New Diet Rules for Runners

healthy-running-step-by-stepBeware of Carbo-Loading, Eat More Fat, Be Sure to Eat Breakfast, and Eat Frequently Throughout the Day

Book excerpt from new Robert Forster and Roy Wallack Book Healthy Running, Step by Step : Self-Guided Methods for Injury-Free Running: Training – Technique – Nutrition – Rehab

“Our knowledge of food and diet is rapidly growing and changing. Some of the old rules that were long accepted as gospel have been turned on their head in recent years, such as “carbo-loading”-ingesting a great pile of carbohydrates the night before a big workout or an event to “pack” the muscles with glycogen fuel. It has long been a tradition in the endurance world. But it’s wrong. Here’s the correct eating strategy:

1. Avoid processed carbs.
They prevent use of fats, spike insulin, and cause inflammation.

Processed carbohydrates include bread, pasta, rice, crackers, baked goods, and other sweets. (See “Wean Yourself Off Wheat: For Many Reasons, You’re Better Off without Your Daily Bread” on pages 94-95 on the particular problems with wheat.) Processed carbs are dangerous for three reasons:

* Carbs stop fat use. Carbohydrates in your diet are counterproductive in your effort to improve fat utilisation. If you put carbs in your tank, your body will reach for them as fuel before it  reaches for fat to make energy for workouts and daily living.

* Carbs spike your insulin and put you to sleep. Example: If you eat a big bowl of pasta, the large insulin spike opens the cell windows and transports the carbs into the cells quickly, removing them from the bloodstream. That makes you sleepy or causes you to crave a sugar fix or caffeine to pick you up.

* Carbs create inflammation in the gut, keeping you chronically inflamed and bloated. Inflammation in the body produces excessive cholesterol. You will learn that saturated fat is not killing us; it’s the carbohydrates that do that.”

2. Don’t eat carbs alone.
Dilute and delay the quick absorption of processed carbs and sugars by always eating them with a protein—such as peanut butter on rice crackers. Eat fruit only after meals containing protein. This mixture is one reason why the Mediterranean diet is so effective: It includes combinations of carbs and protein eaten together.

3. Don’t fear fat—love it.
Recent research has exposed the big lie propagated by medical and nutritional science over the last 50 years: that dietary fat is making us fat, ruining our heart and blood vessels, and destroying our health. In fact, the opposite is true. Processed whole grains, the very food that we’ve been told is at the core of a healthy diet, is what is killing us.

Fat is far from the widow maker and heart-attack-waiting-to-happen that it’s been made out to be for the past 40 years. It’s an essential nutrient and a valuable fuel for athletes who have trained their bodies to burn it. This view is increasingly supported by research and many people in the know, the latest being an esteemed cardiologist writing in the October 22, 2013, edition of the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal).

Aseem Malhotra, MD, a British interventional cardiology specialist at Croydon University Hospital in London, wrote, “Let’s bust the myth of saturated fat’s role in heart disease.” He says statistics suggest that decades of swearing off red meat, whole milk, and eggs has not only failed to reduce heart disease, but has “paradoxically increased our cardiovascular risks and that the real culprit are the sugars and processed carbs.”

4. Don’t skip breakfast.
Overnight, your metabolism goes down to idle, burning relatively few calories. When you wake up, you must jack up your metabolism with breakfast and start your engine burning calories right away. This will help you become leaner and perform better.

5. Follow the 2-hour rule.
Eat every 2 hours. If you don’t eat from break- fast until lunch, your insulin levels die down and so does your calorie burn. Between meals eat a balanced snack of 100 to 200 calories to keep insulin levels stable, which will prevent you from overeating at your next meal. Good choices include nuts, seeds, cottage cheese, tuna in oil, or yogurt. Never eat carbs alone for a snack. Break out the healthy snacks at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 2 hours after dinner.

6. Periodize your diet.
To maximize the effect of each training phase, you must alter the mix of nutrients to match your nutrition to the physiological demands of your workouts. Your daily meals and snacks and your post-workout recovery nutrition will vary as you progress through each phase of the Periodization schedule. This next section discusses this in detail. ”

Robert Forster’s  new book Healthy Running, Step by Ste has just been released. Forster is a PT and physical Therapist to US Track and Field athletes at Four Olympic Games and Five World Championships helping them win 43 Olympic Medals, setting numerous World and Olympic Records. He has created the 24 Fit Workout DVDs.

Book Review –  “Bob Forster is our secret weapon and a big part of our success. This book reveals all of the techniques and lessons learned over our eight Olympic games together and is useful for athletes of all ages and abilities” – Bob Kersee, the most successful Olympic track and field coach of all time , with 44 medals.

Why Do You Need A Joint Stability Program?

Most of us spend more time taking care of our teeth than the rest of our body and if neglected your joints will deteriorate like your teeth. Joint stability is a critical part of any health and fitness program. It will help you avoid injury, speed recovery, eliminate stress and knots and improve postural alignment creating a healthy body that is resilient and primed for ease of motion in daily activities and great sport performances.

Moderm man or woman is inactive for 22 or 23 hours a day, then will bolt off on heart throbbing run for 45mins. Our ancestors would have been exposed to a wider range of activities, so their tendons and ligaments would be hardened by constant movement. These days when modern man/woman are subjected to bouts of repetitive motion, like running, stress and wear are acclerated and they end up at the physios. Some studies show that 50% of runners, for example, get injured enough so that cant run.

Phase 1 of the 24Fit Workout “Stability” prepares your body with low-intensity, light-impact training specifically designed to strengthen the muscles that keep joints in their correct, natural positions.

Shoulder External Rotation Exercise" from Phase 1 of the 24Fit Workout

Shoulder External Rotation Exercise” from Phase 1 of the 24Fit Workout


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Shoulder Stabilization
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Healthy Running Step by Step – For Injury-Free Running

healthy-running-step-by-stepRobert Forster’s  new book Healthy Running Step by Step is due out next month. Forster PT and physical Therapist to US Track and Field athletes at Four Olympic Games and Five World Championships helping them win 43 Olympic Medals, setting numerous World and Olympic Records.

Review –  “Bob Forster is our secret weapon and a big part of our success. This book reveals all of the techniques and lessons learned over our eight Olympic games together and is useful for athletes of all ages and abilities”

– Bob Kersee, the most successful Olympic track and field coach of all time , with 44 medals

Do read the “browse sample pages” function on Amazon and read introduction and chapter headings.

Healthy Running Step by Step: Self-Guided Methods for Injury-Free Running: Training – Technique – Nutrition – Rehab

Healthy Running Step by Step will help runners of all ages and abilities understand why running injuries occur, how to prevent them, and how to speed up recovery. Injuries plague the majority of runners, wrecking training plans and cutting running careers short by decades, but they are not inevitable. Authors Robert Forster, P.T., and Roy M. Wallack explain that nearly all running injuries can be rehabilitated quicker and even avoided altogether with the right training, strengthening, stretching, running form, and diet strategy.

Drawing from Forster’s three decades of training and treating Olympic athletes and more than 10,000 runners at his award-winning Santa Monica, California, physical therapy and high-performance centers, this book emphasizes that better performance is inextricably bound to injury reduction and that a comprehensive, science-based training plan with built-in anti-injury “insurance” must include these crucial elements:

  • Periodization training
  • Proper technique and footwear
  • Nutrition
  • Posture and flexibility
  • Strength training

This book also includes detailed, step-by-step rehabilitation matrixes for the five most common running injuries: IT band syndrome, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and hamstring injuries. Using these unique matrixes as your guide, you’ll recover from injuries more quickly and understand what you need to do to prevent their reoccurrence.

Review – “Authentic, loaded with insight and information, “Healthy Running Step by Step” illustrates the scientific approach Bob used to help me and many others stay injury-free and achieve our ultimate Olympic goals.” – “Jackie Joyner Kersee, six-time Olympic medalist and multiple world record holder

About the Authors

ROY M. WALLACK is a Los Angeles Times health and fitness columnist and former editor of Triathlete and Bicycle Guide magazines. A participant some of the world’s toughest running, cycling, and multisport events, including the Boston Marathon, Badwater UltraMarathon, Eco-Challenge, La Ruta de los Conquistadores, and TransRockies Run, he finished second in the World Fitness Championship in 2004. Wallack has written for Outside, Men’s Journal, Runner’s World, Competitor, Bicycling, Mountain Bike, and authored The Traveling Cyclist: 20 Worldwide Tours of Discovery (1991) and Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100 (2005), an athletic longevity plan for cyclists.

ROBERT FORSTER, PT,  has practiced Sports Physical Therapy in Santa Monica, CA, for 31 years. Robert has lectured throughout the US and Europe on Sports Rehabilitation and safety in exercise. Robert served as a private physical therapist at four Olympic Games for Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence “Flo-Jo” Joyner, Alyson Felix and their teammates who have won a combined 32 Olympic Medals under his direct care. He also worked pro athletes Pete Sampras, Kobe Bryant, Elton Brand, Maria Sharapova, as well as M.M.A. champions including B.J. Penn. Robert has published several articles in the scientific press and co-authored The Complete Water Power Workout Book published in 1993 by Random House. He has also written a regular column in Triathlete magazine, appeared in several episodes of the popular Fit to Hit series on the Tennis Channel and recently created the Herbalife 24 Fit Workout DVDs based on the science of periodisation training.