Over on my Google+ stream, I posted this article on Nutrient Timing. One of my friends, +Jason Packer, hoped for a simple test to tell him what to eat.
The idea of a "one test" solution to diet is interesting. Could you test a person and find out how they need to eat?
Not now, as far as I know, but what about the future?
I think you'd need to know a few things:
- where you are now (point A)
- clear data on where you need to end up, for your goals (point B).
- how to get from point A to point B, with appropriate adjustments for specific problems (when injury, illness, or unforseen problems affect what you can do.)
You'd need some specific information. But that might just be a problem for Big Data. Different goals might also cause different food amounts. Or they might not. Generally when I want to gain weight, I add more of everything but especially more non-fibrous, starchy carbs and protein. Would it just be a question of changing the amount (eat x% more of everything), or would my approach of changing the proportion as well as the amount matter?
It's an interesting question. But for now, the TL;DR version is to eat quality food and not worry so much about when you get in the specific foods.