Vitamin D – you know you need it for bone and immune health, but can it also help you improve your body composition? Discover another reason why you should optimize your level of vitamin D.
Are you trying to lose weight but concerned you’re going to lose your hard-earned muscle? You can maximize the fat you lose and minimize muscle loss by following a few simple steps. Find out what they are.
There’s a common perception that men have an easier time losing weight compared to women. Is there any truth to this idea? As it turns out, men may lose weight faster, but do women play catch-up? Find out.
Once you’ve worked hard and developed a certain amount of strength and muscle mass, you don’t want to lose it. How hard do you have to train if you only want to maintain it? Find out what research shows.
Proteins are broken down to amino acids, and your muscles use these amino acids to grow. One amino acid that plays a special role in muscle protein synthesis is leucine. Find out why and why it’s important to get enough of this essential amino acid in your diet.
It takes months of training to build strength and lean body mass, but what about maintaining the gains once you’ve achieved them? Is there a minimum amount of training you need to do for maintenance? Find out what research shows.
Building muscle is challenging, especially for women. A number of factors make it harder – inappropriate exercise routines and poor nutrition. In addition, a study showed having a higher percentage of body fat could make it harder to build muscle tissue. Find out why.
The conventional way to build lean body mass is to use a weight that’s 60 to 80% of your one-rep max – but is that the only way? Some studies show training with lighter weights can also build muscle. Is there any truth to this?
Can adding more protein to your diet help you lose more body fat? Is animal protein better than plant-based proteins for shedding fat? Find out what research shows about protein and its role in fat loss.
Thinking about cutting back on dietary carbs to get leaner? Doing so could actually work against you, especially if you exercise. Find out why carb restricted diets and workouts, especially resistance-training workouts, don’t mix and why a selective carb diet works better.