Nutrition

Training Considerations for Female Athletes

Training Considerations for Female Athletes

Contrary to what some believe, female athletes do not need to train all that much different than male athletes. Just like males, females need to be strong, jump high, and run fast. With this said, there are some unique differences of female athletes – some of these are blatantly obvious, others are not. Even with these differences, only subtle modifications are necessary, while leaving the bulk of the training program intact.

Have Your Pumpkin Spice and Drink it Too

Have Your Pumpkin Spice and Drink it Too

With the start of fall, we can officially slide back on our Uggs and resume putting pumpkin spice in every food and drink item imaginable. But, what’s pumpkin spice without a little whipped cream – Right?

These drinks might make the inevitability of fall/winter a little more bearable, but how many calories are in them, and how much would you need to exercise to burn them off? Below are four popular pumpkin spice drinks, with their calories listed, and the number of minutes of burpees you would need to perform, to burn them off. 

How Much Protein Do Athletes Need

How Much Protein Do Athletes Need

The amount of protein that an athlete needs is a hotly debated topic. Some peoples’ recommendations vary from as little as 15-20% of total calories consumed to as much as 2.2-3.3g/kg of body weight (1). The NSCA, on the other hand, recommends a more moderate 1.5-2.0g/kg of body weight. With such a range between these recommendations, it is clear that protein consumption is not an exact science, but taking into account a few variables athletes can narrow down how much protein they should be consuming on a daily basis.

3 Ways to Fail with Food Logging

3 Ways to Fail with Food Logging

For those struggling to lose weight, food logging has been proven to be an effective way to experience consistent long-term results. For many of these people, they simply do not have a good understanding of the caloric content of the foods they are eating. By accurately logging their food, they are given an objective look into how many calories they are actually consuming on a day-to-day basis.

With this being said, many people who log their food do not achieve the weight loss they are looking for. Three of the more common reasons are inconsistency, inaccuracy, and lack of commitment.

The Skinny on Gluten-Free Diets

The Skinny on Gluten-Free Diets

Eating a gluten-free diet has become a mainstream topic in the media, and has led to increased availability and marketing of gluten-free products in supermarkets and restaurants around the country. This is all great news for those (like myself) who have Celiac Disease, an auto-immune disorder which prevents the body from properly digesting gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. However, less than 1% of the population of the United States has Celiac Disease, or about two million people.[1] While that is still a large number, the prevalence of gluten-free dieting has spread beyond those with Celiac Disease. Researchers are still debating whether or not non-Celiac gluten sensitivity exists, but that has not stopped millions of Americans from choosing to follow a gluten-free diet. Nevertheless, the current public obsession with gluten-free dieting should not be accepted at face-value. A lifestyle of gluten-free eating habits may not be a wise or healthy choice for the majority of the population, and may even lead to a poor vitamin status.