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Fat Loss Nutrition

Is fruit making you fat?

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. Fructose, more commonly known as the sugar found in fruit, has been part of the human diet since we started walking upright, and is found in high concentrations in tree and vine fruits, berries, honey, and root vegetables. It can exist naturally either as a monosaccharide or as a unit of a disaccharide (sucrose). It is roughly 1.73 times as sweet as sucrose and is the sweetest of all the naturally-occurring carbohydrates. Excessive consumption of fructose has been hypothesised to be directly…

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Nutrition Recovery Supps

Do you need post-workout carbs?

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. If you take on carbs as soon as your workout finishes in the belief that you need to replenish energy levels as quickly as possible, you may be taking on unnecessary calories, especially if getting lean in your primary training objective. That’s because replacing the glycogen you’ve just burned isn’t as crucial to recovery as some have claimed. Indeed, unless you are training very intensively and multiple times per day – like a pro athlete – it’s likely that your current diet…

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Fat Loss Supps

Carnitine and fat-burning fiction

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. Carnitine is a derivative of the amino acids lysine and methionine and is found in highest concentrations in red meat, with 100g containing approximately 95mg. Increased intake has been proposed to increase fat oxidation, delay muscle glycogen depletion, and increase endurance exercise performance[1,2]. The primary function of carnitine is to act as a co-factor in the enzymatic system involved in conjugating fatty acids for transport for mitochondrial beta-oxidation[3,4]. In layman terms this simply means it transports fat to cells where it can…

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Nutrition Recovery

Why nutrient timing isn’t everything

Eric Helms is a pro natural bodybuilder, raw powerlifter and a coach at 3D Muscle Journey. He is based in Auckland, New Zealand. There’s a common fear in weights rooms around the world that if you don’t start guzzling your protein shake within seconds of your last biceps curl then all of your hard work will be wasted. The example may be silly but it stems from something that’s a legitimate concern – the idea that when you take on nutrients influences the effect they have on your body. I like to break the subject of nutrient timing into three…

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Fat Loss Nutrition

Get clever with carbs

Nate Miyaki is a fitness author, personal trainer and nutrition consultant, and the author of The Truth About Carbs: How to Eat Just the Right Amount of Carbs to Slash Fat, Look Great Naked & Live Lean Year-Round. He is based in San Francisco, California. There is so much noise around the issue of ideal carbohydrate intake for optimal performance that it can be hard to separate the fact from the fiction when trying to ascertain exactly how many carbs you need per day to be at your best. But the answer to this all-consuming question is actually quite simple.…

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