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Jan. 4, 2012 • Issue 15 • Volume 145 • 15

The drive-thru

Workout fuel

Fast food and the unhealthy-healthy option

By K. Bryannah James

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Before you head to the gym, make sure you have consumed carbohydrates and drink a lot of water so you have fluids going through your system. The protein and creatine from the carbs will help build muscle mass during the workout. Gatorade is a great source for energy as it helps build sugars in your system. These electrolytes not only give you energy but they help hydrate you before and after your workout so you’re not dehydrated or dizzy while at the gym. If you’re doing exercises such as P90X or intense, physical workouts, don’t eat a heavy meal beforehand because it will cause cramping and nausea. If you’re looking to tone instead of bulk, don’t eat a heavy meal after working out or load-up on carbs because that causes bulking for torn muscles, whereas fish, chicken, fruits and salads will help in weight loss or toning. Low-fat meals beforehand, such as grilled chicken breasts, pastas or eggs help with protein intake, and are easily broken down during workouts and should be consumed roughly an hour or more before working out.

Protein bars and protein shakes after working out help with recovery time and growth of torn muscles.

Make sure to stagger between eating times and working out to avoid physical discomfort, and allow yourself time to digest before you put your body through physical exercise. Try not to eat until after 30 minutes of working out, to keep your metabolism working and burning off fat from the gym. After this time, transition with fruits or yogurts. After an hour, then try a full meal of protein-oriented foods.

Chocolate milk is a great source of energy and protein after a work out because it rebuilds torn muscles.

Make sure to keep a lot of fluids, mostly water in your system. It’s good to keep yourself hydrated during your workout. This can include going to get water in-between sets, after a run or in-between intervals. It is also a great way to give your muscles a recovery period, however brief.

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Eating at Subway can be one of the healthiest choices for a fast food restaurant, but some options are still unhealthy. Andrew Meade / The Brunswickan Jennifer Bishop The Brunswickan We all do it. We’re out running errands, we get hungry, and we dash to the nearest drive-thru for a quick, convenient and tasty meal. We try to justify our baconater meal that’s upsized by getting a large diet coke. Let’s face it, the diet coke doesn’t cancel out the 1500 calories you’re about to consume in your burger and fries. Much like the rest of us, university athletes are powerless to the convenience of take-out, especially when they’re on the road. Teams travel all over Canada to compete against each other and they have to eat somewhere. Most of us are guilty of stopping by Tim Hortons on a rather regular basis for at least a coffee, if not for a meal, but when you’re on the road, you don’t have much choice. In many cases, fast food places make it more appealing for larger groups like sports teams by offering deals to them like letting the coach or the bus driver have a free meal.

It’s all part of their strategy to get more business. Not every athlete eats a greasy burger. There are some who are so picky that they go to restaurants and get healthier items like salad custom made the way they want. This allows for convenience and a healthy option, but that isn’t for everyone. Another strategy of fast food restaurants is to offer healthy options. In many cases, what they advertise is a modified version of what they sell to you in order to get the healthy choice. For example, Wendy’s offers a large variety of side dishes to choose from, many of which are said to be healthy options. For example, a side caesar salad is classified as healthy as long as you don’t eat the salad dressing, or a baked potato without sour cream or butter. So, although healthy options sound good in theory, the reality isn’t quite as nice. Another example of this is Subway. People think that because they are eating a sandwich they’re eating healthy. They have Jared as a spokesperson who talks about his story of

how he lost weight eating subway every day. What they put in the fine print is that those subs he was eating were one of the options with six grams of fat or less and they had no condiments or cheese on them. Most people just don’t eat like that. His daily calorie intake totalled around 1000 calories per day. That’s less than a large sized baconater meal, which would only account for one of your daily meals. Atlantic University Sports teams have many sponsors, some of which are restaurants. With one of their primary sponsors being Subway, are we encouraging our athletes to eat unhealthy? The Subway player of the game even receives a gift card to the restaurant. Like anything, we are left with choices. We can get a regular meal, or upsize it. Eat a salad, or have a burger. The options to eat healthy or unhealthy will always be there. You just need to make decisions that will best fit your lifestyle.

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