First Things First
As with pretty much everything, there is no one size fits all. This might be “the magic pill” for some, while for others, nutrient timing may become overwhelming and in the long run, cause more harm than good.
And the most important thing to keep in mind is that
Quality food comes first
The Bottom Line
While nutrient timing can have benefits for certain people, if you’re just starting out on your journey, focus on the basic principles first:
- Eat real food – the less processed the better
- Eat the rainbow – eat vegetables and fruits from all color groups
- Don’t avoid the good fats, the complex carbs, the high quality proteins
- Hydrate yourself (drink ~1/2 oz of water per kg of body weight, more when working out, pregnant, nursing or on hot days)
- Get enough sleep
- Exercise ~30 minutes daily
If you’re ready to take on timed nutrition, experiment. See what works for you. Give your body time to adjust. Be flexible. Go all in, plan, but don’t flip out if things don’t always work out as planned. Remember…
Recognizing that we’re not perfect and being able to move on from a bad meal, a missed workout, or a bad night’s sleep is what makes fit & healthy living a lifestyle
Timed nutrition is not recommended during pregnancy.