SNR #166: Stephan Guyenet, PhD – The Neuroscience of Overeating & Regulation of Calorie Balance

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare this episode on Facebook Episode 166: Stephan Guyenet, PhD discusses what drives us to overeat, factors affecting appetite regulation and calorie balance. Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Guest Bio Stephan Guyenet, Ph.D. Stephan is an obesity researcher, neurobiologist, and author. In addition to his research, he enjoys synthesizing and communicating science for a general audience over at his hugely successful blog. Stephan has a BS. in biochemistry (University of Virginia) and a PhD in neurobiology (University … Read More

SNR #165: Kevin Hall, PhD – Testing the Carbohydrate-Insulin Model & a Response to Gary Taubes

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare this episode on Facebook Episode 165: Kevin Hall, PhD of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is on the podcast to discuss his work examining the carbohydrate-insulin model of obesity and responds to recent comments on the issue by Gary Taubes. Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Guest Bio Kevin Hall, Ph.D. Dr. Hall is a Senior Investigator in the Laboratory of Biological Modeling at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). … Read More

SNR 161: Rob Lipsett – Building a Physique, Staying on Track When Travelling & Lessons from Competing

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare this episode on Facebook Episode 161: Dublin-based coach and fitness entrepreneur Rob Lipsett is on the show to discuss his journey, philosophies and work with clients. Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts  Guest Bio Rob Lipsett is a personal trainer, physique competitor and fitness entrepreneur. Rob has built a loyal following based on giving insights into his own training and lifestyle, blended with handing out solid evidence-based information. In This Episode We Discuss: Lessons learned from competing … Read More

SNR #159: Phil Graham – The Diabetic’s Guide to Muscle, Fat Loss & Fitness

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare this episode on Facebook Episode 159: Author of the Diabetic Muscle and Fitness Guide, Phil Graham, returns to the show to discuss how diabetics should eat and exercise if they want to gain muscle, lose fat or be healthy, without having their condition hold them back. Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts  Guest Bio Phil Graham is the author of The Diabetic Muscle & Fitness Guide. Phil, a type 1 diabetic since his teenage years, has established … Read More

SNR #158: Alex Ritson – Adaptive Thermogenesis, Thrifty Genes & Hedonic Eating

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare this episode on Facebook Episode 158: Alex Ritson dives into the metabolic adaptations that occur with dieting (and overfeeding), the implications of this for the dieter and how this can explain the differences between individuals in their response to a diet. Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts   Alex Ritson   Alex is a part of the online nutrition and training coaching company Lean Body Performance as the nutritionist and co-founder. He has gained certification with the International Society of … Read More

SNR #152: Lyle McDonald – Glycaemic Load, Trigger Foods & Physiology vs. Practical Implementation

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare this episode on Facebook Episode 152: Lyle McDonald is back on the show to discuss glycaemic load, trigger foods, behavioural eating, hyperpalatability and the difference between giving practical recommendations and what is correct from a physiological perspective. Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts  Lyle McDonald Lyle McDonald is the author of the Ketogenic Diet, the Rapid Fat Loss Handbook and the Guide to Flexible Dieting. He has been interested in all aspects of human performance physiology since … Read More

SNR 149: Mike Israetel, PhD – Evidence-Based Healthy Eating Principles

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare this episode on Facebook Episode 149: Mike Israetel, PhD discusses the hierarchy of nutritional factors that have an affect on health, how this differs from just body composition goals and how to avoid getting married to any one diet method. Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts  Mike Israetel, PhD   Mike Israetel is currently a professor of Exercise Science at Temple University in Philadelphia, as well consulting nutritional and training for elite strength and combat athletes around the … Read More

SNR #139: Implementing Refeeds, Diet Breaks & Free Days

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEpisode 139: Answering a listener question: “How do you use ‘days-off’ or ‘Diet-Breaks’ with clients?” Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Team 3DMJ Support the podcast on Patreon Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Enjoy this episode? Support the podcast on Patreon

Calorie Deficits #1: Understanding the Nuances of Energy Balance

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Recently I received the following question from podcast listener Noah: “what is the best way to lose massive amounts of fat as fast as possible, without compromising gainz?” It should be inherently obvious to anyone familiar with the relationship between energy balance and body weight that to lose the absolute most amount of fat mass over a given time frame would mean creating the absolute largest energy deficit possible. But equally as obvious, is that creating the largest energy deficit possible (i.e. starvation + high activity) is neither practical nor is it desirable if we plan on holding onto muscle … Read More

An Open Letter To Neil Francis & The Irish Independent: Science, Scaremongering & Creatine

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Share this article on Facebook I didn’t really want to do this. Crazy articles related to nutrition/supplementation that pop up in the media regularly get sent my way. Most often I can see the unscientific nonsense straight away, remind myself my time is best spent on other things and avoid engaging with it. But somehow I now find myself writing this public response to one such opinion piece. In this particular case, for reasons I’ll mention later, I feel the need to sufficiently address an article published on the 22nd of November in the Irish Independent. The piece in question, penned by  journalist … Read More

Food Quality, IIFYM and Strawmen: Do Food Choices Even Matter?

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It’s Friday night and you’re just settling into relaxation mode for the weekend after a tough week at work. You rock into the kitchen to rustle up something to eat. You’ve narrowed it down to two meals you enjoy. Now it’s decision time… Sweet potato and coconut oil or ice cream? What’s the best choice? (The fact you’re reading this blog I’m going to assume you care about health and body composition) Does this seem like a ridiculous question? Do you think there’s one obvious choice? Or do you feel it doesn’t matter? I don’t think we can answer the … Read More

Why Did I Feel Better After Giving Up Wheat?

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In my previous post, ‘Gluten Revisited: Can I Eat That Sandwich?’, I attempted to give an overview of what we can currently conclude from scientific literature on non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). To briefly re-cap, some important points were: From current evidence it seems that at least 94% of the population would not be diagnosable as having coeliac disease, wheat allergy or non-coeliac gluten sensitivity. There is a continuing emergence of research that lends itself to the fact that NCGS is indeed very real. Although we don’t have an agreement in the scientific community on an universal definition or a clinical … Read More

Gluten Revisited: Can I Eat That Sandwich?

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I’ve been pretty harsh on gluten in the past. Overly harsh in fact. Perhaps owing to the high percentage of anecdotal reports of people feeling better when wheat was removed as the main staple of their diet, I’ll confess that I may have been too quick to think it was surely the gluten. For someone with a background in science, this was a mistake that should not have been made. But hey, at least it proves that I’m human and not merely the research-reading robot that it may sometime seem to my friends. Ironically though, over the past two months I’ve actually been resembling that … Read More

How Do You Avoid Overeating (Without Counting Calories)?

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So if we inherently know that “over-eating is what causes fat gain” then the solution should be pretty straight forward: “Stop eating so much and you’ll lose fat”. Which is 100% true. If you eat at a caloric intake that puts you into a calorie deficit (i.e. the energy you consume is less than that you expend) then you’re bodyweight will drop. But the problem with that statement (apart from it being as blunt as a hammer) is that it gives nothing in the way of actionable advice. It never gets at the underlying cause. It never gets us to stop and … Read More

The Most Misleading Nutrition Statements in the History of Ever

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Let’s take a look at some common statements you’ve no doubt come across, that are perhaps a bit misleading… “Calories don’t matter, as long as you’re eating real food!” Sure, including more real food and less highly-refined foods in someone’s diet is a great way to both support health and fat loss (if that’s the goal). And we know plenty of people have made this change and transformed their physique. But let’s be clear why… More real/whole foods will generally (there are exceptions) mean higher satiety, more fibre, more protein, better blood sugar regulation and so an overall lower drive to overconsume. … Read More

Is Your Low-Carb, My Low-Carb?

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What the hell is a low-carbohydrate diet anyway? We should know what a low-carb (LC) diet is by now, right? I mean there’s: Books, blogs and cruises. Forum threads filled with PubMed abstracts, memes and trolls. Videos, presentations and podcasts. Vicious street fights between people who adore their morning oats and their arch-enemies who pour butter down their throat. (Ok, maybe not quite that far but the arguments do get pretty heated). Even a debate on the topic which, for many of us, will be one of the highlights of our 2015! But despite all this, are we actually in universal agreement on what a … Read More

Re-feeds & Macro Cycling: Is Non-linear Dieting Necessary?

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There are endless numbers of people who anecdotally report success on using macronutrient cycling, refeeds, fasting or simply using different calorie and macro set-ups based on whether they are training or not. But the question I want to try to answer in this post is not whether these non-linear protocols can work or not. They do work and I’ve seen them work. But rather I simply want to answer the question; do such non-linear protocols offer a distinct advantage over a linear dietary set-up? You know, one where you are pretty much hitting the same calories and macronutrients every day. When … Read More

Is the Most Nutritious Diet, the Healthiest Diet?

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You know, I’ve been thinking an awful lot lately about the difference between the terms “most nutritious” and “most healthy”. When it comes to diet, are these simply synonyms or are they in fact completely different? So the question is… Is the diet comprised of the absolute “best” foods (i.e. most nutrient-dense or “nutritious”), in the correct amounts, necessarily the healthiest way to eat? Seems like a bit of a silly question on first glance, right? But taking the time to delve into it reveals an awful lot more. For a long time I was notorious for only focusing on biochemistry, nutrient … Read More

Eat More Fat, Burn More Fat: Myth, Magic or Metabolic Advantage?

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. However, telling people that they should “eat more fat to burn more fat” may be misleading. Not because you won’t “burn more fat” on a high-fat diet but because the practical implications of this are different to what most people will think of when they hear that statement. You see, ‘fat-burning’ as a term can be quite deceptive unless we define what context we mean it in. For most people just seeking general fat loss advice, the term fat-burning will simply mean that they’re losing body fat. However, to someone with a deeper understanding of human metabolism it will be seen as a … Read More

The Pros & Cons of Counting Calories

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Tech is changing the way we do everything. For nutrition, one of the most basic tech interventions is still one of the most valuable: something to track/log food intake. This is super helpful from a coaching point of view too. I’ll often start people with tracking intake so I can get an idea where they are starting at. My app of choice thus far has been My Fitness Pal, as it’s free and very easy to use. Although there are a number of great options available. MyFitnessPal allows me to track food intake and gives a breakdown of calories’ and … Read More

The Unhealthy Way to Eat Healthy: 5 Life Lessons Learned

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For quite some time I was the most unhealthy “healthy eater” there is. On paper, I had constructed a set of rules that made my nutrition flawless. And while some made a tremendous positive difference, the problem was that the list was never finished. More reading and researching led to more potential problems I could counteract by creating a new rule. It started as a healthy principle of generally eating plenty of whole foods: meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts, as well as some minimally processed dairy like butter. The very starting point I get everyone to consider with their … Read More

The High-Fat Diet Trap: How Much is Too Much?

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We all used to think fat was evil. Something ingrained in us by the bombardment by the promotion of low-fat dietary guidelines, low-fat branded products and “fat is bad” marketing campaigns. We fell into a low-fat diet trap. But thankfully the tide has started to turn. I think it’s become clear that dietary fat is not “bad”. Neither is saturated fat. The after-effects of the scaremongering around fat intake means that many people need to actually increase their fat consumption. And science-driven coaches, nutritionists and researchers are warning people not to buy into the “anti-fat” dogma. Many people now realise fat isn’t … Read More

Carb Dogma is for Hipsters

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In what seems to be an increasingly common occurrence, I am seeing popular nutrition trends emerging, following something I can only describe as the “hipster pattern”. You know, the “get-on-it-now-because-its-the-opposite-to-everyone-else” thing. And once everyone else starts doing it, it’s no longer cool. One perfect example right now is carbohydrate intake. We were being erroneously told that eating most of our calories from carbohydrates was a good idea. Only to realise that this in fact is probably not all that helpful for a large number of people. With this, the low-carb scene exploded when the word got out. And at first … Read More

The Triangle of Focus

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What’s the perfect diet? I’ve said many times before that there is no single diet that is perfect for everyone. I hope that is clear by  now. But even beyond that, there is no single diet that is perfect for one specific person, all of the time. Goals, circumstances and requirements change. One of the biggest determinants of what diet is right for you is your focus. There are three primary areas of focus for nutrition: Health Body composition Athletic performance The Triangle of Focus™ Obviously it would be great if we could eat and live in a way that … Read More

Making the Cut, Part IV: How to Cut Weight for a Fight (Properly!)

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[This is the 4th post in a 4-part series. You can find the others here: Part I, Part II, Part III] In part II we discussed how “Cutting weight” refers to the process of weight manipulation in the few days leading up to, and following, the weigh-in for a fight. It does not refer to losing body fat, per se. Weight cutting is a process we use to allow a fighter to compete heavier than the limit set by his/her weight class. So for example, a fighter that is competing in the 77kg division may begin fight week at 83kg, … Read More

Making the Cut, Part II: How fighters should eat for fat loss (without destroying training performance and health)

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This is part II of a 4-part series. You can catch part I here. Can a fighter get lean without absolutely tanking performance in the gym or making themselves feel dreadful throughout the leaning out process. Without doubt, YES! But to do so there are things that need to be considered. Cutting Weight vs. Losing Weight One thing to clear up for those of you who aren’t involved in combat sports and perhaps not familiar with cutting weight is the difference between cutting weight and losing body fat. It should seem logical that having a fighter as strong as possible … Read More

Making the Cut, Part I: The Fundamentals of Combat Sport Nutrition

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Below is Cian Cowley. Cian’s a pro Muay Thai fighter and came to me about his nutrition early in 2014, through his strength and conditioning coach Jason Kane. Now, a  few things to bear in mind: The guy is insanely talented. He was (and still is) on a winning streak and was already pretty damn lean. However, after digging into what Cian had been doing nutritionally up to this point, we needed to implement some extremely important changes into his diet. He had been falling into some of the same traps a lot of fighters out there are falling into. Over … Read More

Should You Be Scared of Eating Salt?

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“You should restrict your salt as much as possible to be healthy”. You may have heard a statement insinutating something like this before. After all, salt being bad for our health is just common sense, right? Well when you actually examine the science underlying the concept, we could conclude that it may be one of the most prevalent myths in the health information scene. If you’d preferred to be spared the details and just want the cliff notes, in this post I’m going to cover: Adding some salt to your meals is likely not a problem for the majority of healthy people. … Read More