One of the common questions asked during a consultation is why eating carbohydrates is not recommended before going to bed. Carbohydrates promote the hormone insulin, necessary to shuttle glucose to the cells. This in itself inhibits fat loss as the body gets to work to metabolize the glucose as a result of the carbohydrates that we ingest. If you eat prior to bed it is a recipe for disaster however at the same time whilst the common suggestion is to eat protein which is slower to digest it is actually the hour’s in-between the meals that may promote your fat loss , lessen your propensity for disease progression and has anti-aging benefits as well !
I am not quite sure if you have heard the term intermittent fasting. Basically this is limiting food supply everyday so the digestive organs have a chance to rest. When you are in “feast mode”, your body forgoes the natural repair and rejuvenation cycle. It is too busy breaking down and eliminating the foods that you have eaten. The body’s organs are continually being overworked due to the overload of unnecessary foods ingested. When we eat carbohydrate, the pancreas releases insulin, the liver also assists the necessary metabolism of carbohydrates and the more carbohydrates that we eat the less sensitive we become to insulin. Voila, those unnecessary calories eaten before bedtime is a sure thing for fat accumulation. The longer that you stay away from the dinner table and breakfast will be better for your organs and your fat metabolism.
Intermittent fasting promotes weight loss and unnecessary eating. The benefits are an increase in strength, a reduction of body fat and a maintenance of good health whilst spending less time eating every day. For most of eat because we like the taste and not necessarily for the nutrient content unless you are an athlete or require certain amount of calories to promote muscle growth like body builders. The combination of intermittent fasting with a healthy diet of real whole foods and proteins, weight training, walking and eight hours of sleep will keep you young alert and much healthier. It is another tool that’s all.
The health benefits are enormous for your body and here are a few reasons why.
Intermittent fasting has been beneficial for the body according to science and a lot of athletes. You could utilise this type of eating as an experiment. It’s not that difficult to implement as if you typically eat dinner by 8 PM and breakfast at 8 AM the next day, you’re fasting for 12 hours and feeding for 12 hours. The best decision is to try, readjust the plan to make it work for you. All science is based on experimentation and in my experience there is no one size fits all methodology when it comes to eating and weight loss that is why fad diets whilst proven successful for a minimal time, may not be the answer to everyone’s weight issue. The only way to make progress and change your life is to make new choices, take action, and make adjustments based on the results.
Caroline is a clinical Nutritionist practicing on a consultation basis. Caroline's experience encompasses research and writing on disease prevention with natural herbs, spices, foods and supplementation. Caroline practices holistic nutritional medicine that combines the three elements of being human. Those being, the physical , emotional and the mental components that make us who we are. All of these criterior is fueled by the fundamental of all health, food .