The Secret Benefit of Being Lean

I sometimes get asked how it “feels to be lean” or hear remarks like “it must be awesome to be lean all the time“. I reply that I feel great and that being lean feels great. But that’s not the whole truth. People with a remote interest in fitness and health usually aspire to get […]

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Intermittent Fasting, Set-Point and Leptin

I ranted a little about diet approach, leptin and the set-point theory on bodybuilding.com. Figured it could make for a decent post here. I added some extras in the form of a short review on the effects of intermittent fasting on leptin. Short background on leptin and set-point Leptin is a master-hormone with downstream effects […]

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10 Random Thoughts On Weight Training

Just some random stuff I’ve either discussed or thought about in the last few days. The deadlift is poorly suited to a high training frequency. I’ve never derived any benefit from training the lift more than once per week; and even that is pushing it in terms of recovery if I’m squatting heavy within that […]

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Maintaining Low Body Fat

February was a busy month and I didn’t get around to posting much. Since things have cooled down a bit and I need to get back into the habit of writing, I’m gonna kick off this month with an article that touches on a few factors that I believe are important for anyone wanting to […]

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How to Deal With Water Retention: Part Two

In part one of this article series I covered the basics of water retention. This time I’ll list a few effective tricks that will help you deal with it when and if it occurs. Don’t worry, you won’t be sweating it out in a sauna and sucking on ice cubes. I’ll offer simple and non-intimidating […]

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How to Deal With Water Retention: Part One

In an ideal world, weight loss would be perfectly linear. You’d lose weight in a predictable manner, seeing small but consistent changes each passing day. But this is rarely the case, which my experience has proven me many times over. If you’ve ever been on a diet and tracked your progress with the scale or […]

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The Marshmallow Test

People will often feel inclined to explain to you why the numerous constraints in their lives have prevented them to achieve the their goal. They have so much else going on in their lives. A job, a girlfriend, social events to attend. Time-consuming hobbies. A car that needs fixing or some other project of critical […]

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Dirty vs. Clean Dieting: Roundtable

I participated in a roundtable on Jamie Hale’s site a while ago. The topic was whether it mattered much if people ate clean (non-processed whole foods) or dirty (refined foods) during a diet assuming a caloric deficit was in place. Here’s my input: From a purely physiological standpoint, it probably doesn’t matter if you’re including […]

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Questions & Answers

Another Q&A. Click here to see all Q&A’s. Intermittent Fasting and Testosterone First a question related to the effects of dieting on testosterone and libido/reproductive function in general – Q: “My sex drive just winds down to nearly nothing when I’m running an intense caloric deficit. Is there some documented/anecdotal correlation on this, or is […]

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