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Sports Nutritionists Sterling VA

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 Sterling, VA.

Diana Newmiller
21919 Hyde Park Drive
Ashburn, VA
Services
Sports Nutrition
Membership Organizations
International Society of Sports Nutrition

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Michelle Berman
(703) 504-8702
131 Church St NW
Vienna, VA
Company
Ms. Michelle K Berman, MS, RD
Industry
Nutritionist

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Janine A. Blackman, MD, PA
(301) 230-2530
11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1205
North Bethesda, MD
Services
Yeast Syndrome, Women's Health, Wellness Training, Weight Management, Stress Management, Psychotherapy, Nutrition, Metabolic Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Healthy Aging, Guided Imagery, General Practice, Functional Medicine, Diabetes, CranioSacral Therapy, Cardiovascular Disease, Bio-identical HRT, Arthritis, Addiction, Acupuncture
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Taras Techniques, Llc
(703) 636-4123
10432 Balls Ford Rd
Manassas, VA
 
Van Saxton Hubbard, MD
(301) 594-8827
6707 Democracy Plaza Rm 631 6707 Demorcacy Blvd,
Bethesda, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nutrition
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1974

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Chris Clipper
(301) 807-9243
330 Market Street, #142
Gaithersburg, MD
Services
Sports Nutrition
Membership Organizations
International Society of Sports Nutrition

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Loudoun Holistic Health Partners
(703) 779-2801
209 Old Waterford Road, Northwest
Leesburg, VA
Services
Women's Health, Supplements, Sports Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics, Nutrition, Metabolic Medicine, Men's Health, Herbal Medicine, Functional Medicine, Fitness/Exercise, Family Practice, Endocrinology
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Taras Raggio
8883816926x84
15000 Washington Street
Haymarket, VA
Company
Taras Techniques, LLC
Industry
Nutritionist

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Taras Techniques, Llc
(703) 636-4123
10432 Balls Ford Rd
Manassas, VA
 
Denise E Bruner, MD
(703) 532-7546
5015 Lee Hwy Ste 201
Arlington, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nutrition, Family Medicine
Gender
Female
Languages
French
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Virginia Hospital Center -Arl, Arlington, Va
Group Practice: Denise E Bruner & Assoc

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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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