There are a virtually limitless number of diets out there, and they all promise to be the “one true path” to fat loss, increased muscle gain, improved complexion, improved overall health, and so on.
Some diets insist that you should exclude certain food groups, other diets insist that you should take certain miracle supplements, and on, and on, and on.
While there may certainly be pros and cons to different diet systems, more and more people in recent times have been finding that nutrient timing has brought them many of the benefits that are supposed to come from dieting. That is, simply eating certain foods at different times of the day, without cutting out any food groups, might have a dramatic impact.
These days, we’re all very concerned with our looks, and we have many great avenues available to us for optimizing them. It’s easy, for example, to find a cosmetic dentist if we’re unhappy with our teeth. Unfortunately, nutrition isn’t quite so straightforward, and so it is worth doing a bit of experimentation.
So, here are some ways nutrient timing may be the key to shedding stubborn weight, improving your looks, and feeling your best.
By allowing you to eat “normal food,” while just adjusting the timing
You hear it all the time; that diets can yield short-term weight loss results, but that those short-term results rarely stick for the long term.
A major reason for this is that many diets – most, in fact – are very hard to stick with over the long term. This is because they put you completely at odds with the rest of society, and make your eating very restrictive
Nutrient timing – such as eating carbs only at night, according to the Carb Back Loading strategy innovated by John Kiefer – allows you to eat “normal people food.” It just influences when you eat certain foods.
By helping to regulate insulin, and replicate the natural cyclical availability of nutrients that people have always been subject to
Most nutrient timing strategies – in particular, those that focus on carbohydrates – make the regulation of insulin one of their primary objectives.
Recent scientific findings have shown us that occasional fasting is apparently essential for us to maintain proper insulin sensitivity, and to avoid many chronic diseases that come with insulin resistance. Such as metabolic syndrome, and type II diabetes.
Nutrient timing methodologies work largely by influencing your body’s levels of different hormones throughout the day. Carbs spike insulin more than other macronutrient groups. So, having this essential macronutrient group only at certain times of the day, helps to regulate this master hormone.
By helping your body to most effectively utilise the different nutrients available to it
As a dietary strategy, Kiefer’s “Carb Back Loading”, and similar strategies, work primarily by helping your body to most effectively utilize the different nutrients available to it, when the time is right.
Kiefer, for example, advocates eating your daily carbs after performing a workout – as this will be when your muscles are most primed to store extra glucose as glycogen for fuel, rather than having your body’s processes react to that situation in less optimal ways.
There’s also some evidence that eating at certain times of the day or eating certain nutrients only at certain times of the day, can influence levels of hormones such as testosterone and the hunger hormone ghrelin, among others.
Hormonal health is essential for overall health. And nutrient timing strategies may prove invaluable here.