Female Fat Loss Seminar with Eric Helms

Just one quick announcement this week, I will be doing a webinar with the one and only Eric Helms on the topic of Female Fat Loss via FitProDevelopment. I of course have been working for what seems like forever on the upcoming women’s book (nearly done, I promise) and not only has Eric contributed two sections on peak week and making weight, he has provided endless feedback on my writing which comes out of his experience coaching female competitors.

New Podcasts: Mind Body and Evil Sports Genius

I did two new podcast interviews recently, one with Lidor Dayan for the Mind Body Podcast and another on anabolics with Evil Genius. Enjoy!

Bodyrecomposition Mailbag 3

So another dig into the mailbag to save myself having to think of another feature article to write. The three questions today have to do with fat loss and muscle sparing, phosphatidylserine, cortisol and water retention. Finally is a look at causes of a plateau in weight gain.

An Introduction to Dieting Part 2

Continuing from last week’s republication of a chapter on diet from the forthcoming women’s book, I want to take a general look at the issues of dietary restraint, disinhibition and rigid versus flexible dieting attitudes. Restraint, Disinhibition and Dieting Attitudes When I talked about stress, I mentioned the concepts of restraint and disinhibition and want […]

An Introduction to Dieting Part 1

This is actually an excerpt from the Women’s Book which I’d note has now been split into two volumes (Volume I is one nutrition, fat loss, etc. and Volume 2 will be about training) of which the first is nearing completion (I promise). However, it’s undergone enormous rewriting since I originally published it, including the addition of a completely new section. So I’ve unpublished the original to republish the updated version in two parts over the next two weeks.

More from the Mailbag

Ok, I know I promised something special last week but with all of the grinding and gnashing of teeth over the election, I would hate for it to get lost in the noise.  So instead I’ll throw a quick mailbag together which I don’t mind getting lost in that noise.  In today’s questions, I’ll address […]

Carbohydrates Part 4: The Glycemic Load

That led into the concept of the Glycemic Load (GL) which, while better, is still problematic. At the very least it takes into account the total carbohydrate amount. Eating a few grams of a high GI food doesn’t matter. Putting 3 grams of some high GI vegetable on your salad doesn’t matter in the least since the amount is so small. Quite in fact, 30 grams of a lower GI food could impact on blood glucose to a much larger degree.

Dieting Osteogenesis Imperfecta and Keto Muscle Building

But the idea that the body is burning tons and tons of protein, which was the real gist of your question, isn’t correct due to the overall shift in metabolism from glucose to fatty acids/ketones over about 3 weeks of adaptation. I still don’t think ketogenic diets are OPTIMAL for building muscle growth. They can work (especially if they are used cyclicall) but even moderate carb diets tend to produce a better/more anabolic hormonal response in this regard.

Protein Amount and Post Workout Protein Synthesis – Research Review

Certainly some of this is just due to the fact that you can only put enough intense training into so many things at once. A runner only runs, a triathlete has to spread their training across three events (and many are starting to focus on a single event while maintaining the others to bring them up). But I’ve theorized that the body has limited adaptational capacities, you can only adapt so many things at once. And this study, very obliquely supports that. The protein synthesis response (which was only measured in the quads) was lower when the full body was trained compared to earlier studies that only used leg training.

The Transition Phase Between Dieting and Gaining

So way back in the early days of bodybuilding you would hear physique athletes talk about a “hardening phase” which was meant as a transition from their off-season bulking to their contest diet. Now, in hindsight, it probably had as much to do with switching out their drugs from heavy androgens to more anabolic compounds to reduce water retention but it basically entailed “cleaning up the diet” to prepare for the actual contest prep. This was always kind of ill defined but probably had to do with food choices, taking out most of the junk and eating “cleaner” whatever that actually means. Guys would report losing a bit of fat while still gaining a bit of muscle (perhaps the LTDGE which I really need to write about sometime although the switch in drugs was probably part of it too) and, well, hardening up.

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