Should Calorie Counting Be the Main Focus for Somebody Trying to Lose Weight (Body Fat)?

This blog post originated as a short piece that we sent out in one of our weekly “highlights” emails. While there was a temptation to expand on every thought (and risk turning it into a review paper), we decided to post it on the blog in its original form. As...

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How to Prevent Weight Loss (or Gain Muscle) on a Therapeutic Ketogenic Diet

Written by Megan Roberts, MSc, and Tommy Wood MD, PhD The ketogenic diet is becoming increasingly popular as we learn more about the potential benefits in terms of both performance and chronic disease management. However, the diet also has to be tailored to your personal goals, and we’ve previously written...

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Dr Tommy Wood's Nutrient-Delivery Smoothie

At NBT we talk a lot about nutrient density, especially for hard-training athletes trying to make the most of their calories. One way that I do this is my morning smoothie. I make the smoothie as part of my morning routine, and drink it throughout the morning as my “breakfast”....

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How to Use MCT Oil to Fuel an IRONMAN Triathlon, and, How Endurance Training Affects Carbohydrate Tolerance

Written by Megan Roberts, MSc, and Tommy Wood MD, PhD In the endurance athletics community, becoming “fat adapted” is increasingly seen as a useful goal. That’s why we recently wrote “The IRONMAN Guide to Ketosis”. Once fat-adapted, your body is much better at using its own fat stores for energy...

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4 Steps to Managing Morning Sickness

I’ll never forget my first day with morning sickness. At week 8, I awoke to a certain kind of hell. As I lay spinning in bed, trying to work up the energy to get up and start the day, I was flooded with overwhelming nausea.  Everything smelled wretched. Suddenly, I...

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A Surprisingly Simple Solution for Diabetes

Rex has been active most of his life, more so than most people. At one point he was even a triathlete. But the stresses of life and a very busy career as a lawyer in a financial services company took their toll and his fitness and health began to slip...

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4 Steps to Successfully Staying Paleo

The end of another long day, you are walking into the grocery store. Your hands grip the shopping cart and knuckles whiten. Your heart rate increases, and you feel a surge of anxiety. “Stay to the edges of the store.” you tell yourself. You walk to the produce department and...

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How To Reverse Secondary Amenorrhea on a Real Food Diet

Do you wonder when—and if—you should try to get your period back? Is losing your menstrual cycle a health issue that will have lasting effects on your hormones and happiness, or is it the price every woman pays for being skinny? You know the answer, but you may not have...

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Do This Experiment

I'm not a huge fan of counting calories, but at some level they are useful for quantifying the amount of food you eat. If you regularly create a large deficit of calories, your body will respond accordingly by reducing energy expenditure.  In the worst cases, I've seen (particularly women) eating...

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How to Use UCAN Superstarch

I've been using UCAN for a couple of years now, and I'm not sure I'd still be racing my bike if I hadn't made the switch when I did. At the time, I was pounding down the maltodextrin based sports gels at the rate of one every 40 minutes, and that's...

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Batch Cooking for Success on the Autoimmune Protocol Diet

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MCT Oil Works for Me

There's a lot of misinformation in the abbreviation MCT oil. The full name expands to medium-chain triglyceride oil. A triglyceride (also known as a triacylglycerol) is a way to package fatty acids. Think of it like you'd think of a storage container in your kitchen. Perhaps the most common container...

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