Muscle Gain & Fat Loss

Childhood

All the things we normally say about obesity and fat loss being complicated are especially true with children. It’s even more difficult to establish a definition of what constitutes obesity, it’s even more important to avoid stigmatization, and sometimes all you need to do is wait for puberty and all the fat will disappear by

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Muscle Fibers

Part of the reason that exercising your muscles and getting them to grow can be complicated is that there are different types of muscle constructed in different ways. Which muscles are you focusing on, and how can you maximize their potential? Broadly speaking, there are three types of muscle. There’s the cardiac muscle, which is

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Chili

Whether you’re eating a chili con carne from Mexico, jerk chicken with rice and peas from the Caribbean, a curry from India or a noodle dish from China, there’s a fair chance that chili is going to be a vital ingredient on your shopping list. Chili isn’t just a tasty, tongue-tingling addition, though. There has

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Neuropeptide Y

There are lots of hormones involved in how we eat and whether we gain or lose weight. There are ghrelin and leptin, the hormones of hunger and satiety; there’s insulin with its influence over blood sugar; and there are glucocorticoids like cortisol impacting your metabolism, to name just a few. A less known contributor is

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Microloading

Everyone wishes they could see immediate results when they exercise, but realistically speaking, most of us realize that sustainable muscle growth is a long game. That’s why something like microloading, which allows you to push forward in smaller, more manageable increments, can be a great tool. When you first start doing strength training, it doesn’t

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Ghrelin

There are two hormones that have a big impact on whether we feel hungry or full, which has implications when it comes to how much we eat and therefore whether we lose or gain fat. I’ve talked about leptin, the hormone of satiety, before, which must mean it’s ghrelin’s turn. Ghrelin is often called the

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