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5/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tyler's tips: Nutrient Timing
Tyler Best
Master Trainer

Nutrient timing is a very misunderstood subject even amongst trainers. Very few correctly understand it due to the large source of information out there and a lot of it being incorrect. Yet this very subject can make or break your long awaited results, it can make the difference between fast or slow progress.

So, what is nutrient timing and how does it work? Well that's just it - every person is different and requires different nutrients in the body at any particular time. It also depends on how intense the workouts are, etc, etc...

In its most general sense its supply and demand...

What does that mean? You supply your body with the necessary nutrients to meet the demands you put on it whether exercise, work or activity.

So, When? It is after exercise that our bodies best absorb and are most ready to absorb the nutrients from food sources. This is also the time your body is begging for you to give it some sort of replenishment. So you should schedule a good portion of your nutrients around your workouts and when you have the greatest amount of activity. Otherwise, your performance levels will lack and that will lead to less effective workouts and productiveness throughout the day. Early in the day, such as breakfast, is also important to eat a good amount of your nutrients as it helps the body's metabolism kick start.

What you do eat at this time? It's very important to get the right type of nourishment throughout the day as the name insists - nutrient timing - the type of nutrient is as equally important as the timing. Generally, you want to eat slow digesting (low glycemic index) carbohydrates (yams, oatmeal, sweat potatoes, brown rice, etc.) throughout your day to keep blood glucose levels steady and keep fat burning optimal.

Adequate protein intake is important as well in the form of lean meats. The only exception to slow digesting carbohydrates is after workouts one should intake sugar (in the form of dextrose) as science supports that it is best for most rapid recovery and does not hurt the body, and an hour or so after have a good healthy meal, meeting the requirements above.

When not to eat? If the body is hungry generally you should eat - only late at night you should eat only certain types of foods. By food I mean mainly sticking to protein, not carbs. Lean meats, supplement shakes and some dairy products. This is because the demand is no longer there for the body to need carbs, yet most often this is the very time people overeat. They over supply the body for a demand that is never going to occur. Thus, your result is unused energy, which the body in turn stores and converts to fat.

Take home points:

1. Eat smart

2. Time your meals carefully

3. Don't overeat,

4. Plan a good majority of your nutrients around your activities for any particular day.

***For Great tips like this visit:

or call Tyler at 831-214-5584.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Article comment by: Desert Punky

I can help you out. Albertson's sells 'sweet potatoes'. I don't know where you can get 'sweat potatoes'. What a difference an 'a' makes. Now change the spelling PVVT like you changed the 31 days in April comment for the PVH story I pointed out. You don't need to print my edit.

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