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Sunday
Aug302009

Artificial Sweeteners: Do they increase appetite?

Last week's article discussed sugar consumption and its impact on health. The next day, Monday (August 24), the American Heart Association released a report recommending a reduction in sugar consumption for the US population. The idea of cutting back on sugar sounds easy for those who consume small amounts of sugar. However, for those who have been consuming larger amounts, it may be easier said than done. One way to transition from the use of large amounts of added sugars may be the use of similar foods or beverages which contain non-caloric sweeteners...

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Thursday
Aug272009

Changing your nutrition habits? Don't bite off more than you can chew!

If you've been exercising for a while, or spoken with a personal trainer, it's likely you've come across the topic of periodization. While this is a technique common in designing exercising programs, it may be just what you need to make big changes in nutrition as well.

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Sunday
Aug232009

High-Fructose Corn Syrup: Did we miss the most important message?

High Fructose Corn Syrup has been in the news for the past several years. The public opinion of this sugar source has been powerful enough to cause food manufacturers to begin replacing HFCS in many of their foods with alternative sugars. Even though HFCS may not be a nutritious ingredient in foods, the public may get misled into thinking the alternatives to this sugar are more healthy.

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Wednesday
Aug192009

Wild Headlines: High-Fat Diets Make You Stupid and Lazy

If you were paying attention to nutrition headlines in the news over the past week, you undoubtedly saw the Time Magazine article discussing exercise and weight loss. Another confusing headline that found its way into many media sources was the headline "High-fat diets may make you stupid and lazy." To avoid confusion about exactly what this headline means...

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Sunday
Aug162009

Get the Most Out of Your Workout: Nutrient Timing Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2, we discussed the importance of nutrition and its influence on hormones around your workout. We also covered what to eat before and during your workout to decrease muscle protein breakdown and increase muscle protein synthesis. In today's post, we'll look at post-workout nutrition.

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Wednesday
Aug122009

Exercise may not make you thin? Say what?

The recent Time Magazine article on exercise and weight loss has led to significant debate and confusion. As is often the case, many news headlines about a story like this have focused on the most controversial aspects of the story, and left out the points that can help an individual get the direction he or she needs to enhance their health and fitness. We'll take a look at some of the important points from the article...

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Sunday
Aug092009

Get the Most Out of Your Workout: Nutrient Timing Part 2

In the first Nutrient Timing article, we looked at the effect your blood-sugar levels have on hormones, protein synthesis and protein breakdown. When blood-sugar levels fall, protein breakdown increases. When blood-sugar and insulin levels are higher, workout performance is enhanced and protein synthesis is increased. The goal of pre-workout and during-workout Nutrient Timing is to...

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