For those who exercise regularly, the consumption of nutrients - ranging from carbohydrates to protein - is essential. Even more so, a growing number of athletes are beginning to pay close attention to when they consume nutrients.
Some claim the time at which they consume nutrients can have a positive impact on the body. In fact, studies have shown timing of consumption may be more important to achieving results, than overall daily intake of nutrients.
Generally speaking, the post exercise period is considered most important in regard to nutrient timing. By consuming the effective amount of food supplements during this time, the body is able to rebuild damaged tissue while also restoring the body's energy reserves.
Recent research has made note of what is being called an "anabolic window of opportunity" during which there is a limited time to optimize the benefits associated with nutrient consumption.
With this in mind, this post-exercise window of opportunity can and will vary from one person to the next based on a variety of factors. From the type of exercise, to the actual nutrients being consumed, results may vary. It's essential for each person to go through a trial and error process in which they learn more about their body, including which nutrient timing strategy will work best for them.
A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition evaluated nutrient timing, with a focus on whether or not there is a post-exercise anabolic window.
The post-exercise period is no longer just for rest. Instead, this crucial period is often known as the most critical opportunity associated with nutrient timing. By consuming the right ratio of nutrients after a workout, the body is able to rebuild damaged tissue and restore the body of its vital energy reserves.
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