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    Bad to sleep after a meal?

    guys just wondering. After lunch i usually go home and take a quick nap. Is there some truth to that old saying,"Never sleep after you eat, youl get fat"? Was just wondering coz it kinda feels wrong to take a nap after you sleep. Or should i walk the meal off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoon
    guys just wondering. After lunch i usually go home and take a quick nap. Is there some truth to that old saying,"Never sleep after you eat, youl get fat"? Was just wondering coz it kinda feels wrong to take a nap after you sleep. Or should i walk the meal off?

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    That old saying is just that, " a saying." Your body needs certain amount of calories per day. It doesnt matter whether you take your last meal or a meal 5 minutes before bed or 3 hours as long as you eat the right amount of calories and nutrients you need.

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    That old saying is just that, " a saying." Your body needs certain amount of calories per day. It doesnt matter whether you take your last meal or a meal 5 minutes before bed or 3 hours as long as you eat the right amount of calories and nutrients you need.

    What about cheat meals? Does this logic apply for those? I worry that if I eat a high carb cheat meal and go to sleep, that I may store more fat than eating a solid protein/fat meal before sleeping. Any truth to this, or am I just paranoid?

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    your body metabolism does the same thing day in and day out whether awake or asleep. the only thing that makes it change is the amount of activity you do. so you are active all day and lift and do cardio then your metabolism will obviously be faster during these times. when you are asleep you are not doing any activity, which slows it down to your resting metabolic rate.

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    The exception would be a boatload of carbohydrates before sleeping.

    Even if you arrive at UNDER your daily caloric intake by the end of the "day", you can still store fat from excess carbs or high GI carbs and fat in a meal!

    Which sucks too because if u are still under maintenance and say "I'm okay because I'm still under my daily limit", you are most likely losing muscle, while you store fat.

    This would be if you ate under maintenance and napped after big carb meals. You get the point, which is to limit those times.

    You also never want to "walk a meal off", because not only is that not actually what occurs, but you burn off nutrients that should be digested and used for repair, not more physical activity, even if it's only walking.

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    Last edited by SwoleCat; 03-01-2004 at 12:22 PM.

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