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Food to Support Fitness

From the Show: Life's Too Short
Summary: What should you eat when you want to get fit?
Air Date: 7/18/17
Duration: 13:57
Guest Bio: Felicia Stoler, PhD
Dr. Felicia StolerDr. Felicia Stoler is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and expert consultant in disease prevention, wellness and healthful living. She has a bachelors from Tulane University, a masters in applied physiology and nutrition from Columbia University and her doctorate in clinical nutrition from UMDNJ.

Felicia serves on many local, state and national committees related to health and wellness. Felicia is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and is a Fellow of the ACSM. Felicia is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is on the House of Delegates.

Dr. Stoler hosted the second season of TLC's groundbreaking series, Honey, We're Killing the Kids!, which took aim at the unhealthy lifestyles of families, across the country, in an effort to motivate them to make positive changes. She is the author Living Skinny in Fat Genes™: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great (Pegasus) which was featured in USA Weekend among the top must have books in 2011.

She has been a contributor for and written several book chapters. Stoler authored the ACSM's Current Comment on Childhood Obesity.
Maybe you want six-pack abs. Or, perhaps you want to get stronger.

What should you eat to support your fitness goals?

First, start with eating real foods that are close to what you find in nature. You don’t have to count the grams of everything. Make sure you have lean protein, fruit, vegetables, healthy carbs and smart fats every day. Avoid processed foods.

Second, assess your fitness goals. Do you want to increase or decrease your weight? Your goal will impact your food requirements each day. Don’t add a protein shake or bar just because you exercised.

Third, you don’t want to exercise completely fasted. You need some nutritious carbohydrates to fuel the workout early in the morning. Have a piece of fruit, or a glass of pure fruit or vegetable juice. The glucose gives you energy right away. Adding fiber, fat and protein will take longer to digest.

Additionally, alcohol is closer to fat than protein for your body. Cut back on booze and mixers if you have caloric goals.

Finally, use fats and oils to cook your food so it tastes good. You don’t have to drink coconut oil each day to get in your healthy fats. In moderation, you can eat the natural fats in your food, like the fat in your ham or skin from your chicken.

Listen as Dr. Felicia Stoler joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to eat to support your fitness goals.
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