Eat More, Gain More Muscle?

Eat More, Gain More Muscle?

Question:

I try to gain muscle by eating a lot. Unfortunately, I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. After joining LA Fitness, my weight has gone down and I’m still skinny. How can I grow some muscle so that I won’t scare people away due to looking like a skeleton? I appreciate you very much for your help!

– Kristine K.

Answer:

Given your multiple conditions, you should consult with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for personalized advice according to your lab values and medications. If you choose to incorporate the following nutritional recommendations, do so only if you are under routine physician’s care for your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. These suggestions focus on nutrient density for muscle growth.

Include 1-2 tablespoon of raw nuts daily. Full of heart-healthy fats and calories with a little fiber, these won’t raise blood sugar or blood pressure. One ounce of almonds provides 164 calories.

Use tortillas instead of bread. Increased density without the pockets of air from leavened bread means more energy per bite. By turning to burritos or wraps in place of toast and sandwiches, you could add 100 calories to each meal (10-12” flour tortilla = ~220-350 Cals vs. 2 slices regular bread = 150 Cals).

Focus on potassium and energy-rich produce. Bananas, sweet potatoes, peas, and avocados are notably high in potassium which is important for proper fluid balance and thus blood pressure. Winter squash and beans are also significant plant sources with notable calories.

Increase eating sessions instead of volume. More frequent servings allow your body to better process your food without overload. By giving yourself a bonus low-sodium snack before bedtime, you can add calories without spiking your blood pressure and blood sugar.

Maximize your workouts. You’re not going to grow muscle tissue by eating alone! Muscles need a greater stress than they currently experience in order to increase in size and strength. Meet with a Pro Results® personal trainer for the best instruction on specific exercises to grow muscle.

– 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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Stop Doubting Yourself

Stop Doubting Yourself

Let’s start with the facts.

Statistically speaking, you have a greater chance of getting struck by lightning than winning the lottery. (Almost 4 times more likely, actually).

Still, chances are you’ve tried your luck at it a time or two –

So, why not take a gamble on yourself? Whether it’s fear of failure, lack of motivation, or countless other reasons that have held you back from hitting the jackpot on your life, let’s make the conscious decision to cross that bridge together today.

Unlike the lottery, when it comes to fitness and nutrition the odds are in your favor.

I’m sure some would argue this point, but here’s why it’s true:

  1. While genetics could be against you, you are ultimately in control of your fitness and nutrition habits.
  2. While unhealthy foods are more easily available, you are ultimately in control of your fitness and nutrition habits.
  3. While time may not be on your side, you are ultimately in control of your fitness and nutrition habits.
  4. When doubt screams louder than confidence, you are ultimately in control of your fitness and nutrition habits.
  5. If the lack of health knowledge has held you back, STILL you are ultimately in control of your fitness and nutrition habits.

There could be a million reasons not to start something, but if you can find one reason to begin that’s all you need.

That small step in the right direction is your way of taking control of your life and getting one step closer to winning life’s jackpot.

If someone else could win the lottery, why can’t you? If someone else could turn their health and fitness around, why can’t you?

You can do it and if you feel like you can’t, LA Fitness will help you get there. Try us out and see what you think. And if you’re already a member who is struggling to stay on track, talk to a Pro Results® certified personal trainer for what the best option would be for you.

Taking chances can be scary, but taking a chance on yourself could be the greatest gamble you ever make.

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Filling and Good Fueling Snacks

Filling and Good Fueling Snacks

Question:

I have trouble staying full between meals and while in class and at work. I usually reach for a lot of protein. I know I am consuming more than I need, but how much is too much? And what are some food ideas that can help me stay satisfied without a ton of protein? I would especially like some recipes with a lot of fiber. I am a 19-year-old woman and working with a trainer to build muscle and lose weight.

– Patricia C.

Answer:

The US RDA for protein is only 46 grams for a 19-year-old woman of reference bodyweight (approx. 126 lbs.), based on 0.8 gm protein per kg, though individual requirements can vary from 0.5 gm/kg/d to 1.0 gm/kg/d. In an energy-balanced diet for weight maintenance, the recommended limit for protein is 35% of calories to reduce the risk of chronic disease. To allow caloric room for phytonutrients from plants, one should consider limiting animal protein to 6-8 oz. daily plus 1 cup cow’s milk product, depending on energy needs. Of course, you could meet all your protein needs from plant sources, too.

For higher fiber filling snacks without ‘a ton’ of protein try these portable suggestions: air-popped popcorn and cashews; freeze-dried corn, peas & carrots; soynuts; sugar snap peas; individual hummus tub, celery & carrot sticks; veggie chips; apple and peanut butter;

Don’t forget to start your day with a decent breakfast to stave off hunger throughout the day! If you base your first repast on oatmeal with nuts + dried fruit or home-fried potatoes with onions + peppers, then add a protein like eggs on the side, you’ll have a complete robust and balanced meal.

Resource:

  1. Dietary Reference Intakes for Macronutrients (e.g., protein, fat and carbohydrates)

– 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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Aqua Fit: Land Lovers Welcome – Podcast Ep. 7

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Welcome to the seventh episode of the Living Healthy podcast, presented by LA Fitness.

On this episode of Living Healthy, we speak with Aqua Fit instructor, Amy and learn just how tiring a water aerobics class can be! Trust us, this is an episode worth listening to.

 

Do you have an LA Fitness Group Fitness Instructor in mind that you would like to recommend for an Instructor Spotlight episode of our podcast? Share them with us in the comments below!

Let us know how we’re doing by tweeting us @LAFitness or send us an email at blog@fitnessintl.com.

This podcast 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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Introduction 

0:15 

Show Begins 

1:49 

Aqua Fit Instructor Amy, joins the show 

Begins at 2:14 

What to Expect from Aqua Fit  

Begins at 3:24 

Resistance Training  

Begins at 4:03 

What to Bring 

Begins at 7:40 

How to Get the Most Out of Your Workout 

Begins at 10:00 

How it Helps Post-Surgery  

Begins at 10:33 

How Often Do the Routines Change? 

Begins at 12:31 

Aqua Fit Stereotypes 

Begins at 13:32 

Major Muscles Groups Used 

15:20 

Why You Should Try Aqua Fit 

16:55 

Show Wrap-up 

19:44 


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