Cottage cheese if low in fat and high in protein. One cup of low fat (1%) cottage cheese contains 163 calories, 28 grams of protein, 6 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of fat. Since cottage cheese is high in casein protein it is the perfect food to consume before bed. Casein digests more slowly than other types of protein and can supply the muscles with a steady stream of amino acids while the body is alseep.
It will help you sleep better. Cottage cheese has between 25 to 30 grams of amino acid producing protein, which is an efficient fat burner too!
Also if you eat a carb and a protein 2 hoours before bedtime it will regulate your blood sugar.
Chose foods that are complex carbs which contain three or more sugars. Your body has work harder to break down complex carbs because the sugars take longer to digest. Try carbs with fiber like spinach, watercress, buckwheat, barley, wild or brown rice, beans, and some fruit like berries which have little impact on blood sugar. Complex carbs may contain soluble or insoluble fiber....The sugars found in fruits and milk can make your blood sugar rise and fall rapidly.
A calorie is a calorie no matter what time you eat.
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523 1/12/13 2:34 A
Part true, part wives' tale.
The truth is that some people get upset tummies or sleep worse at night if they eat too close to bed time. However, that's not everybody. I personally sleep better if I eat something before bed.
The wives' tale is that it will make you fat. Food will be metabolized the way it normally is. Yes, you aren't expending much energy while you sleep compared to when you're up on your feet during a busy day, but it doesn't mean the calories go straight to fat. No matter when you eat, initially, blood sugar will spike a bit, and then your body will use that glucose in your blood preferentially to keep itself alive. If the sugar is too high for demand, some will enter GLYCOGEN store tanks first, and then fat cells. If the sugar becomes too low (not hypoglycemia, just at a specific level, which is common when you sleep actually), then your body signals energy to be released, either from glycogen or from fat.
Moral of the story: you can have extra energy stored as fat at any time, and you can have needed energy being taken out of fat at any time. Time of day doesn't matter too much.
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1/12/13 12:37 A
I was always told not to eat close to bed time, is that true? Or is that a wives tale?
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