Next up on our list of foods to avoid before bed is pasta. If you’re in mass-gaining mode, consuming some carbohydrates before can help out. Put there are much better choices than insulin-spiking pasta before bed.
Those calories will be highly prone to settle around your waist. Pasta is one of the more calorie-dense carbohydrate sources around; you can easily consume 400 calories or more in a single pre-bed sitting.
Pasta does less damage earlier in the day — for example, before or after your workout, when your body actually requires a much higher overall carbohydrate intake.
That’s when your body is actually primed to use those carbohydrates to fuel your activity and replenish the high energy storage in the muscle cells. In this case, you’re actually supporting your long-term goal.
What To Have Instead:
If you’re craving pasta before bed, go with some spaghetti squash instead. It’ll give the same taste and texture as pasta with just a fraction of the carbs.