Chocolate isn’t just higher in sugar and fat content than other late-night snacks. It also contains caffeine. If you’re sensitive to this stimulant, chocolate could rob you of the precious sleep you need to allow your body to recover maximally from your hard workout sessions.
As a result, you won’t make the progress you otherwise could. Those who don’t sleep enough on a regular basis are much likelier to suffer from increased cortisol levels, which will actually encourage muscle tissue breakdown.
WHAT TO HAVE INSTEAD:
Whip up your own high-protein chocolate brownie. Simply mix together one scoop of chocolate protein powder with one egg white and then place in the microwave for 90 seconds or so.
You’ll have a protein-packed caffeine-free dessert that will kill any chocolate craving fast.