Regardless of whether you’re focused on maximum fat loss and getting ripped or trying to pack on pounds of lean muscle mass, certain foods should always be avoided after 9 p.m. Remember, you’re about to embark upon an eight-hour fast otherwise known as sleep.
So if you do make a big dietary blunder, your body has no chance to compensate by burning additional calories.
Repeat these mistakes habitually, and while you may dream of having an amazing physique, what’s happening inside your metabolic and endocrine systems is more like a nightmare. These ‘don’t-go-there’ choices will not only wreck your appearance but also jeopardize your health.
The good news is that it’s okay to have a late-night snack before bed — as long as you choose foods that will promote lean-tissue building and fat loss. And while we tell you what to avoid in the article below, we also offer more physique-friendly alternatives.
While considered to be a relatively healthy source of protein and calcium, the problem with downing a glass of milk before bed is the lactose content that’s found in it that will often keep many people up due to digestive issues.
If you’re lactose intolerant, this is one beverage you’ll definitely want to avoid.
What’s more, lactose is a sugar and you don’t want large amounts hitting your system before bed. If you’re one of the three U.S. adults who are glucose intolerant, the resulting blood sugar crash could wake you in the middle of the night as your energy-starved brain screams, “Eat!”
WHAT TO HAVE INSTEAD:
Mix up a lactose-free protein shake. This will still provide the creamy taste that you’re probably looking for while being even higher in protein content than milk. So you can build muscle while sleeping soundly.