Many of you know I’m deeply opposed to snacking at all. The research is all over my latest book.
BUT, hands down, the worst snacking damage occurs after dinner and here is why:
After dinner snacking disrupts the natural production of human growth hormone (HGH). HGH helps:
- Build muscles
- Keep our bodies leaner by boosting metabolism
- Enhances energy levels
- Increases libido and
- Boost brain power, to name a few.
I recommend NO snacking to our weight loss clients as all food ultimately becomes glucose, or sugar in our blood.
That sugar needs to then be STORED (remember that word) in either the liver, muscles or cells, to name a few.
The hormone, insulin, is what is called upon to enable this STORAGE to occur. Anytime you eat, either a meal or snack, that hormone comes into play.
What do you want to have happen when you diet, or create a caloric deficit? You want to open up the fat cells and burn the fat for fuel. But, if you have the STORAGE hormone, insulin, in your blood stream, you are sending mixed messages to your body. Your desire to lose weight is thwarted by your behavior, snacking, which produces this hormone. I call it the Snack Smack, as snacking smacks your desire and ability to lose weight.
PLUS, with regard to HGH, the presence of insulin in the bloodstream zaps the body’s ability to pump out HGH about an hour and a half after you fall asleep. Therefore, no snacking for at least 2-3 hours before going to bed or you lose all the needed benefits of this hormone, especially as we age.