Nutrition & Supplements Archive

Pictures Of What Calories Look Like

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Over the internet years, people have given a lot of effort in order to provide a reality check about your food consumption. I have given a little more effort to collect their efforts and the end result is a whole truckload of pictures, links and even a POP QUIZ! More

A Lesson In The Art Of Maintenance

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This article has been recently updated with a few additions. Enjoy.

You may think your life is a never ending fat loss journey. The truth is, if you understand maintenance, fat loss should be a simple and short journey. If you can learn how to nail maintenance you will learn how to nail fat loss. Intrigued? You should be.

What Defines Maintenance?

Maintenance is eating at, or close to, your days caloric needs. Everyday we expend a certain amount of calories. This can vary based on training, weight, general activity, etc. Eating at maintenance means you are eating your expenditure during an assumed time window (24 hours). More

Martin Berkhan And Intermittent Fasting: Interview

It has been a few years now since Martin and I did this interview. I am updating it for a few reasons:

1. There are some small additions and specifics Martin has released since the initial interview. I thought readers would enjoy that aspect of it.

2. It was lonely on the old site with outdated graphics. I don’t feel it did it justice.

3. I have a lot coming up in the future about my own approaches with clients that involve fasting and cycling. It makes sense to have this here to point to during those articles.

One More Thing

I want to make something clear, and I don’t do this frequently in the area of nutrition. When Martin and I did this interview years ago, people scoffed at the idea of this protocol. They were caught up in their dogma of meal timing, 5-6 meals a day, and fasting ruining your metabolism. At the time, I remember looking into fasting on small levels and finding the results interesting and not supporting this general dogma. When Martin came along, I was extremely impressed with his level of knowledge on the subject and the depth his goes in his research and anecdotal work.

I have since done a lot of research myself on the subject and anecdotal work. Fasting and their protocols can come in all shapes and sizes, but I do believe there are intelligent and educated methods of applying the application. It has been seen as a taboo in the past, but hopefully people are opening their eyes to critical thinking and research on the subject, instead of wives tales or bad experiences from those lacking educated actions.

So, for those of you new to this or learning about it for the first time, keep an open mind on the science behind what has previously been ruined by fad propaganda. More

WTF Can I Eat?

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(The above video is a satire meant for entertainment and to drop my knowledge of the movie Maximum Overdrive. If you don’t have a sense of humor, don’t watch it. There is a F-bomb; it may not be work safe or suitable for children.)

Lately, a lot of writers have come to me to validate (or discredit) a lot of nutritional information. Leading market publications have asked me to examine the claims against everything from fruit protein powder to just downright fruit. This is mostly because I am vocal about nutritional scare tactics and “research” used to ward off certain foods. My perspective is always one of logical and scientific objection, not fear and paranoia. While everyone has a bias on some level, I do try to find the balance and see all sides of things.

Did You Know?

1. I don’t hate the Paleo diet, I just don’t agree with the technical term or religious dogma that surrounds it.

2. I believe in the use of low-carb diets.

3. One of my good friends runs one of the best crossfit gyms in the country. More

Lose 8, Gain 8: The Diet Stand Still?

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Want to listen to this post in audio? This is a BlogCast! You can go and download this episode at itunes here. The Rss/Download will be up later this evening.

Question:

Is it possible to lose 8lbs and then gain 8lbs  right back and be in a stand still? The same questions can be applied for smaller numbers like 5lbs or 3lbs pounds. How can this be?

The Answer:

This is one of my highest asked questions via email or on the forums. Directly or indirectly, this is a huge topic for most, but especially for women. Women are more concerned with physical number change and less likely to have successful recomps without very specific attention. Though most fitness professionals will not tell you, body recomposition is much harder for women than it is for men. This is taking into account both physical and mental limitations.The scale always has and will be the dictator to the female’s world. As I discuss in the two part series called “Science of Scale Fluctuations Pt1 and Pt2” there are many reasons for an erratic or frozen scale.  I encourage you to read the article in full. More

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