Nutrition does not matter, so long as you eat enough
Joe D'Amico finished the Los Angeles Marathon in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 14 seconds, a personal-best time. What was unusual about D'Amico was that in the lead-up to the race he embarked on a diet consisting solely of McDonald's food. Though this did not mean just french fries and Big Macs, for McDonalds serve yoghurts, salads and wraps now, his heavily-processed meal plan provides plenty of food for thought as to what makes an optimal diet. Other athletes, like the current tennis world number 1 Novak Djovokic, swear by their nutritional undertakings, Djokovic has a gluten-free diet for example (no pasta, pizza, bread). Advocates would argue D'Amico's effort owed more to the training put in than his nutrition, however critics could reasonably suggest that the tale demonstrates that kids could potentially maintain their bad eating habits if they were willing to accept doing more exercise to offset the harm.
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The Mc-runner diet: Not a complicated science
"After analyzing his food log, he discovered he had maintained his carbohydrate intake at around 65 per cent. He determined what and how much to eat, purely based on how he felt, and experienced no dip in energy or strength. The 6-foot runner even lost weight, from 142 to 137 lb. And most importantly, he says, he realized he didn’t have to be anxious about what he ate.
“I definitely see that in some marathoners and runners around me – they’re searching for the perfect food for the perfect timing when you eat it, the perfect portion,” he says. “I don’t think perfect’s out there. I think a lot of us drive ourselves batty. We have to have FRS [energy drink] or Gatorade. There’s no magic in that.”"
Athletes need to be hydrated and energized, so drinking energy drinks is the plain and simple answer. As far as calories are concerned
There is no complicated process. Counting calories will keep you at a desired weight and eating what you want will and is good for you in the long run. No one can live on a sugar-only diet, listen to your body/stomach. eat what you feel like having and stop eating when you aren't hungry. Drink plenty of water. Doctors and nutritionists agree that stress is the number one killer, and stressing about what you eat is not good for you.
There are experts you can talk to about what you should eat and what you shouldn't. Instead of randomly and instinctively going into a diet regime 'blind', talking to a nutritionist about what you need to eat specifically to maintain optimal health and meet your energy needs is the best idea. You don't have to stress out over over-analysis or analysis paralysis because the nutritionist will do the work for you. The best thing to do is to do your research and go to to an expert. Just like if you are ill, you will consult a physician, if you want to know what you should eat consult a nutritionist.
Winning a race does not make someone healthy and diseases that arise from a diet imbalance
Many successful athletes have several broken bones, high cholesterol and cortisone levels. Many athletes on steroids have been successful in the past. This is in no way suggests that steroids are good for you. People with protein deficiencies get a disease called Kwashiorkor. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwashiorkor]] People with fat deficiencies, are at risk for strokes, mental problems and other cardiac ailments. [[http://www.longevinst.org/nlt/newsletter13ext4.htm]] "The Western diet and its low fat hype reduce the synthesis of the molecules our biochemistry makes from n-3 EFAs, to maintain the integrity of our cell membranes, particularly in the cells from the brain and the retina triggering Behavioral Change". A carbohydrate deficiency can cause stomach problems, high blood pressure, heart problems, mental impairment, organ damage, vision problems, lethargy and much more. [[http://www.freefitnesstips.co.uk/carbohydrate-deficiency.html]]
Gluten-free cereal, bread etc is available in stores. Just like some people are lactose intolerant, other people cannot tolerate gluten.[[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001280/]] [[http://www.ricekrispies.com/#/products/gluten-free-brown-rice-krispies-cereal?utm_campaign=Gluten%20Free&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=Gluten%20Free%20General&utm_term=gluten%20free%20cereal]] not having gluten is not the same as not having carbohydrates. None of the examples above, suggest 'not' having a balanced diet. All they are saying is that MacDonald's (among other fast-food chains) can provide a balanced diet( with water, essential vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fat and protein). The point is that all processed/junk food is not bad for you, so long as you maintain a balanced diet and monitor food intake according to your energy needs etc. MacDonald's even provides customers with a chart with calorie needs measured again weight, energy requirements, height, age etc.
Choosing a diet contingent upon your disease or intolerance to certain foods is caring about 'nutrition'
"The exact cause of celiac disease is unknown. The lining of the intestines contains areas called villi, which help absorb nutrients. When people with celiac disease eat foods or use products that contain gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging these villi.
This damage affects the ability to absorb nutrients properly. A person becomes malnourished, no matter how much food he or she eats.
The disease can develop at any point in life, from infancy to late adulthood.
People who have a family member with celiac disease are at greater risk for developing the disease. The disorder is most common in Caucasians and persons of European ancestry. Women are affected more often than men." So it is nutritious for those with Celiac disease to skip on Gluten. Gluten is not an essential carbohydrate and it is not recommended by most nutritionists. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutrition]]
Nutrition is simply a healthy diet, comprising of a healthy range of calories for many essential food types. So long as you consume around the daily requirement of each type of food (sugars, carbohydrates, vitamins, fat, minerals, protein, water) , you have a healthy diet. Eating 'enough' as in according to the specified daily requirement range 'is' nutrition. The label "nutrition facts" on the back of many jam jars and other such products, simply lists how many calories of your daily required intake of each essential food type you will consume, per serving. since gluten is not an essential, Novac Djocovic does follow a nutritious diet. Where as, for example the Atkin's diet [[http://www.atkinsdietalert.org/advisory.html]] which is low-carbohydrates posits many health risks. low-carbohydrate-intake diets require people to consume "cholesterol, fat, saturated fat, and protein that exceed the recommended safe limits set by the National Academy of Sciences, and are often low in fiber and other important dietary constituents". This can lead to stomach problems, kidney stones, cardiac problems and high/low blood pressure/sugar.
hypoglycemia or low blood sugar can lead to diabetes.
There are enough examples in this web forum to refute the assumption that Atkins is not good for you. How many of these Atkin's successes report kidney failure? none. [[http://www.atkinsdietbulletinboard.com/forums/atkins-low-carb-success-stories/]]
Counting calories is not enough
There are foods that are bad for you and there are foods that are good for you. You can either get sugar from a sweet fruit or a choclate bar. The first one is the healthier alternative. Eating few calories of everything is not a good idea, since the body needs more of one type of food than another. Also the specific calorie requirements for each food type, may be different for every individual case. some people need and can tolerate more carbs, others more fat etc. Counting calories, therefore is not an exact science. A person with gluten intolerance for example, will always remain malnourished unless s/he stops eating gluten. While milk is generally considered to be a 'good' food and some might say a complete diet, someone who is lactose intolerant cannot live on milk and fiber whereas
someone who isn't, can.
"This study shows that conventional wisdom — to eat everything in moderation, eat fewer calories and avoid fatty foods — isn't the best approach," Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health and lead author of the study, said in an interview. "What you eat makes quite a difference. Just counting calories won't matter much unless you look at the kinds of calories you're eating."
Dr. Frank B. Hu, a nutrition expert at the Harvard School of Public Health and a co-author of the new analysis, said: "In the past, too much emphasis has been put on single factors in the diet. But looking for a magic bullet hasn't solved the problem of obesity."
Also untrue, Mozaffarian said, is the food industry's claim that there's no such thing as a bad food.
"There are good foods and bad foods, and the advice should be to eat the good foods more and the bad foods less," he said. "The notion that it's OK to eat everything in moderation is just an excuse to eat whatever you want."[[http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2015689414_caloriespersonalhealth22.html]]
What other choice do people have? Counting calories is what people do to lose weight or maintain a certain weight. Different calorie limits are assigned to different foods, already. The daily requirement for the calorie intakes of 'bad foods' is already listed as significantly lower than that of 'good foods' . If people stopped counting calories, how would they achieve their desired body weight or fitness level. Calorie counts are the only quantitative measurable means for people to eat healthy. Counting calories, small frequent meals and exercise is the best way to go about achieving/maintaining a desired weight.
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