This is a very common question I often hear and get asked. The truth is that eating carbohydrates at night WILL NOT stall your weight loss attempts. Losing weight is much more complex than just focusing on one nutrient or food group. To lose weight you need to be in an energy/calorie deficit which means that your body will be burning up more fuel/energy than what it's taking in.
You can do this by reducing your portion sizes, choosing lean cuts of meat, going for low-fat dairy products and including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in your daily eating plan. Paying more attention to the timing of carbohydrates is another strategy you may like to employ.
Carbohydrates are what fuels our muscles during exercise and is the sole fuel for the brain and red blood cells to function at their best. Keep in mind that the bare minimum amount of carbohydrates needed by the body is 130 grams per day. If you live a fairly active lifestyle, I would recommend consuming carbohydrates before and after exercise to help with recovery. If you don't exercise regularly you don't need to have as many carbohydrate-based foods in your diet.
So if you regularly go to the gym or train in the afternoon/evening after work, you can afford to have a little carbohydrate-based food at dinner. Choose low GI, high fibre types of carbohydrates such as wholegrain pasta, rice, quinoa, sweet potato or noodles and keep the portion size to 1/4 of your plate.
I hope this answers your question. If you would like further expert advice on how to lose weight the right way, consult an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). You can find an APD at the Dietitians Association of Australia's website (www.daa.asn.au) and click on the “find an APD” tab in the top right-hand corner of the website.
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