nutrition-itsu Part 3: Macronutrients and Meal Timing

After publishing each of the first 2 parts of the nutrition-itsu video series, I’ve been getting a few questions, which is AWESOME because it shows you’re thinking about this content.

Yesterday, I got a question from Jordan asking me to reconcile the fact that in my original nutrition-itsu PDF (which I wrote in 2009) I recommend the old eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day, while lately, I’ve been talking about how I’ve been following the 16/8 method of Intermittent Fasting.

In today’s video, I talk about this and also talk more about the macronutrients: protein, carbs and fat.

Check it out and leave any questions you may have in the Comments section at the bottom of this page.

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7 years ago

Hi Eric, Meal planning information always talks about how many meals (per day) we should have and the balance between the macro-nutrients but never much about absorption timing. Protein takes longer for the body to convert to energy than carbs and simple carbs are made available faster than complex carbs. Some grains have a hard outer sheath that take longer to break down, etc. So basically the energy sources eaten can take a very wide variety of timings before the ‘food’ becomes available. We all know that corn can take days to break down, if at all. 🙂 So, do you have any comments or ideas on balancing the macro-nutrients based upon the breakdown of food sources in the stomach so that the nutrients are available on a sustained or otherwise appropriate basis? If I train late afternoon should I start the day with Protein, have complex carbs for lunch… Read more »