amount you eat is what determines whether it’s good or bad! Also, if you train in the evening, as I most often do, you must eat after. The body does most of its repair work while you are sleeping and you therefore need to make sure you are consuming the nutrients your body needs to carry out these repair works.

You don’t need me to tell you that you shouldn’t be eating sugary or wheat based foods late in the evening and close to bed time, do you? If you are going to eat late and don’t want to gain weight, have a snack or small meal that has quality amounts of protein and some healthy fats.

Avoid the carbs I mentioned above (sugars and wheat), but if you want some fruit go for a small serving of berries, maybe mixed with a small amount of low-sugar high-protein Greek yogurt. Berries are a good source of fiber and have a low sugar and calorie count. Another treat I like is half an apple and some natural peanut butter, but most often I will have a 30gram serving of nuts, getting in a good mix of protein and fat.

BREAK-the-FAST Both Sides of BREAKFAST!

People often tell you to eat breakfast in order to ‘Break The Fast’, as that’s basically what you’re doing within the time period between breakfast and your last meal or feeding the previous day. Have a small snack an hour or so before bed time and make the fast a little shorter.

Like I said, eating late isn’t bad, but choosing the wrong foods is! Most often the problem is people ‘choose’ the wrong foods when they eat late at night because of the social activity (watching TV) they are doing! Popcorn, candy and coke isn’t a good late night snack option…

So should you ‘strategically’ eat late? Even though I just discussed breaking the fast by eating a snack prior to bed time, etc, this does not mean ‘you must’ see eating late as being advantageous! I just want you to know that eating late is not bad, provided the food choices and servings sizes you make are good!

The same goes for strategically cheating. Although I personally like to do it and allow clients to do it, I don’t feel for one second that anyone is missing out by not utilizing strategic cheat meals. Not cheating does not put you at a disadvantage… Nutritional cheating is something people have to personally choose to do, and if they decide to do so, they had better make it strategic and not accidental or haphazard!

Half-Truth # 2: Eat Your Carbs in the Early AM!!!

Here’s another one I refer to as a half-truth. Are you chowing down on boatloads of oats and fruit between 7am and 12 noon? Why? If you are training early on in the day then that’s not too bad, but if you are going into the office to sit on your backside for 8-10 hours and not hitting the gym until the evening time, you might want to hold off on the higher carb intake until later on in the day and strategically time your carb intake in and around your training sessions and your most intense of sessions.

You see this one is kind of like the opposite of the ‘don’t eat late’ debate. The idea here is that you eat the majority of your carbs early on in the day, so you have the day (time) to burn them off. Kind of makes sense, but not really…

You see, carbohydrate is a fuel and by definition a fuel needs to be burned. If you have a full tank of fuel (glycogen stores in the muscle) then adding fuel to that full tank will result in ‘spillage’ and your fat stores do all the cleaning up – you store fat! You need to fuel your workouts and aid recovery, but you don’t need to take in excess carbs when you really don’t need them.

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 So how do I time my carbs around my workouts?

 You train late in the evening and don’t want to eat too much after, but you also want to refuel and replenish for the next workout, so what do you do? When I train late in the evening, I will have a small protein rich and veggie rich meal afterwards and then if timing allows I’ll have a small serving of nuts close to bed time.

The next morning I will then eat 2 breakfasts. I eat my carby meal consisting of oats, berries and perhaps some natural yogurt, and about an later I’ll have some eggs and maybe some lean turkey sausage.

Something fast to digest for recovery then something slow to digest for satiety.

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Ian Graham, ABS Co-Author and BEST Body Award Winner
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