Snack at Night and Still Lose Weight #LLTV

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What Is Carb Backloading & How Does It Work?

Live Lean Nation, if you’re one of those people that can’t stop snacking at night, on today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m going to share how you can snack at night and still lose weight. It’s called Carb Backloading.

Carb backloading is a nutrition protocol popularized by a guy named John Kiefer. It simply means consuming your carbs later in the day.

Here’s a Simple Overview of How Carb Backloading Works

Earlier in the day you’d consume primarily all your calories from protein, fat, and vegetables to optimize insulin sensitivity. In other words…

The more insulin sensitive your body is, the better it is at processing carbohydrates in the muscle and liver cells rather than storing them in your fat cells, as body fat.

Then you’d schedule your workout later in the day. Within that 4 hour window after your workout in the evening, you’d consume your carbohydrates before you go to bed.

When Are You Most Insulin Sensitive In The Day?

The two times of day you’re most insulin sensitive is in the morning and after your workout. However, when you consume carbohydrates in the morning, like most people do, you lower your insulin sensitivity throughout the day and night, becoming more insulin resistant.

So if you’re night time snacker, you’d want to avoid carbohydrates or keep them to a minimum throughout the day.

This will keep your insulin sensitivity as high as possible at night, so when you consume your post workout shake, meal, and any night time snacks, your body will be very receptive to all the nutrients, thus storing them in the muscle and liver cells, rather than in your fat cells.

In the morning, eat your meat and nuts breakfast comprised of high protein, fats, and vegetables. This type of breakfast will feed your muscles, maintain your focus, and balance your energy levels throughout the day. Say goodbye to your energy crashes.

In Conclusion

By now you know the nutrition philosophies I teach here on Live Lean TV all revolve around turning your body into a fat burning machine. In other words, creating an ongoing hormonal environment in your body to continue burning stored body fat for fuel, not carbohydrates.

By focusing on fats and proteins, especially earlier in the day, you’ll be burning a higher percentage of body fat for energy than if you body first has to burn through carbohydrates.

With all this said. This is just another nutrition tool. If you’re just beginning your journey to Live Lean, don’t let this overwhelm you. Just focus on committing to eat one ingredient foods. If you’re more advanced and you find you’re a snacker at night, try carb backloading and see how it works for you. At the end of the day, this is all just advice. It’s up to you to figure out what works best in your lifestyle, and commit to it.

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Questions For You:

– Have you ever heard of carb backloading?

– If so, have you tried it? How were your results?

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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.

0 responses to “Snack at Night and Still Lose Weight #LLTV

  1. Love cottage cheese before bed around 7 bedtime 830ish, I would love to
    meet up in NYC and meet you guys but in VA, Yall are amazing with all the
    free advice, Channel is like a one stop shop fat blaster channel LOVE LIVE
    LEAN NATION!!!

  2. me i eat a stick of butter first and then some bacon with ice cream with a
    lot of chocolate yup thats my snack at night =) thank you and stay tune for
    more advice

  3. I must be stupid because this was a little overwhelming and confusing but
    thank you for the info I find that I feel a lot better in the morning when
    I eat carbs at night and I also feel a lot better with the nuts and protein
    breakfast

  4. Well this throws everything I knew completely into reverse. I was consuming
    more carbs in the morning and tapering off at night. Interesting to see how
    “Carb back loading” will work for me. Btw, love the “Gumby” hair do 🙂

  5. Are your recommendations exclusively for omnivorous diets? What about vegan
    diets? Im a high protein vegan….plant proteins like legumes, lentils,
    spirulina, and quinoa are all included in my diet…..I get more than 1gram
    per kg body weight every day and lift weights/cycle/teach yoga/swim/rock
    climb, so I have lot of energy to exercise……HOWEVER, I do struggle with
    waking up at night to eat! What are your recommendations for people who eat
    a large, filling dinner with goods carbs, yet still wake up at
    12pm/1am/2am/3am to snack?

    Thanks!

  6. Boy is this wrong. Brad, read the book 80-10-10 and understand why high carb, low fat is the way to not just live lean but live long which you won’t do if you try to limit your carbs!

  7. Brad, sharing carbbackloading with the liveleannation…. Dam giving my
    secrets away.ha. I’ve been doing CBL for a while. It’s strange as I can eat
    my maintenance-calories in a CBL for, yet still loose weight. CBL needs me
    to eat way above maintenance just just maintain. !! It’s great though

    1. Dude, he answers this question in the article. Answer: Meat and nuts breakfast. He even linked to his blog post about. This is one of my favorite meals now. Beef is good, but Try it with ground turkey, too.

  8. My all time favorite night time snack is definitely hummus with grapes. Not
    sure if eating healthy fats at night is a good thing

  9. every night i eat at least 1000 calories before bed like with in 5 minutes
    and i stay shredded year round. keep your calories in check and it doeskin
    matter when you consume your calories your body doesn’t know it just
    matters that you are taking in enough to maintain or gain… right right???

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