Tag: sugar

Fat Loss

Hormones and body-fat distribution

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. Hormones are the main messengers for communication between your organs and tissues. Keeping these hormones in the correct balance not only ensures a person is kept healthy, but can also establish whether – and crucially where – a person puts on additional body fat. We come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but as a starting point men typically carry an android (apple) shape with women having the gynoid (pear) shape. From…

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Fat Loss Nutrition

5 food myths busted

Benjamin Siong is the founder of Australian Strength Performance and has worked with top international bodybuilders and models. He is based in Melbourne, Australia There has never been more information available about the best ways to eat for weight loss and optimal health. Yet this proliferation has been accompanied with an unprecedented rise in obesity and related long-term health issues, including type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. One of the main reasons is the commercialisation of the food industry. In recent years, there has been a huge marketing drive to convince the masses that foods that are artificially preserved, sweetened, packaged,…

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Fat Loss Nutrition

The simple truth about sugar

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. Sugar has been implicated in causing serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The list of complications seems endless, but without this most simple of carbohydrates our bodies would not be able to function properly. Sugar, in the form of glucose, has many important roles in the body, including being the preferred energy source for muscle contraction and biologic work. More importantly, the brain requires glucose as its primary energy source. A lack of glucose can result in weakness…

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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

Get stacked with these high-protein desserts

We know that, as IronLife readers, you’re among the most committed, most disciplined, most focused people on the planet. You know desserts taste good but you also know that eating them all the time probably won’t help you reach your physique and performance goals faster. Even if you are on a flexible diet, do you really want to use up a huge chunk of your daily carb allowance on a cheesecake? Sure, every now and then it’s not a big deal. But if you want to indulge your sweet tooth more regularly without throwing your diet off course, try making…

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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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Supps

Improve insulin sensitivity

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky is a practicing medical physician. He is based in Suffolk, Virginia. Your body is on a never-ending quest for balance. Its ultimate goal is homeostasis, or an active balance, inside every cell. A key way your body regulates itself is through hormone sensitivity and resistance. Being sensitive to a hormone means it only takes a little bit of it to trigger a reaction in your body. Being resistant means it’ll take a far higher exposure to that hormone before your body pays attention. If you want to build lean muscle mass and burn body fat, then your…

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Nutrition

Are you becoming a food snob?

Michael Blevins is a coach, athlete, and consultant. Trainer for the films Man of Steel, 300: Rise of an Empire, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he’s also a competitor in the sports of cycling, running, triathlon, weightlifting, and CrossFit. He’s based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Recently, I had a conversation with a friend explaining the ‘organic arms race’ of the white upper class America, something that I had apparently never considered in my white privilege. I’ll sum it up as easily as I can: As the world’s markets grow closer, foods that were only afforded to the…

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Nutrition Recovery

6 reasons why calories are not created equal

Benjamin Siong is the founder of Australian Strength Performance and has worked with top international bodybuilders and models. He is based in Melbourne, Australia. The concept of the ‘calorie’, especially in regards to fat loss, has been extremely popular in mainstream nutrition advice for the past few decades. But what is a calorie? It’s defined as the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of 1g of water by one degrees celsius, and is recognised as the basic unit of measurement for energy contained within foods, and energy expended by the body. The premise of most modern weight loss…

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