7 Proven Benefits of Nutrient Timing
1. Improve Performance
Anaerobic activities like weightlifting predominantly use the glycolytic energy system. In other words, your body prefers to use carbs for energy when you need to generate short burst of power.
Furthermore, studies show that eating carbs before workouts leads to greater power output1.
2. Enhance Recovery
All that physical stress elicits an adaptation response – resulting in bigger and stronger muscles.
Unfortunately, intense workouts also cause hormonal stress. When catabolic hormones like cortisol get too high, muscle breaks down.
However, eating carbohydrates before and/or during workouts keeps cortisol levels lower according to a study by the University of Texas. Lower cortisol reduces muscle damage and allows faster recovery2.
3. Swing the Hormone Pendulum
Perhaps most important is to counteract the negative effects of cortisol after workouts. And the best way to do this is to increase insulin with a meal containing carbs and protein.