Archive Monthly Archives: May 2016

High-Intensity Training, Mentzer-Style

A reader of this site and friend of mine on Twitter, Pieter Christiaens, recently told me that he had started doing his weightlifting differently, training with high intensity using the “hybrid protocol”,

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Do Microbes Cause Aging?

Microscopic organisms — bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses — are extremely abundant on the planet; the estimated number of bacteria alone is ~5 x 10^30, and their total content of carbon,

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Berberine Promotes Fat Loss and Activates Autophagy

Berberine is an OTC plant product that’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, if not millennia. It is anti-diabetic (lowers blood sugar), anti-microbial (has been used to treat

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Weightlifting Is Anti-Aging

In my book Muscle Up, I gave a host of reasons why strength training — which most people accomplish through lifting weights — is a uniquely healthful exercise and much better than aerobic or

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Why Being Vegan Is a Bad Idea

We were recently treated to the news that a 34-year-old woman, an Australian university professor, died on Mt. Everest while on a mission to prove that “vegans can do anything”. Apparently

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Is Insulin Resistance the Main Cause of Heart Disease?

A recent study found that evacetrapib, a drug in trials by Eli Lilly, and which raises HDL cholesterol and lowers LDL cholesterol, did not reduce the incidence of heart attacks or any other cardiovascular

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A Review of “The Obesity Code”

What’s the cause of the obesity epidemic? Why have close to 70% of the people in the U.S. become overweight or obese? Why is the state with the lowest rate of obesity currently fatter than any state

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Lighter Weights As Effective As Heavy Weights for Strength Gains

An interesting paper, just published yesterday, found that load — the amount of weight — does not determine the degree of strength and muscle mass gains in weightlifting. “Neither load

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How Strong Are You?

How strong are you? – A Guide Yesterday, I did a personal record deadlift of one rep at 320 pounds (145 kg for you metric types in the audience). My current weight is 161 pounds (73 kg), and I’m

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More Sun Means Longer Life

Radiation from the sun causes the production of vitamin D when it interacts with human skin, so there’s reason to think that getting sunshine is healthy. Just how healthy? More sun means longer life Check

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How to Sustain Fat Loss

An article in the NY Times tells the story of contestants on the television show The Biggest Loser, in which obese people go through hard-core exercise and dieting to lose weight. The one who loses the

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