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CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS

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Sports Nutritionists Castle Rock CO

Sports nutritionists provide access to customized nutritional plans for athletes, such as calorie and nutrient needs assessment, dietary analysis, nutritional strategies, and vitamin and supplement review. They also treat clinical issues such as iron deficiency. Read on to learn more and to find qualified sports nutritionists in Castle Rock, CO.

ITC Compounding
(303) 663-4224
The Proven HCG Diet available here,651 Topeka Way, Suite 600
Castle Rock, CO
Specialty
Bioidentical Hormones, Chelation Therapy, Detoxification Foot Bath, Integrative Medicine, Naturopathy, NHRT, Nutrition, Wellness Centers
Associated Hospitals
& Natural Wellness Pharmacy

Whole Health Center
(303) 470-1995
9075 Forsstrom Drive
Lone Tree, CO
Specialty
Acupressure, Acupuncture, BioSET, Chiropractors, Colon Therapy, Ear Coning, Energy Healing, Feng Shui, Kinesiology, Magnetic Therapy, Massage Therapy, NAET, Nutrition, Qi Gong, Reiki, Sound Therapy, Tai Chi, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na, Wellness Centers, Yuen Method

East West Health Center
(303) 694-5757
8200 E. Belleview St., Suite 280-E
Greenwood Village, CO
Specialty
Acupressure, Acupuncture, BioSET, Chiropractors, Colon Therapy, Ear Coning, Energy Healing, Feng Shui, Kinesiology, Magnetic Therapy, Massage Therapy, NAET, Nutrition, Qi Gong, Reiki, Sound Therapy, Tai Chi, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na, Wellness Centers, Yuen Method

Max Nutrition Corp
(720) 242-7771
821 Park St,# B
Castle Rock, CO
Services
Diabetes Education, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Management, Diet Plan, Sports Nutrition, First Consultation, Weight Loss
Hours
Sunday:Closed
Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed

Option 1 Nutrition
(720) 529-8323
7330 S Alton Way,# F
Centennial, CO
Services
Diabetes Education, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Management, Diet Plan, Sports Nutrition, First Consultation, Weight Loss
Hours
Sunday:Closed
Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed

Greg Shim, L.Ac.
(303) 660-4357
One Oakwood Park Plaza, Suite 106
Castle Rock, CO
Specialty
Acupuncture, Herbology, Nutrition, Physical / Exercise Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na
Associated Hospitals
Castle Rock Family Acupuncture

Alternative Naturopathic Center
(303) 933-3479
8089 S. Lincoln Street, Suite 103
Littleton, CO
Specialty
Acupuncture, Chiropractors, EFT / TFT, Herbology, Homeopathy, Integrative Medicine, Iridology, Life Coaching, Magnetic Therapy, Naturopathy, NHRT, Nutrition, Psychotherapy, Spiritual Counseling, Wellness Centers

Denise Cook
(303) 870-8097
located inside Illuminate Gym,5996 S Holly St.
Greenwood Village, CO
Specialty
Breathwork, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Physical / Exercise Therapy, Pilates, Tai Chi, Wellness Centers, Yoga
Associated Hospitals
Denise Cook Yoga

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition
(303) 629-6676
9226 Park Meadows Dr
Lone Tree, CO
Services
Diabetes Education, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Management, Diet Plan, Sports Nutrition, First Consultation, Weight Loss
Hours
Sunday:Closed
Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed

Rocky Mountain Sports Ntrtn
(720) 200-5798
7300 S Alton Way
Centennial, CO
Services
Diabetes Education, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Management, Diet Plan, Sports Nutrition, First Consultation, Weight Loss
Hours
Sunday:Closed
Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed

BASICS OF NUTRITION PHYSIOLOGY

1. The Raw Material - Calories in Food

All physical activity requires energy, and that energy is provided by the food we eat. Although we often view the bakery stop after a ride as just a pleasant reward, smart eating is essential to enjoying our riding and, for those in competitive situations, optimal performance.

All foods are composed of three nutritional building blocks - carbohydrates, fats, and protein - plus water and fiber (indigestible and without any food value). Carbohydrates contain 4.1 Calories per gram and are the primary energy source for most cyclists as well as athletes involved in short, maximum performance events. Fats are more important as an energy source for slower, endurance events. Protein , is used in maintaining and repairing cells, and is rarely an energy source for physical activity except in certain unique situations (such as malnutrition).

How much energy is in the food we eat (or what is a Calorie)?

Some foods contain more energy per ounce (or gram) than others. Not only does the fiber content (a filler with little or no Caloric value) of foods vary, the energy contained in equal weights of the pure basic building blocks - carbohydrate, fat, and protein - is not equivalent. In the nutritional literature, the energy content of any food is, by convention, expressed in Calories (note the capital "C") as opposed to the use of calories (small "c") or kilojoules (kj) in the scientific literature. The energy of one nutritional Calorie is equal to a kilocalorie (1000 calories - lower case "c") or 4.18 kilojoules.

Carbohydrates and protein each contain a little more than 4 Calories of energy per gram while a gram of fat has more than double the energy value at 9 Calories per gram.

2. Converting food Calories to power your muscles

Carbohydrate Calories supply the majority of the energy for muscles during vigorous activity. Fats are important for less strenuous, endurance type activities. Proteins are, in general, not an energy source for muscle activity.

Carbohydrate is provided to the muscle cell from 1) food you are eating or 2) stored carbohydrate in the form of glycogen in muscle and liver cells. On a normal diet, while fasting, there is enough stored glycogen to support 2 hours of high level exercise before these reserves are depleted and the bonk occurs. These internal stores can be extended with oral carbohydrate Calories. Thus, using carbohydrate supplements for events expected to last more than 2 hours is s smart strategy to maximize your performance. It is best to begin these carbohydrates at the start of the event as they are much less effective when one is trying to catch up after the bonk has occurred. A well trained cyclist will need slightly more than 1 gram of carbohydrate per minute to sustain maximum performance, and oral supplementation (started at the beginning of the exercise, not after glycogen depletion has occurred, at that rate) should b...

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