The Importance of Nutrient Timing

Heather Hall

This article, entitled The Importance of Nutrient Timing, comes from partner site Body OverHall.

Spring has officially begun, although you can’t tell by the weather outside today! Many of us are getting ready to or are already trying to shed our “winter coats” of extra body fat in preparation for tank tops, short, and swimsuits.

If you’re exercising and eating healthy already, good for you. But are you getting results? If not, more than likely it’s because of the way you are eating. You may be eating healthier foods, but if you’re not eating the right foods at the right times it can prevent your body from losing fat.

Here are some simple rules to keep in mind when it comes to nutrient timing (eating to lose body fat):

  • Eat starchy carbs (whole grain breads, pastas, rice, , oatmeal, potatoes, quinoa, sprouted grain breads, etc.) only after exercise. Make sure to eat these within 3 hours.

  • Consume refined sugary carbs sparingly and only after exercise if you do, within the 3 hour window after exercise. These include fruit juice, dried fruits, sports drinks, sweets, energy bars, etc.

  • Fruits & Veggies are also considered carbohydrates, but are your fibrous carbohydrates. These should be eaten at most if not all meals, especially when it comes to green vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli and asparagus. Fruits should be eaten earlier in the day.

  • Eat protein sources (lean meats, poultry & fish, dairy) and healthy fats (extra virgin olive oil, avocados, nuts & seeds) with each meal and snack. Protein and fat will help to keep you satisfied throughout the day and blood sugars even. Protein also helps muscles to recover after intense exercise.

When it comes to nutrient timing, it can make or break your efforts in the gym. It really is simple, but not always easy to do. Apply these rules to your eating habits and you are sure to get a lean, bikini (or Speedo) ready body by the beginning of summer!

Be Well,

Heather Hall
Body OverHALL, LLC
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