With all the low-carb talk out there in recent years, many people have become afraid to consume carbohydrates at all. However, especially for individuals diagnosed with diabetes, and even those considered pre-diabetic, it’s important to understand that the right kinds of carbohydrates as well as the right portions of them are essential to avoid blood sugar fluctuations.
If you’re feeling wiped out, you’ve begun a new intense exercise routine, or you just want to make sure you’re running at optimal energy levels, what you put into your body can have profound and noticeable effects on your stamina.
You’ve heard about them, tried them, even paid for them, but the weight loss results you’re looking for either don’t happen or don’t last. That’s because many of these fad diets entice consumers with the promise of fast results, which are often not long-lasting and sometimes even unhealthy.
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I first went to see Libby when I started training for a half-marathon 4 years ago. I needed a solid meal plan to keep up with my calorie burning schedule. I also knew I needed to find a more balanced diet in general. She was great to work with and calculated my dietary needs specific to me and my exercise regimen. I’ve gone back to her whenever I needed an updated nutrition plan. During my pregnancy and after, she helped me make sure I was still getting proper nutrition as I lost my “baby weight.” Libby is incredibly helpful in tailoring my plan based on my lifestyle and food preferences over the years. I’d definitely recommend her to anyone looking to improve their health and energy with food and nutrition.
I work in construction and, although I am very physically active at work, I continued to gain weight. At first, I was reluctant to make changes to my diet, but after meeting with Libby, I realized I didn’t have to eat bland salads every day or starve myself to lose weight. I learned how to estimate portion sizes and create meals that fit within my calorie requirements, as well as how to make healthy choices to cut out quite a bit of the processed and high-sugar foods from my diet. I lost 20 pounds in 12 weeks with diet alone and have new healthy eating habits to show for it too.
I play soccer 3 days a week and do CrossFit the other 4. With so much activity, I began feeling exhausted and wiped out. I quickly realized my diet was not up to par for the type of exercise or the duration and frequency in which I was participating. I set up a consultation with Libby Hugo, RDN. During my consultation, Libby helped me understand the importance of fueling my body with the right kinds of foods as well as portions of those foods; she also made me realize the importance of post-workout nutrition. We went through food lists together and she created a guideline from which to build balanced meals. I walked away with simple suggestions I could incorporate into my lifestyle without making me feel like I had to change everything I eat. I was also able to set realistic and attainable goals that I am moving towards every day. Overall the experience was great and I look forward to feeling better and seeing the results at my next CrossFit competition.