Monday, August 11, 2008

Day 134- Nutrition Bite

Brooke Bennett, three-time olympic gold medalist in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics as well as the current world record holder for the 800-meter freestyle swim, comments that diet should be the first focus for anyone hoping to improve physical well-being.

"Nutrition is key to life, whether we're professional athletes or working at a desk," says Bennett, now a certified personal trainer, nutritionist and a consultant to the USA Swimming Team. "Nutrition is about 80% of our lifestyle."

The former olympic athlete believes that content, not calories, should be the focus of any "Olympic body" regimen. Besides the obvious fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and slow carbohydrates (brown rice and sweet potatoes), Bennett also recommends watching the sugar content of the foods you eat.

"People stress about the calorie content of protein, but they should be stressing about sugar," Bennett says." Sugar has a high-calorie count but it's metabolized quickly. And if you're not burning the sugars while working out, you're going to put on weight." Click on link for more details on tips for an olympic body.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/08/health/webmd/main4332032.shtml

Sugar Preacher's Experience
I concur with Brooke Bennett. It isn't the calories but the content. Feeding our machines with healthy foods can prevent disease and illness. Also, I agree people should stress about sugar content more than the calorie content! Sugar converts to fat if over-consumed!!

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