When we sleep, our body gets into a fasting mode, we aren’t eating for the time we are asleep. We use the glycogen in our liver to maintain a consistent blood sugar level, when these storages are emptied, our body starts to either utilize adipose (fat) tissue or starts to break down our cell structures (such as muscle) to get the required energy.
If you try to build muscle, I highly recommend you load up on some protein before going to bed. It will keep your protein synthesis high and therefore preserve muscle from being used as fuel.
One of the best and easiest things to have is a simple protein shake.
What I use
- 1 scoop Nitro Pro Whey Protein (right now Vanilla Ice Cream is my favorite)
- 1 cup kale (greens will help your body flush out toxins)
- 1 cup almond milk (low fat, doesn’t bloat me as much as normal milk)
- 1 tb peanut butter (healthy fat)
Mix it all together and consume before going to bed in order to keep your engine running.
The whey protein will refill your amino acid pool. Amino acids are the building blocks from protein and are derived from protein.
The kale is one of the so-called powerfoods and helps your body to get rid of toxins.
Almond milk makes the protein shake tastier while barely adding any calories. In comparison to “normal” milk, it bloats you less.
Peanut butter, use natural peanut butter… it’s a healthy fat that will keep you satisfied for longer and adds consistency and taste. You can replace it with almond butter as well.