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New research from McGill University confirms that our current food label systems are no better than chance (i.e., you might as well flip a coin in the grocery aisle) when it comes to helping consumers purchase healthy foods. The NuVal system used in some U.S. regions provided consumers with the quickest and most effective method … Continue reading

Keyed Up on Ketogenics
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Keyed Up on Ketogenics

When athletes need to drop weight quickly (not ideal but a reality!), popular techniques like severe caloric restriction, diuretics, vomiting, excessive training, and saunas can negatively impact performance AND result in acute and long-term health problems. Lately, there has been interest from athletes in the ability of a ketogenic diet to control body weight while maintaining muscle strength and size. Can a ketogenic diet help athletes lose weight and maintain performance? Or is this a recipe for weak muscles and sluggish times? Continue reading

Brown Fat: Step Away from the Thermostat!
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Brown Fat: Step Away from the Thermostat!

Ah, brown fat! In 2009, three independent research groups published findings in the New England Journal of Medicine¬†(1,2,3) demonstrating that this hero cousin to evil white fat was present and metabolically active in healthy adults. Ever since, research in the area of brown adipose tissue has exploded. As has media hyperbole! With the promise of … Continue reading

Speedy Athletes Need Speedy Snacks
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Speedy Athletes Need Speedy Snacks

Post-exercise recovery is essential for optimal physical performance. Proper recovery accomplishes two goals: restores the fluid and nutrients lost during exercise in preparation for the next workout or competition maximizes the adaptive changes that occur in the body in response to the stress 0f exercise (muscle building, increased oxygen carrying capacity etc.). The timing of … Continue reading

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We thought we were making progress on obesity rates but discouraging data suggests that the average waist circumference (perhaps a better indicator of health than BMI or weight) has increased between 1999 and 2012, at least among US adults. It is still unclear why waist circumferences is increasing beyond what would be expected from the … Continue reading

TGIF
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Good news for those in colder climates (or lots of air conditioning). If you want more energy burning, “healthy” brown fat, better get used to a cooler ambient temperature. In a study of five men (yes, only 5!) a thermo-regulated environment for 10 hours evening and overnight was manipulated for 4 months: one month at … Continue reading