Fitness

Types of Food to Avoid After 8PM

When you are following a fitness regime; nutrition is something that comes in first place. High dose of protein is something that we need daily for maintaining muscle tissue and burning off excess fat; as well as good sources of carbohydrates and healthy fats. There are some foods that need to be eaten at a certain period of time and can take more time to be digested during night time so it is recommended to be eaten at a certain period of time and avoided when our metabolism slows down, such as during the night time. The types of food that need to be avoided at a certain period of time are carbohydrates, fats, and sugary foods. We made a  list of the foods that are a definite no-no after 8 pm.

sweet potato

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrate gives us energy and fuel for our bodies but it is not recommended during night time; since they take the time to digest and convert into the energy that we need. Such as carbohydrates like whole grain pasta, potatoes, and rice are recommended to be eaten either during the day or after a heavy gym workout.  If you have cravings for carbohydrates at night, choose a small dose of complex carbohydrates such as sweet potato or whole wheat tortilla that will satisfy your cravings and will digest faster than other types of carbohydrates.

Sugars

Sugars at night are not recommended for the reason that they spike our blood sugar level and weaken our digestive system. Avoid sugary foods like cakes, chocolates, and cookies especially in the night time. If you have sugar cravings in the night choose something lighter and healthier such as dried apricots, hot skim milk/almond milk with cinnamon and agave or diced pineapple that contains many digestive enzymes that will help you with protein synthesis.

Fats

Fats at night are the most caloric food you can eat and they will go straight to your waistline. Oily things such as fried chicken or fried vegetables will make a spike in your blood sugar levels. Always choose to cook with the good sources of fat that will not harm your health or your weight such as cold pressed olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil and walnut oil which are all beneficial both for your heart health and waistline.

Yes:

Greek Yogurt

Nut milk with cinnamon and agave

Nuts

Whole grain tortilla with peanut butter

Whey Protein Shake

Sweet potato with grilled chicken

Pineapple Chunks

Protein Treats

No:

Candy/Milk Chocolate

Fried chicken/Fried vegetables

White bread/Rice/ Pasta

Cakes and Coffee