I would recommend eating protein with a slow release time or eating lighter if your going to eat close to bedtime when your body tends to be going into recovery mode. Some commentators of sports medicine say that eating late can interrupt your sleep, and leave you with undone digesting in the morning. But it also depends on how strong your metabolism is and how intense your workout was in determining exactly what nutrients you need to ingest. A rule of thumb I use when eating late, is to eat what I feel can be reasonably digested before I go to sleep. This makes my sleep and recovery times more benefical, If your going to have a recovery drink, I would avoid any with excess or added sugar, because of the blood sugar crash that could possibly disrupt your sleep, and also because of the fattening potentialamong other concerns with these things. Not sure what recovery drinks your referring to, but avoiding fast burning carbs and fruits at night and going for the slow to mid proteins, with good fats ( advocado, omega-3's) is whats worked for me the best. Best carbs at night are the leafy greens, which also help along the rest of your digestion. Hope this helps.
I usually drink a protein shake after my workout regardless. Even if you're going to bed right after working out, you're body is going to need supplies to repair.
My reasoning could be misguided, but I have just trained myself to think "I worked out, I need a protein shake."
That whole danger of eating late thing has been debunked by research. Overall for the general population, they found no difference in weight gain depending on when in the day you eat your calories. I think it's just another one of those 'everyone knows' type pieces of 'knowledge' that sounds good but has zero evidence behind it.
My advice is do what works for you. If you are hungry, then eat. If not, then your main issue is recovery time after the work out and what does or does not improve your recovery time. But there is nothing inherently wrong about eating late at night.
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