Ever wonder what you should eat before bed that assists in all of the hard work you have put towards your health and fitness all day long? Thousands if not millions of people wonder the same thing. Now I would be lying if I said I knew exactly what you needed to do but we are all unique in that I can not suggest exactly what you should do, but I can at least help assist in some ideas or at least clear the air on some myths floating around in the health and fitness industry.
Should you eat before bed?
This is the question that gets the most contradicting answers. Some say you shouldn’t eat past a certain time and some say it doesn’t really matter. A popular answer is that if you are looking to lose weight then you shouldn’t eat within four hours of going to sleep. Well, I don’t necessarily agree with this answer. If you are eating a deficit of calories then eating before bed isn’t an issue. The biggest issue to eating before bed comes down to if you are eating too many calories than you are burning, as well as, what you are eating before bed. See, there isn’t anything wrong with eating before bed. What is important is what you are eating before bed.
Today I am focusing on what to eat before bed. If you are looking for other reasons as to what you may be doing before bed that is hindering your fitness goals, then please check out this article we wrote – 4 Things you are Doing Before Bed that is Hindering your Fitness.
What should you eat before bed?
While you are sleeping, your body is doing a lot more than just sleeping. It is actually going through a ton of different processes to help you recover and prepare for the next day. To assist your body during this recovery period, it is ideal to feed your body with protein. This protein is helpful for your body during this recovery period to get your ready for tomorrow.
Yes, protein is great to eat before bed for all fitness goals–even if you are trying to lose weight, gain muscle, burn fat, run faster, etc.
Benefits of eating protein before bed-
- Better recovery for your muscles, brain, and nervous system to name a few.
- Helps to burn fat while you are sleeping.
- Promotes lean muscle growth.
- Your body doesn’t eat your muscles for the calories it is seeking during the rest and recovery period (more on this later).
- You won’t wake up starving in the middle of the night or morning.
Protein is beneficial to everyone, the difference between everyone is how much protein any individual should consume.
Our body eats itself?
I mean, well yeah. Sure that sounds a but more cannibalistic or in this case self-cannibalism, but I promise that is not what is happening. What I mean by this is that your body is either in a catabolic state or anabolic state. Catabolic means – your body is breaking down tissue for energy and storing fat. Anabolic means – your body is preserving muscle tissue and burning primarily fat and carbs for energy. When you are sleeping you want your body in an anabolic state as long as possible so by eating some protein before hand you are prolonging your body to stay in an anabolic state before it may shift into a catabolic state.
Protein sources to eat before bed
Typically people don’t like to eat chicken or eggs before bed, they are looking for something a bit more satisfying and even swaying toward the ‘sweet’ spectrum of food, which is why a lot of people turn to protein shakes before bed. More specifically, a whey protein shake before. A whey protein shake before bed is great because not only is it going to give your body the protein it needs, it is also going to supply your body with EAAs (essential amino acids)–which your body cannot produce on its own.
By using a high-quality whey protein, even more specifically a grass-fed one like our PRIME sets you up for success.
Additional benefits of PRIME
PRIME is our highly purified grass-fed whey protein that strengthens and replenishes the body with added probiotics and enzymes to promote better digestion, PLUS:
- 25 g of grass-fed whey protein
- 5 g of prebiotic fiber
- 1 billion CFU Probiotics + Digestive Enzymes
- Tart cherry powder
- 5.5 g of BCAA
- 4 g of glutamine and glutamic acid
- For men and women
- No added hormones or antibiotics
- rBGH-free & r-BST-free
- Gluten-free and soy free
- No artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners
- No sugar added
- Available in Chocolate and Vanilla
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