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More on Protein

Suppose you find yourself needing to add more protein to your diet.  Perhaps you’ve mixed up your workouts and want to make the most of them.  Or maybe you’re trying to lose weight and you’d like to preserve your muscle as you shed body fat.  You could be recovering from surgery or entering a difficult medical treatment that will sap your strength and nutrient stores.  Whatever the case, boosting your protein intake could make all the difference.

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Metabolism, Weight Loss, and Muscle Growth

Workout here. Play out there.

I recently received an email from a prospective client who is interested in making some big changes to his physique.  To paraphrase, this fellow is wanting to lose a large amount of weight (50+ pounds) while building muscle at the same time.  He also recently had his resting metabolic rate (RMR) measured (a service we offer at Gold’s Gym using indirect calorimetry) and would like to boost his RMR by 600 calories.  His question to me was whether I could help him reach those goals through a carefully crafted meal plan.  Here is my reply for your viewing pleasure!  (Some details have been changed to protect the innocent…)

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Making the Most of your Calories: Protein

Stroll down the diet and health aisle of your local bookstore (if you still have one) and you’ll see a myriad of diet books that each claim to hold the secret of getting thin and staying that way.  While high-protein diets are nothing new, the Atkins Diet really brought them back into the public eye after a long spell of low-fat plans.  Due to the huge popularity of Atkins, other high-protein/low-carb diets seemed to sprout up overnight.  All claimed that carbs made you fat and protein was the answer to your weight woes.  These diets did vary to some degree and offered up varying nutrient percentages.  While some eliminated entire food groups, others made more sensible recommendations.  But are high-protein diets really the way to go?  Just how much should you be eating?

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Making the Most out of Your Calorie Budget: Carbohydrates

You’ve figured out how many calories you need for whatever your goal may be–now what?  Though staying ‘on budget’ is the bottom line when it comes to your weight, how you choose to spend those calories will have a huge impact on what kind of weight you’re losing (or gaining), your ability to stick with your plan over the long haul, and–of course–your health.  In this post, I’ll discuss carbohydrates and the vital role they play in any diet plan.

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For your Sick-Day Survival Kit

Last week was officially the lost week.  The entire crew came down with some nasty strain of the stomach flu and it was no 24-hour bug.  Yeesh.  Anyway, as I struggled to keep myself and my family from the brink of serious dehydration, I was ever-so-happy that I had happened to pick up a big ole’ canister of Gatorade mix a couple months back.  While most folks think of Gatorade as merely a sports drink, it is supremely useful to have on-hand whenever dehydration threatens a trip to the ER.

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