Healthy Makeover; How to maximize your efforts in the gym and kitchen

On August 28th, Promax hosted a live Twitter event with fitness expert, Joel Harper and seasoned dietician, Julie Feldman. Harper provides nutrition and fitness advice, from Dr. Oz to elite athletes and celebrities. Feldman has been a practicing dietician for 13 years and is the author of “Grocery Makeover: Small Changes for Big Results”. These two incredibly knowledgeable people answered a variety of questions and gave excellent tips about maximizing effort and time in the kitchen, and in a workout, to get the best results. We highlighted a couple of the key questions and answers from our exclusive event—read on below!

Q: Julie, in your book “Grocery Makeover”, you mention three things people should focus on to achieve a healthy lifestyle. What are they?

A: First off, eat low-sugar, high-fiber foods coupled with lean protein to keep insulin production low. It is important to know that insulin is a fat storage hormone. Secondly, develop a game plan. The biggest mistake is thinking that being healthy is easy. Being healthy, successfully, requires planning. Thirdly, be a mindful eater. We are casual with what we eat. Raising awareness and mindfulness is critical.

Q: Joel, people tend to have less time to work out. What are some tips to get an effective workout with minimal time?

A: Pick exercises that use multiple body parts at the same time. Always push yourself. Don't dilly-dally. Be your own coach instead of wasting time talking about it. Remember to listen to music that pumps your energy level up and makes you want to work harder and quicker. Lastly, plan your workout to ensure that you are as efficient as possible.

Q: Joel, how vital is protein consumption before/during/after a workout?

A: I can't be clearer by saying that protein is CRITICAL to consume. Your body needs it. You always want to eat it within 30 minutes of working out. I always have a Promax bar in my bag. Protein has its hands in every critical function of the body. If you are exercising, you are breaking down muscle during the activity and you want to repair it afterwards with proper nutrition. The protein needs of active people are higher and influenced by the length, frequency and intensity of a workout.

Q: Julie, in your book, “Grocery Makeover: Small Changes for Big Results” you discuss the convenience of protein bars in your diet and the key food facts to look for in a bar. What are they and which bar do you recommend?

A: In our busy and harried lives, there exists a need for nonperishable sources of balanced nutrition. In my clinical practice, I find bars to be an exceptional option. If your bar is going to provide nutrition as a snack, it must have three grams of fiber. If your bar is intended to replace a meal, I aim higher and hope for at least five grams of fiber per bar. Unless you are on a protein-restricted diet, it is essential to incorporate protein each time you eat. A meal should do more in the way of providing protein. Ideally, a meal replacement bar would have between 14 and 21 grams of protein per serving. Promax LS bars fit the bill, offering 18 grams of protein. Avoid adding bars to your diet that are filled with unnecessary ingredients, including sugar alcohols. For example, if a bar sounds too good to be true because it has zero grams of sugar, be sure to keep reading (the label). By swapping a satisfying bar for one that hardly makes the grade, you will notice that you feel full for significantly longer and that your energy level is improved as well.
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