Does Eating Carbohydrates Late At Night Really Hinder Fat Loss?
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A lot of fitness trainers suggest that you should limit your carbohydrate intake later in the day. For example, some say things like “You Should Never Eat Carbs After 6 pm”. Or that “Your Should Never Eat Carbs Before Bed”. Etc…
While this advice may work well for some people, it may not be the best advice for everyone. Eating carbs late at night is not necessarily a bad thing. It really depends on the individual, their lifestyle, their workout schedule, etc.
For example, if you workout later in the evenings because that just happens to work well for your schedule. Then there is nothing wrong with consuming the majority of your carbohydrates later in the evening around your workout times. This will allow those carbohydrates to be better used for recovery and growth, rather than getting stored as unwanted bodyfat.
But regardless of the time you eat your carbs, the most important thing for fat loss is your overall carbohydrate and caloric intake. If you are over eating and consuming a caloric surplus, than it doesn’t matter when you eat your carbs, because you won’t lose fat if you are simply eating too much.
The number # 1 fundamental principle to fat loss is that you have to consume less calories than you burn off. You need to be in a caloric deficit in order to tap into burning stored bodyfat for energy.
So focus on meeting your ideal calorie and macro-nutrient intake needs first. Once you have that in place, then you can focus on structuring and planning your meals so that you consume the majority of your carbohydrate intake around your workout times when your body can best utilize them for muscle recovery and growth, while maximizing fat loss.