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Midnight Shakes for Weight Gain
Greg Everett

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Anyone who has ever tried to gain a significant amount of weight has tried or at least heard of taking down a protein shake in the middle of the night. Most importantly, this is an opportunity to bump up caloric intake in a 24-hour period without adding more food to what is probably already an inconveniently and uncomfortably large amount. Some will also argue that it helps supply more raw material for tissue repair and growth during the time when most of this recovery is taking place: sleep.

There is no doubt this practice is effective, and those looking to gain weight should certainly try it out. However, keep in mind the importance of sleep, especially to hypertrophy and recovery in general. Consider the consequences of waking versus the benefits of the additional food. If you're the kind of person who can fall back to sleep easily, this shouldn't be a problem. But if you're the kind of person for whom a 5-minute protein shake drinking excursion will become 2 hours of of sleeplessness in the middle of the night, the practice is not advisable.

My suggestion for both types of individuals is to make a shake before bed and leave it in the fridge. If you wake up naturally, go drink it. If you sleep through the night, you can drink it the next morning and be thankful for your rest.

Greg Everett is the owner of Catalyst Athletics, head coach of the national-medalist Catalyst Athletics weightlifting team, publisher of The Performance Menu, author of the books Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches and Olympic Weightlifting for Sports, and director/writer/producer/editor/everything of the documentary American Weightlifting. Follow him on Facebook here and and sign up for his free newsletter here.

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1 Comments
Mick E 2011-10-18
Sugar does a pretty good job at rotting your teeth, but for weight gain you need to calculate how many calories your body is using. Then, If you eat more calories than your using, you gain weight. Diet, exercise and rest definately go together and to figure out how many calories your burning compared to how many your eating. I have found some good free calculators for BMI, BMR, LBM, and Calories Burned at howtogainweight123.com/calculators So, Calculate how many calories you have burned during the day and adjust your food intake to be less calories to lose weight or more calories to gain weight.
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