This is the appeal of the ketogenic diet; people have reported losing 20 pounds or more in a matter of a week or two. Popularized as the induction phase of the Atkins diet, ketogenic diets have actually been a clinical tool for decades, though not as one might think. The history of ketogenic diets in medical practice originates with the condition of epilepsy.1
Testosterone is the primary sex hormone present in men and is involved in many functions of the body, not the least of which is the maintenance or growth of skeletal muscle. Strength trainers and athletes know this, as they’ve been using anabolic steroids for nearly 50 years. Sports organizations, the media and government have reacted to the public exposure of key celebrity-athletes’ doping with mock appall, initiating a recent frenzy of drug testing and finger-pointing.
The holiday season has come and gone, and your New Year’s resolutions are in effect. Whether you’re looking to melt off a few pounds in the next few weeks or you’d like to lose the extra unhealthy pounds you’re carrying around throughout this next year, the question of which diet really works is probably on your mind.
Obesity continues to be an increasing epidemic in the United States. An abundance of evidence shows that obesity is caused by a combination of a sedentary lifestyle and poor nutritional habits consisting of high-fat and high-glycemic carbohydrates.
Just as scientists and the public were inaccurate in regarding all dietary fat as “fat,” so, too have they been in regarding the different forms of body fat as “fat.” When scientists, dietitians and clinicians looked past their entrenched bias, they discovered that some forms of dietary fat are more readily burned versus being stored, specific fatty acids act as hormone precursors and still others offer health benefits that remain to be fully understood.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer-related cause of death in men and sexual experience influences the risk of the disease.
Protein feeding before meals triggered a substantial change in feeding patterns and body composition, and whey protein was more effective than soy protein.
There was a trend toward slower recovery in maximum power following the high-volume, explosive squats.
Lactic acid has gotten a bad rap over the years. It has received the blame for muscle fatigue, post-exercise muscle soreness and that burn that you feel in your hard working leg muscles. It has been called a “dead-end” waste product of energy production that can only be cleared from your bloodstream during rest and recovery.
In the future, physicians will be able to use the technique to determine optimal drug doses for treating muscle diseases.
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