Eat before going to sleep?

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  1. TheMarchHare

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    trying to lean up, but i always hear don't go to sleep hungry, due to body eating muscles (except in more complex language) so, drink the half serving protein shake before sleep or tough it out and eat in the morning?
     
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    cottage cheese and healthy fats
     
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    cottage cheese + almonds = standard
     
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    july23rd1989 Blood for Lube

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    I'm a big deal, so I do cottage cheese + 1/2 bagel + scoop of whey before bed. Someone said (believe it was Abomb) they read somewhere that high carbs before bed lowers test? true?
     
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    i always heard to not sleep directly after you take whey. I wait at least an hour after i take it to go to sleep. Although it helps/sucks that it takes 10 minutes just to walk to the showers here.
     
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    july23rd1989 Blood for Lube

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    Yeah, I'm not actually sleeping till approx an hour has gone by after eating that food
     
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    In general, you should keep your food intake to nothing but protein sources before bed.

    Logically, this makes the most sense. Put simply, your body uses fat for endurance energy, carbohydrates for quick/rapid/burst energy, and protein for muscle repair/synthesis/maintenance.

    You don't want to be having any type of excess energy (i.e. carbs or fat) in your body while you sleep. It'll go nowhere. So cut out the fat and carbs and have a slow digesting protein. The protein will help rebuild your muscles while you sleep. I usually have some lean meat before I go to bed. Reason being your body must first digest the meat, then absorb the protein from it. Casein protein would work excellent as well, but remember, either way it's still in a liquid form and will get absorbed faster.

    I've read many articles that debate whether milk (skim) before bed is good or bad. Even though it has 13g of carbs per 8 oz serving, the carbs you get are lactose (milk sugar), and digest slowly. Now, even though I said to avoid carbs, in my personal opinion, I believe having a scoop of casein protein with 8 oz of milk yields more benefits than with water. Calcium and Vitamin D before bed are so beneficial, and you get an adequate amount from milk.

    To sum it up, try to keep it to slow digesting proteins.
     
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    Pro+Fat meals are ok
     
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    I pretty much stick to cottage cheese and some chicken breast.
     
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    I usually don't eat "right" before bed, but I will have a meal an hour or two before bed.

    Generally that meal is my PWO meal since I workout late, however on non-workout days I try to get something light and lower in carbs but packed with protein and good fats. For instance a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and a protein shake. Or half a cup of cottage cheese, some fruit, and almonds/walnuts.
     
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    I guess ill cut that bagel and just keep cottage cheese with whey + milk
     
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    half a servin? Wat are u a midgette...have 2 servings
     
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    had the one scoop protein shake and a quarter of a yam that was sitting in the kitchen
    but waited too long to sleep now i'm hungry again.... textbook fail :squint:
     
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    Cottage cheese + pb or almonds.
     
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    25 to 50 g of casein
     
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    I go with a mixture of casein and whey with water before bed (approx 50-60g protein).
     
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    prefer meat or dairy with caesin (shake or cottage cheese). whey is quick digesting so it'll get through your system a lot quicker
     
  18. Frank Dux

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    Last night I had 1/2 cup of cottage cheese and 1 tbsp of PB. It figures out to be about 180 calories with about 20 grams of protein and some good fat. Had it within 30 minutes of sleeping.
     
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    i drink metabolic drive before bed.
     
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    I've been sticking with a scoop of whey in 6oz of 2% milk an hour or two before bed.
     
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    Bullshit. If the glycogen stores aren't empty, the carbs are going to go there.
     
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    lowers growth hormone
     
  23. Abomb

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    if you are an ecto i would load up on protein and fats before sleep
     
  24. evh

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    If glycogen stores are not empty, that means they're full.

    They'll turn to fat.

    Are you serious?
     
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    I don't eat at least 2.5 hours before bed. But that's for issues with heartburn more than anything else.
     
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