Tribulus Terrestris: Not So Useless

Tribulus Terrestris (TT) is an androgenic adaptogen that grows as a shrub on the ground ready to puncture anyone's feet that dares to walk barefoot around. To make the supplement, most companies use the whole plant, thorns and flowers. I wonder how the story went about the first person that used TT? "Ouch, I just … Continue reading Tribulus Terrestris: Not So Useless

Is fasted cardio a good idea?

Most people just want to achieve good healthy fat loss with lasting results. They search on the internet how to lose fat quickly, and inevitably comes across fasted cardio. Most dive right in because the "science" makes sense. The science being: When in the fasted state, fat is used for fuel instead of carbs, thus … Continue reading Is fasted cardio a good idea?

Retain maximal muscle when dieting: 3 most important points

Maintaining muscle during fat loss is most important, because muscle mass correlates with metabolism. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolic rate will be. Plus, you worked so hard to get it, now you'll have to ensure to keep it. Dieting or eating in a caloric deficit can be somewhat stressful on the … Continue reading Retain maximal muscle when dieting: 3 most important points

MCT oil, liquid rocket fuel

Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil is commonly known for its potent ability to aid in fat loss. However, this oil contains much more benefits, which I will discuss in this article. First and foremost, fatty acids can be divided into four groups. These are short-chain- (SCFAs), medium chain- (MCFAs), long chain- (LCFAs) and very long chain … Continue reading MCT oil, liquid rocket fuel

Does Niacinamide contribute to diabetes and insulin resistance?

Vitamin B3 comes in a few forms, with niacin (nicotinic acid (NA)), niacinamide (NAM), nicotinamide riboside (NR) and inositol hexanicotinate being the most famous. As you can see from the picture, vitamin B3 can come in three forms from the diet, namely NA, NAM and NR, whereas an endogenous pathway can also synthesize NAM from … Continue reading Does Niacinamide contribute to diabetes and insulin resistance?

Uncoupling: Secret to Fat loss and Health

Uncoupling protein, aka thermogenin, are proteins found in the inner mitochondrial membrane of the cell. Protons generated in the Kreb cycle leave the mitochondria via the electron transport chain, and then re-enter the mitochondria via the ATPase enzyme for the synthesis of ATP. This is called coupled respiration. With uncoupled res piration, protons re-enter the … Continue reading Uncoupling: Secret to Fat loss and Health

Fat makes you fat. Truth or myth?

Does fat make you fat, are fats just necessary to make you fat for times of famine, and how important is testosterone when cutting? In order to lose weight, you need to be in a caloric deficit - eat less than what you burn. To maintain muscle, exercise performance, a fast metabolism, satiety, protein and … Continue reading Fat makes you fat. Truth or myth?

Protein intake for fat loss: why and how much explained

Protein (amino acids) is the only macro-nutrient that can build and help retain muscle when losing fat. Yes, carbohydrates have a protein sparing effect, but if your protein intake isn't sufficient, carbs won't be able to spare your muscle during fat loss. And as carbs have to be reduced, due to calorie restriction during a … Continue reading Protein intake for fat loss: why and how much explained

Carbohydrate intake for fat loss and muscle retention

Are carbs fattening, or does it actually speed up your metabolism? Carbs are very important when trying to lose weight. I have found that carbs provide superior satiety, compared to fats. Whereas when I eat too much protein at the expense of carbs, I completely lose my taste for protein, my energy feels low and … Continue reading Carbohydrate intake for fat loss and muscle retention

Calorie cycling: fat loss & lean bulking – here’s how to do it

Calorie cycling is to cycle between certain amounts of calories on different days, to amplify the effect of fat loss or lean bulk. It's basically a form of "dieting" that is manipulated so that you can get the best fat loss or muscle growth, while preventing the pitfalls of regular dieting. Why do calorie cycling? … Continue reading Calorie cycling: fat loss & lean bulking – here’s how to do it