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iCardioFiT: What is your Post-Workout Meal?


iCardioFiT: What’s your Post-Workout Meal?

            After posting yesterday evening, “What is your Pre-Workout Meal?” A few individuals asked me to post information about having a post workout meal!  Well here you go!

Recovery plays an important role during your exercise routine.  Post workout drinks and foods are an integral part affecting the replenishment of your glycogen stores within the muscle, the effects on muscle fatigue, and tissue repair that can allow you to train more effectively.  Many individuals not only lack a pre-workout plan but also a post-workout plan.  Proper nutrition is very important to maintain these glycogen stores so muscles will have plenty of time to rest and recover between exercise bouts.  If you are an athlete who needs to maximize your body’s performance while you’re exercising, you must replenish the nutrients lost via exercise through your dietary intake.

The best way to promote these glycogen stores is to consume carbohydrate rich foods.  (Uh Oh… did I just say Carbohydrates??)  For those who are trying to lose weight, you may be on a calorie (Carbohydrate) restricting diet, therefore hearing anything Carbohydrate is the last thing you want to hear.   For my endurance athletes and sports performance athletes… *** PAY ATTENTION!!! *** Research shows that combining protein with carbohydrate within 30 minutes of exercise nearly doubles the insulin response, which results in more stored glycogen within the muscle.  Translation:  Athletes who refueled with carbohydrate and protein post workout, had much greater muscle glycogen stores than those who only ate carbohydrate alone.  From a performance standpoint, the more fuel your body has to access within the muscle during a given competitive event or training session, the resulting side effect will be increased endurance and strength to better maximize performance and muscle efficiency to perform longer and harder.

Protein + Carbs

Protein + Carbs

Ok Reggie, how about if I don’t consider myself to be an athlete?  My goal is to strictly burn the body fat that I have on me!  Can I just stick to protein and veggies!?  … My answer Yes and No.  Let’s not forget that Vegetables and Fruit are also carbohydrates!  Do not be so consumed about the word carbohydrates, because the truth is that carbohydrates are the most effective and efficient source for energy when exercising!  The less you have in your diet, you may find your desire to exercise drastically decreased or lower than expected.  It’s also important to understand the effect it can have on building and maintaining muscle.  The combination of protein and carbs post workouts stops the breakdown of muscle and results in the maintenance and building of your lean mass!  For all my weight loss iCardioFiT exercisers out there, this increases your resting metabolism which allows you to burn more calories/day.

Got Questions? Let’s talk about it!

GeT FiT and Stay FiT with iCardioFiT! …

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Reggie Laroche

The Clinical Exercise Physiologist 

[Contact: Reggie Laroche — relaroche@yahoo.com — 954-205-9904 for Personal Training, Exercise and Nutrition consultations!!!!]

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iCardioFiT: What is your Pre-Workout Meal?


iCardioFiT: What is your Pre-Workout Meal?

Are you one of those individuals that perform aerobic exercise and strength training anywhere from 35-50min a few days out of the week?  If so, great job!  The most important thing is to maintain proper nutrition!  Having a solid healthy diet as your foundation with you exercise patterns will allow you sufficient energy, prevent fatigue, and optimize your performance with aerobic and training.

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned how important protein plays a role in building muscle.  Carbohydrates are also important for immediate energy.  There is so much information out there from personal trainers, exercise specialist, media, magazines, etc. that can be somewhat confusing to the novice person as to the best or most optimal nutritional choices pre-workout.

Oatmeal with Fruit

Oatmeal with Fruit

Like I always say to my clients and patients, everyone should be able to consume all the food groups (Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fruits, Dairy, Grains, Fats, etc) in order to accomplish their desired goal.  Whether that is weight loss, weight maintenance, or weight gain, proper intake of the above macro nutrients in a BALANCED approach is most desirable.  Some examples of a simple pre-exercise snack with plenty of water should fuel the body sufficiently. The best pre-workout meal is one that works best for the individual and one that is not digested too rapidly.

Here are a few options:

▪ A banana with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter

▪ Low-fat yogurt and a piece of fruit

▪ Oatmeal made with skim milk and fruit

▪ Trail mix with nuts and fruit

▪ Granola with low-fat milk and fruit

▪ A smoothie made with low-fat yogurt, fresh fruit, and wheat germ or flax meal

Sip water throughout the activity and after exercise is completed. (Very important not to stay Hydrated!)

iCardioFiT Tips for Pre-Workouts:

Choose high-carbohydrate, low-fat foods—whole-grain, high-fiber foods, consumed 1 hour prior to exercise, are ideal; some examples can include:  Breads (whole wheat/whole grain), Oatmeal, Yogurts, as well as Pastas (Whole wheat/Whole grain).  Special note:  Your pre-workout meal should take into consideration the type of activity as well as the activity’s intensity and duration into account.

Lean Protein with Complex Carbohydrates

Lean Protein with Complex Carbohydrates

It’s best to avoid food products that do not agree with your stomach during exercise activity.  You will most likely know what those are based on your experiences.  You definitely want to avoid food products high in fat protein (burgers, fried meats, etc.)  The fatty foods tend to stay in the stomach longer and can make you feel sluggish.  High quality, low in sugar energy bars and protein shakes are some alternatives that can be utilized as your pre-workout meal.  To assist the digestion process, the importance of water comes back into play!

GeT FiT and Stay FiT with iCardioFiT! …

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Reggie Laroche

The Clinical Exercise Physiologist 

[Contact: Reggie Laroche — relaroche@yahoo.com — 954-205-9904 for Personal Training, Exercise and Nutrition consultations!!!!]

Protein – What’s its role in your fitness plan!?


Protein – What’s the Role?

When patients, clients, and friends ask me about protein, there seems to be a lot of confusing information as to the purpose of increasing one’s intake of protein for muscle building, fat burning, and the use of protein throughout one’s exercise patterns.

So let’s say that you want to build some lean mass.  Muscles growth occurs when a stimulus or range of stimuli placed upon the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones is significant enough that it causes the muscles to adapt and change by increasing the size of muscle fibers as well as the amount of muscle fibers a motor unit can innervate/activate to increase an individual’s strength.  In other words, lifting heavy weights and performing resistance exercises is how you grow and strengthen your muscles.  Consuming protein alone will not get it done.

An important principle behind hypertrophy (increased your muscle size) is the concept of progressive overload meaning that with increased sets, weight, and repetitions, this effect will cause growth in muscles.

If you choose to swap out carbs for a diet high in protein, you will also increase your chance of success with weight loss according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Why you ask?  Your body spends more energy processing dietary protein than carbs.  For everyone 100 calories of protein that you consume, 20-30% of those calories are burn by your body as opposed to 5-10% of those calories being burned by the body for 100 calories of carbs.

high-protein-diet optionswhey-protein-powder

These are some of the reasons why the feeling of satiety becomes more effective with protein than carbs or fats.  Because it takes our body’s longer to burn protein than carbs or fat, our body tends to absorb more of the nutrients in a high protein diet.  This allows the body to preserve its lean mass which allows individuals to have faster metabolism to aid in body fat loss when at rest.

How much protein do I need?            

For those that are wondering how much protein you should incorporate into your diet is dependent on the specific goal that you are reaching for.  According the American College of Sports Medicine, the recommended daily protein intake for athletes is 1.2 – 1.8 grams per kilogram of body weight to achieve increase muscle mass along with resistance training.  Individuals that are less active will require less protein (0.8-1.0 grams)

Protein Power Foods include:

–          Lean Meat, Fish, Poultry

–          Eggs (Egg Beaters/Egg Whites)

–          Nuts

–          Peanut Butter (Low Sodium)

–          Soy

–          Beans

–          Greek Yogurt

–          Quinoa

If you would like more specific information regarding your needs, consulting a Registered Dietician or Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics/Fitness professional can provide you with personalized guidance.

Stay FiT with iCardioFiT!

Reggie Laroche

The Clinical Exercise Physiologist

iCardioFiT-Foods: Trout with Skillet Roasted Peppers


Representing  South Miami Heart Center and Baptist Health South Florida for Heart Month.

Recipe:  Trout/Skillet Roasted Peppers on a bed of whole grain rice.

Reggie Laroche

The Exercise Physiologist

#iCardioFiT … “It’s your life, Live it RIGHT!”

iCardioFiT – Your Diet Behavior: It’s Easy to Be FaT!!


Most of you would agree with me on this statement.  It still surprises me that with all the awareness still coming out regarding health issues like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, various forms of cancers and etc, people still choose to have an unhealthy “Diet Behavior”!

So what do I mean when I say “Diet Behavior” ? When people think of the word “diet“, they tend to think about all the fad diets out there now.  Diets such as:

Low-fat Diet

Blood Type Diet

Liquid Diet

These diets follow low carbohydrate intake, high protein consumption, no carbs, just fruit, only veggies, only water, etc.  This is not a normal way to eat!  These diets have good intentions in helping individuals lose weight quick however these diets never seem to last in the long term.  Why is that?  Whenever an individual takes a food group like Carbs out of their Diet, OF COURSE they are going to lose weight.  The question is what happens after 2-3 months when they start consuming carbs again?… They will gain most of the weight back if not more.
The one thing that needs to change is our “Diet Behavior“!  The Types of foods we eat, the Amount of food we eat, the Frequency in which we eat, and even the Times of day in which we eat.

We should all strive to consume all the food groups in a way that we can manage our weight and still be Heart Healthy! We should try to follow the dietary guidelines for caloric intake which is approximately 2000 calories.  We should try to consume at least 3-5 moderate size portions of snacks and foods throughout the day.  And most importantly, no one should be eating dinner past 7pm.

Why put gas in a car if you don’t plan on driving anywhere?  This is the same concept when you think about putting food our bodies.

Let’s do our best to stay fit!  iCardioFiT

Reggie Laroche

The Exercise Physiologist

iCardio: When your belly enters the door first…


As many of you already realize.  America a BIG.  When I say big, I mean FAT and Overweight.  I find it very sad and disturbing to see  individuals that choose not to take care of their health.  So I decided to title this blog post: When your belly enters the door first…

Muffin top,…Pot belly,…”My pride”,…Love handles, ….all are synonymous for abdominal fat.

It sounds funny, however there are many chronic health risks to those that have large Waist Circumferences. According to the CDC Center for Health Statistics, about 34.2% of Adults of Overweight and about 33.8% of Adults are Obese. That’s 68% of Adults being Overweight/Obese in the US. Three out of four Americans will be overweight or obese by 2020, according to a new article from the Associated Press.  What is even more alarming is the amount of adolescent children that are following this same trend.  This Obesity Epidemic has to stop! The cost of obesity for a Man and Woman is approximately $2,646 and $4,879/year respectively according to an article in the New York Daily News.

When your belly enters the door first…..say Hello to Metabolic Syndrome. (i.e. High blood Pressure, Type II Diabetes, High Cholesterol (Dyslipidemia), peripheral artery disease, etc.)  These all increase your risk for Cardiovascular Disease.  Steps must be taken to reduce your risk… So what do I recommend to those that need assistance in reducing their risk factors while improve their over health and fitness.

::My Recommendation: The250:250 Rule ::

=>Exercise an Extra 250 Calories per day (Minimum of 30 min of aerobic exercise, 5 days/week)  However, at least 60-90 min of physical activity is required for weight loss to occur.

=>Eat 250 fewer Calories per day (Choose a Heart Healthy Diet:  A diet rich in fruits and vegetables; whole grain, high fiber foods.)  It is also important to maintain your hydration as well.  Many of you may think you hungry, when in actuality you’re  just dehydrated.

=>This will equal 500 fewer Calories per day.

=>Your total will be about 3500 Calories per week which = 1 lb lost/week.

This method is very simple to understand and easy to relate too.  How far you go in terms of improving your health and others around you is your decision to make.  Let your iCARDIO sessions BEGIN!!!  Let’s work to motivate yourself and those around you!!

Reggie Laroche

The Exercise Physiologist

 

 

 

 

 

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