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This Fitness Model's 'Nutritional Timing' Tips for the New Year

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It's the beginning of the New Year and many of you are beginning a new diet. Make note that the first three letters of diet spell "die" and the feeling of restricting yourself often sets you up for failure. If you look at food as fueling your body with the proper nutrients at specific times in order for it to work correctly, much like using the right oil or gasoline in a car, that may change the way you approach food set you up for success.

We all know the foods we should stay away from, such as sweets, fried foods, and certain refined carbs, but what about monitoring the timing of intake of our food? This is called Nutritional Timing and can be the difference between seeing your abs or storing winter fat like a hibernating bear.

Here are some tips from cover model and personal trainer Joey Thurman, co-creator of the revolutionary muscle building workout program ProCycle12.

Eat carbs for breakfast so they can fuel you for your day and before and after a workout to provide energy for the workout and repair muscle tissues afterwards. Have your simple carbs like fruit earlier in the day as well so your body has plenty of time to utilize the sugars as fuel rather than store it as fat.

Take in protein every 3-4 hours to keep your metabolism elevated and your blood sugar in check.

Protein shakes should be limited to before and after a workout, only use them when you can't fit a meal in. Eat your food; your body actually burns calories when it has to break down food.

Lastly, if you are going to indulge in a fatty meal do it after a weight training workout. Weight training will elevate your metabolism for hours afterwards and the fatty food you eat will more likely be used as energy, repair muscle tissue, and less likely stored as fat.
Happy Eating,

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