Most of us can muddle through a workout and not worry too much about precisely what we’ve eaten and when. But if you are looking to step up your fitness game and hone your performance, the timing of your nutrient intake can make a big difference. “If you’re really going hard and giving it 100% effort, proper nutrient timing will help you get the results you want,” notes Erica Giovinazzo, R.D., a CrossFit coach and nutritionist with Brick CrossFit in Los Angeles.
And while a few recent research studies have shown the nutrient window isn’t quite as strict as we once thought, it’s still important to make sure your body is getting adequate levels of protein, carbohydrates, and fat, maximizing this intake based on the length and type of workout you are doing. To get the most out of your next workout, follow these guidelines.
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