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    March 18, 2007


    Matin Gilardi

    Hi, Dr. Clyde. I have both of your books, so thank you for your time and effort on delivering scientifically-accurate information. My close-friend, Michael Ahdoot, had taken your nutrition-course at Stanford some years ago and mentioned to me that you presented information regarding weight-lifting. Specifically, it was about how changing one's weight-training regimen, rather frequently, can yield greater gains in strength, relative to a concrete and unchanging weight-training regimen.

    My question is: Where would I be able to get the complete and specific information regarding how one would go about optimally varying their weight-training regimen? Thanks in advance.


    I have been training to compete in my first Ironman in June, I have been a top 10 age group racer for several years but this will be my first IM. After two weeks of long workouts I took two days off (wine tasting) and then for the next week any time I tried to work out I cramped up. Every day it was a new muscle between my waist and knee's. I hydrated, ate bananas, vitamins, did some stretching, took salt pills, all to get ready to race a half IM the following weekend but after comleting the swim I got on my bike and could hardly pedal. I quit the race and proceeded to hydrate and take salt pills all day and night and tried to race again on sunday but the same thing happend? The cramps were not typical balling of the muscle but much more painful, to the point I could barely pedal my bike. I question if it was cramping or something else? I was wondering if you have any ideas what this could be or how I can avoid it? A few other things...I eat helathy, am not a vegetarian, have some IT band issues that I roll out on a foam roller, and am othewise very healthy.


    Hi, Clyde,

    I was at the seminar that you gave this Tuesday at Ohlone Elementary. Your talk was both informative and inspirational. I forgot to ask you one question at the seminar. You mentioned about cooking methods such as freezing will preserve nutritional value while over cooking will destroy nutritional value. My question is, "Do you know if heating up food by microwave will destroy the nutrional values in food? And even worse, is microwaved food carcinogenic (as some people have claimed)?" Given our busy lives, I use microwaves all the time to heat up food, but I want to make sure that is safe for my family. Thank you so much for answering my question!



    Hello Clyde:

    I was at one of your Naval ROTC UC Berkeley seminars and since then, I have been very invigorated for nutrition. However, while browsing through websites and looking for better ways to improve my training, I came upon some interesting information. It leads me to ask you this question: How do you know that you are getting sufficient amounts of minerals, such as Magnesium, Zinc, etc.?

    Here is the link to the website that I went to:

    It is at the bottom half of the page where it talks about how many people in the United States today have a zinc and/or magnesium deficiency, on top of a possible Hydrochloric Acid deficiency. How would I go about making sure that I don't have these deficiencies? I know on the website it states how to test for these deficiencies (buy zinc tally and tasting it to see if it tastes horrible, buying HCl tablets and eating a high protein meal and seeing if I feel like I have drank hot tea, etc.) I have also purchased your book, What, When, and Water, I just have not gotten to it yet, so I don't know if it is in that book. If it is, let me know, and I'll search for the answer there, thank you.


    HI -- Enjoyed your recent seminar for swimmers. I went to the local store for brewery supplies and got my maltodextrin. Now, I'm trying to figure out how many calories per tablespoon. By looking up the density, doing conversions, etc., I arrived at the number of 40 calories per tablespoon. Does this sound right?


    Gautham Iyer

    Dr. Wilson,

    I was curious about your opinion of fasts and cleanses. Obviously, they take many forms (with The Master Cleanse being a very popular one). Do you feel it is necessary to give our bodies a break from the eating/digesting process? Is it true that toxins and putrified mucus accumulate in our colon? And if so, shouldn't we periodically "cleanse" them out?
    Gautham Iyer.


    Hi Clyde,
    Just wondering if you think taking L-Citrulline might be useful before workouts or competitions. I've been hearing conflicting reports about this supplement. Thanks!

    Gautham Mysore

    Hi Clyde,

    I have not been doing any cardio on weight training days up until now but I would like to start doing so. I remember that you said that it is better to lift weights and then do cardio than the other way around, so that you use up the carbs during the weight training and burn fat during the cardio session. My question is when should I have my post workout drinks?

    I currently have a mixture of 1/8 cup of maltodextrin (or glucose), 1/8 cup of whey protein isolate, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt immediately after weight training. I then have a mixture of 1/8 cup of maltodextrin (or glucose), 1/8 cup of whey protein isolate, 1/4 cup of ground oats, and a cup of skim milk about 10 minutes after my workout. I remember that you said that it is very important to have the first drink immediately after weight training because the muscles are glycogen depleted. However, if I have the drink as soon as I finish my weight training and before my cardio, the cardio session would burn those carbs rather than fat. Should I just have the drinks right after the cardio session and 10 minutes after that? If so, would that not leave too much of a gap after weight training to fuel the muscles?



    Dr. Clyde,
    I purchased your book recently and found it to be a great source of information. The one question I have, though, is in reference to energy bars. It does not seem that you like them very much, but sometimes I don't have the bread or nut butter in my 'fridge. If you had to recommend one energy bar for endurance bike rides (50-100 miles), which would you use and why? thanks. Darren

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