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Stoking the metabolic fire: does higher meal frequency increase metabolism and enhance fat loss?

Introduction It has been a long-held belief in bodybuilding and health/fitness circles that eating more frequently throughout the day leads to an increase in metabolic rate and fat-loss. This is colloquially coined, “stoking the metabolic fire.”  In fact, this very … Continue reading

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An objective look at L-carnitine supplementation for fat-loss and enhanced performance

Opening Comments Over the past 25-plus years carnitine has received a lot of attention, both from researchers and supplement companies alike. Indeed, both camps are interested in carnitine’s role in fat metabolism; however, it is for two very different reasons. … Continue reading

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Protein and muscle gain: Are we closer to an optimal dosing strategy? – REVIEW

Daytime pattern of post-exercise protein intake affects whole-body protein turnover in resistance-trained males. Moore DR, Areta J, Coffey VG, Stellingwerf T, Phillips SM, Burke LM, Cleroux M, Godin JP, Hawley JA. Nutrition & Metabolism 2012, 16;9(1):91 [Epub ahead of print] … Continue reading

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Sodas and Childhood Obesity – ARTICLE REVIEW

A Trial of Sugar-free or Sugar-sweetened Beverages and Body Weight in Children Janne C. de Ruyter, Margreet R. Olthof, Jacob C. Seidell, and Martijn B. Katan NEJM September 21, 2012 Full Text: http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa1203034 Background The consumption of beverages that contain … Continue reading

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Roundtable Interview with Layne Norton PhD, Eric Helms and Alan Aragon

Introduction Before I begin I just want to take a minute to thank (for the thousandth time) Layne, Eric and Alan for humbly doing this e-mail interview with me. For those of you who don’t know who these men are, … Continue reading

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Higher Protein Diets: Controversies & Implications

Opening Comments In the wake of a recent study published in JAMA [1], wherein participants on a low-carbohydrate, higher-protein diet had greater improvements in metabolic syndrome parameters (insulin sensitivity, HDL and triglycerides), I was asked the question, “why would anyone … Continue reading

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São Paulo, Brazil: Past and Present

Opening Comments Although my Blog is primarily used for my musings about sports-related nutritionand supplement topics, I would like to take some time and devote a portion of my Blog to something else that has recently become a major interest … Continue reading

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FDA Flexes Muscle at DMAA – But Should We Even Care?

Opening Comments Times may be tough, but people still want to get JACKED! That is, not unless the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has something to say about it. Over the past couple of months things have really heated up … Continue reading

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Growth Hormone and Nighttime Carbs: Much Ado About Nothing

Opening Comments Today I want to talk about growth hormone. From what I’ve gathered over the past couple of weeks, there seems to be a prevailing notion that eating carbohydrates at night will somehow prevent natural growth hormone release from … Continue reading

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Anabolic Arachidonic Acid: Mass-builder or Massive Waste of Money? – ARTICLE REVIEW

Effects of arachidonic acid supplementation on training adaptations in resistance-trained males Roberts MD, Iosia M, Kerksick CM, Taylor LW, Campbell B, Wilborn CD, Harvey T, Cooke M, Rasmussen C, Greenwood M, Wilson R, Jitomir J, Willoughby D, Kreider RB. J … Continue reading

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