If you've been following the LeanGains diet approach or are thinking of getting started with this approach, one thing that you might be wondering about is whether eating carbs before bed is a good idea. After reading this article, you'll know whether you should eat carbs before bed.

Part of this protocol is going to call for you to have a larger food intake, most often in the late-night period after ending the fasting phase and moving into your eating phase.

But, should you be omitting carbs at this time and sticking to healthy fats and protein instead?

Many people have often heard the diet advice that it is best to avoid carbs before, but is LeanGains different?

Let's take a look at what you need to know about this concept and idea.

LeanGains And Calorie Intake

The very first thing that you need to be thinking about is the fact that it's not when you eat your carbs that determines whether or not you gain body fat from them, but more of a question as to how many you're eating to begin with.

It's your total calorie requirements, at the end of the day that are going to most influence whether or not you gain or lose body fat, so the most important thing is that you're keeping your intake in check. Eat too many carbs and then you'll have a problem on your hands.

LeanGains And Insulin Sensitivity

The second thing to note is the factor of insulin sensitivity. Due to the nature of the diet, you'll actually be more sensitive to taking up glucose consumed on this approach right into the muscle cells. This can mean reduced risk of them turning to body fat.

So for that reason, eating carbs before bed won't necessarily lead to extra fat storage, but could mean extra muscle glycogen storage, which is important for keeping up your intense workout sessions.

LeanGains And The Post Workout Period

Finally, also note that the late-night period for some will be their post-workout period as well. During the post-workout phase of this approach you really want to be loading up on your carbohydrate intake, so that's even further reason to make sure that you're getting enough. Carbs eaten at this time are far more likely to be converted into lean muscle mass as you're in the repair and rebuilding phase of the day, so shorting yourself would hinder your results.

Eating carbs at this time will not hinder your results but rather help you progress onwards.

So there you have some of the most important points to keep in mind regarding eating carbs late at night on the LeanGains diet approach. Remember these and you should have no trouble struggling with losing excess body fat.

About the author: Shannon is a fitness trainer and freelance writer who has written for Bodybuilding.com.


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