This question is something that I seem to cover a lot with many of my Summer Fat Loss Coaching clients. It’s a great question, but the answer can be a murky.
When it comes to weight loss and fat loss, your first priority should be total calories consumed vs utilized. You should be in a significant deficit, if the goal is to burn fat and get lean fast. We’re talking about 200-300 calories a day, not including what you’d expend on exercise during your workouts.
Next on the list of priorities, is your macronutrient breakdown, and making sure we’re getting in the correct amounts of Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fats to shed that unwanted body fat and make sure we’re recovering from our workouts effectively.
All three of those nutrients are important, and there is no “Bad” one of the three.
Furthermore, there is also no magic macronutrient that allows you to ignore priority number 1 (calories in vs out), so please for the love of all that is holy, stop putting butter and coconut oil in your coffee and ignoring the fact you just ate that same 200-300 calories you’re not supposed to consume.
Last on the Totem pole is Nutrient Timing.
When we talk about Nutrient Timing, what we’re essentially talking about is when you’re eating your meals, to maximize the benefits of your training sessions, and recover from them.
There is a reason that we talk about this as the least important of these three big topics.
If the other two points preceding this aren’t nailed down, then point three really won’t have much of an impact.
So when it comes down to the discussion of should I eat a bunch of small meals versus eating a few big meals each day, the correct answer becomes, “Whatever will allow you to do the first two most effectively.”
For some people that will mean eating small meals throughout the day so the don’t end up getting extremely hungry and binge eating during those big meals, for others it means just eating a few big meals so they aren’t mindlessly eating throughout the day.
Whatever it is that works for you, do that, and crush it!
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