Author archive: Ian McCarthy
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11
2018

All About ZMA

All About ZMA Rob Jones asks: “Hey man, just wondering what your take on ZMA was for sleep quality – keep getting 8 hours and still feeling tired during the day. I know you’re having a bad time with sleep so thought you may have given it a whirl. Cheers mate” To first provide some relevant bac...

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11
2018

Is obesity a choice?

In my time as a fitness professional, I’ve found that certain central, almost philosophical questions arise perennially, always to some controversy. Among these is the question of whether or not obesity (or, perhaps better phrased, being obese) is a choice. Unfortunately, for reasons I can only gues...

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10
2018

Energy Density Explained: Part 2

How Does Energy Density Affect Your Diet? To get straight to the point, energy density becomes practically relevant as a function of its influence on the number of calories we consume, which itself is the strongest determinant of energy balance. Research indicates most of us tend to eat similar quan...

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10
2018

Energy Density Explained – Part 1

Introduction Although it seems to be increasingly accepted that whole foods (such as lean meats, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) should predominate one’s diet, the reasons given for this are often vague and not obviously based on scientific evidence. For example, it’s often stated that whole f...

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09
2018

Are You Overtrained, or Just Lazy?

Two Questions to Ask Yourself There are many reasons one might feel drawn to not go to the gym, and the challenge lies in distinguishing between those which are good, and those which are bad. To do so effectively, it can be tremendously helpful to make an effort to draw a line between genuine overtr...

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09
2018

The Truth About Supplement Regulation

Supplements aren’t as regulated as you think. Here’s how, and what to do about it. Unlike pharmaceutical companies, supplement companies don’t have to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of their products prior to release. Instead, the FDA simply expects supplement companies to comply with FDA regul...