Wouldn’t it be great if you could lose weight and have cake too? Well, according to one study, you can. But you need to eat it only in a very specific way. The same goes for other carbohydrate-heavy food likes bread and pasta. Diet nuts are calling it “carb backloading” and it is all the rage, especially after the study results indicated that eating carbs before bed could aid in weight loss.
In the past, experts have urged people looking to shed weight to stay away from excessive amounts of carbs like bread and pasta.
But “carb backloading” urges you eat carb-heavy foods late at night. And if you love bread like Oprah, you’re going to love this study. But if you want weight loss results, you better read closely and do your research. It can backfire.
The study shows that eating a carb snack late at night encourages to use body fat as fuel.
Daily Mail’s Femail asked two Australian dietitians for advice on “carb backloading.” So Kate Save and Lee Holmes stepped up to talk about the fad diet.
“It may do that for some people, but in my personal opinion, it’s better not to eat late at night, and going to bed on a full stomach of carbs is hard for your body to digest,” Holmes said. “It’s a strategy that endurance athletes and high-performance people could use as it could be good for them in the short term, but not the long term.”
Holmes does not like the fad. She urges people to try intermittent fasting instead.
“I’m into intermittent fasting, which focuses on the long-term balance of your hormones,” she said. “Resting is important so you can rejuvenate the hormones and the cells in your body. I’m not saying carbs are bad and it’s not about eating no carbs at all as the body needs carbs, especially women, but it’s about not overdoing it and listening to your body. “
Meanwhile, Kate Save urged people to beware of this study result. She thinks the findings could be skewed.
“Some of these studies are looking at young, active males who don’t have weight problems, but the majority of the Australian population is overweight or obese, we’re pushing to 70 percent,” Kate said. “I wouldn’t be recommending this for the general public, but it could work for professional athletes who don’t have time to eat before their morning workout. It’s the same idea as carb loading, but just eating them all at night before you go to sleep.”
Average people could suffer negative consequences if they try this “carb backloading” fad. It could affect your insulin levels, which can change the way your body stores fat, and not in the way you’d hope.
Kate also doesn’t like the idea how eating late-night food is hard to burn off.
“Positively, it does make people less hungry the next day, and they do feel less satiated,” Kate explained. “But you have to ensure you eat breakfast as people that have breakfast eat fewer calories over the day.”
Do you think “carb backloading” is something that could work for you?