Is Spinach a Performance Enhancing Food? On the Role of Dietary Nitrates as Ergogenic Aids

Is Spinach a Performance Enhancing Food? On the Role of Dietary Nitrates as Ergogenic Aids

Do you remember Popeye the Sailor Man and the secret behind his super-human strength?

Before punching the bad guys in the face, he used to gulp down a can full of spinach.

And, yes, I’m aspiring to write quite seriously about a cartoon.

Does it mean that vegans are right and that therefore we should all ditch animal protein and replace it with vegetable sources of incomplete chains of amino acids? Clearly not, and that would be a misinterpretation.

The right answer behind Popeye’s…
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Examine.com Interview – Luis Villasenor talks about Ketogenic Diets

Luis Villasenor has been interviewed in issue 30 (April 2017) of EXAMINE.com’s Research Digest (ERD). In case you don’t know what EXAMINE.com is, let me tell you that it should be your first stop when researching information about supplements and nutrition, as it is an unbiased source of information that investigates and researches independently so there are no conflicts of interest behind.

 

 

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Chase Results, Not Ketones

In their myopic “chasing of ketones”, a lot of low carbers have been decieved into chasing ketones, instead of results.

They forget why they even started Keto in the first place, and in most cases, they did so to lose weight (yes, there are other valid approaches such as increased mind focus, treating a neurological illness, etc… but those are not the topic here). You don’t need to “eat fat to burn fat”… even on keto, you still need a negative energy balance.

Fat Bombs / Fat Coffee have become the bane of ketogenic diets.

The correct formula to apply…
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Podcast: How Stress, Alcohol, Protein & Bodybuilding Affect Ketosis

 

Joe and Amber from THE PRIMAL EXAMPLE podcast recently interviewed me to talk about what it really means to be ketogenic, or to burn ketones instead of glucose for energy.

How does bodybuilding while keto work? How do stress and alcohol affect ketosis? Should you measure your blood ketones, and who should try intermittent fasting? Trying to build muscle while keto? Worried about protein limits on keto?

Find out about making gains, carbs vs net carbs and common misconceptions about how much protein you really need all while being in ketosis and hear some of my nutrition and fitness secrets…
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HOME GYM SETUP

HOME GYM SETUP

If you want to build your own home / garage gym, you can always shop around for used equipment and deals. But we do recommend that you spend a bit more on quality so that your equipment will last you for years to come: a good bar and plates will last you a lifetime, vs a bad quality one which will rust and bend over the summer.

 

MUST: BARBELL AND PLATES

While it’s the most important, a barbell is usually easy to find. There are two main barbell types: standard and Olympic. Standard bars are one inch…
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Low-carb performance in the gym and on the road: can it work? A rational view.

Recently, on a popular Italian blog which supports the so-called “Paleo Diet,” I had the chance to read a series of articles about Ketogenic and Low-Carb diets. From the author’s point of view, they can’t work in the athletic performance, both in the endurance and the anaerobic/glycolytic context.

On top of that, always relating to the ketogenic diet, on the same blog is promoted the idea that energy balance doesn’t matter; therefore anyone can lose body fat while obtaining “anti-aging” effects without applying a voluntary caloric restriction “because of low insulin levels,” which should be enough to mobilize adipose…
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Basic Strategies For Successful Fat Loss – Video Interview With Tristan Haggard of Primal Edge Health

Tristan Haggard from Primal Edge Health.com and Luis Villaseñor chat about some basic strategies for sustained fat loss, the importance of protein when dieting, why nutrient density is important, and even some cooking lessons from the Primal Edge Cookbook.

 

On this video, we talk about:

Strategies for sustained fat loss Whole foods + Nutrient density Why eating the same foods can be a solid strategy for fat loss How to cook an awesome low calorie “Keto Flatbread” Great recipes from Tristan’s book – get it here: The Ketogenic Edge Cookbook The Ketogains Bootcamps: what are them, how they…
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Insomnia, meditation, cannabis, polyphasic sleep, and a sleep protocol to help you sleep better.

When I was a child, I slept… well, like a baby. I remember waking up at 6:00 AM bright and refreshed all the way up until puberty. As I grew, so did my mind and all the exciting things in life to think about. It would run, and run and run. I struggle with insomnia like so many others, but I think I’m getting a handle on it. I sleep from 10 or 11 PM until 7:15 AM, usually at least 5 nights out of the week, uninterrupted, waking up feeling refreshed. How do I do it? I’ll share my…
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Ignorance Is But A Choice

I want to share this quote here, especially with the influx of new people who have just recently joined the various online groups we manage:

“In the age of information, ignorance is a choice” – Donnie Miller

One of the main reasons that got me into nutrition and fitness in the first place, and eventually led me to found Ketogains, was to learn to differentiate between sound, science based nutrition, and “old wives tales” or classic bro’science.

Everybody has seen the recent influx of a number of self called “Keto Trainers” or “Ketogenic Coaches” as well as…
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Is Keto Dangerous While Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or for Children?

A question I’ve come across seemingly increasingly in the past few months, is a variation of, is it safe for kids to eat keto, including women during pregnancy and breastfeeding? This is where a simple disambiguation between a well and poorly formulated diet should end the discussion but let’s dig a little bit deeper into the concerns themselves, studies on children, the validity thereof, what a good diet is and context.

 

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