Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

Here are some questions that we often receive from clients…

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you do a lot of work with dads? Do you see other types of clients?

Absolutely! I have been very fortunate to have had extensive training within the necessary specialties and nutrition consulting for; pre and post operative bariatric surgery, dietary management, eating disorders, diabetes & metabolism, and other nutritional therapies.

do you see weight loss clients?

Loaded question! WE ARE NOT A WEIGHT LOSS COMPANY, rather we employ the Health At Every Size Model (HAES), that initiates the practice of listening to your body and developing a relationship with food that is fun and joyful.  While most of our client’s primary goal is to lose the weight, we employ the necessary counseling and education to help them become better acquainted with body love and appreciation, like never before!

Should I do FASTED cardio or workouts?

There seems to be a growing number of people interested in this topic. Short answer, likely no. While there is some research promoting the short-term benefits of "training low," there still does not seem to have long-term proof that this technique actually improves your body composition or performance. Your body needs fuel to feed its muscle. Under a fasted state, your body will take from what is available, often times protein and muscle. TAKE HOME MESSAGE: Utilize your meal timing and be aware of your hunger.

Should I be taking BCAAs?

These branched chain amino acids (BCAA) are made up of leucine, isoleucine, and valine. All are responsible (together) for helping keep your levels balanced in your blood. With low or imbalanced protein intake, BCAAs could actually help, however taking a wide variety of whey containing protein and/or eggs could provide enough if you had them 4-5 times per day. TAKE HOME MESSAGE: Get a variety of protein every 2-3 hours during training programs, if you lack protein variety, this could help (if certified for sport)

Should I go KETO?

If done correctly, and done with someone who is not looking to compete competitively in their sport, maybe. A recent study looked at the impact of this diet on performance and what they found was that goin' KETO has some negative impact on performance yet, it is not recommended especially for competitive athletes.

aren’t carbs bad?

Carbs are your brain and body's #1 chosen source of energy. Restrict these and your body starts craving high energy items, e.g. pizza, cookies, sweets, etc. The typical goal is 5-7 gram (g) per kilogram (kg) of weight, so a 160 lb male would need an approximate 360-500 g of a variety of carbs (fruit, vegetable, grain, nuts, etc.) per day.

Which supplements should I be taking?

If you are at the collegiate, professionally competitive, or professional sports level, look for the "NSF" label before taking anything else. This label shows that the "blend" of supplementation is Certified for Sport aka, keeping you in the game. If you are not a competitive athlete and wondering how and what could apply to you, there has been some research on the following supplementation to help with your overall health.

See these:

  • VIT D + SUNSHINE

  • CALCIUM CARBONATE/CITRATE

  • OMEGA 3 FISH OIL WITH DHA AND EPA

  • FIBER

  • PREBIOTICS/PROBIOTICS

I can't seem to lose belly fat? What should I do?

Let's maybe start with what you don't do. Do not restrict your calories, your carbs, or your hunger. It's very often that your ability to deal with stress, your fiber intake, sleep, and other factors are highly influencing your body composition. If you have extra fat to lose, then concentrate on behaviors that help you to feel more confident about your body. However, if have "plateaued," chances are that your body is no longer feeling as if your intake or exercise is balanced. Often times, your body may be comfortable with your current state. If you are in question, take a mental, emotional, and physical audit, chances are some body image acceptance and improvement could help.

Can I eat late at night?

Absolutely! But ask yourself, are you eating because; you are physically hungry, perhaps skipped a meal or ate later than usual, or craving a balanced meal with protein, carbs, and fat? If so, yes to all of these. Now if you are eating because you are bored, emotionally drained, "because it's there", then we may want to bring about awareness about this behavior and if there are other activities that can help vs only food.

Is caffeine good or bad?

Caffeine is great! In moderate amounts. Normal intake of 350 milligrams per day (usually 1 grande coffee) is considered acceptable. It has been shown to provide a burst for performance as well as helping your endurance. However, over-consumption has been linked to sleep disruption, inhibiting muscle repair, as well as dehydration. Think A Grande a day during the day