Jonny Bowden, M.A., C.N.S., is a respected expert in the fields of fitness and nutrition. He is the
author of "Jonny Bowden's Shape Up!", "Jonny Bowden's Shape Up Workbook!", and most recently,
"Living the Low Carb Life: From Atkins to the Zone Choosing the Diet That's Right for You".
His work has also appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Cosmopolitan,
Seventeen, Fitness, Family Circle, Marie Claire, Allure, Men's Health and Walking.
He frequently appears on television and radio as a fitness expert and is also a popular speaker at
media events and seminars. His course, "Becoming a Personal Trainer," is a frequent sell-out at the
Learning Annex in New York.
Jonny will take your questions
about fitness and about low carb! Have a question for Jonny? Send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While not all questions can be answered, we'll do our best to publish all we can. We are grateful to Jonny for taking the
time out of his busy schedule to lend a bit of advice to our readers!
Question from Carrie Burrows:
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I have read conflicting information on low carbing during pregnancy. I've
read testimonial of people who low carbed throughout their pregnancy with
no problems and I have read that there could be danger to the baby if the
mother follow s a low carb plan.
Any advice or information would be appreciated!
Well, consider this; how did people eat during pregnancy before there were processed
foods? How do pregnant hunter-gatherers eat?
I don?t recommend ketogenic diets for pregnancy, but that?s just one form of a
low-carb eating plan — you definitely don?t need to be in ketosis to get all the
benefits controlled carb eating for you and your developing baby. What I would
recommend is simply cutting processed foods to a bare minimum (elimination would
be best of all), stocking up on high quality (organic if possible) protein and
lots of healthy fat, particularly DHA, a fat found in fish oil. (I believe all
expectant mothers should supplement with DHA.) Cutting junk carbs is not going
to hurt the baby at all — quite the contrary.
Pregnancy is not a time to worry about weight loss — even the most obese mother
should still expect to gain some weight. What you should be concerned with is
eating really healthy, non-contaminated food, staying away from sugar and alcohol
and taking good prenatal vitamins including DHA. If you want to eat some carbs,
that?s fine — just make them healthy ones.
Good luck and congrats!
Question from Ruth Rogers:
Thanks in advance for taking my question.
I want to start working out with my 24 year old daughter. We are both on
Atkins and have lost the cravings and unstable blood sugar.
How do I go about finding a personal trainer that knows what he/she are
doing and sympathetic to our plight? (I have 50 lbs to lose and my daughter
has 100 lbs to lose) I don't want someone who is like a drill seargant and
doesn't care about helping us.
Great question, and as someone who taught personal trainers for years, I think
I can appreciate your dilemma. Most trainers are highly motivated and really want
to help people — many take continuing ed courses all throughout their careers.
Problem is, many are behind the learning curve when it comes to nutrition, and
are still stuck in the ?one size fits all? philosophy that came from early
bodybuilding when high carbs / low fat were the mantra of the day.
The best way to find a personal trainer sympathetic to your situation is really
very simple: shop around. Talk to different trainers. Observe them with their
other clients, especially when they don?t know you?re watching them. Are they
just counting reps or do they seem really involved? Ask some of their other
clients. Interview them on their nutrition philosophy. Ultimately, it?s about
chemistry as well as knowledge. Trust your instincts. And hire them for a trial
period with the clear understanding that you?re going to see how it goes and
then make a decision. Most will understand that perfectly well, and if they don?t,
they?re not the trainer for you.
Jonny Bowden, M.A., C.N., C.N.S.
Certified Nutrition Specialist