The Metabolic Zone

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Brace yourselves for the coinage of a cheap and somewhat sleazy-sounding new health and fitness-related term: The Metabolic Zone. What is this coveted Metabolic Zone you ask? It’s an elusive state of being where someone can eat well beyond the normal BMR calculations for their height and weight, exercise rather minimally, sporadically, and infrequently, and effortlessly and spontaneously lose...

Why Are Central Americans so Fat?

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Why is obesity in Central America so prevalent? That is the question… I’ve been traveling a lot over the past few months, and expect to travel a lot more. I’m writing this email from a Spanish School in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua (don’t worry, I’m redoing their website for them, lol). It’s been a while since I’ve traveled, but I remember feeling like...

Glycine and the Immune System

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By Joel Brind So I’ve been writing for a few years now about the benefits of supplementing your diet with glycine. (Full disclosure: I’ve also been selling glycine online, cleverly disguised as a sweetener called “sweetamine®”). I got into it because my studies on nutritional biochemistry and amino acid metabolism led me to try it out myself, both on lab rats and myself. I thought it couldn’t...

My Big Fat Fabulous Life

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My summer trip ended early, and I had to spend a couple weeks in a hotel room. In hotel rooms I often find myself doing something I rarely do, which is watch television. A LOT of television. Stupid amounts. The kind of TV-watching where you only stand up to dust the potato chip crumbs off of your shirt. I would have bought a bedpan to avoid having to go to the bathroom, but I would have had to...

To Fish Oil, or Not to Fish Oil?

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The nutrition world is awash in fish oil worship. Typically, when the entire scientific community, food industry, and more are all singing the praises of an isolated substance or substances (EPA and DHA in the case of fish oil), you can be pretty sure there are some blind spots. And indeed there are. Omega 3 and Omega 6 are the two predominant types of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fats...
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