Aim To Eat Every 3 To 4 Hours For Optimal Performance

People might argue that our bodies aren’t programmed to eat so regularly as every 3-4 hours, they might play the ‘caveman’ or ‘paleolithic’ card asserting that our ancestors from 10,000 years ago didn’t have the luxury of eating every 3 or even 4 hours. However this narrow minded point of view fails to acknowledge evolution, our bodies have changed significantly between then and now, and consequently we have different needs. 

A rule of thumb (irrespective of what the cavemen might say) is to avoid letting yourself go hungry, especially as an athlete or somebody who participates in regular activity. Eating every 3-4 hours has been seen to regulate blood sugar levels, and is incidentally some of the first dietary advice a Diabetic will receive. A constant drip feed of blood sugar will help keep the brain fuelled, enabling you to perform to your potential both physically and mentally. As a side note, regular eating will also keep your glycogen levels topped up for when you need sustainable energy, as well as adding to your amino acid pool for muscle growth and development.

Make the most of the readily available food guys, we don’t live in the Neolithic era any more…enjoy, but remain controlled!

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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