An uncommon view that, no doubt, some readers may find objectionable: exercise may modulate mood more than it affects long-term weight loss. Here is one quote: One reason diet may play such a strong role in weight loss is that exercise burns off far fewer calories than most people think, said Philip Stanforth, a professor … Continue reading A different perspective on Weight Loss, exercise isn’t the answer
Byte Sized Summary: certain steroid injections may not be effective for long-term osteoarthritis treatment, and may lead to excess wear. The following is from Equinox's FurtherMore blog: Researchers at Tufts Medical Center in Boston gave 140 patients with knee osteoarthritis localized injections of either triamcinolone (a type of steroid) or saline every three months. After two years, … Continue reading Injections for joint pain are not always the best treatment
Yes, that's right, it has been done. More than once. Actually, some of us at Little Byte have received a lot of slack consuming protein this way, especially for recipes adding Diet Coke(R). Full disclosure: these recipes do not bring the boys (or girls) to the yard. Turns out, we are not the only ones doing this … Continue reading The Tuna Fish Milkshake does not bring anyone to the “Yard”, but it’s still whole protein
If you have had any genetic tests, you've probably come across the "sprinter gene", or Actin. Here is a paper showing that there are multiple actins, each with small differences in amino acid structure. These include cariac-, smooth-, and muscle- isoforms. Interestingly, small differences can lead to different function: Although actin is often thought of … Continue reading Actins: the “sprinter” gene family has multiple isoforms
A nitrate-rich diet with spinach, collard greens, banana and pomegranate juice improved athletic performance compared to a control diet of salad, broccoli, orange and cranberry.
A common question is: "How are amino acids related to peptides and proteins"? Simple answer: amino acids are like train cars, peptides are short trains, and proteins are long trains. So, is the nutritive value of a protein (train) greater than the sum of its amino acid (train car) parts? The short answer is yes, … Continue reading Does Whey Protein make you feel more full than the simple amino acids?
Byte-sized spoiler: one study shows pea protein increased muscle mass with weight training, and there was no difference between pea and whey groups. If you haven't seen it at the store already, you can now get 10g pea protein per serving from the the nut milk brand Silk. I purchased some at SafeWay, and it … Continue reading Pea Protein may be an alternative to Whey for weight lifters to gain muscle
Have you ever wondered what those whole-body vibration systems at the gym actually do, beyond making everyone stare? Researchers in Zurich added those vibrations in to a weight training program, and compared it to the same weigh training without the vibrations. In addition to vibration, they also added occlusion, which is basically just a way of … Continue reading Ever wonder about those whole-body vibrating systems? Here is a clinical study on muscle gain.
What is Gelatin Good For? by Alexandra Rowles Spoiler, anecdotal evidence for joint, skin and brain function Breakfast Bar Idea (and Video): Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Bake Clinical Study: Knee Sleeves do not inhibit athletic performance Clinical Study: Knee sleeves may help those with osteoarthritis This is the most popular Knee Compression Sleeve I've come across of late
If you want to brush up on your Gluten-free knowledge, here is a recent post on Harvard TH Chan's Nutrition Source blog. Of particular interest not only is the pace of growth, but that a top reason for choosing these foods (added emphasis): "The gluten-free food industry has grown 136% from 2013 to 2015 with almost … Continue reading “No Reason” for being “Gluten-Free”