I’ve come up with an idea that sounds good on the surface to me but I’m not sure if it would actually work?
I’ve always been told to eat/drink protein before bed because thats when your body uses it best etc. So I thought why not do that, and wake up in the middle of the night to eat tuna.
It has 30g protein per can, with no fat and no carbs (hence lean muscle mass)… would this work, any thoughts?[/quote]
When you sleep your GI system shuts down. Your normal digestive enzymes are not produced during sleep. So the normal process of food being broken down and being transported throughout the body does not function when you are sleeping.
Food in the stomach when you sleep is quickly stored, mostly as fat. Protein, carbs, and fat are all stored as fat if you eat and then sleep a few minutes after. The process of fats carbs and sometimes protein being broken down into glycogen and being stored in the muscle does not occur while you sleep.
The only thing that really occurs when you eat just before sleep is that you gain fat. This fat may be later used, but that is not what occurs during sleep.
So if you need to gain fat, eat before you sleep. If not, don’t do it.