Episode 148: Smart Choices

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Kevin Larrabee (Twitter), Dr. Jonathan Fass,

and Leigh Peele

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  • What are the differences, if any, between probiotics, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes? If I’m looking to improve my digestion while low-carbing, which should I take? -Nicole
  • irst off I just want to thank you because I just read budget muscle early and I helped greatly. I was lost on what to buy being that its only my first week away from class.
    Anyway I writing you to ask your thoughts I an idea I’ve been kicking around lately. I though you would have had the most experience related.
    I was thinking about starting up group fitness classes and my college. Colleges being different then health clubs in the fact that they don’t have group fitness. There many places I can and I’d problaby only offer a strict form bootcamp type class and yoga. Investment wise I would only need maybe a boombox and flyers. I would market it as burning the freshmen 15.
    Just a concept now and wondering your thoughts on it or if you’ve seen it before.
    Thanks Greatly,
  • Whats up Leigh!? Yo D Fass and Kevin,Cash has bern short lately so I am going to donate plasma once or twice a weeks for a while, I wanted to know your guys opinion as to whither or not this could/would affect my training in anyway. I lift for strength primarily. If so can I do any thing using nutrition or adjust my training in anyway to help. I assume that my energy would be low to to work out before the donation and as long as I give myself 24/48 hours time I would be fine.


    thanks, you guys are awesome!


  • last week on the fitcast  John talked about how peanut butter can be dangerous too! I cant agree more which is why I had to hide all 8 jars of my flipping peanut butter in the freakin freezer!!!!!!!!  They are seriously dangerous to my dieting down!
    Ok on a serious note my question is for Leigh. Leigh i know you talk alot about sweetners and how they “DO” have calories in them. I know the gist with splenda. I know that there are 4 calories in each packet. But have yall heard or looked into “TRUVIA” it says zero calories but 3 grams of carbs. I have been using this instead of splenda bc the taste is amazing! I wanted to know if you knew the true calorie count for this newer product out there?
    Thanks guys! Oh and Leigh ” you are the JAM!” -Shari
  • Hey guys,Love the show and I will try to keep this short.

    John, This question is in regards to basketball. I have read that it is healthier for your ankles to not wear ankle braces such as the ASO brace or other braces. From what I understand is that the brace is used like a ‘crutch’ to give support instead of having a strong healthy ankle to do the work. Could you elaborate on this?

    Also, I have had numerous ankle injuries throughout the years of playing ball (I’m 26) that includes a couple of small fractures at the tip of both ankle bones, some missing cartilage, little bit of arthritis, and a torn tendon. I will be doing PT to try to strengthen these tendons. When I do get healthy enough to play ball or other sports, would a brace be beneficial for someone like me with with my past injury history or would I be better off with out it? Thanks. -Aaron

  • Hello Fitcast,This isn’t really a fitness related question,  but from watching various cooking shows on TV, it seems pretty clear that most (good) chefs rarely step foot inside a grocery store, they get everything delivered (or hit up a market). So I looked up some grocery/market delivery places and they look pretty good, although none are around my area yet. Places like:

    www.alice.com (household goods)

    Have any of you on the show tried any of these services in your area? They seem like an awesome idea. Thanks for your input. -Craig

  • Hey guys,I am a 29 year old male, good physical condition, in a very active
    profession. I eat a pretty clean diet with probably just a few more baked
    goods and refined sugars than I should have from time to time.

    After getting some recent blood work I was informed that I was in good
    health, but my testosterone level was only 330. My physician and I talked
    about this but he did not see anything wrong with that number. My
    Chiropractor (who is also a Nutritionist and who was a body builder for
    many years) thought that this was a pretty significantly low number for
    someone who is as active and young as I am.

    His recommendation is starting a regiment of supplements for 6 months
    including something called Symplex M and Hypothalamic PMG by a company
    called Standard Process.

    I am not sure if I should begin doing that, go to something like Rez V from
    the T-Nation site, or try another doctor for something prescription. And
    with that number looking like it is in the “Normal” range of 270 – 1080
    that I found charts for, should I be doing anything at all?

    Any recommendations you guys can give would be great.

    Thanks so much. -David

  • My wife would like to start working out with the goal of losing the last bit of pregnancy weight. The problem is she hates exercise. Since she won’t workout on her own I plan to workout with her. 2-3 times a week. I’ve been reading a lot about complexes for fatloss. Would they be appropriate in this situation? I had originally thought about having a weight training session follow by some cardio. However, taking her hatred for exercise into consideration, I think simpler is better and complexes would provide both resistance training and cardio in one shot.Thanks for your help


  • Hi Guys, You provide a really top class resource, please keep it going. My question is what is the maximum daily amount of protein I can safely take. I have 1 kidney due to a tumour 4 years ago. I am switching from endurance training to strength with some shorter cardio sessions and feel I am in need of some help getting some bulk. I am 45 yrs old 174 pounds and 6 feet 1 tall I have a 33 inch waist and approx 18% body fat?. I am doing two full body workouts each week plus two days 4 mile hilly runs and two 1km swims each week. I am pleased with some muscle gain over the last 6 months or so but its starting to get pretty tough now. I am currently on a -200 calorie a day cutting diet with about 125 grams of protein per day. Hope you can help -Martin

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10 Responses

  1. Likhi says:

    There was a bit on plasma donation. The Puget Sound Blood Center’s post donation instructions are here: http://www.psbc.org/programs/post.htm

    It’s important to not to do any rigorous activity, especially lifting weights, after donations. The rest time allows the puncture wound to heal and prevents bruising.

  2. Dennis says:

    I read the article on the Smart Choices Food Label, this is seriously scary. When food manufacturers have representatives on the board and fund the program it goes with out saying that they will have undue influence on the labeling guidelines.

    A system that allows consumers to make healthy choices with out having to read and understand label could go a long way toward fighting the obesity epidemic. However for this to work the agency that oversees the program must be independent of the food industry.

  3. Chris says:

    I love your discussion of the “Smart Choice” label.

    This whole food labeling thing is nuts. For instance, I was in the grocery store about six months ago with my mother. We were walking down the frozen veggies aisle, and she sees these green beans that say “Low Fat”. She says to me, “Hey! It’s low fat, you can have this!” Umm…it’s frozen green beans. They should have, essentially, NO FAT. How is this a “Smart Choice”? It’s green beans slathered in BUTTER SAUCE. Is it smarter than broccoli with an entire jar of Cheez Whiz on it? Probably But still…

  4. Robert says:

    1. Excellent off-topic this week. I literally laughed out loud while listening to it.

    2. I completely agreed with all of your views and statements during the round table section.

    Good show!

  5. Niall says:

    There was a great campaign ran in Ireland about two years ago on radio and billboards.
    They highlighted specific nutrient dense foods as “superfoods” such chicken, brocollli and bananas and advertised them as super heroes with their abilities being what the food is good for.
    There was no brand names, just foods you could buy anywhere.

  6. R*S says:

    on the topic of spouses hating exercise. For post pregnancy recovery my wife has actually enjoyed NROL4W.

    1) there was something well written for her to read that was not me pushing a bunch of info at her.

    The stage 1 workouts are a fantastc design.

    2) there is enough rest that she doesn’t just feel like she is suffering in 5 minutes.

    3) the workouts are short enough to be able to commit to.

    4) there is clear and steady progress. Some of it is exagerated by reducing reps, but it is very satisfying and most exercise haters never experienced this with poor quality classes & trainers.

  7. matrix2pyro says:

    Wow, that was the best/worst off-topic discussion EVER!

  8. Tony says:

    I agree that the smart choice label is just another way for companies to make some $$$$$. I loved your off topic story Kevin. It was hilarious :D.

  9. knuckles says:

    hey fitcast crew check out an article in t-nation http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/dispelling_the_glute_myth, I think it has some interesting points to discuss. Could you discuss this next episode?.

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