When to eat carbs and protein?
I have been told two different ways on when I should eat carbs and protein. One person has told me that it is smarter to eat carbs at night a couple of hours before I go to bed and the other person has told me to only eat carbs before noon each day. And when I say carbs, I mean healthy carbs.
When do you eat carbs and when are you supposed to eat protein?
when do you workout? this isn't as simple/straight-forward of a question as many people think.
I agree with Malkore. The way you approach your diet perimeters can depend on your goal, physical disposition, and personal attributes.
Originally Posted by Brandibeth
If you were a little more forthcoming with your goal and physical disposition, we could refine some adjacent advice more explicit to your personal situation.
Let me give you an example why these sorts of things (above) are applicable.
It is possible with one not dieting before, and high in body fat, with the goal to "primarily" lose fat tissue, that all that will matter is a "net" deficit in calories to solicit fat tissue loss.
While all diets surround the premise of the calorie, with this specific person, the manipulated deficits or deficiencies (related or adjoined) to "certain" macro nutrient consumption, will not matter much, when considering "only" fat tissue loss.
Basically this person could consume protein, carbohydrates, and fats, at anytime during the day as long as it fit within the calorie restriction. This is one simple example, keeping things equal in bodily feed back, etc.
On the other hand, A leaner individual wanting to get leaner (and wanting to maintain muscle that was built, as much as possible), would be concerned about the calorie allotment, the macro nutrient deficiencies/deficits and some cases even surpluses in macro nutrients (meaning above what they need, such as protein, etc), and in relevant cases micro nutrients, and other types of consumption (such as salt/sodium), etc.
Additionally, if you have been dieting for a while (with just a calorie restriction applied), it is possible a simple tweak in the macro nutrients (such as reducing the carbohydrate, increasing protein, and leaving the calorie deficit the same) could bring additional fat loss, if this was the goal.
So, it does depend on you.....and your applicable goal you want to achieve.
Last edited by Chillen; Mar. 23/09 at 12:55 PM.
Well I try and keep it around 6 meals a day, 200-300 calories per meal. Right now Im struggling to get back to a really good diet and I have a high body fat percentage. I got so used to eating what I wanted that I developed poor eating habits and its caught up to me.
What are you goals?
If i'm not mistaken, most carbs are to be consumed post workout as your body is starving for extra a quick source of energy for recovery. I have heard many numbers. Anywhere from 1/4-1/2 of your daily carb intake is to be consumed directly after strenuous physical activity. In the case of protein, it is most beneficial if it is eaten throughout the day. It is hard for the body to digest more than 30-35g of protein in one sitting. I would suggest upping protein immediately after workout (along w/ carbs [protein not exceeding 30 grams]) and equally consuming the rest of your allotted allowance over each meal.
Any suggestions on what I should eat, or the best snacks. I prefer food over shakes. Thanks
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