Most of you know how to get proper nutrition during the day, but what do you eat before bed? Common sense suggests that a balance of complex carbohydrates and protein is fine at this point, but I’m going to tell you more than that. I’m going to tell you exactly what to eat and what macronutrients they should come from.
The food you eat before bed is just as important as any other food you eat. Opinions range from eating two hours to fifteen minutes before going to bed, but what you decide will depend on your personal preferences. It is also very important that you do not eat little at this time because doing so will make you wake up in the middle of the night hungry, while unconsciously eating things that you should not.
Well, I know why the last meal of the day is important, but what should I eat for this last meal? You want to eat slow-digesting foods like fibrous carbohydrates, casein protein, and even healthy fats. Cottage cheese, natural peanut butter, and any type of veggie is perfect right now too. You can even consume complex carbohydrates, just be careful not to eat too many of them.
Of course, you should avoid sugary and fattening foods, if you are a bodybuilder you shouldn’t eat these foods anyway. You should also avoid caffeinated foods and drinks, as caffeine prevents you from getting a good night’s rest. There have been no scientific studies showing that eating before bed will lead to weight gain, but be smart and don’t overdo it.
The hardest part is keeping your food intake low at night. It gets boring late at night and sometimes you feel like eating is the only thing you can do. Do not do it! Stay busy and make sure you are in control of what is happening. Read a book, get on the forums, there are endless options, just don’t eat things you shouldn’t eat. Until next time, later.