NIGHT OF THE LIVING DIET
Late night snacking isn’t always a recipe for disaster. If legitimate hunger strikes after 10, making the right choices could mean potential benefits, according to researchers
In research published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, scientists in the Netherlands discovered that consuming casein (the dominant protein in milk) after an evening workout but 30 minutes before sleep increased protein synthesis in men.
A study from Florida State University found that when fit men eat a modest (625-kilojoule) night-time snack consisting of protein or carbohydrates, they have a higher resting metabolic rate in the morning than when they consume nothing at all before bed.
Having a snack before bed may leave you less hungry in the morning and improve satiety between meals the next day, according to my lab’s research. The type of food didn’t matter, but emphasizing protein is smart because it helps you build muscle.
Having Seinfeld’s favourite food – breakfast cereal – may be an ideal way to end the day. In a Wayne State University study, people who ate cereal before bed lost roughly 1kg in 4 weeks, while people who didn’t have the cereal lost about 230g.