Avoiding carbs after 6pm will help you lose weight?

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Is there any evidence to support it?

A search by Sanitarium of more than 4,800 scientific journals in the National Library of Medicine Medline database failed to find a single study that supported the theory that carbohydrates need to be cut out after 6pm in order to lose weight. There are also no health authorities that endorse this type of approach.

At a recent symposium at the University of Wollongong in Australia on ‘Carbohydrates, fats, protein – what’s the optimal mix?’, Janet Franklin from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, explained that “in practice there is no perfect ‘weight loss’ diet. Different approaches are required for different people depending on their medical profile, their preferred eating style and food preferences, past experiences and most importantly, behavioural issues. Most people know which types of foods they should and shouldn’t be eating, but struggle with actually putting this knowledge into practice.”

Does it work?

In theory, cutting out some of the carbohydrates after 6pm or not eating after 8pm could reduce the total energy intake for the day. This would ultimately lead to a reduction in weight.

But realistically, this change in eating pattern is too restrictive for most people’s lifestyles. After 6pm is a social and family time. It is a time when the day’s activities are discussed over a meal, which usually contains some of the carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, rice and potatoes forbidden in the ‘no carbs after 5pm’ diet.

Ultimately it comes down to the individual, your metabolic needs, training schedule and requirements. “Carbs” give you energy and without energy performance can suffer when training.

Carbohydrates are not a food group but a macro nutrient. Carbohydrates are a fuel source of glucose of energy, and exist in most foods such as fruit, vegetables, rice pasta, quinoa alongside other vital nutrients vitamins minerals, fibre protein and fat.  Our personal opinion…Fuel your tank each day and eat a healthy mix of Fruit, Lots of vegetables and Protein and your body will thank you for it. If your portions are correct and you are exercising frequently you will lose weight if that’s your goal

 

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