How Eating Carbs Late Can Make You Fat While You Sleep

Countless people continue to struggle with their weight (body fat).

I think you can agree with me that drug companies prey on individuals who are overweight through various tactics and strategies.

These include targeted advertising campaigns highlighting the “potential” benefits of their weight loss drugs and other dangerous procedures.

In addition to the emotional appeal of showing testimonials that create a sense of urgency and hope, they exaggerate the effectiveness of their drugs and procedures making people believe these drugs and procedures will produce quick weight loss results.

Drug companies also minimize and downplay the risks and side effects associated with their meds and procedures.

[Wait until I reveal the true mechanisms behind the new popular weight loss drug—ozempic. You’ll think twice, three times, and four times before you decide to get this injection.]

But yet, the most simple strategy for losing weight—fat—is never discussed, never mentioned.

Are you ready to hear it… rather read it?

These basic principles are woven into our physiology like XX chromosomes in a woman and XY chromosomes in a man.

By going against these simple metabolic principles, you not only make fat loss difficult if not impossible, but you may be in a state of emotional frustration and angst wondering why you can’t lose “weight.”

So here are 2 basic principles for managing your body composition and getting rid of body fat.

—Eat when the sun is out, not when the moon is out

—Refrain from eating high-calorie foods and carbs at the end of your day.

Sounds easy right?


There is a hidden danger when you eat high-calorie, nutrient-absent foods at night when the moon is out.

Before I explain why, you should know there are several hormones involved with increasing your body fat while you sleep.

The three hormones are:


  • Role: Insulin is released by the pancreas in response to elevated blood glucose levels after consuming carbohydrates. Its primary function is to facilitate the uptake of glucose by cells for energy or storage as glycogen and fat.


  • Role: Somatostatin, also known as growth hormone-inhibiting hormone (GHIH), is secreted by the hypothalamus, pancreas, and gastrointestinal tract. It inhibits the release of several other hormones, including insulin and growth hormone.

Growth Hormone (GH)

  • Role: Growth hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland, primarily during deep sleep, and plays a crucial role in growth, metabolism, and fat burning. GH promotes the utilization of fat for energy and inhibits insulin’s action on fat storage.

Would you agree the biggest meal of the day for most people is dinner?  Dinner is also usually eaten several hours before bed.

Typically . . . I say typically . . . dinner for many people is a high-carb meal, including a couple of alcoholic drinks and some kind of bread, pasta, or rice. Along with those carbs, they have a small piece of protein, e.g., fish, chicken, or steak, followed by more carbs—a piece of cake or pie, or a dish of ice cream.

What did you eat for dinner last night?

The mechanism behind body fat storage after eating carbs at night.

After eating high-calorie foods or a lot of carbohydrates, there is a flood of glucose in the blood.

With the resulting rise in blood sugar, insulin comes rushing out of the pancreas to deal with the sugar, storing it in the liver and muscles, then stuffing the excess into fat cells.

Worse yet, this is happening at night, when we’re winding down and getting ready for bed.

Here’s the interesting part.

While you sleep, insulin stores the unused calories as fat around your waist, which then buries your abdominal muscles (your abs). Eating lots of calories at night will make you fat – A high-carb meal will cause the release of the hormones insulin and somatostatin, also known as a growth hormone-inhibiting hormone.

Growth hormone is secreted from the brain about an hour after falling asleep. Its function in the body is to build and repair muscle tissue, stimulate the immune system, and burn fat. 

Yes, you read that correctly.

Your body will use body fat for fuel during sleep as long as you have growth hormone.

So, if you eat high-calorie foods and carbs at night, you increase somatostatin, shut down the production of growth hormone, and halt fat burning!

One more point here:  Unlike other animals, we are not meant to eat and then sleep. We are built to eat while active in order to ensure that we burn what we eat. Therefore, we should eat frequently throughout the day while active—while the sun shines—not while sleeping . . . when the moon is out.

Make sense?

Burning fat isn’t as complicated as some people think it is. If you continue to eat a nutrient-absent, high-calorie dinner, you will ruin your fat-loss efforts.

If you’re not storing fat while you sleep, you’re burning it—simple.

Eating carbs or high-calorie foods late will not only make you fat, it can ruin your health. As stated before, carbs cause the release of insulin—the hormone that regulates blood sugar and the storage of fat.

Eating high-calorie foods and carbs at night will not only make you gain unwanted body fat, but you can also make yourself sick with other chronic health issues.

Remember insulin?

High insulin is also a driver of cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, sleep apnea, internal inflammation, and immune dysfunction.

Pumping up your insulin before bed will also cause serious chaos with your other hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.

These altered hormone levels can cause poor sleep, moodiness, night sweats, low libido, sugar cravings, impotence, cold hands and feet . . . and that’s just the start.

Simply, if you have to eat in the evening, choose green and rainbow-colored vegetables with a small piece of protein.

This will have little effect on the hormones that store fat while you’re snoozing, keep down inflammation, and keep you healthy.

But wait, there’s more.

Eating carbs and high-calorie foods when the moon is out may contribute to weight (fat) gain for several other reasons:

—Circadian Rhythm: Our bodies have a natural circadian rhythm that influences various metabolic processes. Eating carbs late can disrupt this rhythm, leading to inefficient digestion and metabolism.

—Increased Caloric Intake: Late-night eating often involves high-calorie, low-nutrient foods like snacks and desserts. This can result in consuming more calories than needed.

—Reduced Physical Activity: Eating late often means consuming calories close to bedtime when physical activity is minimal. This reduces the chances of burning off the calories consumed.

—Hormonal Imbalances: Late carb eating can affect hormones that regulate hunger and satiety, such as leptin and ghrelin. This may lead to increased hunger and overeating. A very unwanted consequence of diving deep into the carbs.

—Insulin Sensitivity: Eating carbs late can reduce insulin sensitivity, making it harder for your body to process sugars and leading to higher blood sugar levels, which can contribute to fat storage.

—Sleep Disruption: Eating high-calorie foods late can disrupt sleep patterns, leading to poorer quality sleep. Poor sleep can increase appetite and cravings for unhealthy foods the next day, contributing to weight gain.

—Emotional Eating: Late-night eating can sometimes be driven by stress or emotional factors rather than hunger, leading to overeating.


In summary, eating carbs and high-calorie foods for dinner will wreak havoc on your blood sugar and insulin, causing your body to reduce the production of growth hormone which promotes the production of fat in your body—while you sleep.

Besides growing that muffin top above your waistline, carb consumption before bed disrupts critical hormonal reactions in the body.

What hormonal changes happen when you eat carbohydrates late you ask?

Eating carbohydrates. . . let’s just say insulin-pumping foods late at night can lead to several hormonal changes in the body, impacting metabolism, appetite, and overall health.

Here are some key hormonal changes that occur:

Insulin resistance: When you consume carbohydrates, your body releases insulin to help regulate blood sugar levels. Eating late can disrupt the natural daily rhythm of insulin release, potentially leading to higher insulin levels at night. This can reduce insulin sensitivity over time, increasing the risk of insulin resistance and weight gain.
Cortisol: Cortisol is a stress hormone that follows a diurnal (active during the daytime) pattern, typically peaking in the morning and decreasing throughout the day. Eating late can cause a spike in cortisol levels at night, disrupting this pattern and potentially leading to increased fat storage, especially in the abdominal area.
Melatonin: Melatonin is a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. High-carb meals at night can interfere with melatonin production, making it harder to fall asleep and reducing sleep quality. Poor sleep can further disrupt hormonal balance and metabolism.
Leptin and Ghrelin: Leptin is a hormone that signals satiety, while ghrelin stimulates hunger. Eating late can alter the normal patterns of these hormones, potentially reducing leptin levels (leading to decreased feelings of fullness) and increasing ghrelin levels (leading to increased hunger). This can result in overeating and weight gain.
—Growth Hormone: Growth hormone, which plays a role in metabolism and fat burning, is typically released in higher amounts during deep sleep. Eating late can interfere with the quality of sleep and, consequently, the release of growth hormone, impairing fat metabolism.
Adiponectin: Adiponectin is a hormone that helps regulate glucose levels and fatty acid breakdown. Eating late can lower adiponectin levels, leading to reduced fat burning and increased fat storage.

In summary, eating late at night disrupts the normal hormonal balance between insulin, somatostatin, and growth hormone. Elevated insulin levels can suppress GH secretion directly and through the release of somatostatin, while also promoting fat storage.

Disrupted sleep from late-night eating further reduces GH release, impairing its metabolic benefits. This interplay can contribute to increased fat accumulation and metabolic dysregulation over time.


Eating carbohydrates late at night can disrupt the balance of several key hormones, leading to impaired metabolism, increased fat storage, and altered appetite regulation. This hormonal disruption can contribute to weight gain and other metabolic issues over time.

So, what’s the solution?

Instead of eating foods that flood your blood with glucose resulting in a massive surge of insulin at night, eat protein and veggies which are much less likely to cause the production of body fat compared to consuming high-calorie, high-carbohydrate, or even fatty foods.


Here’s an analysis of how eating protein and vegetables at night can impact your body composition:

Protein and Vegetables: Key Points

  1. Lower Caloric Density:
    • Vegetables typically have low caloric density and high fiber content, which can help you feel full without consuming many calories.
    • Protein has a higher thermic effect, meaning it requires more energy to digest, which can slightly boost metabolism.
  2. Satiety and Appetite Regulation:
    • Protein is known to increase feelings of fullness and reduce appetite, which may prevent overeating.
    • Fiber in vegetables also promotes satiety and can help control calorie intake.
  3. Hormonal Effects:
    • Protein intake can support muscle maintenance and growth, which can be beneficial for metabolism.
    • Eating protein at night might not significantly impact insulin levels compared to carbohydrates, potentially reducing the risk of fat storage.
  4. Metabolism and Sleep:
    • Consuming a balanced meal with protein and vegetables is less likely to disrupt sleep compared to high-carb or high-fat meals, which can affect metabolism and weight management.
    • Good sleep quality is essential for maintaining hormonal balance, including hormones like leptin and ghrelin that regulate hunger and satiety.


Eating just protein and vegetables at night is generally a healthier option compared to high-calorie, high-carbohydrate, or fatty foods. This approach can help manage calorie intake, enhance satiety, and minimize the risk of metabolic disruptions that contribute to weight gain.

However, it’s essential to consider total daily caloric intake, overall diet quality, physical activity, and individual metabolic factors. Balancing these elements will determine whether you gain weight (fat).

For more info on getting low-fat and lean, I strongly suggest you get a copy of Rebuild.



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