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Supps

Is excessive BCAA use harming your health?

Calum Gore is an expert in medical biochemistry and health and the founder of biochemical diagnostic testing services company Gore BioScience. He is based in Leicester, Leicestershire. The essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine together make up the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). In total they comprise 30% of the body’s total muscle protein. The fitness industry, athletes and bodybuilders have long used BCAAs for many of the following perceived benefits: increased protein synthesis; increased muscular hypertrophy; improved exercise recovery; increased muscle endurance; improved glucose disposal; increased energy; and increased gluconeogenesis, which is the metabolic process in which glucose…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy

Master your metabolism to torch fat and add muscle

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. What is AMPK? Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is an enzyme that plays a central role in cellular energy homeostasis. It is expressed in tissues throughout the body, including the liver, brain and skeletal muscle, and has been shown to exhibit multiple functions, acting a metabolic ‘master switch’, regulating cellular functions, such as the cellular uptake of glucose, beta-oxidation of fatty acids and the biogenesis of mitochondria. In relation to strength and conditioning training, the key function revolves around fatty acid oxidation.…

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Fat Loss Nutrition

Why calories always count

Eric Helms is a pro natural bodybuilder, raw powerlifter and a coach at 3D Muscle Journey. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Are you focusing on nutrition incidentals and missing the factors that will have the biggest effect on your body composition? One of the most common things I see among bodybuilders or people interested in body composition is that we don’t know what are the big rocks and what are the pebbles. As a result we sometimes spend a lot of time and energy on the pebbles before we even have the big rocks in place. The reason why…

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Recovery Supps

The best supps for better sleep

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky is a practicing medical physician. He is based in Suffolk, Virginia. We spend a third of our lives asleep, and with our general health and mental and physical performance so closely correlated to the amount and quality of the sleep we get, it’s surprising more people don’t consider supplementation. The reason why we need to sleep is still not understood, but we do know that it has a plethora of beneficial effects and, without it, your ability to function diminishes rapidly. We also know that one night or two nights of impaired sleep isn’t the end of…

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Fat Loss

Fight the gene that makes you fat

Dr Sam Decombel is the chief science officer of genetic research and development company MuscleGenes and has a PhD in Genetics from the University of Birmingham. She is based in Oxfordshire. Have you ever struggled to shed body fat after bulking up? Do you find it seemingly impossible to lose those last few final pounds? We often think that diet and lifestyle are the main causes of weight gain, and undeniably these two factors have a significant impact. But can you also inherit a predisposition towards being fat? If your parents are overweight are you destined to be overweight too?…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy

How a pro starts prep

Ben Pakulski is a IFBB Pro bodybuilder and creator of the new Mi40 Xtreme training system and the Mi40 Nation website. He is based in Tampa, Florida. One of the biggest mistakes athletes make when trying to get back into serious training after their off-season is to go from zero to one hundred overnight. Not gradually and progressively moving through the gears is a problem most people encounter when wanting to get into shape. They’ll drop carbs right down and start doing an hour or two of cardio per day. Three or four weeks later and they’ve made substantial changes…

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Fat Loss Nutrition

Why SIRT foods burn fat and build muscle

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. What are sirtuins? Sirtuins (SIRTs) are a class of enzymes which were originally observed to influence longevity of yeast cells. Further research has uncovered at least seven similar human proteins, named SIRT1 through to SIRT7, which have the ability to efficiently silence and activate the expression of a variety of genes that are involved in a wide diversity of biological processes. What roles do they play in the body? Continuing research has since shown that SIRT pathways act as ‘master regulators’ of our…

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