Q & A: Enhancing Athletic Performance

1. True or False: Complex carbohydrates are a better source of fuel for athletes in improving athletic performance than simple carbohydrates.
ANSWER: True. First off – Not all carbs are the same!
Complex carbs are a more effective source of fuel for
athletes conducting in athletic events providing a
steady, long lasting energy source. Adversely, simple
carbohydrates give you energy, but with peaks and crashes. Lab tests are available to
determine the best carbs for each person.
2. Which of the following is essential for supporting athletic performance?
A. Rest
B. Electrolyte replenishment
C. Adequate protein intake
D. Complex carbohydrate loading
E. All of the above
ANSWER: All of the above support athletic performance and should be considered in
context with the proper pre and post workout nutrition. A bio-impedance test is an accurate
procedure for determining your metabolic rate, cellular water balance, hormonal
implications and percentages of muscle, water and fat – info needed to creating an
optimal diet.

3. True or False: Whey protein should be consumed for pre exercise nutrition and for post exercise recovery?
Pre-digested proteins are proved to be the best for pre and post workouts and during the
workout. They are known as olingoantigenic and they are the most advanced protein
source for cutting fat, building lean muscle and promoting muscle and tissue healing.
When balanced with the right forms of carbohydrates, olingoantigenic proteins increase
workout stamina delaying muscle fatigue.

4. Supplements that can enhance athletic performance are called Ergogenic aids and include which of the following:
A. Creatine & Branch chain amino acids (BCAA’s)
B. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s)
C. Dihydroxyacetone Pyruvate (DHAP)
D. Vitamin C
E. All of the above
ANSWER: Yes, All of the above.
Creatine, a naturally occurring substance in your body made from amino acids arginine,
methionine and glycine increases athletic performance by generating phosphocreatinine
(a source of stored energy) in muscles. BCAA’s aids in the repair of muscle, promotes
nitrogen balance and minimizes muscle breakdown. MCT’s, unlike normal fats, are not
stored as glycogen and are directly sent to the liver and utilized for energy through
thermogenesis. DHAP reduces fat and enhances energy by supplying naturally occurring
pyruvic acid, a compound involved in energy metabolism. Vitamin C reduces infl ammation,
improves immune system function and provides antioxidant protection.
The best way to maximize exercise efforts or lose fats is to have a blood-detective
analysis performed of your blood


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*DISCLAIMER: Dr. Michael Wald is a doctor of chiropractic with a masters degree in nutrition. He is also a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Nutritional Specialist and Sports Nutritionist. Dr. Wald is certified to provide acupuncture in several states, but not New York. Dr. Wald has two board certifications in nutrition. Dr. Michael Wald earned his MD diploma, but did not complete a residency and is thus not licensed to practice medicine. The information on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not to substitute for sound medical or health advice. Information contained within this website may change at any time without prior notice. The information on this website is under copyright, 2021.