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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Pre-Workout Protein Boosts Metabolism

We were recently on the topic of fasted training and the need for pre-workout protein intake as a slight compromise to training completely fasted. I argued that the need for pre-workout protein intake was due to this being a case where the benefits (increased protein synthesis) simply outweighted the negatives (insulin increase; low insulin being […]

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Fasted Training Boosts Muscle Growth?

A recent study shows fasted training affects the post-workout anabolic response to weight training more favorably than fed-state training. This study is very interesting to say the least, since it lends scientific support to explain the beneficial effects from both fasted-training and Leangains-style intermittent fasting. Let me give you the lowdown on this study in […]

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New Meal Frequency Study

This just in: Increased meal frequency does not promote greater weight loss in subjects who were prescribed an 8-week equi-energetic energy-restricted diet. Well, nothing new here really, but it bears repeating: a high meal frequency does not speed up metabolism or fat loss. Another nail in the coffin for that tired old myth. Since this […]

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Fasting and Metabolism

Made a few short comments in response to a blog post I just saw on The Fitness Spotlight. The post is here and below are my responses to some of the claims made. Just a few short comments on some claims here. Sorry if this has been covered somewhere among the comments, I haven’t read […]

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Ghrelin and entrainment

“New” research on ghrelin Apparently, scientists have now discovered ghrelin’s role in meal initiation and it’s entrainment to habitual meal patterns. Funny, because I’ve been talking about this since I started the blog. Judging from the quick look through my collection of ghrelin related research papers, it seems the earliest paper mentioning this effect of […]

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Low carb again

Given that my post Low Carb Talibans caused such a stir, I thought it would be appropriate to link Lyle’s latest article about low carb diets and the “metabolic advantage” Enjoy, folks. If you consider buying any of Lyle’s books, which you should, make sure you read my reviews.

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Regenerate your brain

Hope everyone had an awesome Christmas, I sure did. Just saw this piece on another site: ..both calorie restriction and intermittent fasting along with vitamin and mineral intake, increase resistance to disease, extend lifespan, and stimulate production of neurons from stem cells. In addition, fasting has been shown to enhance synaptic elasticity, possibly increasing the […]

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Meal frequency again

This just in from Lyle. Meal Frequency and Energy Balance – Research Review I’d note, tangentially and I’ll come back to this below, that there is no data in humans that skipping a single meal or even a day’s worth of meals does anything to metabolic rate. Human metabolism simply doesn’t operate that quickly and […]

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Excerpt from my upcoming book

Since I talked about meal frequency in the BFFM book review, and how 99% of diet/fitness books keeps reiterating the same old jargon about how several small meals a day ‘stokes/fires up your metabolism’, I thought I might as well go ahead and clear up the confusion surrounding this subject. Note: Tom has changed his […]

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