Testing the Night Protein Diet

I'll be using My Fitness Pal to track the results of my test of the night protein diet

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Now that my bathroom scale is unpacked, I’m ready to start working on my resolution to lose weight. During can be hit or miss for me, so I thought I would try something new this time. But I want to test if the new method causes any change in my weight vs general efforts.

The particular method is based on a series of radio commercials you may have heard recently. NoDiet.com proposes that our bodies try to burn fat in the first 45 minutes of sleep but are limited by a lack of available protein. So they are selling a liquid protein supplement that you are supposed to drink right before bed. This is the night protein diet.

Does this work? I can’t say. But I’m not prepared to shell out $40 per month on the off-chance that the night protein diet may. Luckily, I see another route. According to their promotional material, their supplement provides 3 grams of protein. I can easily get that with protein powder. I already own protein powder, so I won’t have to buy anything new.

But the major question is going to be: how do I know that this night protein routine is the cause of any weight I loose and not other efforts? As someone with a degree in the sciences, my very first thought is to test this. I don’t have access to hundreds of people to form control groups and test groups. But I do have myself and time.

My Test of the Night Protein Diet Plan

What I am planning on doing is tracking my weight and caloric intake and exercise amount over 30 days, using the calorie counter at My Fitness Pal. My plan is to eat how I do normally; in general try to make proper food choices with an idea of eating lean protein and limiting fats and sugars. But occasionally I cheat. Sometimes, I want a big, greasy Philly Cheesesteak Burger or some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

After 30 days, I will have a good baseline. Then for 30 days, I will continue to eat and exercise the same, but consume 2/3 of a tablespoon of protein powder just before going to bed. That amount will provide 3.1 grams of protein. It also provides me with a similar amount of sugar; I think I need to invest in a higher quality protein powder.

At the end of 60 days, I will compare the two periods and should be able to determine the efficacy of the night protein claim.

If you want to follow my progress, you are welcome to check out my profile on MyFitnessPal.com

Note: I am not affiliated with nodiet.com in any way, nor am I endorsing their product. I am simply testing their concept of the night protein diet and reporting the results here.

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2 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Crystal on 11.02.13 at 22:36

    I’m really interested in seeing how this works out! It would be so cool if protein powder ends up being a key to easy weight loss. :-)

  2. Posted by Edward Antrobus on 11.02.13 at 22:36

    I was a bit incredulous when I heard the claim, so I though it would be a good thing to test.

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