The Truth About Carb Timing
The truth is, eating carbs at night isn’t what makes us gain weight. Instead, we get fat when a hormone called insulin is elevated continuously.
Insulin’s job is to get sugars (carbs) out of your bloodstream and into your body. Therefore, when you eat a lot of carbs throughout the day, your insulin level stays high.
In reality, reducing carbs at night doesn’t decrease total daily insulin levels that much. And that’s why it doesn’t help you lose weight. It’s kind of like scraping the sprinkles off a donut. Technically it’s healthier, but it’s not going to help you lose weight!
For example, let’s say I eat carbs for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a couple of snacks during the day. But then I cut carbs at 7 pm instead of having another snack. In this case, my total insulin level doesn’t change much compared to the rest of the day.
Move the slider left & right to see the minimal effect of cutting carbs at night on total insulin level.
It’s important to realize that when insulin is high your body doesn’t burn as much fat. Instead it burns carbs or stores carbs. And when insulin is high for prolonged periods, those carbs are more likely to be stored as fat.
That means, if your goal is to lose fat, you should focus on reducing insulin overall and not just at night. In other words, don’t just scrape the sprinkles off the donut, eat something other than a donut!
Despite carbs reputation for fat gain, insulin isn’t always bad. In fact, it’s beneficial at certain times such as around your workouts. So for those of us who workout in the evening, eating carbs at night is actually a good thing!