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Does What You Eat Really Matter?

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When you read about fitness, diet, nutrition and exercise you could be there for hours. You’ll find many people with lots of different theories which can make for extensive and frustrating reading. However a topic that comes up time and time again is what you should be eating and when you should be eating it.

One thing that many people feel is important when it comes to eating is nutrient timing – the method of eating specific nutrients at certain times i.e. eating the ‘right’ food for breakfast, eating the ‘right’ food before exercising, eating the ‘right’ food before at the end of the day, etc. This food methodology is something that has been looked at time and time again over the years, with a number of different theories.

Your Body; Your Rules

Whilst of course there are experts in the diet and nutrition world who will argue their point until it sticks – we’re not trying to imply we know best. But really what it comes down to is listening to your body and what it needs.

The truth is that the human body is complicated and there is rarely a one size fits all approach to nutrition and fitness.

But across the board, what most nutritionists suggest are higher protein meals pre-workout and slightly higher carb meals post-workout. Although this also varies depending on your starting body weight and the results you want to see. Regardless, you’ll soon get to know what your body wants.

However what is important to remember, studies into this topic are usually only carried out over a short term period which doesn’t tell us the long term results – benefits and negatives. Of course, you know your body and what it needs better than anyone else, so don’t be afraid to listen to it!

Advice that is often thrown around is to eat within 45 minutes of a workout because this is when your body is most hungry for nutrients. Sound advice if you feel your body needs it. What many people turn to post-workout is drinking protein drinks – but for some this may not be beneficial at all. Again it depends on your body and your goals. Studies to prove the solidity of these post-workout claims, again have only been carried out over very short time periods so aren’t conclusive enough to take for gospel.

Does What You Eat Really Matter?

So going back to our earlier question – does what you eat really matter? – The outcome is that it genuinely does depend on your body and what you want to achieve.

If you are someone that just wants to look and feel great, then eating a balanced diet along with regular and varied exercise will be enough to make this happen. If you are more of a gym bunny and workout harder, then ensuring a balanced diet along with a higher intake of carbs will help keep your body function better and easier.

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