TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - McMaster University professor and
nutrition and exercise specialist, Doctor Stuart Phillips (The Jock
Doc), today released his five top secrets for athletes to get and stay
fit. These secrets are based on his years of experience with athletes
from weekend warriors to Olympic medalists. Dr. Phillip's also released
his super foods for athletes with chocolate milk at the top of his list
followed by oatmeal and salmon.
"When it comes to getting and staying in shape and changing the
composition of your body, most athletes don't understand exercise is
only part of the equation," said Phillips. "My research clearly shows
the foods athletes choose throughout the day, particularly before and
after their workouts, are key to attaining maximum benefits."
Here are his top five fitness secrets:
Secret One: Choose the Jock Doc's super foods for athletes
Dr. Phillips' top Super Foods are 1) chocolate milk (for post-workout water, protein, electrolytes and carbohydrates), 2) oatmeal (for carbohydrates, fibre and B vitamins), and 3) salmon (for protein, iron, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids) He's also a
big fan of blueberries, sweet potatoes and yogurt because of their
Secret Two: Get your muscles ready to work
Athletes need to get their muscles ready to work before vigorous activity. Dr. Phillips recommends that before-workout
meals, whether large or small, should contain carbohydrates such as
whole grain bread or pasta. Meals should also include protein,
preferably animal source proteins such as meat, eggs, or milk.
Secret Three: Rehydrate, Replenish, and Repair
Athletes who have performed vigorous exercise need to remember the three
R's: Rehydrate to replace lost water and electrolytes, Replenish burned muscle fuel, and Repair damaged muscles. Research has shown that chocolate milk is a highly
efficient and economical choice and far superior to water and sports
drinks when it comes to post-workout recovery. (For more information on
chocolate milk as a post-recovery beverage, visit www.rechargewithmilk.ca)
Secret Four: Power up with protein
Protein makes you feel full and helps with weight loss while on diets.
Most athletes consume their dietary protein in an imbalanced manner. It
is far better to consume smaller portions of protein throughout the day
and with each meal.
Secret Five: Send these foods to the penalty box
Avoid industrial trans-saturated fats which are a double edged sword -
they raise the bad overall cholesterol levels and lower the good
cholesterol (HDL) and so get an F grade. Look for the words
hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated on the food label and send
these foods to the penalty box. Also avoid simple sugars that are
carbohydrates that digest quickly and are usually not associated with
foods that contain many nutrients. They cause unsustainable spikes in
blood sugar that leave you feeling fatigued and hungry later on. If you
see sugar, sucrose, corn syrup, or high-fructose corn syrup as one of
the first four ingredients on food labels, avoid them.
SOURCE Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC)
For further information:
To arrange an interview with "The Jock Doc" or to obtain a more complete summary of his top five fitness secrets, please contact:
Trillium Corporate Communications Inc.
416-322-3030 ext. 231