Do carbohydrates get fat at night?

 In Myth

Given that carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our daily lives, an apparently logical explanation would be that if I ingest CH at night, when instead of doing physical activity I will be sleeping, I will not use it in the form of energy and it will be stored in the form of fat. But to what extent is this true?


CH is stored mainly in muscles and liver as glycogen. So, in short, if once you cover that “store” there is still excess (calories) then you could turn it into fat, but we would already be talking about “extra”. To understand this, we have to keep in mind the most important part of the process we want to carry out, and that is the so-called energy balance. So, if our goal is to lose fat, the main task is to generate a calorie deficit, ie, eat fewer calories than we spend.


The amount recommended varies depending on the physical activity you do during the day. In any case, this recommendation is daily, not until 20 pm, so the global computation should prevail.


It is true that if you train during the day it would be more interesting to include more CH during the day than at night, but with the intention of concentrating them around the time in which the exercise is carried out, either to train with greater intensity or to favour a better recovery. But, in general, what you see is that many people usually train in the afternoon-night, so it is paradoxical that many avoid putting CH in the dinner, probably not covering their needs, so believe that including them shortly before bedtime will make them fat (by the way, not only will not make you fat if you include them at that time, but can also help you have a more restful sleep).


Therefore, this hypothesis raised in the title itself is not sustained under any circumstances.

As always, the factor of individualization plays a fundamental role, because if you do not take into account what has been said, a person who wants to eat more carbohydrates at night, whether to train with greater intensity, promote recovery, improve his sleep, etc., will not be able to get his best version and even another who is simply used to taking a fruit between the afternoon and night and suddenly stops, may increase the likelihood of not adhering to the plan and end up abandoning.


It seems like a simple process, but because of misinformation and hope to achieve results in the very short term we see how we get too complicated without taking into account that in the end it can be counterproductive.



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