What does meal timing have to do with anything?


Most importantly nutrient utilization…

Every time you eat is prep for what you are about to do, or recovery from what you just got done doing.

For example, you wake up in the morning and you break your fast. You are prepping for the start of your day. Your dinner might be prep for an evening workout. Then after the workout you will have another little something to replenish and recover.

Think about this. The hour you spend on facebook needs very little nutritional prep. You do not need a recovery meal after you finish watching a movie. Sitting at a desk all day doesn’t require a carb load. Reading emails and electronic reports may require endurance, but a Gatorade isn’t necessary to fuel the event.

All I ask is that you think about where you have been, and where you are going before you eat anything. I’m not suggesting that you can’t have a food that you love. I’m asking you to time it appropriately, and choose the right portion size. Before a workout you will need more calories and carbs for fuel, and after the workout your body will require more to replenish and recover. When you are working a sedentary job, your calorie and carbohydrate needs are very low. How do you keep yourself full and stay satisfied when you are sedentary? Vegetables. They are low in calories and high in fiber.

Remember! Where have you been, and where are you going? Doing nothing requires very little. If you are about to crush a 3 hour ride…, well then…, I hope you done started fueling up a while ago.