So I'm sure you're thinking . . . what exactly is this "Nutrient Timing" you speak of???
Well . . . we spoke of "micronutrients" the other day being a major group of nutrients that the body needs for optimal health and to "lose weight".
These "nutrients" include vitamins necessary for energy production, immune function and blood clotting. They also include minerals that play an important role in growth, bone health and fluid balance.
And "nutrient timing" also known as "nutrient partitioning" or "meal timing" involves eating food at specific times of the day and in a specific order to achieve a certain outcome like "losing weight".
Simply said . . . "timed-nutrition" is eating the right foods (especially proteins and carbs) at the right time of the day to help fuel the body to lose weight efficiently and naturally.
This is where we "all" get it wrong . . . . and one of the major reasons it's so hard to lose weight and stick to a diet!
You see . . . the order in which different categories of food are consumed . . . has a significant impact on the body's glucose and insulin levels "after" a meal. And this process can affect diabetics and overweight people significantly.
You see . . . "Timing" is "everything" . . . when it comes to dieting and being successful in losing weight!
And simple things like when you eat your protein in a meal can make a world of difference on your success rate of controlling glucose and insulin levels . . .
For example . . . did you know that eating protein "before" you eat carbohydrates . . . lowers your glucose levels after a meal???
It does . . . and this is good news for people with diabetes.
You see . . . for type 2 diabetes, it's important to maintain normal "glucose" levels after eating because if their blood sugar level "spikes" . . . then they're at an increased risk of complication including hardening of the arteries and heart disease.
"Glucose" (blood sugar) and "insulin" levels LOWER when carbohydrates are eaten last in any meal.
Now . . . as I've spoken many times before in previous Health tips . . . Ketogenic diets and even the Atkins diet restricts too many carbs from your daily food intake.
And eating too "few" carbs can actually make weight loss harder than it should be because you're missing out on key nutrients and you're not practicing "nutrient timing". This is especially so with "fiber" because this element helps the body feel full and satisfied when reducing our calorie intake.
Whether you know it or not . . . "fiber" is a key element to being successful in losing weight. So yes . . . reducing some carbs from our diet is required . . . but maintaining an adequate amount of fiber each day like with kale is "imperative" to accomplishing your goal of a fit and trim body and accomplishing "nutrient timing".
And to make up for the lower carb count in our diet . . . we need to eat higher amounts of compliant protein foods. Plus . . . add in healthy fats, and veggies, veggies, and more veggies.
Okay . . . so if you're still confused on any of the information I've been giving you . . . hang in there . . .
In a few days . . . I'll be talking more about the importance of "pattern eating" so you better understand and then I'll be offering a "one week meal plan" to help you get started with all that we've discovered over this past month of our "weight loss" series.
But tomorrow we'll continue our discussion on what foods can we eat to lose weight.
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