While high-protein diets have been a mainstay of athletes for decades, their popularity in the general public has waxed and waned. Could certain populations benefit from mimicking the eating patterns of their healthier peers? In the first installment of this series, we cover the efficacy of high-protein diets for people with type 2 diabetes.
Over the past hundred years, an array of changes have taken place in the food environment. Correspondingly, rates of obesity and noncommunicable diseases have incrementally increased. To explain this widespread regression in health, many have tried to point the finger at a specific food or food group. A theory that has recently gained traction blames vegetable oils. It’s commonly put forth that vegetable oils are healthy due to their low saturated fat and high polyunsaturated fat content, but is there more to the story? Could this common household staple be the offender we’ve been searching for?
A primary issue with the dieting process is a progressive increase in hunger as body weight decreases leading to dietary noncompliance. While there are many proven strategies to attenuate this problem, some recent research suggests that simply altering our expectations could prove useful. In this article, learn about the powerful interconnection between our mind and body and how gaining further insight into this area could potentially bolster weight loss success.
It is commonly reported that it’s necessary to refrain from caffeine use for brief periods to prevent habituation and “resensitize” to its physiological effects, but where do these ideas come from? Does the sports nutrition literature support these claims? The answers to these questions might surprise you. Read on to learn how caffeine can enhance athletic performance and how to get the most out of caffeine supplementation.
Time-restricted feeding is a form of intermittent fasting that has become extremely popular in recent years. While it was originally thought that any unique effects on health were solely attributable to weight loss, there might be more than meets the eye, especially when it comes to early time-restricted feeding. Read on to learn when might be the best time to incorporate an extended fast.
Welcome to Science Spotlight. In this series, I breakdown a new study on exercise or nutrition science and provide a practical takeaway.
In this edition, I cover the latest research on how your personality can affect your ability to lose and gain weight.
In the second-half of this series, I cover other important factors to consider when trying to select the best time to exercise. I also examine different strategies that may mitigate diurnal variations in physical performance.
In the first-part of this two-part series on the best time of day to train to maximize strength and hypertrophy adaptations, I cover the role of circadian rhythms in our ability to maximally perform certain tasks at different times of the day.
Rates of obesity are increasing at a rapid rate and this has coincided with more frequent snacking. Is there any value to this correlation or is it simply statistical noise? In this article, I div into why your snacking habits could be driving unwanted weight gain and increase cardiometabolic risk.
Welcome to part six of The Battle of Biology. Let’s cut right to the chase about the purpose of this article – I have made the decision to end my contest prep. In what will be the final segment of this series, I will outline the rationale behind my decision, but first, I’ll provide a… Read more The Battle of Biology: The Corona Conundrum
Things have been going well since transitioning away from a ketogenic diet. I implemented the planned changes I discussed in my last blog post and I feel very satisfied with my current nutrition regimen. In this check-in, I’ll be providing a general update on each factor of my contest preparation, which means nutrition and my… Read more The Battle of Biology: No Sleep For the Wicked
“Artificial sweeteners are bad for you.” That’s about all the general population has to say about the topic, and by golly, they will say it whenever given the opportunity. I can’t tell you the number of times someone has tried to come at my neck for drinking a diet soda. It’s quite fascinating to me… Read more Artificial Sweeteners are Bad for You
It’s no secret. The world is getting fatter. The obesity rate has been climbing for decades and it doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon. What is similarly concerning are the statistics on weight maintenance. Many are able to successfully lose weight, but very few are able to keep this weight off long-term, further facilitating… Read more Slow and Steady Weight Loss Wins the Race
For quite some time now, I have been a defender of the ketogenic diet. Not a proponent, but a defender. The reason for this is simply because I am pro-evidence. There are many within the nutrition space who equate nutritional ketosis with diabetic ketoacidosis and as such, announce that the ketogenic diet is not safe… Read more The Battle of Biology: Keto Krillin Project
Walk into any gym or simply come in contact with any person who has struggled to lose weight and within any given conversation, you may hear something like “it’s hard for me to lose weight because I have a slow metabolism.” Something I notice amongst those who make this remark is that they don’t understand… Read more Your Metabolism Isn’t Slow, Your Steps Are Low
Breakfast is consistently cited as the most important meal of the day. In the world of undergraduate nutrition, it is constantly stated by my peers that it is either generally unhealthy to skip breakfast or that breakfast has some special ability to “jump-start” your metabolism and transform you into a metabolic furnace for the rest… Read more Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day
I ended the overview for this series by briefly touching on the initiation of my contest prep diet. For this installment, I’ll get more into the weeds of my plan, with a special focus on my training. I’ll go over my training program, including how it changes when I diet, and my most recent nutrition… Read more The Battle of Biology: Laying the Foundation
The thought of making a series about my current contest prep is particularly unnerving. While voluntarily starving yourself is a first-world privilege, a bodybuilding contest prep is one of the most grueling endeavors an individual can take on. As a fanatic of the iron game, I understand that many who plan to get on stage… Read more The Battle of Biology: The Overview
Part of being a nutrition major is criticizing the way people eat. It doesn’t matter which nutrition class it is, at least once per semester, the topic of fad diets is brought up. This results in a handful of self-righteous nutrition majors scoffing at a variety of diets implemented by the general public, and rightfully… Read more The Ketogenic Diet is a Fad Diet
The phrase “too much protein is bad for your kidneys” has been handed down for generations. So much so, that it made its way into the brain of a registered dietitian and professor, who then passed it on to a class of undergraduate nutrition students. For many undergraduate nutrition students, the professor’s word is law,… Read more Too Much Protein is Bad for Your Kidneys