protein shakes at night

Answered on December 17, 2012
Created December 17, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Sometimes at night after dinner when I crave suger or something sweet I make myself a protein shake with coconut oil and a spoon of almond butter an a couple of berries and it seems to do the trick, but is that ok? I have it around 1-2 hours before I go to bed.

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on December 17, 2012
at 02:32 AM

I would suggest just keeping it small, since your digestive system also goes to sleep, and you might wake up feeling bloated and uncomfortable if you have too much.


on December 17, 2012
at 11:31 AM

When very low carbohydrate diets (under 50g of carbs) are combined with high protein (especially right before bed) you will up-regulate glycated hemoglobin because of higher average blood sugar due to excessive gluconeogenesis.

Keep an eye on fasting blood sugar to see if the protein shake causes high blood sugar the next morning, if it does reduce or move protein to AM. Use heavy cream instead.


on December 17, 2012
at 05:40 AM

thats the million dollar question - avoid eating when you get that post-dinner late night sugar craving (which means blood sugar is down) or have a snack, low carb or otherwise.

if you can find a way to stimulate your parasympathetic system instead and fall asleep prior to feeding its much better.

having said that your protein sake sounds awesome.

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