Why You Need to Eat Before Bed

While the debate to eat or not eat before bed continues in the mainstream public, athletes, particularly those seeking to maximize lean muscle gains, have long known that eating before bed is critical to recovery and performance. Why? Growth and repair of intensely-trained muscle takes place when you sleep. In order to sufficiently fuel that all-important recovery process, you must provide the body with a steady stream of amino acids, particularly those highly involved in protein synthesis such as Glutamine and Leucine. Because of their unique slow-digesting "time-released" qualities, caseins are aptly described as anti-catabolic or muscle-protecting proteins. Casein proteins are pH sensitive and gel in the acidic environment of the stomach. As a result, it can take more than twice as long for caseins to be broken-down into their amino acid subcomponents than whey and other proteins, thus making them the ideal nighttime protein. Each serving of ON 100% Casein Protein provides 23 g of slow-digesting casein-based proteins rich in highly anti-catabolic micellar casein supplying more than 9 grams of Glutamine, Glutamine Precursors and BCAAs including Leucine with just 3 grams of carbs and 1 gram of sugar.

The Bigger Picture: Feed your late-night cravings and fuel your muscle recovery with a great-tasting, easy-to-make ON 100% Casein Pudding. Mix a heaping scoop of your favorite flavor ON 100% Casein Protein into a bowl with 4-6 ounces of water (pre-mixing in a shaker or blender will yield a smoother consistency), chill it down in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, add a scoop of fat-free cool whip and enjoy a guilt-free, muscle-feeding before bed snack.
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Jul 14, 2007
Many thanks for the article. Eating before bed has always been what i had initially thought a bad habit. My parents especially came up with constant reminders of why this isnt a good thing(eating before bed). But something i couldnt explain about my eating before bed. Not just my hunger or it being a great way to get in a sleepy mood, but almost the same thing the article mentions(repair and overall growth, especially considering all real gains happen in sleep) You article was a huge eye opener/guilt-reliever. I intend to post a print out on my wall(mainly being a smart ass) But thanx again