A major concern for recovery, fat loss and performance is the concept of what food choices are appropriate before sleep. Recently, at the 2012 International Society of Sports Nutrition conference, I got the chance to interview the expert on this topic, Dr. Mike Ormsbee PhD CSCS. CISSN.

In this interview I talk with Mike on his research regarding nutritional effects of meals before sleep.

This is an exciting new area of research that is just starting to receive attention from the sports and nutrition research communities - so we're just scratching the surface. Mike is one of the leading researchers in this area and in this interview we talk chronobiological aspects (e.g. meal frequency, regularity) and circadian synchrony of daily food intake with physiological processes and importance for weight control and performance.

Regarding nocturnal eating, one common perception has deemed food off-limits during this time due to the potential health and body composition implications associated with increased food intake and attenuated physiological functioning.

However, given that macronutrients elicit different effects on energy balance, cardiometabolic health, and hormone secretion, it is possible that certain macronutrients (e.g. protein) may be best for consumption in the evening before sleep and provide an opportunity to maximize improvements in body composition and human performance.

Michel Ormsbee, PhD, CSCS, CISSN is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Science at The Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, FL, USA. Dr. Ormsbee is a Faculty member with the Institute of Sports Science and Medicine’s Human Performance Laboratory and the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging at FSU. Dr. Ormsbee earned his PhD in Bioenergetics (interdisciplinary program in Exercise Science, Physiology, & biochemistry) from East Carolina University.

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