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FEAR not. The active Defence
member does not need to
worry about occasionally
overeating or eating the
wrong types of food.
This is because of our commitment
to exercise -- and therein lies the key to
It is a balancing act. What you need
to remember is the energy consumed
through eating must be equal to the
energy used in activity.
When contestants on weight-loss
programs realise that, impressive
The secret is to be aware of nutri-
tional content along with the speed at
which foods turn into energy to gauge
your training efforts.
Allow high amounts of nutritional
foods with slow-released energy types
to parallel periods of activity.
Food's nutritional content and
digestion speeds govern the actual total
of usable ingested energy.
Confusion often influences people's
consumption of carbohydrates and pro-
teins -- but if they learn how the body is
fuelled, it will help them to understand.
Carbohydrates are fuels and pro-
teins are not, unless the body is under
stress or famine. Carbohydrates will
always be the body's principal source
of energy. Proteins and associated satu-
rated fats are not preferred uses for
energy unless carbohydrate intake is
Protein may be broken into energy
during lowered levels of nutritional
undernourishment and carbohydrate
Fats can be processed with the help
of carbohydrates during the body's
most enduring energy-producing sys-
tem, the aerobic energy system.
The aerobic energy system needs
carbohydrates to burn stored or con-
Therefore carbohydrates are like air
is to a flame; without air, the fire will
die and stored energy won't be burnt.
I am often surprised to see that
many members calorie-count their
portion-controlled foods. They allow
themselves to be intimidated.
They'd be better advised to reflect
on their enlistment agreement and bal-
ance rather than portion and calorie
An elevated operational focus with-
in all facets of the ADF requires you
to maintain a higher physical fitness
standard, so exercise should be part of
your way of life.
The type and quantity of food eaten
should not be a worry for the active
If you keep up the proper exercise, you do not have
to be intimidated by food, says CPL Dean Cook.
It's a balancing act
THE WAY AHEAD:
Balance is the key to main-
taining peak condition.
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
Defence member. The erroneous and
unnecessary cycle of fearing foods,
with concern for consumptions, may
even hinder performance.
See the websites to find out what
carbohydrates are best for consumption
Sites that can help you check your
food intake, glycemic index or your
risk of diabetes include:
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