When you were young, you were probably cautioned to wait an hour before going swimming. Stomach cramps are no fun, whether you’re swimming or paddling out with your surfboard to catch the next big wave. But what if you’re an Olympic swimmer who needs to train for hours every day in the pool? You’re burning up tons of energy, but eating large meals can be a little tricky. Some Olympic swimmers need more than 6,000 calories per day just to maintain their body weight. Consuming plenty of fluids is equally important; even if you don’t notice it in the pool, you’re still sweating. If the London Olympics inspire you to start hardcore training in the pool, try eating smaller meals more frequently. Ideally, an Olympic swimmer’s diet should be about 60% to 70% carbs, 20% to 25% protein, and the rest from healthy fats. Remember that the carbs should also come from veggies and fruits, not just grains.
Monthly Archives: July 2012
Soccer players need incredible endurance. Soccer players who struggle with flagging energy levels in the second half of the game likely do not have sufficient glycogen levels. This means that soccer players who eat sufficient amounts of complex carbohydrates are much more likely to improve their performance. Many people try to cut carbs from their diets to lose weight, and indeed, eating too many carbs can lead to weight gain. But when you’re running around chasing soccer balls for hours on end, your muscles need a great deal more fuel. Professional soccer players should eat plenty of carbs with a little lean protein before the match, followed by a protein-rich recovery meal.
There has been some controversy lately about whether the U.S. should continue to send basketball players to the Olympics at all. Sounds like sacrilege, but it all comes down to money the head honchos would rather organize their own major event to profit off of it. Regardless of whether basketball players continue to dream big in the Olympics or celebrate the sport with their own World Cup-style event, we’re sure they’ll keep training hard and tweaking their diets to rack up more wins. This year’s 2012 Olympics basketball team has a diet that tends to steer away from red meat with all its saturated fat and more toward healthier sources of protein. Hint: it involves enough aquatic life to start an aquarium.
Kim Kardashian clearly doesn’t get enough attention. The reality TV star decided to generate some new headlines by posting a racy pic of herself kneeling in lingerie and thigh-high boots. She added a caption that read, “Gluten free is the way to be.” Kardashian was obviously implying that she’s chalking up her weight loss to a gluten-free diet. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley, rye, kamut, and other grains. Some people, like Elissabeth Hasselbeck, genuinely cannot eat gluten due to celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. Others are just jumping on the bandwagon, claiming that a gluten-free diet will automatically help you drop pounds and get clearer skin.
People are often coached to grow a thicker skin and become less sensitive. But sensitivity can be a very good thing sometimes, particularly as it pertains to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that controls the amount of sugar, or glucose, in your blood. When you eat, your blood sugar increases. Insulin acts to store the energy for later use. A person who is insulin resistant can produce insulin, but cannot use it properly. That person’s insulin sensitivity is reduced. This condition means that the body’s cells have trouble taking in the glucose and using it. In response, the body needs a great deal more insulin than normal to process the glucose. By contrast, a person who has normal insulin sensitivity requires more moderate of insulin to process the glucose.
Crenshaw melons are hybrids. They are a cross between the casaba melon and the Persian melon. There are two varieties: white and green. When ripe, the melon turns yellow. Crenshaw melons are shaped like teardrops, with a rough, firm rind and a dense, peach-colored flesh. The taste is quite sweet. Crenshaw melons are a low-calorie food, with about 40 calories for half of the average melon. Crenshaws are also a low-carb food, with just about 9 g of carbs per serving.
Cranberries are sweet and slightly acidic fruits that grow on low shrubs or vines in bogs. Most cranberries harvested in the U.S. are dried or processed into juices, sauces, and other commercial food products. Women have long used cranberries and cranberry juice to prevent and treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). The effectiveness of the cranberry in combating this pesky ailment is due to the fruit’s remarkable proanthocyanins, a type of flavonoid, or antioxidant. Cranberries aren’t just good for UTIs, however, they can also help support cardiovascular health and protect the liver.
Ryan Lochte is fast becoming a household name. This Olympic swimmer is best known for his laid-back attitude and goofball approach to life. He is probably the only guy who has ever worn grills on the awards podium, and you’re about as likely to find him climbing 30-foot trees as swimming laps. Lochte suffers more injuries away from his sport than in it. He’s fractured his foot while skateboarding and injured his knee while break dancing. The aforementioned tree-climbing necessitated surgery for a fractured shoulder. Ryan Lochte’s diet was similarly juvenile: he used to brag about eating McDonald’s three times a day. But while his out-of-pool antics might not be going away anytime soon, it seems that Lochte’s diet has grown up a bit.
Few celebrity chefs polarize people as much as Rachael Ray. You either love her for her bubbly personality or you hate her usually also for her bubbly personality. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, there’s no denying the fact that Ray’s accomplishments are pretty impressive. She’s built her own empire based on her “30 Minute Meals” concept. Rachael was born to cook. Her mother managed restaurants in upstate NY when she was a child, and one of Rachael’s first jobs was working at the candy counter at Macy’s. From there, her career skyrocketed, and today she’s the host of three Food Network shows and a line of cookbooks. Rachael Ray makes a point of tasting everything that she cooks on her shows, so you’d expect her to be a bit heavier. Instead, Rachael Ray has maintained her figure by taking a hands-off approach. The Food Network chef insists that she doesn’t diet because she enjoys food much more than fashion.
We kicked off this week with some pretty atrocious examples of fair foods that will make you run screaming in the other direction (or at least they should). In many cases, you’d actually be better off going through a fast food drive-thru than hitting the food vendors at your favorite county fair. But some fair food vendors have actually tried to offer lighter fare. Although it sounds like a misnomer, healthy fair food might be coming soon to a vendor near you. Just in case, however, eat a balanced lunch at home before you head off to the fairgrounds this will help you avoid stuffing bacon-wrapped chocolate down your gullet. It’s also best to go with a group of people. You can buy one or two horrific treats and share them with the group. And then remind yourself not to use food as therapy or an emotional crutch.