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Nutrition Secrets Of The Pro's

Posted Oct 21 2008 12:20am

Todd Durkin, the 2005 ACE Personal Trainer of the Year and the 2004 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, hosted a teleseminar this evening with Dr. Christopher Mohr as the guest speaker.

Dr. Christopher Mohr, PhD RD is a consultant to a number of media outlets and corporations including Discovery Health Channel, Clif Bar, and Fit Fuel. Through his company Mohr Results, Inc., he works with all types of individuals from soccer moms to collegiate and professional athletes. He has written over 500 articles for consumer publications, such as Men’s Fitness, Weight Watchers, Men’s Health and Fitness, to name a few.

The seminar lasted close to 90-minutes and was highly informative. Kudos to Todd for putting this teleseminar series together and much thanks to Dr. Mohr for being so generous with his time.

A couple of highlights from tonight’s discussion:

The 5 carbs you need to boost your energy through the roof (and the 5 that can actually zap it away!). Dr. Mohr recommends:

1. Stone ground or rolled oats
2. Quinoa, which is the only grain that is also a complete protein
3. All fruits
4. All vegetables
5. Barley, which is a great source of soluble fiber

The carbohydrates you want to avoid include:

1. Breakfast cereals
2. Soft drinks. Interesting fact Dr. Mohr shared is that every 20 oz bottle contains 17 teaspoons of sugar (yikes!)
3. Fruit juice
4. High fructose corn syrup
5. The other 28+ names that manufacturers use for sugar on their labeling

Dr. Mohr’s top 3 breakfast suggestions:

1. Oatmeal (not instant), low fat milk, fruit
2. Low-fat cottage cheese, fruit, raw nuts
3. An omelet with whole eggs and egg whites with a ton of vegetables

The ultimate vitamin you are probably missing in your diet. There was an interesting discussion surrounding supplementation. Dr. Mohr discussed the benefits of a good multi-vitamin, fish oil, and here’s the surprise – Vitamin D (1,000 – 2,000 IUs per day).

For the soccer mom trying to lower body fat, the 3 most powerful tips are:

1. Eat breakfast every day. Those who eat breakfast, eat less throughout the day.

2. Increase fruits and veggies. Dr. Mohr referenced a study out of Penn State University. I tracked the link down for CatapultFitnessBlog readers:

3. Journal what you eat so you can accurately assess your diet.

Dairy. Friend of Foe? According to Dr. Mohr, avoid any nutrition program that suggests you eliminate any major food group from your diet. Dairy is a good source of Vitamin D, calcium and protein. Different proteins are comprised of different combinations of amino acids. As such, the more variety the better. Diets should include a combination of egg protein, whey protein, soy protein, et al.

Todd will be posting an audio of the conference call on his website for a limited period of time. You can (and should!) check out Todd’s site,

You can also subscribe to Dr. Mohr's newsletter by visiting

Stay strong.



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