Brown Rice vs. White Rice – Which is Healthier? | Q+A

Brown Rice vs. White Rice – Which is Healthier? | Q+A

Question:

I have read an article in Korean newspaper saying that brown rice is not good for you. I thought brown rice is much healthier than white (regular rice) is it true?

– Caroline

Answer:

Below are the nutritional values of brown rice compared to enriched white rice for 100 grams cooked rice. Overall, the brown rice offers more of the nutrients that we need (fiber, magnesium, potassium, zinc) with slightly fewer calories. Because it is enriched, white rice does offer more folate and iron. Neither have Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, or cholesterol.

Nutrient values as per standard reference (non-branded) in the USDA Food Comparison Database, (release 28), some values rounded.

– Debbie J., MS, RD

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

Some questions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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Convenient Way to Check In at LAF!

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Nothing But Sweat

Club League Basketball is not for the weak-hearted. These men come to play.

Sneakers, sweat, and no regrets – it’s a mindset, an attitude, and the thrill of competition that drives the men of LAF’s Basketball Club League to give it their all. As the refs were suiting up, the players were hard at practice as the basketball court at Irvine Michelson was quickly filling up with friends and onlookers, eager to watch the championship game.

As the scoreboard lit up and the whistle blew, the basketball was tossed high in the air, and quickly smacked down into play. The game was fast-paced and booming with intensity, layups, and 3-pointers. The first basket of the game was made by #47 Lane C. of Team C. By the end of the 1st half of play Team C led 27-23.

As the second half began, Team O (last year’s champions) knew they were up against a team who wanted the win just as badly as they did. The ball was tossed from player to player, back and forth across the court, seemingly picking up speed as the clock quickly clicked down. Both teams gave it their all, but the final score was in favor of Team C with a win of 68-57.

With a win for Team C, and last seasons’ win from Team O, who will take it next season? Keep training, guys!

Club League Member Experiences: 

Dean A. #1, of Team C, heard about club league basketball through his friend Lane. He enjoys how well-organized the league is and that the games start on time, especially with everyone’s busy schedules.

Frank Z. #5, of Team O, has been a part of the basketball clubs leagues since they first started. He enjoys how the people he plays alongside are friends of his both on and off the court.

It was Charles B.’s #4, of Team O, first season participating in club league basketball, and he said he will definitely be back next season! He had originally heard about the league while he was shooting hoops in the basketball court and a few people approached him and asked if he wanted to join their team – it’s a great way to become more social at the gym while getting a great workout!

If you’re interested in joining an LA Fitness Club League, click here for more information.

Secure your spot for next season today! We offer basketball, volleyball and racquetball leagues – see you on the court!

Our Club Leagues both competitive & recreational are open to members of all skill levels who are 18+.


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How Do I Keep From Losing Weight Unintentionally? | Q+A

How Do I Keep From Losing Weight Unintentionally? | Q+A

Question:

I have been working out 5 to 6 days a week. Almost 3 years now. Consuming 3700- 4000 calories, 400+ carbs and 180+ protein daily, and still dropping weight at an alarming rate. Any suggestions on what I can do to add pounds or keep from losing? I’m 175lbs.

– Preston B.

Answer:

Hello Preston. If you have been losing weight unintentionally, you should see your physician to rule out any underlying problem. Your energy needs may be higher than you think. It’s not unheard of for a very physically active and lean man to require 6000 calories a day! My immediate nutrition recommendation would be to stop counting calories, consume more of what you already eat, and add highly caloric foods to your day.

Energy dense foods include: Dried fruit, Avocados, Coconut, Cheese, Ground beef, Nuts, Tortillas and Granola.

Rich toppings include: Dips, Dressing, Sauce, Hollandaise, Real gravy, Margarine, Mayonnaise, and Syrup.

– Debbie J., MS, RD

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

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Gaining Muscle, Losing Belly Fat: Vegetarian Edition | Q+A

Gaining Muscle, Losing Belly Fat: Vegetarian Edition | Q+A

Question:

I am a 32 year old male with weight = 150 lb. (approx.) and height = 5′ 5″. I am a regular to LA fitness and go 3 to 4 times per week. I do strength training for 1 hour and 30 to 45 minutes cardio (with incline). I am looking to gain muscle and lose the stubborn fat around my waist. I have been facing trouble with the diet choices I need to make. Note: I referred this post as well, which is helpful. I am a vegetarian and I eat eggs but no meat/seafood/chicken etc. I used to eat rice (white/brown) and vegetables (fried/cooked), and I am taking whey protein as well. What should my diet look like to do this? Please advise. Thanks in advance.

– Manoj

Answer:

If I am understanding you correctly, Manoj, perhaps you think you’re having trouble getting enough protein to build muscle and lose fat? Vegetarians can easily meet protein needs with adequate beans, peas, lentils, nuts, seeds, and good vegetable & grain choices. Plus, you consume milk and egg products, which is a benefit when looking to increase protein.

Look to get at least 2 legume servings per day, 1 egg, 10 grams milk protein, 2 cups cooked vegetables + 1 cup raw, and 6+ grain servings per day. The remainder of your calories can come from fruit and unsaturated fat. To lean out, you’ll also need to limit added sugars, alcohol, and fried foods. Don’t forget to stay well hydrated!

Since you are keeping up to date with the Living Healthy blog, then you’ve probably already seen this recent post but I’ve included it for the rest of our readers.

– Debbie J., MS, RD

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