When it comes to regulating glucose levels in the body, skeletal muscle plays a key role. With obesity, Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases exploding in the US, understanding how this works might be a game-changer. Now a key factor in fat metabolism has been identified.
Ice baths are one of the hot trends in the fitness world right now, especially among athletes. Heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and tennis player Andy Murray are among a growing number of pro athletes who use ice baths, mostly for recovery purposes. There’s even one “fitness pro” who’s built an entire empire on ice baths. Some… Continue reading Ice Baths Not So Hot For Building or Repairing Muscle
Protein shakes. Once upon a time, they were the “secret weapon” of serious bodybuilders, weight lifters and physique enthusiasts. If you drank them, it was like you were a part of some secret society. Maybe the League of Extraordinary Gainers, or something like that. Then, little by little, the “secret” got out. Whispers about the… Continue reading Should You Use Protein Shakes In Your Diet?
Today, I’m bringing you 2 fall treats! Unlike all that Halloween candy floating around out there, these treats are actually good for you! Wouldn’t it be great if something that tasted awesome actually helped build muscle and burn fat? Later this week, I’ll be writing about protein shakes and how they can do both of… Continue reading Delicious, Protein-packed Shake Treats For Fall!
This episode is a fresh edition of “Know Stuff,” the series that brings you the stuff you need to know about health, fitness, nutrition and performance topics in a way that you might actually enjoy! In this episode, we’re talking about the gastrocnemius. This muscle is often overlooked until it becomes a pain! Find out… Continue reading Podcast: Know Stuff – The Gastrocnemius
What do you really know about protein? How much should you eat? What kind is best? Do all proteins act the same way in the body? What about my kidneys? Won’t a high protein diet hurt them? Is protein made from bugs really a thing? Are protein bars okay? There are lots of questions athletes… Continue reading Podcast: Things You Should Know About Protein
My athletes and clients have all heard me tell them how important protein is. It’s important for my athletes who are trying to perform at their best and it’s important for my fat loss clients who want to get a beach ready body. There’s a massive amount of carbohydrate and sugar-rich processed garbage passing for… Continue reading 13 Real Life, Science-Backed Reasons to Eat More Protein
Amino acids have long been touted by the fitness and bodybuilding communities for their muscle building benefits. From ultra-bulk protein powders to lean mass-promoting snack bars, there’s no shortage of products available for those seeking a muscle boost. However, protein’s popularity has also meant that less attention has been paid to researching its potentially negative… Continue reading Love Your Protein Shake? Science Says Protein Variety is Better for Your Health
Two papers appearing April 18 in the journal Cell Metabolism confirm that the circadian clock is an important factor in how the body responds to physical exertion. The studies focused on different components of exercise, thereby complementing each other. Based on this work alone, it’s too early to say when the best time is for… Continue reading Time of Day Effects Your Body’s Response to Exercise: Studies
Diabetes mellitus is associated with various health problems including decline in skeletal muscle mass. A research group led by Professor Wataru Ogawa at the Kobe Univ. Graduate School of Medicine revealed that elevation of blood sugar levels leads to muscle atrophy and that two proteins, WWP1 and KLF15, play key roles in this phenomenon. These… Continue reading Diabetes and Muscle Loss – How it Happens: Study