Scott, what is the best time to eat to maximize fat burning and what should the meal following exercise include? How often do I need carbs if my top priority is burning body fat? ~ Sam
Sam, the most important meal of the day is the one that follows exercise as it relates to setting a fat burning tone for the next 48 hours per our Fat Loss Post Workout article and videos. Exercising in a fasted state is ideal for fat burning when the right performance and recovery strategies are in place. Weight training and fat burning interval work create excellent conditions for consuming the largest meal of the day following exercise.
The right timing, amounts, sources and combinations of carbohydrate is very powerful for fat burning when consumed during the meal following intense exercise. This is a key strategy built into the Day 22 Carb Load to maximize rates of fat burning.
Targeted Carb Intake
Following a period of zero carb intake outside of green vegetables for three weeks, Dr. Serrano and I like to re-introduce carbohydrate during the meal following exercise anywhere from once to three times per week, pending the individual client situation and goals. A three week period with no carbohydrate outside of green vegetables teaches the body to utilize more stored fat as fuel while improving the response to carbohydrate in the future. Combining lean protein sources such as wild caught seafood, grass fed butter and carbohydrate from rice, potatoes or fruit works particularly well to create excellent fat burning conditions.
Exercise Early in the Day
Exercising earlier in the day with weight training or fat burning intervals creates excellent fat burning conditions for up to 48 hours following when the right fueling, recovery, and nutrition strategies are in place. Scheduling an exercise session during the mid to late morning allows for an extended fasted period starting the night before for 16 hours or longer to support great rates of fat burning. Exercising during a fasted period should be done with a gradual approach. Over a relatively short period of time the body becomes better at using stored fat as fuel to fuel exercise sessions.
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Factors including body weight, gender, activity levels, food allergies, stress levels, and how people respond to specific food sources must be considered when building the perfect post workout nutrition meal strategies. We take note of how clients look and feel after consuming certain carbohydrate sources to identify which food choices create the leanest response!
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