Explaining Fat Loss (Part 2: Regulation)
Oct03

Explaining Fat Loss (Part 2: Regulation)

By Ari Snaevarsson, Features Editor Now let us discuss how the body regulates fat loss.  We are going to look at seven important hormones involved in this regulation: insulin, glucagon, epinephrine, growth hormone, cortisol, thyroid, and leptin.  This will be a super brief crash course just to make sense of this holistically. Insulin In brief, insulin rises postprandially (after a meal) and functions as a storage mode. The pancreas is...

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Explaining Fat Loss (Part One)
Sep30

Explaining Fat Loss (Part One)

By Ari Snaevarsson, Features Editor Welcome to Part One of my two-part series dissecting the physiology of fat loss.  Enjoy! The adipocyte There are primarily two types of adipose tissue in the body, white adipose tissue (WAT) and brown adipose tissue (BAT).  The main purpose of WAT is storage; most fats in the body are stored in this tissue.  The main purpose of BAT is thermogenesis, or heat production.  BAT purposefully uncouples...

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Four Ways To Optimize Your Caffeine Experience
Sep25

Four Ways To Optimize Your Caffeine Experience

By Ari Snaevarsson, Features Editor 1.How to take caffeine every day You have likely heard that regularly taking caffeine will lead to the development of a caffeine dependence.  According to Eric Helms, doses of 0.45-1.40 mg/lb/day can suppress tiredness without being affected by tolerance.  This is also then a proper dose to avoid the development of a serious caffeine dependence. If you are a 130 pound female, this amounts to around...

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On Artificial Sweeteners and “Diet” Foods
Aug28

On Artificial Sweeteners and “Diet” Foods

By Ari Snaevarsson, Features Editor What are they? Non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) are the collective name for a wide variety of sucrose-like compounds, generally 100 or more times as sweet as sucrose.  Since they are so poorly absorbed, if absorbed at all, by the human GI tract, for all intents and purposes they have been rendered calorie-free (or else very low in calories).  For others, it is the fact that they are so much sweeter,...

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Taking You Through Five Minutes of Mindfulness
Aug16

Taking You Through Five Minutes of Mindfulness

By Ari Snaevarsson, Features Editor I should preface this piece by reminding you all that mindfulness and meditation are not only for ascetic monks and yogis and people who talk about your “chi.”  Mindfulness is nothing new or revolutionary; it is not a program designed to get you quick results.  It is, however, vital to finding peace in your life and, in my experience, it leads to profound spiritual growth. Mindfulness refers to a...

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