When you are hungry and are in an unfamiliar town, you can waste a lot of time looking for someplace good to eat. The alternative to driving up and down unknown streets is to use your iphone and look up www.goodfoodnearyou.com. Youll get a handy list of the (primarily chain) restaurants in the area. Click on the restaurant-of-choice, and youll get a list of the healthiest menu options, as well as the calories and grams of carb, protein and fat in each menu selection. What a helpful tool when you are traveling to an event! No more fretting about how to optimize pre-event carbo-loading or enhance post-event refueling....
Q. I want to bulk up while getting leaner. How can I gain muscle and lose fat at the same time?
A. Its difficult for the body to build muscle and lose fat at the same time. Building muscle requires calories. If you are restricting calories to lose undesired body fat, your body does not have the fuel it needs to create new muscle tissue. Instead, the body breaks down muscle to use for fuel.
A dieting athlete can minimize muscle loss with
1) a small calorie deficit that contributes to slow fat loss.
Knock off 200 to 400 calories a day (not 800 to 1.000 calories!).
2) an adequate protein intake (i.e., enjoy a protein-rich food at each meal and snack).
A reasonable target is about 0.7 to 1.0 gram protein per pound body weight, or about 100 to 150 g protein for a 150-pound person. That equates to 1 quart of milk (32 g), 1 can tuna (35 g) and 6 ounces chicken breast (45 g), plus the protein you get in other foods (bread, cereal, vegetables). Protein supplements tend to be needless; food can supply what you need.
3) frequently eaten meals that offer a constant supply of protein and fuel.
Eat at least every three or four hours, and have a small protein-rich bedtime snack, such as some cottage cheese.
4) strength training to help protect against muscle loss.
Your body protects the muscles you use, but breaks down the muscles that are less active and uses them for fuel.
For more information on how to lose fat and maintain energy for exercise, see
Heres your chance to learn from two internationally known experts at this intensive workshop on Nutrition & Exercise.
--Sports nutritionist Nancy Clark MS, RD is reknowned for her work with counseling athletes and exercisers.
--Exercise physiologist William Evans PhD is highly respected for his research with protein, weight, and aging.
They will be offering a 1.5 day program in Providence and Boston, as well as other cities (see below), that is designed to help coaches, athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, sports nutritionists, sports medicine professionals as well as athletes themselves find answers to their questions about--
-eating for health, enhanced performance and longevity
-balancing carbs, protein and sports supplements
-managing weight and eating disorders.
Please see www.sportsnutritionworkshop.com for more details.
I was surprised to learn new information on a topic I thought I knew so well.
--Registered dietitian/personal trainer, Seattle
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TORONTO Nov 13-14
BALTIMORE Jan 15-16, 2010
NEWARK Jan 29-30
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NEW YORK CITY Mar 5-6
PHILADELPHIA Mar 12-13
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Drinking is just a part of the culture for many college athletes. The result is hung-over students who fail to train and compete at their best. To address the problem of alcohol abuse among student-athletes, many college campuses are educating students about social normsthe beliefs about what is normal and expected in social situations. For example, despite popular belief, everyone does not drink nor do most students get drunk all the time.
A 1999 survey at Southern Methodist University asked these four questions to students on a Friday about alcohol use on the previous night:
Did you drink last night?
Did you get drunk last night?
What percentage of SMU students do you think drank last night?
What percentage of SMU students do you think got drunk last night?
The answers showed major misperceptions about alcohol norms:
-Only 20% of students surveyed reported drinking the previous night, yet they believed that over half drank.
-Only 8% reported getting drunk, yet they believed at least one-third got drunk.
-Of students who drank, most reported consuming only a few drinks per week. Yet they believed most students were drinking 10 to 15 drinks per week.
-35% reported abstaining from alcohol, but very few believed that many of their peers were non-drinkers.
With ongoing social norm education, students will actually change their drinking practices. For example, a three-year social-norm education program targeted Division III athletes in a NY State college. It contributed to a 30% drop in both excessive alcohol consumption and the negative consequences of drinking. Among student-athletes with the highest exposure to the program, personal alcohol misuse dropped 50%. (1) Given that athletes are often role models, this change can have a positive impact on the entire campus and potentially (eventually) our entire sports society.
The bottom line: You can abstain from alcohol and not be the only one who does so!
Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD
1. Perkins H and Crais D. 2006. A Successful Social Norms Campaign to Rreduce Alcohol Misuse Among Collge Student-Athlets. J. Stud Alcohol 67:880-889.