The Truth About Dietary Myths: Fitness vs a Good Diet

By Rita Larsen, RD, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Elite Sports Clubs Dietary Myths-Fitness vs Diet

Do Athletes & Fitness Enthusiasts Need to Monitor Food Intake?

As spoken by many an active fitness enthusiast: “Oh, I don’t really worry about what I eat because I work out three times per week, that should take care of it, right?” or, “I can eat anything I want and still expect to lose weight. I workout almost every day!” But, is this a reasonable approach? Continue reading The Truth About Dietary Myths: Fitness vs a Good Diet

The Truth About Dietary Myths: Which is better for you, butter or margarine?

By Rita Larsen, RD, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Dietary Myths-Butter vs Margarine

The Dietary Guidelines of 2010, recommended that Americans:

  • Consume less than 10% of calories from saturated fats.
  • Replace solid fats with oils when possible.
  • Limit foods that contain synthetic sources of trans fatty acids (such as hydrogenated oils), and keep total trans fatty acid consumption as low as possible.
  • Eat fewer than 300mg of dietary cholesterol per day.
  • Reduce intake of calories from solid fats.
  • And lastly, all adults ages 19 or older, should consume 20% to 35% of total calories per day as fat.

But, as we proceed to follow these dietary recommendations, there are still some areas for personal choices that we will need to make regarding “our preferences” for fats that we use at the table and in cooking that only WE can choose. Continue reading The Truth About Dietary Myths: Which is better for you, butter or margarine?

The Truth About Dietary Myths: Will soda spark your appetite for sweets?!

By Rita Larsen, RD, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Dietary Myths-Soda Appetite

“Will drinking soda make you crave more food, especially sugary foods?” It is a question I get asked often; and many people believe it is true. Researchers and others at food research institutes, including those in Madison, Wisconsin, have tried to find that very answer. It is unfortunately, hard to trace as “fact” that soda is indeed a stimulus to “eat” more food, especially sugars. Continue reading The Truth About Dietary Myths: Will soda spark your appetite for sweets?!

The Truth About Dietary Myths: Supplements

By Rita Larsen, RD, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

The Truth About Dietary Myths: Supplements

If you follow the news, it will not take you long to come across a story about the latest unfolding of the truth about some dietary or nutrition myth, and it always seems to surprise people. Most information, if found in print, is taken as the truth. Yet, obviously this isn’t always the case. We will take the next month to explore this very issue, and try to debunk some of those famous dietary myths. Continue reading The Truth About Dietary Myths: Supplements

Comparing Popular American Diets

Comparing Popular American Diets-Elite Sports Clubs

It seems that Americans are either continuing to have diets that are not the healthiest or they are making concerted efforts to eat as healthy a diet as possible. Thus many people are not only trying to eat organic foods, but are actually trying diets like vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, whole foods, or one of the latest diets, the Paleo diet, named after what is felt was the diet of Paleolithic Man. Continue reading Comparing Popular American Diets