Cutting Through the Fat: The Truth Behind the Ketogenic Diet

By Katie Mark Nov 21, 2014

If you could tap into >40,000 calories of your fat fuel during endurance exercise instead of relying on your maximum 2,000 calorie storage of carbohydrate fuel, would you do it?

What if it meant no more liquid gels, sugar-containing sports drinks or bananas to give you that energy boost when you're on the verge of exhaustion? If LeBron James did it. Was it really a wise choice based on current science?

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Barefoot running: is it right for you?

By Perrin Braun Dec 18, 2013

 

Most of us consider sneakers to be an essential part of our workout gear, but one group of runners has decided to forgo this mainstream piece of exercise equipment entirely. Barefoot runners are quickly gaining in numbers, and this trend doesn’t show signs of slowing! Barefoot running, also known as natural running or minimalism, is simply running without shoes or running in thin-soled shoes. Barefoot runners claim that this is the most natural way of running, and that it can even correct an imperfect form, which may result in fewer running injuries than those who run with shoes. But is barefoot running all that it’s cracked up to be?

 

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Eating for Energy: Racing to the Perfect Mid-Workout Refuel

By Emily Wei Jul 27, 2013

 

Pre- and post-workout nutrition are crucial to performance, but when does the body require a mid-workout boost? How do you know when your glycogen stores will adequately fuel your exercise? And what should you be eating in the middle of a race? While it may take some experimentation to find your refueling bliss, the proper mid-exercise refuel can help you to achieve peak performance.

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Can nutrition improve athletic performance?

By Perrin Braun May 28, 2013

 

If you want to become faster, stronger, and more flexible, pay attention to the food that you eat. Optimal nutrition is the key to peak performance on and off the field, because food provides essential nutrients necessary to build and maintain a strong body.

“Biomechanical changes take time and persistence, but changes in diet can be made quickly and can have an immediate effect on how your body works,” says US Olympic triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker.

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Zeroing in on healthy alternatives to nutrition bars

By Meghan Johnson May 18, 2013

By Perrin Braun

Many people think of nutrition bars as a health food, but are they really good for you? Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple yes or no. Some brands of nutrition bars can make for a healthy quick snack, but many varieties contain as much calories and sugar as a candy bar! While nutrition bars are a convenient way to stock up on calories and carbohydrates, don’t become dependent on them and miss the benefits of whole foods in your diet.

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It’s cold out there! Tips on working out during the winter

By Perrin Braun Feb 20, 2013

 

Getting regular exercise during the cold winter months can be difficult, especially if you hate jogging on the treadmill or power walking through the grocery store. Snow, wind, and freezing temperatures can discourage even the most motivated person from exercising, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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The Glycemic Index: How Carbohydrates Affect You

By Perrin Braun Feb 06, 2013

 

As explained in our previous blog post, sugar is a carbohydrate used by your body for fuel. In this article, we’ll discuss the glycemic index, a method of distinguishing between different types of carbohydrates by measuring their effect on blood sugar, or glucose.

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Sweet! The story of simple sugar

By Perrin Braun Jan 23, 2013

 

As the obesity and diabetes epidemics continue to soar, the blame for our expanding waistlines and declining health is frequently pinned on sugar. The problem is that when people think of “sugar,” they think of the added sugar in foods that are associated with weight gain, such as soda, cake, and candy. However, there are many different types of sugars – both naturally occurring sugars in fruit and vegetables, and added sugars in processed foods. Most people don’t really need to consume any added sugar; the natural sugars in fruits, vegetables and dairy products are sufficient. InsideTracker can tell you if your blood glucose levels are healthy, so you can adjust your sugar intake accordingly.

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Going gluten-free? Make sure you get these nutrients!

By Perrin Braun Jan 16, 2013

 

Avoiding foods with gluten has become a lot more common. You can find gluten-free breads, cereals, pastas, and crackers at most supermarkets, and an increasing number of restaurants offer gluten-free dishes. When you remove gluten from your diet, though, which nutrients might you be missing?  

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The Great Grain Debate: Whole Grains vs. Multigrains

By Perrin Braun Dec 19, 2012

 

According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, we’re supposed to be eating 3-5 servings of whole grains every day. But what is a “whole grain”? What is the difference between “multigrain” and “whole grain”? You’re in good company if you’re unsure! Due to the fact that these two terms are not interchangeable, there’s a lot of misunderstanding about which product is healthier. An InsideTracker plan can help you figure out which nutrients you need and which grains may provide them. In the meantime, let’s look at the nutrition science behind the terms “whole grain,” “refined grain” and “multigrain” on food labels.

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