Our expert says:
If you are doing very hard training then your need to binge on carbs and fats at night could be an indication that you are not eating sufficient to meet your body's demands for fuel. The harder you train, the more carbs you need to eat because carbs are our best source of readily available energy. For example, top athletes like the competitors in the Tour de France obtain up to 70% of their energy from carbs and they are probably the thinnest, fittest athletes I know of. So my advice would be to eat more carbs throughout the day concentrating on a mix of low-GI and high-GI foods. The low-GI foods should be eaten during the day to keep your insulin levels steady, while the high-GI foods (energy drinks or bars for example) can be eaten immediately after your training to help you replenish your glycogen stores and to recover. Then when you have relaxed somewhat you can eat the balanced meal. Click on 'DietnFood' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. If you find after 4-6 weeks of applying these recommendations that you are still craving sweets and fatty foods at night then you may have an eating disorder (nighttime binging) and need the assistance of a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area).
But first try to provide your body with sufficient carbs to fuel your physical activity.
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