If the movie Gremlins taught us anything it is that we all know better than to feed a mogwai after midnight. Even the creatures themselves (or at the least the more intelligent specimens) seem to understand the wages of 3 am pizza: complete metamorphosis. Unfortunately, some dietary prescriptions purport similar fear in humans as to what will happen to our bodies if we consume carbohydrates beyond a specific time of day. Most commonly I have heard of cutting off carbohydrate intake after 8 pm. Nutrition myths, misunderstandings, and flat out inaccurate information tend to have a way to live on.
Many are familiar with the concept of periodization as it applies to training. For example, you cannot always be pushing heavier weights, there needs to be phases (micro cycles) where you emphasize hypertrophy, deloads, and using other methodologies to ensure progression and to reduce the chance that of your body adapting to the training stimulus. This concept of adapting is most often noted by those that favor metabolic (cardio) based conditioning. Over time the body will become more efficient at running on the treadmill. As efficiency is gained, the net caloric loss or energy expenditure is reduced. This adaptation can stall fat loss if not taken into consideration.
If addressed, it can tip the scales in your favor and keep goals within reach. Without it, life can be even more complicated and even the smallest of goals can seem miles away. It is not by coincidence that planning, and more specifically meal prep, is a recommended habit to employ for achieving your health and fitness goals through nutrition. And while all the hype you have heard around meal preparation applies; saving money, time, and shortening the timeline to reach nutrition goals … many struggle with knowing where to begin.
I am commonly asked about sugar intake, and of course have heard of diets that restrict sugar (in all forms) or have a 30-day “detox approach” from it. This topic is one that many have drawn a line in the sand on and can be rather confrontational about a challenge to their stance. I encourage respectful debate, as with anything I post, but here goes my take on sugar.