Just wanted to share an interesting study that sport nutritionist Dr. Layne Norton posted on his twitter account the other day (twitter.com/biolayne). First off, if anyone doesn’t know Layne, he earned his PhD from the University of Illinois in Nutritional Sciences and is without a doubt one of the most knowledgeable people in the world when it comes to sport nutrition or nutrition in general. Throughout the whole low carb craze that swept the nation since the Atkins diet, Layne was telling anyone that would listen that carbs aren’t bad and that ‘don’t eat carbs after X time or else it will turn to fat’ theories and thoughts was a crock of shit. Well, once again, Layne was spot on.
As for the study…the researchers had 78 police officers on a low calories diet for 6 months, with one group consuming almost all of their carbohydrates at dinner while the other group consumed carbohydrates earlier the day. After the 6 month period, the group that ate the majority of their daily allowance of carbohydrates at dinner saw a greater amount of weight loss, a greater decrease in waist circumference, and a greater decrease in overall body fat.
Take home message…carbs, no matter when you eat them, don’t make you fat. If you’re fat, chances are you eat too much in general, not that you eat too much carbs or that you eat carbs at night. So the next time your personal trainer tells you not to eat carbs after a certain time or that carbs are the root of all evil, fire his ass, cause he has no idea what he’s talking about!