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216: Should different macronutrients be eaten at different times of day?

Masterjohn Q&A Files Episode 216

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Question: Should different macronutrients be eaten at different times of day?

No, I don't agree with the principle. I think you want protein spaced out at every meal. And that's because your efficiency in extracting protein for muscle synthesis is limited in any given hour or any given unit time. And so you need a lot more protein if you're going to put all your protein in one meal, then you are not going to get optimal body composition results from that. Body composition plays into every other metabolic thing we care about. If I were to shift protein around in emphasis, I would put protein bias towards the morning and biased away from night. And that would be on the basis that protein is the basis for every single neurotransmitter involved in wakefulness.

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082: Ask Me Anything About Nutrition, February 7, 2021

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