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Protein: Common Questions Answered

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Share this article on Facebook Arthur Lynch is a PhD candidate in muscle physiology at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Arthur coaches here at Sigma Nutrition, heading up our powerlifting coaching program. He is an international-level powerlifter, representing Ireland at the past 2 IPF world championships. Introduction It’s just over a year since this creatine FAQ article was published here on the sigma nutrition website. The aim of that particular article was to clarify confusion surrounding supplementation with creatine and it was very well received. As a result I decided to do a follow-up article addressed common questions and concerns around protein …

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SNR #214: Marty Kendall – Optimising Nutrition Through Nutrient Density

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 214: Marty Kendall How to Listen Listen on Spotify Listen on iTunes (iOS) Listen on Stitcher Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Guest Bio Marty Kendall Marty writes articles over at his site optimisingnutrition.com. There he has created a framework for eating for health, which focuses on three primary parameters: 1) energy density, 2) nutrient density, and 3) insulin load. In This Episode We Discuss: The 3 components of Optimising Nutrition: energy density, nutrient density and insulin load What …

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SNR 213: Greg Potter – Chronobiology & Chrononutrition (Research Breakdown)

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 213: Chronobiology researcher Greg Potter is on the podcast to breakdown two recent research studies in the area of chronobiology and chrononutrition. How to Listen Listen on Spotify Listen on iTunes (iOS) Listen on Stitcher Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Guest Bio Greg Potter, PhD (can.) Greg is currently just finishing up his PhD at the University of Leeds in the UK. His research focus on chronobiology; looking at circadian rhythms, light-dark cycles and the potential for …

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SNR #211: Brianna Stubbs, PhD – Ketogenesis, Metabolism and Ketone Ester Supplementation

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 211: Brianna Stubbs, PhD discusses some of the peer-reviewed research she has published on ketone metabolism and ketone ester supplementation. How to Listen Listen on Spotify Listen on iTunes (iOS) Listen on Stitcher Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Guest Bio Brianna Stubbs, PhD In 2016 Brianna completed her PhD in Metabolic Biochemistry at Oxford University. She also became a World Champion rower as part of the GB Rowing Lightweight Women’s four person crew, and won …

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SNR #210: Prof. Tim Noakes & Martin MacDonald – Carbohydrate Intake, Insulin Resistance & Body Fat Regulation

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 210: Open discussion between Prof. Tim Noakes and Martin MacDonald on the topic of carbohydrates, insulin resistance and body fat. Listen on Spotify Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts Guests Tim Noakes, PhD Prof Noakes obtained an MBChB degree in 1974, an MD in 1981 and a DSc (Med) in Exercise Science in 2002. In the early 90s, Noakes teamed up with …

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SNR #208: Herman Pontzer, PhD – Constrained Energy Expenditure Model & the Evolutionary Biology of Energy Balance

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 208: Evolutionary biologist Dr. Herman Pontzer of Hunter College discusses the model of constrained energy expenditure and the metabolic adaptations that accompany high levels of physical activity. 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 Herman Pontzer, PhD Dr. Pontzer is an associate professor at the Department of Anthropology, Hunter College & City University of New York. He is an evolutionary biologist …

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SNR #206: Alessandro Ferretti – Blood Glucose, HRV & Inflammatory Response to Diet

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 206: Nutritionist Alessandro Ferretti discusses data he has collected that may inform us as to the inflammatory response to diet and lifestyle, using markers such as blood glucose, heart rate variability and Alessandro’s metric of “HRV/BG Index”. 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 Alessandro Ferretti Alessandro graduated from the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in 2001 and formed Equilibria Health Ltd in …

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SNR #201: Eric Helms, PhD – Anabolic Sensitivity & High-Protein Bulking [Research Breakdown]

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSClick here to subscribe to MASS Episode 201: Eric Helms, PhD of Auckland University of Technology is on the podcast to breakdown two interesting research papers. We look at a paper on protein overfeeding and another on the effect of body fat on anabolic sensitivity. 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 Eric Helms, PhD Coach, athlete, author, eductor and researcher, Eric has been involved in the …

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SNR #200: Saturated Fat Panel Discussion – Nadolsky, Guyenet, Masterjohn & Dieter

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 200: Our 200th episode is a special and unique one with an in-depth panel discussion on the topic of saturated fat. On the panel are Dr. Spencer Nadolsky, Stephen Guyenet PhD, Chris Masterjohn PhD and Brad Dieter PhD. Get the podcast on iTunes (iOS) Get the podcast on Stitcher (Android app) Get podcast RSS feed Click Here to Get Podcast Transcripts The Panellists 1) Dr. Spencer Nadolsky Dr. Nadolsky is a a board certified family and obesity medicine physician. He …

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SNR #199: Ciaran Fairman – Exercise-Oncology: Effects of Exercise in Cancer Treatment & Survivorship

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 199: PhD researcher Ciaran Fairman of Ohio State University discusses the field of exercise-oncology and how exercise is helping cancer patients/survivors at all stages of the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. 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 Ciaran Fairman (PhD can.) Ciaran Fairman, M.S. is currently working on his doctorate in the Kinesiology program at The Ohio State University. Ciaran received his M.S. …

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SNR #198: Richard Nikoley – Ketosis: A Call For for Context & Sanity

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 198: Richard Nikoley of Free The Animal discusses the need for some sanity to be brought to the discussions surrounding ketosis. 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 Richard Nikoley Richard Nikoley is the man behind the blog Free the Animal, which as of 2016, contains over 4,000 posts and 100,000 comments from readers. He has written about his learnings on health, diet, and lifestyle. …

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SNR #197: Kyle Mamounis, PhD – Fatty Acid Metabolism & Implications for Health

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 197: Researcher Kyle Mamounis 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 Kyle Mamounis, PhD Kyle J. Mamounis, has a doctoral degree in nutritional science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey USA. He is currently a researcher at University of Central Florida in Orlando. His primary research interest is investigating the effects of fatty acids on energy balance regulation. He maintains a science …

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SNR #195: Brendan Egan, PhD – Exogenous Ketone Supplementation

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 195: Dr. Brendan Egan of Dublin City University discusses the current research on exogenous ketone supplementation for athletic performance and recovery.  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 Brendan Egan, PhD Brendan holds a position as Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dublin City University. His current research investigates the molecular regulation …

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SNR #193: Lyle McDonald – Nutrient Partitioning & Fuel Utilization

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 193: Lyle McDonald returns to talk about issues around nutrient partitioning and whether we can  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 Lyle McDonald Lyle 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 becoming involved in competitive sports as a …

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How to Build a Career in Nutrition Coaching

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For some reason enough people have seemingly deemed me to be “successful” enough to ask me for advice about starting a career in nutrition, usually via some version of one of the following questions: What nutrition course do you suggest I do? What qualifications do I need to work as a nutritionist? I’m a personal trainer/coach, what is the best way to improve my nutrition knowledge and/or my reputation as a nutrition coach? I currently work in a different field but want to transition to a career in nutrition. How should I go about this? Is it possible? I’d like to …

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Could Creatine Be an Effective Treatment for Age-Related Loss of Muscle?

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This is a guest post by Lee Bell. Lee has a MSc in exercise physiology and is a consultant lecturer, speaker and content writer. He is a published academic and professional writer and has delivered talks at a number of conferences including the COPA Growth medical conference in London. He is also involved in primary sport science research with other sport scientists across a number of institutions and is currently looking into neck health strategies in Rugby. He has lectured in sport science for a number of years and has also delivered training to hundreds of personal trainers and coaches as master …

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SNR #190: Mike Israetel, PhD – Nutrition Considerations for the Strength Athlete

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 190: Mike Israetel, PhD discusses the relative importance of carbohydrates for strength athletes, planning nutrition periodization for strength athletes and how to structure mesocycles for strength gain. 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 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 …

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The Nutrition Panel at One-Zero 2016

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The Nutrition Panel at One-Zero 2016 Last year I was part of a panel discussion at the One-Zero Conference in Dublin. I was joined by Daniel Kings (head sports nutritionist at Aspetar in Qatar) and Stephen Nolan (Nutritics software). The focus of the panel was how nutrition is influencing sports and how technology allows for the more efficent administration and monitoring of nutrition to athletes, teams and enthusiasts alike. The panel was hosted by Emma Buckley of Gourmet Fuel. Enjoy this? Share this on Facebook  

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SNR #189: Katy Horner, PhD – Gut Hormones, Gastric Emptying & Appetite Regulation

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 189: Dr. Katy Horner of University College Dublin was on the podcast to discuss her research on gastric emptying, exercise physiology and gut peptide hormones. 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 Katy Horner, PhD Katy joined the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sport Sciences at UCD as a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science in 2017. Katy holds a BSc …

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SNR #185: Trent Stellingwerff, PhD – Nutrition Strategies for Endurance Sports

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 185: Trent Stellingwerff of the Canadian Sports Institute discusses nutrition for endurance sports, carbohydrate periodization and raceday fuelling. 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 Trent Stellingwerff, PhD Trent is an applied sport physiologist with a specialization in the area of performance nutrition. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at Cornell University and he earned his …

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SNR #184: Uncertainty About Artificial/Non-Nutritive Sweeteners (Listener Question Episode)

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSEpisode 184: We take a deeper look at artificial/non-caloric sweeteners; effects on bodyweight, glucose tolerance, gut flora and health. What does the evidence say about safety and health concerns? Listen on iTunes (iOS) Listen on Stitcher (Android app) Listen on TuneIn Get podcast RSS feed Links/References: Magnuson et al., 2017 – Critical review of the current literature on the safety of sucralose Bian et al., 2017 – The artificial sweetener acesulfame potassium affects the gut microbiome and body weight gain in CD-1 mice Uebanso et al., 2017 – Effects of Low-Dose …

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SNR #181: Jeff Nippard – Intuitive Eating, Control-Based Eating & Body Recomposition

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 181: Natural bodybuilder Jeff Nippard discusses an evidence-based approach to intuitive eating, dealing with cravings through an acceptance-based model and how people should view body recomposition in the long-term. 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 Jeff Nippard Jeff is a WNBF Pro Drug-Free Bodybuilder and internationally qualified IPF/CPU Powerlifter in the 74 kg class. He earned the title of Mr. Junior …

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SNR #105: Prof. John Cryan – How Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain & Behaviour

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSShare this episode on Facebook Episode 105: Professor John Cryan discusses some of his lab’s breakthrough work on the microbiome and how it affects all aspects of the brain, including mood, behaviour, and potentially clinical issues such as autism and anxiety. 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 Professor John Cryan, PhD John F. Cryan is Professor & Chair, Dept. of Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College Cork. He …

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SNR #49: Dr. Bill Willis – Antioxidants, Exercise Performance & the Adaptive Response to Training

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSEpisode 49: Researcher Dr. Bill Willis talks about inflammation, the adaptive response to training and how antioxidants can potentially negatively impact exercise performance, recovery and physical improvements. Dr. Bill Willis, PhD.   As a unique combination of an ‘in-the trenches’ basic researcher and avid member of the fitness industry for the past 15 years, Bill is on a never-ending quest to find and develop smarter, healthier ways to grow bigger, faster, and stronger. Throughout his early personal training and bodybuilding career, Bill has always been curious …

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What’s the ROI of Your Nutrition Choices?

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It was about half past 9 on a dark, cold week-night back in January 2009. I remember walking out of the small sports hall in the sports science building at the University of Limerick. My body was tired and slowly drudging along. But my mind was racing. I had just finished my first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class with Fergal Quinlan (black belt under Rodrigo Medeiros). I knew immediately that there was something special about the sport right then. I then became obsessed. Not just with thinking about BJJ but with the pursuit of improving. The milestone I set was my blue belt. In order …

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SNR #10: Bill Lagakos, PhD – The Poor, Misunderstood Calorie

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Stitcher | RSSEpisode 10: Author of The Poor, Misunderstood Calorie Dr. Bill Lagakos comes on the show to discuss exactly why the calorie topic is so complex and confusing. Guest Bio Dr. Bill Lagakos I’ll let Bill introduce himself: I have a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology with a focus on obesity, inflammation, and insulin resistance (here’s a list of my publications).  My blog is about energy balance; including everything from foods and dietary patterns to hormones and weight loss… calories proper.  I’m passionate about this field …