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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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