The GNC Medical Advisory Board Discusses Hot Health Issues
In this edition of the Doctor's Corner, GNC Medical Advisory Board members share valuable information and tips for helping you Live Well.
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Thanks so much to our visitors for their submissions to the “Ask the Experts” section of our MAB website. We receive a ton of questions about diet and fitness tips especially around this time of year, so here is a collection of our most frequently asked questions.
Q. from Natalie: I am a busy mom of three and find it really difficult to find the time to eat healthy, balanced meals when I am running around all the time. Any tips to help me stay on track with my diet, while also being convenient?
A. from Dr. Prisk
Your hectic life not only makes it difficult to eat well but can affect your health through added stress. First, make time for yourself and relieve some stress. Second, try to prepare meals ahead of time if you can to help you out during the week. Consider meals with a veggie, fish or lean meat, and a complex carb like yams, rice, quinoa, etc. Third, try to organize a healthy breakfast with the family as it really is the most important meal of the day and can set the tone for the rest of your day. Fourth, consider having a ready-to-drink meal replacement or protein bar handy for between meals. I love the GNC Total Lean™ items and use them myself when on the go or craving a snack. Finally, add a multivitamin with antioxidant support to cover the bases and help protect your body from free-radical stress.
Q. from Aleighna: I’m trying to eat healthier and work out, but the vending machine at work seems to suck me in every afternoon after lunch because I get so hungry! I’ve heard a lot about products that help to control your appetite…do they work?
A. from Dr. Prisk
Many products contain fiber to control your appetite as they work, but it is important that you get balanced nutrition throughout the day as well. I would recommend a high-fiber snack such as a small veggie and add some protein, which is great for appetite control. I eat salmon and a veggie at lunch because it has healthy fats, protein and fiber that help you feel full longer. Also, by avoiding simple sugars at lunch, I don’t get the blood sugar crash that often sends you to the vending machine. Some appetite-control supplements have a stimulant effect to improve metabolism. I would take this at lunchtime so you avoid the afternoon crash of taking it too early in the day. Sometimes I even split my dose into the morning and afternoon to keep a steady boost during the day. Some days I also turn to an alternative fiber and protein combo in the afternoon – I like GNC Total Lean™ Fiber Gummies and enjoy a GNC Total Lean™ Lean Shake™, which come in a variety of great-tasting, ready-to-drink flavors that I can grab and go with.
Q. from Ed: I live an active and healthy lifestyle and enjoy working out, but am looking to take my gym efforts to the next level. Do you recommend anything to help me strive for better results?
A. from Dr. Prisk
Harness your competitive spirit. Push yourself against your personal best and your friends in the gym. Healthy competition will help take you to that next level. If you don’t already, using pre-workout supplements with caffeine and other nutrients like arginine and beta-alanine will also support your drive and performance. Products such as GNC Genetix HD® Pro-Sculpt™ and Meta-Ignite™will rev up your metabolism and your workouts. Push your mind to the next level with the competitive spirit and push your body to the next level with the right supplements.
Q. from Bob: I work out regularly but struggle with a lack of energy after working all day. Are there any products that might provide me energy but that don’t contain caffeine or other stimulants?
A. from Dr. Prisk
Stim-free products are great for supplementation as they provide energy and metabolism support without the jitters that can be caused by excessive caffeine. I use GNC Genetix HD® Physio-Burn™ which contains Trisynex™ and is a non-stimulant metabolism booster. In high-quality randomized studies, Trisynex™ has been shown to improve hormonal markers of fat metabolism with exercise. Additionally, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and other antioxidants are capable of improving calorie burning without any of the stimulant effects.
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