Enhancing Athletic Performance

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By Michael Wald

malepushup1. 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.

qa4. 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 aid in the repair of muscle, promote nitrogen balance and minimize 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 inflammation, 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 on your blood.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.