I hope you (or anyone) can shed any light on this one, to settle an argument that was raging in my family over the weekend, about eating food late on in the day. My little brother (who is quite into good nutrition and muscle-building) says it's good, my mum says it's bad. He claims that if you eat proteinous food like meat late at night, then while you're asleep your body doesn't have anything else to expend energy on so can focus on converting the protein into muscle. My mum on the other hand, says that it's unhealthy as your metabolism slows down and it doesn't digest it as fast, so it effectively somewhat rots in your stomach not being put to any use, and while not that likely is more likely to lead to things like stomach ulcers and bowel cancer if you do it all the time for a lifetime. Are either, or both, of them right? he reckons it's also best to eat 'simple carbs like bananas' after doing exercise like cycling, and that it's best to eat small amounts regularly rather than large amounts infrequently - and a lot of other stuff about what type of stuff to eat when which went over my head due to the fact he was talking fairly fast. Anything else to add, and any good simple "must do"s and "must don't"s to remember for what nutritional stuff to eat when?