The benefits of eating the right foods at exactly the right time are entirely dependent on how seriously you take your training, says John Berardi
Dr John Berardi is a nutrition and exercise coach, sport scientist, author, and a founder of Precision Nutrition. He is based in Toronto, Canada.
Trickle down issue
My PhD was on nutrient timing and it was considered so important for pro athletes that it trickled down into mainstream consciousness. Now the pendulum has swung back to it being perceived as not important at all. The reality is somewhere in between.
Workouts aren’t wasted
If you train for your job then nutrient timing is crucial, but the less serious you are about training the less significant timing is. People need to get out of the mindset that a workout is wasted if they didn’t eat two hours beforehand.
Focus on what matters
I am a guy in my early 40s who trains pretty hard four times a week and I don’t need to adhere to advanced nutritional strategies, such as nutrient timing. If you are a very casual trainee then stop worrying too much and focus on training hard and eating well.