Carbs after 6pm?

Carbohydrates After 6pm Will Not Make You Fat

Carbohydrates are something that many people fear and tend to avoid when trying to lose or manage their weight. The fact is carbs don’t make you gain fat, and the silly myth that eating carbs after 6pm will make you fatter is drivel. Last time I checked, food cannot tell the time, so let’s do-away with this thinking right now.

The time of day you eat your carbohydrates makes no difference whatsoever to your weight. Whether the calories (or kilojoules) come from protein, fat, carbohydrates or alcohol, it is the presence of excess energy intake in the form of food, not just the much maligned carbohydrates that are to blame for weight gain.

Starchy carbohydrates has gotten this bad wrap because it is pretty easy to over-eat the very delicious starchy carbohydrate foods (rice, bread, pasta, potatoes). Especially at night when you might be a bit tired or when out socialising and not as mindful of what you are eating or your true hunger signals.

So rather than ban carbohydrates from your dietary pattern aim to improve your understanding of portion. For instance the following equate to one serve of starchy carbohydrate:

  • ½ cup of cooked pasta
  • A piece of thinly cup bread
  • ¼ cup of muesli
  • ½ cup cooked oats
  • ½ bread roll
  • ½ cup of rice
  • 2/3 cup of wheat or other cereal flakes
  • 3 crispbreads
  • 1 crumpet
  • 1 small English muffin (35g)
  • 75g potato (white or sweet)
  • 75g corn (white or sweet)
  • 75g green peas

The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend 4-6 serves of starchy (cereal-based) carbohydrates within a balanced adult diet. It doesn’t take long to reach this amount when you consider the small portion size.