If you are training or need to lose weight, the diet you choose can have an extreme effect on you health
Practically daily someone somewhere gives us a “new” awesome diet they say we should be following. Of course each one is “the best” and will lead to miraculous changes in our physical appearance and performance according to the authors! In my opinion as a Registered Dietician, diet choice should be based upon the needs of the user. Because motocross is primarily an endurance sport, the majority of your diet as a motocross rider should be made up of good fats and some carbohydrates. If you are a motocross rider who is attempting to shed a few pounds then you should be controlling your calorie and fat intake.
The majority of the “new” diets we see fall under the same categories as previously released diets. For instance, Atkin’s New Diet Revolution, Protein Power, The South Beach Diet and Sugar Busters are all versions of a low carbohydrate, high protein diet. The bottom line is that typically if a diet works it is because the dieter is paying more attention to caloric intake (and most likely eating fewer calories), and is possibly adding exercise as well. But which diet, if any should the serious or recreational rider be following?
When comparing diets for the rider who is looking to lose weight, there are a few questions you should consider when deciding if the diet will work. A diet may not work in the long run if it promotes:
Foods and approaches with “miracle” fat or weight loss qualities
Odd amounts of foods or rigid food combining
An overemphasis on any particular food or type of food
Quick weight loss
A food or product you must buy for success with the diet
Little or no physical activity
Bottom Line As an athlete it is important to eat for both health and performance. While many diets may contribute to weight loss in the short term, many of them are not healthy long term nor are they the route to achieving optimal performance on the track.
As stated earlier, the majority of your calories should be coming from good fats and carbohydrates. Not only does your body use them for energy, they are your brain’s only source of energy. If you don’t give your body and brain an adequate supply, the result will be lack of endurance/energy and mental sharpness among many detrimental effects to your health.
The charts below lists the main advantages and disadvantages of some of the most popular diets listed by name.
A dietary pattern which includes a large amount of plant foods and nuts, small amounts of animal proteins, and a very small amount of saturated fat. A glass of wine is almost always served with lunch and dinner.
Athlete = Yes
Focuses on healthy food choices
Exercise is included as a part of the plan
Can help protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer
This diet doesn’t focus on weight loss. The author claims that his regimen can make you live longer as well as look younger; improve your metabolism, improve bone density, improve the skin, decrease cancer risk and lift your mood.
Athlete = No
Encourages healthy food choices
Author suggests taking more than 25 supplements per day
Very rigid with very limited food choices
Makes some claims based on science, but many claims “stretch” the truth
Author sells a line of supplements and skin care products that he recommends in the book
Claims to reverse the aging process
Supplements, creams and lotions recommended costs $200-$300 per month
A very low calorie diet which uses organic foods exclusively and includes the use of colonic cleansing, HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) and vast amounts of supplementation.
Athlete = No
Very rigid, small selection of allowed foods, all of which are organic
Calls for injections of HCG, a hormone which is not approved for use as weight loss treatment in the U.S. Doctors who administer injections are rare.
Author spends 7 chapters spelling out an alleged conspiracy theory saying that the American Medical Association, the FDA and other medical establishments are purposely keeping Americans fat by withholding information so that they can make billions of dollars from drugs and surgery.
Includes daily injections, taking digestive enzymes, many pills and many colonic* cleanses
*colonics can lead to electrolyte imbalance, dehydration and bowel perforation
This program offers 2 programs; one based on point tracking for foods consumed and one which uses calorie tracking. Both plans are based on healthy eating guidelines.
Athlete = Yes
Local meetings provide motivation, support and encouragement
Website offers recipes, exercise information, online support community and progress charts
Users are not told exactly what to eat, but are encouraged to make healthy food choices
Exercise is encouraged
Does not sell its own food products
Teaches users how to eat healthy and how to maintain their weight loss
Calorie intakes recommended can sometimes be too low for long term.
The user may need to increase their calorie intake slightly once the weight is lost.
About the Author- Kim has an undergraduate degree in Dietetics from Michigan State University and began working as a personal trainer and nutrition consultant while finishing her Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. As a self-employed trainer and dietitian, she has the privilege of working with people at many levels of fitness. She designs custom nutrition and fitness plans based upon the client's goals and current fitness level. She has designed programs for, athletes, senior citizens, and professional motocross riders. She designs complete nutriiotnal packages for $50 and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-404-9003.
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