Eating your Carbs at Night - OptimizeCEO - OptimizeCEO

Thomas DeLauer

Executive Body & Business Coach

In this video, I’m going to show you how you can get the most out of your carbohydrates without going overboard. I’ll also show you how you can utilize just the right amount of carbs to give your brain the pick me up that it needs without having the foggy side effects of too much.

We hear time and time again that consuming carbohydrates in the evening is one of the last things that we want to do. I constantly have clients that  approach me feeling they should eliminate carbs in the evening as they do not want to raise their blood sugar before bed. I look at this a different way and research proves that the consumption of carbohydrates in the evening may be better.

You see, when you have carbs in the morning, and start your day with a myriad of different starches and sugars you do two things:

First you turn off how easy it would ordinarily be for your body to run on fats for fuel.

By giving your body carbohydrates first thing in the morning, you’re giving it a relatively inefficient fuel source to run off, rather than fats that can help support brain function AND make you leaner.

Second you’re setting yourself up for spikes in blood sugar throughout the day that can make you foggy and lethargic.

Since most of the people that I work with are busy professionals, I know how important it is to not crash in the middle of the day. So how can you orient your carbs to help you feel better, keep the brain functioning better, and not have a crash?

Eat your Carbs in the Evening

You can allow your body to absorb the carbohydrates that it needs to support healthy brain function and mood. By consuming carbs at night you allow the potential spikes of the blood sugar to occur during the evening and night time hours when you don’t need to be worrying about fatigue. Your brain needs some carbs to support healthy sleep because the ingestion of carbohydrates helps the uptake of tryptophan by the brain. This tryptophan helps the brain produce the neurotransmitter serotonin which calms the brain and allows it to fully defragment and heal over night.

You don’t need much in the way of carbs though, I would recommend only about 0.25g of carbs per lb of bodyweight with your last meal of the day. Try to keep them relatively low glycemic foods such as sweet potatoes or agave syrup.

By the time you get up in the morning, your blood sugar will be low again and you can capitalize on a nice high fat breakfast to prime your body into running on optimal fuels to be the best in brain, body, and business.