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Nutrition Scientist Ashley Reaver: What To Eat and When To Eat It

The list of diet “religions” go on and on from paleo, vegan, keto, low fat, macro counting and with so much contradictory and controversial information about food, we wanted to get to the bottom of how we should really be fueling our bodies. Ashley Reaver, InsideTracker’s in-house nutritionist, walks us through what protein, carbohydrates, and fats are, and what benefits they have for our body, how to increase muscle mass while decreasing body fat, the fallacies surrounding macronutrients, and more. 

What is the proper way to fuel our bodies? Should we be following a specific diet? What foods do I need to eat before a workout? What’s the deal with MCTs, being in ketosis, and intermittent fasting?

The list of diet “religions” go on and on from paleo, vegan, keto, low fat, macro counting and with so much contradictory and controversial information about food, we wanted to get to the bottom of how we should really be fueling our bodies. Ashley Reaver, InsideTracker’s in-house nutritionist, walks us through what protein, carbohydrates, and fats are, and what benefits they have for our body, how to increase muscle mass while decreasing body fat, the fallacies surrounding macronutrients, and more.

“One of my favorite things is to work with people and I encourage them to eat more for and the feedback: “I have so much more energy!” It’s funny when you feed your body, how you can feel. Being constantly tired is not normal.”

“There is no reason to eat a 16g fat diet. Please do not do it, it is not worth it. You will still look great in your bikini at 60 grams of fat and you’ll feel a heck of a lot better.”

“Coconut oil itself is actually higher in saturated fats than butter is. Yes, it’s from a plant. But your body is going to use that saturated fat the exact same way as it would if you were putting lard on things. It’s pretty equivalent too lard, truthfully.”

“Just like you and I work better on a schedule, if we’re waking up at the same time, roughly eating at the same time, going to bed at the same time, we feel our best, your digestive tract also deserves the same time of schedule and rest and your body likes a schedule and your digestive tract certainly fits into that as well.”

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Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and current student at The Institute of Culinary Education studying health supportive culinary arts. Her passions include making nourishing food taste and look delicious and guiding others towards feeling their best.

 

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