Nutrient timing refers to eating certain foods at optimal occasions when your body is most able to utilize its nutrients. You need to know what to eat and when to eat it to complement your hard work in the gym. The foods you eat affect your hormone levels (e.g., insulin, leptin, ghrelin) which determine nutrient absorption. Muscle and bone growth as well as fat loss are largely dependent on your insulin levels. Insulin is arguably the most significant hormone responsible for driving glucose (carbs), amino acids (protein) and fat into your body cells. This hormone is released from the pancreas into your blood when carbs are eaten. Supplementation during and after your workout may be warranted in order to provide sufficient carbs (from sugar) to fuel your workout and sufficient protein (from branched-chain amino acids) to maintain muscle mass. The best way to help control your blood sugar level while exercising is to consume a protein plus carb drink before, during and after your workout. In addition, a good carb/protein supplemental shake pre-and post-workout may increase lean body mass, increase muscle strength and decrease fat weight.
Here's the strategy for eating wisely around your workout:
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.