Eric Bockelman

  • Why Protein for Endurance Athletes

    by Eric Bockelman, Dietitian

    Why Protein for Endurance AthletesWhether you are a swimmer, cyclist, or runner, endurance- and cardio-oriented athletes typically fuel their bodies with carbs and skip over one of the most important building blocks in an athlete’s diet: protein. Whether you are a bodybuilder or a marathoner, it is important to integrate adequate amounts of amino acids/protein into your diet. These nutrients are necessary not only for muscle formation but for muscle repair.

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  • Avoid Holiday Weight Gain with 5 Easy Tips

    by Eric Bockelman, Dietitian

    Avoid holiday weight gainThe days have been growing shorter and the nights getting longer, and as we get further and further into the winter months it gets harder to be active and exercise. A difficult issue most endurance athletes run into during this time of year are those unwanted holiday pounds. Whether you intend to overeat or not, the average American consumes consumes around 4000–4500 kcals in a given day. This is a far cry from what the vast majority of us need simply to maintain our current weight. With proper planning it is possible to avoid holiday weight gain and still enjoy the season.

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  • Prevent Sports Anemia

    by Eric Bockelman, Dietitian

    Spinach has ironAs endurance athletes we constantly challenge our bodies through sport on a daily basis. These increased demands often can cause specific deficiencies that compromise our bodies' normal processes.

    One specific and very common level that is often compromised is iron. When this mineral is low it can lead to a condition known as anemia. This is when your body has a significant decrease in the number of red blood cells, more specifically a decrease in the hemoglobin concentration in the blood. Iron plays an important role in this process because it is what binds oxygen for transport in the body. A deficiency in iron can lead to a few symptoms.

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