The Relationship Between Fat-Free Lean Mass, Energy Requirements and Macros

Did you know that your fat-free lean mass mainly determines your energy requirements? Your body fat comes along for the ride. So the more muscle and other lean mass you have, the more you get to eat and, thus, the more nutrients you can obtain. In Professor John Blundell’s recent presentation at the Royal Society’s …

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Menopausal Weight Gain: The Problem and Solution Explained

Menopause—the cessation of monthly hormone cycles, bleeding (menses), and egg releases (ovulation) that often occurs in a woman’s forties and fifties—is often met with dread.  The hormone changes during a woman’s transition into menopause (i.e., perimenopause) cause mood swings, changes in body temperature, unpredictable bleeding, energy fluctuations, and ever-feared weight gain.  Understanding and addressing menopausal …

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Optimal Amino Acid Intakes for Weight Loss, Satiety and Health

Amino acids are the smaller ‘building blocks of life’ that make up the macronutrient protein. We know from protein leverage and our satiety analysis that we continue eating until we satisfy our body’s demands for protein.  So, getting enough protein without excess energy is the most critical factor for feel fulling with fewer calories.  Unfortunately, …

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Protein – Optimal vs Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR)

In the early 2000s, the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) set the ‘Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges’ (AMDRs) based on ‘the assessment of diets eaten by healthy people’.  Considering a growing majority of people are overweight and not metabolically healthy, there’s been plenty of disagreement and discussion as to whether these …

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Keto Lie #4: Protein Should Be Avoided Due to Gluconeogenesis

Perhaps the biggest differentiator between keto and other successful versions of a lower-carb diet like Atkins, Paleo, Bernstein, Banting, and Carnivore is the misguided fear that ‘excess protein’ keeps ketones low and insulin high through the process of gluconeogenesis. Ever since Jimmy Moore broadcasted the idea that protein could convert to sugar via gluconeogenesis and, …

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Protein Leverage | Professors Stephen Simpson and David Raubenheimer

University of Sydney Professors Stephen Simpson and David Raubenheimer’s work in protein leverage is perhaps the most important body of research around, empowering us to understand our appetite and what leads us to eat more (or less) than we need to.   Professor Stephen Simpson is the executive director of Obesity Australia and the academic director …

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