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, so here is a collection of our most frequently asked questions.
Q. from Melissa: I was checking out your protein options online and am confused about the different offerings. What is the difference between whey, casein, egg and soy protein?
A. from Dr. Costa:
Thanks for the question, Melissa. Here is a quick breakdown for you:
- Whey protein is a fast-absorbing protein for maximum performance and muscle growth and is best used before or after workouts.
- Casein protein is a slow-absorbing, milk-based protein that delivers steady amino acids over time and is best used between meals or even before bed.
- Egg protein is a highly digestible complete protein with fast nutrient delivery. It is lactose and gluten free and, unlike eggs, low in fat and cholesterol.
- Finally, soy protein is a natural, plant-based, gluten-free, lactose-free protein, perfect for those on a vegan diet. It is a complete protein generally high in calcium.
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, plus some protein, which is great for appetite control. I eat salmon and a veggie at lunch because it has healthy fat, 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 them at lunchtime so you avoid the afternoon crash of taking them 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.
Q. from George: After consulting with my doctor, I am now taking a multivitamin, an omega-3 fish oil and a supplement for joint discomfort. I hate taking these all at once because sometimes my stomach gets upset. Any recommendations?
A. from Dr. Prisk:
Great question George. In general, fat soluble vitamins like A, E, D and K are best taken with fats like omega 3s. Consider taking these with a meal during your day. Because there are so many joint supplements and each gave their own specific directions, it is best to follow those directions on the bottle. That said, since most joint discomfort comes with activity; consider taking these in the morning as it could be helpful for your daily activities. One more tip: Avoid taking your supplements before lying down. Remaining sitting or standing upright for at least 30 minutes after taking your supplements can help with digestion and absorption.
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