Interview with Marc David

Is nutrition common sense?
1- You learn what to eat from T.V. How crazy is that? I don't think I've seen a good commercial about just eating right. It's always about diets, points, fad diets, crazy workout stuff or fast food. Many kids get plenty of T.V. They don't understand why sugar cereal isn't part of a complete breakfast.

2- You learn what you see at home. If you were a witness to a lot of healthy eating habits (fruits, vegetables, moderate portions) then you probably got a lot of your good eating habits from your parents or guardians.

3- You learn to finish everything that's put in front of you. Does it matter if your hunger was satisfied half-way thru the meal? Or have you been told it was rude not to eat everything. You start to learn that finishing what's in front of you is more important then if you are hungry or not.

4- You learn nutrition at school. Some schools have good programs. Many do not. The only exposure most school children receive is the food pyramid. And then it's off to lunch period where they are served fish sticks and a variety of other unhealthy items. Only a few schools have a very healthy lunch option. It's pretty rare. You learn more about ancient Egyptians then you do about how to put together a healthy meal and what the heck is a complex carb.
What is the definition of a Complete Meal?
1. Lean protein (chicken, fish, egg whites, etc)

2. Starchy carb (potato, rice, etc)

3. Fibrous carb (broccoli, green beans, salad, etc)
Why is tracking your diet so important?
If you don't know where you are, and where you are going, you really don't know how you'll get there and it's no wonder so many people are frustrated.
What are some tips to stay motivated?
• Set small goals
• Photos
• Music
• Workout partners
• Classes
• Personal Trainer
• New routines
• Accountability
What are the nutritional fundamentals that you think most people should follow?
1. Eating frequently.
a. Control blood sugar levels
b. Positive nitrogen balance
c. Body fat not stored but used as energy; carbs primary source of energy
2. In planning each of your daily meals (or snacks), a caloric ratio of approximately 1 part fat, 2 parts protein, and 3 parts carbohydrate is a good place to begin.
3. What will I be doing in the next 60 minutes?
4. Pick a goal.
5. Possible supplementation

Additional Tips:

• Increase water intake
• Increase fiber
• Weight training for muscle
• Eliminate junk
Where do fitness myths and misconceptions originate?
1. Websites and Magazine editors
2. I "Feel it" Syndrome
3. The "Big Guy" Syndrome
4. Supplement Salespeople
5. Equipment Salespeople
6. Internet Fitness Experts
How can you evaluate a supplement?
To answer this question, what better place to get the information then the FDA’s own website.

“The FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering “conventional” foods and drug products (prescription and Over-the-Counter). Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), the dietary supplement manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that a dietary supplement is safe before it is marketed. FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market. Generally, manufacturers do not need to register with FDA nor get FDA approval before producing or selling dietary supplements. Manufacturers must make sure that product label information is truthful and not misleading.

FDA’s post-marketing responsibilities include monitoring safety, e.g. voluntary dietary supplement adverse event reporting, and product information, such as labeling, claims, package inserts, and accompanying literature. The Federal Trade Commission regulates dietary supplement advertising.” –Source: The FDA

Does this mean a manufacture can do some in-house testing, package a product, make claims and put it on the market?  Absolutely.  The FDA has really taken a major step back in regulation beginning in 1994.  What this means to the consumers is that, the FDA will be responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement AFTER it reaches the market.

Give us your list of beginning bodybuilding supplements?
Foundational Supplements:
· Multi-vitamin
· Essential Fatty Acid complex

Optional Supplements:
· Beta-Alanine
· Casein
· Other proteins

Performance/Muscle Building Supplements:
· Whey protein
· Creatine

Experimental Supplements:
· Caffeine
In 5 steps or less, how can you figure out how many calories you need a day for a particular goal?
The "quick" method (based on total bodyweight)

A fast and easy method to determine calorie needs is to use total current body weight times a multiplier.

Fat loss = 12 - 13 calories per lb. of bodyweight

Maintenance (TDEE) = 15 - 16
calories per lb. of bodyweight

Weight gain: = 18 - 19 calories per lb. of bodyweight
My childen is under 14 and he wants to start bodybuilding. Should he?
Children are not miniature adults. You can't use the same training methods or motivational techniques on growing children as with mature adults. Children are different from adults anatomically, physiologically and emotionally.

Promote fitness, make it appealing to kids at different age levels and help children maintain active lifestyles beyond their youth.


• Warm up and stretching should be preformed before resistance training.
• Begin with light loads to allow for appropriate adjustments. Increase loads gradually (5-10%) as strength improves.
• Workouts shouldn’t occur in succession but allow for 1 to 2 days between workouts.
• Two to three non-consecutive workout are recommended.
• Multi-joint (compound) exercises can be used but the focus should be on form and technique rather than weight lifted.

Encourage kids to drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.

Take Away Point:

Teaching resistance training principles and their benefit to overall fitness will be important in maintaining children's health.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I spend a lot of time writing. I've spent hours learning, doing, teaching and educating myself on health and fitness. I could do nothing with this information except to better myself but that just didn't feel right. If my words could help somebody but they sit idle on my computer, what have I do to make the world a better place? If I can just help one person, I've done something worthwhile and that's more than enough to make me want to write and share.
Published 2013-12-15.
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