Eating before bed spells disaster in a couple of ways which to basically sum it up means your body is gonna be working with that food when it should be resting, your body needs the break/rest from digesting food all day, and last but not least it helps you gain/retain fat.
There's no evidence to support this. It's a misconception based on observational research without proper controls. Late eating was just one factor among many in these studies, and drawing a causal link without considering the other variables, such as general overeating, is incorrect. If the people who tend to eat late also tend to eat much more overall, is it correct to blame the timing of the meals? Probably not.
Proper, controlled studies have found no negative link between late meals and increase in fat or decrease in lean mass. Digestion doesn't tire your body or prevent it from resting. http://www.leangains.com/2011/06/is-lat ... r-fat.html
Apologies for my lack of politeness as this shouldn't be the place for my 1st post and I shall use the introduction page in due course.
I read your challenge to the OP with great interest as I was always under the impression that pre-bedtime meals were a total carb no-no. I'm interested in your opinion of the concensus that the body must be placed in a anabolic state during sleep and must be fed a slow digesting protein to ensure a steady supply during rest. This is the one area of a vegan diet I struggle with. How does one prevent catabolism during the night. Or, is the need for staying anabolic during the night a myth?