Diet all day and night

So I mentioned before about a couple things. Cortisol should be higher in the morning and lower at night. And cortisol is used to raise blood sugar. So putting those concepts together, you don’t want cortisol to have to raise your blood sugar at nighttime. When it does that, then you’re disrupting that gentle down slope at night. So the amount of reasonable carb you want, a controlled, low amount of carbs, shifting that to the evening, that’s a more favorable time of day for fixing that cortisol response. And the real beautiful thing about the strategy is your cortisol could be always low, always high, or exactly backwards. Those can all give the same problems. But some things, in terms of like herbs or supplements, wouldn’t work if you’re here the same way if you’re there. We showed in a study that the diet didn’t matter where you were starting, but you’re going to move up 58% back to target whether you’re starting out high, low, or backwards. Dr. Jonny: And this is interesting, very interesting to me, especially because what you said in the book actually went against a lot of what I had taught and learned for most of my career because we had always said, if you’re going to have carbs, have them in the morning. You’re more insulin sensitive then. Learn more at and

And the last thing you want, and I’m mea culpa on this because I believed it. The last thing you want before you go to bed is a big, heavy insulin response. You want your body burning fat when you’re sleeping, not storing fat. And if you’re going to eat a big six bowls of cereal before you go to bed, your insulin is going to be on the roof. And all it’s going to be doing is shuttling that sugar into the fat cells because the muscle cells are probably resistant to it. You are saying that quite the opposite is true. And I’m reminded of a book when I was beginning my career. It was a book called Potatoes Not Prozac . Yeah, I remember that. Dr. Jonny: Yeah, Kathleen DesMaisons who is a wonderful nutritionist and psychologist. But you’re kind of saying that that’s not so. And I’ve heard the opposite advice for so much too. And metabolically we’ve learned that there is a difference. And anyone on a diet that’s not working, like you said, that six bowls of cereal. If you throw that on a diet that’s not working any time of day, bad things are going to happen. It was weighed. And then also their leftovers were measured and weighed. So we knew exactly what they ate because it was given to them and recorded afterwards. And they were put into two groups. They were on the exact same diet, the exact same calorie load, the exact same protein, fat, and carb distribution, but one group had all the carbs at the evening meal. And the other group had three even amounts throughout the day. Learn more at