Category Archives for Diet

High-Fat Diet Doesn’t Cause Obesity

I wrote the other day about the less-than-optimal control animals and humans used in fasting and calorie-restriction studies. Partly this is due to the bad food that most people eat, as well as the substandard

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Is Grass-Fed Beef Worth the Money?

In the recent post about best and worst protein supplements, a reader asked me whether I thought grass-fed whey was worth the money, and I answered in the negative. There’s a larger question: is

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The Simplest Health Plan: Cut Carbs, Lift Weights

I got into a small debate on Twitter with Brad Schoenfeld, a fitness expert who’s more than skeptical about low-carbohydrate eating. Despite the fact that low-carb diets outperform low-fat, calorie-restricted

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Low-Carbohydrate Diet for Workouts and Fat Loss

One of the doubts many people have about low-carbohydrate diets is how they affect athletic performance. Sure, you want to lose fat, but what if they make your athletic performance suffer? If you can’t

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What I Eat

As much as I believe in the importance of a good diet, and try to practice what I preach, I’ve never written a comprehensive post or much at all on food in the real world. Since I get a lot of questions

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More Muscle Gains and Fat Loss on a Ketogenic Diet

What happens when you combine weight lifting with a very low carbohydrate ketogenic diet (VLCKD)? You get greater muscle gains and more fat loss than when compared to a conventional diet.1 The study looked

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The Richest Sources of Dietary Polyphenols Are Not What You Think

Polyphenols are plant compounds that are associated with good health.(1) “Polyphenols are secondary metabolites of plants and are generally involved in defense against ultraviolet radiation or aggression

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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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Fasting as part of the Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet and health The Mediterranean diet has been extolled for its role in lower heart disease rates seen in countries of the Mediterranean. Greece, for instance, has heart disease rates

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Low-Carbohydrate Diet Mimics Fasting for Anti-Aging

Fasting and calorie restriction fight aging Perhaps the most well-known and efficient anti-aging intervention in lab animals is calorie restriction, in which restricting food by 30% or more causes an

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Protein cycling diet for life extension

Valter Longo is a scientist at the University of Southern California who has done many studies on the anti-aging effects of fasting. He’s studied not just intermittent fasting, but prolonged fasting

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Low-Carbohydrate Diet Beats Others for Weight Loss

Weight loss and the myth of saturated fat   What’s the best diet for weight loss? Much controversy swirls around this question because although diets like the low-carb Atkins diet have had great

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Fasting-mimicking diet slows aging

Prolonged fasting and a fasting-mimicking diet Restricting calorie intake (calorie restriction, CR) in experimental animals by 30% or more is the most robust and effective strategy known to date to slow

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Go beyond paleo and low carb to increase maximum lifespan

Paleo is great, but we know that now Like many others, I like to follow many low-carb and paleo bloggers and read what they have to say, and I’ve read numerous books on these topics. Interest in

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Amino acids lower infection rate in the elderly

Hospitalized patients often have a high rate of infections, but supplementation of essential amino acids can lower that rate substantially. Effects of oral amino acid supplementation on long-term-care-acquired

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Crash Diet Cures Diabetes in One Week

Calorie restriction and intermittent fasting Calorie restriction, as I’ve noted many times, is the most robust anti-aging intervention yet found. One of the key means through which calorie restriction

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A Low-Carb Diet Is an Anti-Aging Diet

  Americans eat carbs by the truckload If you want to look like the average overweight schlub, and age and get illnesses like him, one of the best ways to do so is to eat like him. Make sure to get

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Food Addiction and Obesity

The following is Reason No. 3 from my book Top Ten Reasons We’re Fat: And What to Do About It, available at Amazon. Not long ago, and to some extent even now, some people, both experts and laypersons,

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