Is it BAD to eat carbs at night? Having carbs at night will make you fat?? Follow @myhealthbuddy
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------------------------------------------------------------- The answer is “NO”, as long as you are in calorie deficit... which means we are burning more calories than we are consuming... means our calorie intake is somewhere between our BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and TDEE (total daily energy expenditure)
The first thing people do when they plan to lose weight is, stop having dinner, or stop having carbs in the dinner.. this might work for them as that might put them in calorie deficit, but then its a correlation and not causation.
We have all grown up believing that eating after 6-7pm makes us fat.. or eating carbs at night makes us fat.. or eating rice at night makes us fat... but the good news is science says it’s not true. (Link to one such research article is below)
So, the issues occurs when we go overboard on calories (specially carbs at dinner), and we don’t realize that we have taken more calories than we have burnt on that day.
Some people (like me) tend to overeat at night... most of us come stressed after work, sitting in front of the TV.. and then when we see nice food at dinner and then we tend to overeat... remember most of us take food as a source of pleasure (rather then source of energy).. and that sometimes becomes problem.
So.. if you can control those cravings for calorie dense foods at night, you can safely have carbs at night. If not, then avoid. It’s purely your choice, whatever works for you, whatever is sustainable.
Some tips :
1. carbs at night can help you sleep better if you have some issues with your sleep, try saving your carbs quota for the dinner.
2. Best timing to take carbs is before workout (to fuel your workouts) or after workout ( to replenish your glycogen levels, we are more sensitive to carbs after workouts).
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