Does Late-Night Protein Consumption Promote Weight Gain?

Many nutrition experts advise that high-calorie meals before bedtime promote weight gain and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, some studies have found that consuming a low-calorie, high-protein snack before bed suppresses appetite, increases energy expenditure, promotes muscle hypertrophy and decreases fat. A study led by Amber Kinsey from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Michael Ormsbee found that consuming a 120-calorie casein protein snack had no effect on blood sugar or fat metabolism. Consuming a low-calorie protein snack before bedtime might boost protein synthesis without altering fat or carbohydrate metabolism. (Nutrients, 8: 452i, 2016)

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