GNC Ambassador Sonia Gonzales Querido of Temecula, CA, is a world-class International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) athlete. Her impressive list of titles includes 2012 IFBB Arnold Classic – Bikini Champion.
Sonia is a GNC Ambassador because she believes in the company and is a regular GNC customer. She tells us why:
GNC products include a wide variety of vitamins and supplements catering to not only athletes, but average gym goers or individuals trying to live a healthy lifestyle. GNC products are mostly gluten free and have the least fillers. I have many food allergies and the GNC products I have listed are all pure form and work for me.
What does a typical day of food and supplements look like for you?
In a typical day, I eat six times with three meals and three snacks. My meals mainly consist of whole foods, lean meat, good sources of carbohydrates and good fats. My eating doesn't change much from off season to competition season. I just adjust my calories according to my training regimen.
How important are vitamins and supplements to your routine?
As a competitive athlete, it is essential for me to have vitamins and supplements as part of my everyday routine. The extensive training I put my body through daily and the elements of everyday living all deplete my body. The supplements I have listed help repair and fuel what my body is lacking. Your body is like a car. You cannot expect it to run on empty or without oil. It's got to be refueled!
What advice would you have for someone who is just beginning to use sports supplements?
If you are new to taking supplements, don’t be afraid to do research and ask questions. It is important to know why and when you should take supplements.
In Sonia’s List below, she reveals the GNC products that fuel her intense workouts. All the products on her List can be bought at GNC.com. If you want to take advantage of these tips from a pro, add her List to your My Lists page.
I take GNC Total Lean™ CLA three times a day with my first, third and fifth meals of the day. CLA supports your metabolism which helps your body burn more calories and increase lean body mass.
I take GNC Ultra Triple Strength Omega 1000 EPA & DHA three times a day with my first, third and fifth meals of the day. I take fish oil because it supports a healthy inflammatory response which is key for me because I am so physically active. Fish oil is also important for brain and eye development and supports heart health.
I take GNC Ultra Probiotic Complex 50 once a day at bedtime. The good bacteria in this product act as balancing agents for non-friendly bacteria. I take probiotics to enhance my immune system and increase my ability to assimilate nutrients from food.
For a post-workout recovery shake, I like to take GNC Pro Performance® 100% Egg Protein because I follow a complete dairy-free diet. GNC Pro Performance® 100% Egg Protein is a great alternative to whey protein because it is lactose free and features 25g of protein with all the key amino acids.