Author Archive: Flavio Furlan

I'm an ISSA CFT, CES and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. Currently, I'm studying Sciences of Fitness and Health Products at the University of Camerino (Italy). I have a genuine interest in the ketogenic diet, and its various possible applications.

Of Glucose and Finger Pricks — Is Personalized Nutrition Possible?

Individualized Nutrition

With the publication of the latest book of our friend Robb Wolf: Wired to Eat”, the concept of individualized nutrition has quickly become a hot topic around fitness groups.

I sincerely think that personalized nutrition constitutes the binary that nutritional science should follow to instruct humans on which is the “best diet” for them and how to manage it.

The fact is that personalized nutrition, to be “personalized”, requires a much higher degree of quantification than most people are capable, or more so willing, to do.

In Wired to Eat, the reader learns about how a…
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Ketogains Kitchen – On “Rapid Fat Loss” and Making the Process Enjoyable

On Rapid Fat Loss and its Implications

 

Rapid fat loss could for a small sized man or woman implicate a daily caloric intake as low as 800-1200 Kcal.

In this case, adherence to the diet can be challenging and going for a whole food based PSMF (Protein Sparing Modified Fast) has been found to help people achieve a higher sense of satiety. However, humans are subjected by a multitude of external stressors (a sense of deprival due dieting, your job, family, etc.) that can compromise the compliance to a low calorie diet, raising the probability to start a binge…
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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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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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