Carbs after 6pm

Good morning.

Having a low-carb/carb-free meal every day can be a great idea for people that find carbohydrates are the easiest macronutrient to overconsume.

However, putting this into practice can be harder than you might think.

Low-carb breakfasts often require eggs and/or cooking in the morning, which many people aren’t too excited by the prospect of doing.

Low-carb lunches such as salads are easier to come across, but again, they aren’t for everyone, every day.

For many of these people, a low-carb dinner might the best option.

A simple rule for this would be no carbs after 6 pm, as this will remove carbs from dinner and any dessert snacks.

[[Everyone becomes a legal expert when you say ‘low-carb dinner’. They eat the low-carb dinner and then have some chocolate for dessert (“but that’s not dinner!”).]]

So in this case or similar situations, it’s a pretty good rule to follow.

But then it gets taken out of context.

Annie loses 10kg following the above eating structure and her friend asks her what she did.

“I cut out carbs after 6 pm - that was it. Simple and easy to follow [for her].”

But then she adds

“Carbs fuel exercise [true], so since you’re not moving overnight you don’t need the carbs and they are stored as fat  [only stored as fat if glycogen stores are full; has nothing to do with time]. My trainer explained it to me [true].”

This is where the myth grows legs.

Just like legs are at their most useful when attached to the hip socket, this rule benefits people when provided in its appropriate context.

Tom Fitzgerald