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Nutrient Timing-what to eat before, during, and after exercise.

We all know that what you eat is important. But what about when you eat? Especially if you’re active?

Most recreational exercisers looking to get healthy and fit will get the nutrients and energy they need by eating a well balanced meal 1-2 hours before exercise, and another within 1-2 hours after exercise.

Athletes have special needs

Of course, if you’re…

  • An endurance athlete. You train for high-level competition. You log a lot of high intensity miles each week. For you, carbohydrate and calorie needs are likely higher. You could add a protein + carbohydrate (P+C) drink during your training.

  • Training as a bodybuilder. You lift weights with serious muscle growth in mind. You want to gain weight. Your protein and calorie needs are likely higher. You could also add a protein + carbohydrate (P+C) drink during your training.

  • Getting ready for a fitness competition. You accumulate a lot of exercise hours. You’re trying to drop to a single-digit body fat percentage. For you, carb intake should be lower. You’d benefit from the performance-enhancing, muscle-preserving branched-chain-amino acids (BCAA) during your training.

Workout nutrition guidelines by goal and body type

Workout nutrition for your body type

This blog will address nutrient timing (before, during and after workouts) in respect to individuals exercising for general health and fitness.

If this is you, focus on:

  • eliminating nutrient deficiencies

  • ensuring your portions are the right size

  • eating right for your body type.

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