Ditch the Bedtime Snack?Posted: August 4, 2011
Does it matter What Time We Eat?
I learnt that although two people may have the same caloric intake, the timing of when you eat your calories is extremely important. Our body’s hormones are heavily programmed based on a 24hr circadian rhythm.
What does this all mean? In a nutshell the hormones for storage are released in more concentrated amounts at night, in comparison to the ones for fuel and food burning.
Ideally we need about 10-12hrs without food overnight. (This will also raise our metabolic rate).
As much as I agree with this I also believe that you shouldn’t deprive yourself of a bedtime snack if your hungry. It’s important to listen to your body! If we are exercising intensely obviously our bodies are going to demand more food. So eat up, but at the same time think before you reach for the late night snack (are you really hungry or are you just eating out of habit?/what are you eating sugary snack or fruit?/mindless munching in front of the TV?)
Breakfast: After my grueling workout Wednesday morning I made myself 2 slices Toast (Egg + Raspberry Jam) & sliced up an Apple.
Morning Snack: Ants on a Log, Mandarin and Raisins.
Lunch: Split an English Muffin (Light cream cheese & Cucumber)(Tomato & Jarlsberg lite) + Orange
Afternoon Snack: Black Coffee + 1 scoop Vanilla Ice-Cream