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Question: I have a few friends encouraging me to buy organic. There are obviously two sides to every story, so I’d love to hear your take on the pros and cons of organic foods.

Answer: There is definitely an ongoing debate about whether you should eat organic foods or not. Some say eating organic is a no-brainer because of the potential ingestion of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and other dubious additives found in conventionally grown foods. On the other hand, some argue that organic foods are similar in nutritional quality, yet they cost more and aren’t all that accessible. Here’s the real deal. Although it’s true that organic foods are more expensive, there is a legitimate reason for the added cost. More care, time, and money go into growing organic crops, and those costs are typically passed on to the consumer (much like products in other industries). Even if they are more expensive, many folks would argue that the added cost is worth it because organic foods are healthier for you. Though this may seem logical, there really isn’t a lot of research to back up this claim. Several studies tout the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables regardless of how they’re grown. If the nutritional quality of the food doesn’t sway you, there’s also this idea that organic farming is better for the environment. This may be true, but you need to remember to buy locally-grown foods. If you happen to live in California, but your organic produce is grown in Florida, you’re doing more harm than good from an environmental perspective. Bottom line—if you can afford it, and you can buy local, go for it! If you do decide to make the switch, focus on purchasing these foods first: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, imported grapes, pears, spinach, and potatoes. These are known as the “Dirty Dozen” and generally have the highest concentrations of pesticides. You should also get in the habit of washing your produce thoroughly before eating!

Question: I just joined Anytime Fitness, but I’m a little lost as to what I should be doing. Someone suggested getting a personal trainer, but they can be pricey. Is hiring a trainer worth it?

Answer: Absolutely! The right personal trainer can literally transform your life. They’re there to educate, motivate, and inspire, and frankly, that’s worth its weight in gold. From goal setting and proper exercise form to program design and diet advice, trainers will have the answers. But that’s not even the best part. Trainers offer accountability, friendship, and a much-needed support system as you embark on your wellness journey. Let’s face it—we all struggle with getting to the gym now and then. But trainers can make working out a lot of fun, and they can challenge you consistently, which will ultimately get you better results. Look at it this way…if your car needs to be fixed, you take it to a mechanic because they know what they’re doing. The same can be said for your body. Take care of it as best you can, and if you need help, seek out an expert at your local club. Just make sure they have solid credentials, and a strong background in fitness, kinesiology, strength and conditioning, or sports medicine.

Question: Everyone seems to do something different when it comes to carbs, proteins, and fats. Some advocate higher carb, some higher protein, and some very low fat. How do I know who’s right?

Answer: This is a great question, and a somewhat difficult one to answer, since it really depends on your goals. Keep in mind, there is an Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR) for each macronutrient. Generally speaking, you should shoot for 45-65% carbohydrate, 20-35% fat, and 10-35% protein. If you’re an athlete or you’re focused on the cardio end of the exercise spectrum, then you should be more liberal with your carb intake, while getting adequate protein and fat. If you’re focused on strength training and you’re looking to add mass and size, you’d be wise to aim for 50% carbohydrate, 25% protein, and 25% fat. If you want to lose weight, it may be advisable to decrease carbohydrate intake (to a level of 40-45%), and then slightly increase healthy protein and fat consumption. Remember, these percent changes may not seem like much, but there’s varying calorie levels associated with each of these goals. Again, the recommendations above are generalities, but hopefully they shed some light on the direction you might want to head in based on your specific health and wellness goals. And, of course, the focus should be on consuming whole grains, unsaturated fats, and lean proteins whenever possible. As always, if you need more personalized recommendations, talk to a certified personal trainer or a registered dietitian.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:41 pm 
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I have a friend that uses a personal trainer and it makes all the difference for her work outs. Diet has made a difference also. And I don't mean she diets I mean she is more conscious of what she is eating and just small changes made a huge difference.

Thank you for the information.

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