Category Archives: Diets

Why weight loss diets work and fail: understanding the energy balance equation

Introduction Today I want to talk about weight loss: more specifically, how someone loses weight. Given the recent congressional hearings regarding Dr. Oz and his outrageous weight loss claims – not to mention the myriad other diets and diet books … Continue reading

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Can excess protein get stored as bodyfat? Pt. 2

Introduction & background Today’s post will be short and sweet. Previously I covered the topic of excess protein being converted to fatty acids and contributing to fat gain (found here, here and here; this was a rather popular one). In … Continue reading

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Can excess protein be stored as body fat?

Introduction It’s not uncommon to hear claims that dietary protein eaten in excess of some arbitrary number will be stored as body fat. Even those who are supposed to be reputable sources for nutrition information propagate this dogma. These claims … Continue reading

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Red meat: back on the chopping block

Introduction In a recent article published last week in the prestigious Nature Medicine journal [1], researchers presented novel data on the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease (CVD), arguing that it’s not the saturated fat (SFA) or cholesterol in your red meat … Continue reading

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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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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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The Paleo Manifesto, Pt. II: Weak Evidence for the Hunter-gatherer Way

Opening Comments Welcome back, everyone, for part 2 of my Paleo critique. If you are just joining me I highly suggest going back and reading last week’s article before proceeding. However, for those of you who are lazy, in the … Continue reading

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