Some old-school nutritionists argue that fat loss or fat gain is all about calories - that a calorie is a calorie no matter what the source. Well, frankly, that’s utter nonsense. While total calories do play a part, it’s not just the caloric content of the food we eat, it’s also what those calories do to us metabolically.
Creatine supplements (10 grams per day for three weeks) reduced arterial stiffness and blood pressure responses to weight training.]
In a recent study leg by Jacob Wilson from the University of Tampa in Florida, researchers found that supplementing with a combination of HMB and ATP plus weight training increased muscle size, strength and power and reduced a marker of overtraining.
A review of literature by scientists from the University of Manitoba in Canada concluded that wild rice, when consumed as part of a healthy diet, contributes to health by supplying antioxidants, reducing blood fats and supplying a good source of fiber.
Fifty years ago, sports nutrition knowledge was disseminated by champion athletes, coaches and a few producers of athletic products. Athletes were advised to eat plenty of protein, including beef and raw eggs, and drink lots of juice. Since then, sports nutrition has become a sophisticated, developed science.
A 2010 report by the International Olympic Committee concluded that carbohydrate intake should match the demands of training and competition and may vary considerably during different times of the year.
A study on well-trained strength athletes, showed that supplementing arginine and ornithine for three weeks resulted in a nearly 50 percent increase in growth hormone and IGF-1 levels, following an intense weight training workout.
A sophisticated study, led by Martin Gibala from McMaster University in Canada, showed that exercising with low muscle glycogen levels caused an increased use of protein as fuel, and reduced the capacity for protein synthesis after exercise.
In a review of literature, Angelo Tremblay and colleagues from Laval University in Quebec, Canada, concluded that calcium and dairy food intake influence weight loss, particularly during calorie-restricted diets.
American advertising thrives on celebrity endorsements and music soundtracks. Honestly, though: do celebrities represent the average overweight consumer? Has Hollywood and the sports arena shown itself to be the pinnacle of scientific expertise? Haven’t both of these venues (Hollywood and professional sports) had ethics challenges throughout their history?
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