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Sports Nutritionists Liberal KS

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 Liberal, KS.

Rines American Freestyle Karate
(620) 626-5425
117 W 4th St
Liberal, KS
 
Liberal Youth Center
(620) 626-0133
1109 W 7th St
Liberal, KS
 
Rine's American Freestyle Karat
(620) 626-5425
117 W 4th St
Liberal, KS
 
c/o O'Brien Pharmacy
(913) 322-0001
5453 West 61st Place
Mission, KS
Services
Women's Health, Nutrition, Pharmacology
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Hugh Desaix Riordan, MD
(316) 682-3100
3100 N Hillside St
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Psychiatry, Nutrition
Gender
Male
Languages
French, German, Chinese, Vietnamese
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1957

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Southwest Fitness and Racquetball
(620) 624-5335
1530 N Western Ave
Liberal, KS
 
Southwest Fitness & Racquetball
(620) 624-5335
1530 N Western Ave
Liberal, KS
 
Armando Perez Soto, MD
(620) 227-1350
2020 Central Ave
Dodge City, KS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nutrition
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1961

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Paul Richard Schloerb, MD
(913) 588-7565
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1944
Hospital
Hospital: University Of K S Med Ctr, Kansas City, Ks
Group Practice: Kansas University Physicians Inc

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Ovidio Vasquez
2001 SW Jewell Avenue
Topeka, KS
Services
Sports Nutrition
Membership Organizations
International Society of Sports Nutrition

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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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