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Eating Protein at Night Near Bedtime

Commented on March 17, 2014
Created March 17, 2014 at 3:32 AM

I am getting the hang of not eating fruit-sugar carbs at night but I am still very new at this (less than a week) and the hunger is hard for me. Eating an egg or two at 9pm is hard not to do. For weight loss (I have maybe 10 lbs to lose, at least 5) is that going to be an obstacle?

I can't tell you how paranoid I am about gaining weight with this! Too many fruit or veggie or starch carbs and bam! No weight loss? I'm trying to figure out how many carb are in everything!

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I am really digging your knowledge of science. I want to learn this too. I don't know some of the terms you're using.

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http://nutritiondata.self.com/ is a good start. Lots of folk here eat just the protein they need (i.e. 3 palm sized portions of meat per day) and get the rest of their caloric needs from other sources of good fat (avocado, coconut oil, grassfed butter, olive oil, bacon, etc.) You don't want to overeat protein as its metabolism can become toxic - but you'd need to eat a very high amount without fat or carbs for this to happen. Typically .8-1.2g of protein per pound of lean body mass is ideal (high end is for body builders).

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Rapid fat loss, autophagy (well, if you're not eating protein at the time), training your mitochondria to be able to burn fat as well instead of just carbs, and lowering ROS generation (mitochondria burning carbs cause reactive oxygen species generation, where as beta oxidation is fairly clean)

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I keep hearing about "ketosis." What's the appeal? Sounds brutal!

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The egg didn't mess with my sleep :-) I slept very well, actually! This is just so foreign. Last year I was vegan for a few months! So convinced of the evils of too much animal product. Now...

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Your answer is helpful--thank you. I keep trying to figure out what the quantity of carbs is in everything--do you know where there's an online chart? And when people say "eat mostly fat" I am confused; I thought meat, if not made to be lean, is loaded with fat. I hear what seem to be conflicting things--some Paleo sites say "eat lots of meat" and others say what you just did, three palm size servings of meat. What are the best sources for fat?

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What Ray said, eating carbs at night is probably the best time to eat them. Eating protein at night on the other hand can mess with your sleep, as protein takes quite a bit of effort to break down and our guts want to slow down while we sleep.

If you're eating healthy and exercising you don't really need to stress the small stuff. I eat a considerable amount of carbs every day - from starchy veggies - and still maintain or lose weight. Granted each person has to do what works for them.

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The egg didn't mess with my sleep :-) I slept very well, actually! This is just so foreign. Last year I was vegan for a few months! So convinced of the evils of too much animal product. Now...

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i actually eat most of my carbs at night. my breakfast/lunch is always under 10-15 g carbs. i usually have a sweet potato, potato salad, or fried plantains at night (1-1.5 cups or one sweet potato/potato). i find that i am satiated this way and don't need to snack late at night.

i agree with ray. 50-100 grams is perfect for me. i tried ketosis for a while and my energy really lagged. when i added starches back in, i just felt fuller and i wasn't waking up in the middle of the night needing to eat <------ that happened a lot when i got too low carb (under 50 grams per day).

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on March 17, 2014
at 02:58 PM

I keep hearing about "ketosis." What's the appeal? Sounds brutal!

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on March 17, 2014
at 05:10 PM

I am really digging your knowledge of science. I want to learn this too. I don't know some of the terms you're using.

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Relax. If you're trying to lean out, you can, and should have a little bit of carbs, between 50g-100g/day. Just be sure you get 3 palm sized portions of meat (including fish and eggs), and the rest from good quality fats.

If anything eating carbs at night is beneficial and can improve sleep.

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on March 17, 2014
at 02:49 PM

Your answer is helpful--thank you. I keep trying to figure out what the quantity of carbs is in everything--do you know where there's an online chart? And when people say "eat mostly fat" I am confused; I thought meat, if not made to be lean, is loaded with fat. I hear what seem to be conflicting things--some Paleo sites say "eat lots of meat" and others say what you just did, three palm size servings of meat. What are the best sources for fat?

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