Protein and Carbohydrates:
Our body produces different types of enzymes to digest protein and carbohydrates; The Popovitch diet follows the simple concept that you should not eat complex carbohydrates with protein on the same meal. By mixing carbohydrates w/ protein you are making your body work extra harder to digest wherever you eat.
Here is the breakdown:
Protein with Salad: 3:00 hours to digest
Carbohydrates w/vegetable or salad: 1 hour 40 minutes to digest
Fruits: 15 minutes to digest
Fruits and Carbohydrates: 1 hour 40 Minutes
Fruits and Protein: 3:00 hours to digest
Fruits should be eaten by themselves, wait 15 minutes and you can have your carbohydrates or protein.
Protein + Carbohydrates: 7 – 10 hours to digest
To make your metabolism work faster you need to eat every 3 hours on small portions. The only problem is if you mix carbohydrates with Animal protein (fish, chicken, steak, pork) it will take longer than 3 hours to digest. Making your body work extra hard and resulting in fatigue, sleepiness.
Also at night I follow the simple rule of never eating animal protein, complex carbohydrates are great at night, and it helps you sleep. The only protein I use at night is in the form of protein shakes, it is pre digested and very different from eating regular protein. Animal protein should be consumed at lunch time with a salad.
Salt – Can only be used on protein, mixing salt with carbohydrates will increase the water retention in your body.
Olive Oil – to be used on carbohydrates and salads (no dressings on salads)
Egg Whites – 2 times per week can substitute Protein Shake in the morning
Cheese – Mozzarella cheese can be eaten 2x times per week, everything else is not recommended
Milk – Never (only babies should have milk)
Coffee – Morning only
Soda – Never
Best Times to have your Protein Shake
First thing in the morning – because your body has just gone through 8 hours (or however long you sleep for) of not having food – so the protein levels are way down.
30 minutes before bed
Before you go to sleep – this helps prevent the protein breakdown that naturally occurs when we sleep. If you are not trying to build muscle mass then this protein breakdown is fine. But if you are working out – you want to try to minimize any losses you suffer when you sleep and your protein metabolism slows down.
Before training (1 serving of muscle milk) 1 hour before
After hard training – (if you don’t need to cut weight)
Endurox (perfect recovery drink post training Carbohydrates w/ Protein)
Drink plenty of water (2 gallons is what I recommended)
Example of my daily diet: