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Don’t eat carbs after 5pm

“This myth has been around for years, and is just that: a myth,” Diversi says. “It doesn’t matter if you eat carbs after 5pm or even 10pm, it depends on how many kilojoules you’ve eaten throughout the day.”

For many people, carbs help them to sleep through the night; for others, eating carbs first thing in the morning or at lunchtime is better for energy levels.
“They’re filling and, topped with healthy sauces such as Bolognese or vegetables, have a low glycaemic index, so you’ll be less likely to crave something sweet afterwards, which would most likely put you over your daily intake,” Diversi says.

A good rule of thumb is to check your tummy in the morning. If it looks and feels bloated after the previous night’s pasta, it may be that eating carbs at night doesn’t suit your digestion – “but this has nothing to do with weight gain,” Diversi says.