I had my first appointment with my nutritionist yesterday & thought I'd share it with you guys. First off I'd like to preface by saying that I know a guy who biked for years & still remained heavy until he started to take advice from this nutritionist, I was amazed by his results & that's why I chose her. She also competes in duathlons, something I aspire to do.
First, she asked me what my goals were & I told her that I wanted to lose 25lbs & get in shape to compete in duathlons next year. I told her that I exercise on average of 1.5 hours daily. I had called her the day before & gave her my Fitday login & password so that I didn't have to bring in a log of what I had eaten the last 3 days as she had requested. I was surprised that she hadn't heard of it before & she told me she thought it is an excellent program for free.
She thought that the diet I had been on was very close to what she was to recommend. She want to see my ratios at 30% fat, 55% carbs, 15% protein, I have been a little high on protein & not high enough on unsat fat. Prior to events I can switch to 20% fat, 65% Carb, & 15% protein. I asked about recovery meals & nutrition, she gave me some literature on recovery nutrition. She suggested that I not use propel & gatorade type drinks. She feels that 100% fruit juice & water work better. She said no juice on rest days, 8oz on regular work out days, & 16-24oz on the heavy days when I'm riding & running for 2.5+ hours. I should always try to consume at least 64oz of fluids daily, preferable plain water. I drink a lot of Perrier & she said not as good. She said that gels & Cliff bars are fine for long work outs. I asked her about the whole soy+men thing & she explained it, but it all went over my head. Bottom line is that Cliff bars are safe for me. She said to go easy on vitamins & supplements unless I want spendy pee.
We talked briefly about training, she isn't a trainer, but explained her routine which is 2 days on, one off, three on, one off. She explained a brick & said she does that 2-4 times a month & does either an event or simulated one at least once a month.
Finally, she said I could call her anytime & I asked for her email to try to make my soon to come barrage of questions as convenient as possible for her. It was only $69 for the first visit & $23 for each follow up. She gave me a lot of material to absorb & it will take 2 or 3 weeks to completely adapt. I have another appointment in 4 weeks.