The HCLF (or High Carb Low Fat Whole Foods Plant Based Diet) dietary approach has proven itself over and over again. It will improve health markers, enable folks to lose weight and keep it off indefinitely while eating plentiful and feeling and looking great. Eating more plants and less meat and other animal products isn’t … Continue reading HCLF aka High Carb Low Fat Diet
The Carnitine and TMAO-Connection The other day one of my clients at the gym asks me about carnitine supplements, since she just started using one. I said ‘Oooff, I must recommend against that!’ Why? Because carnitine side effects just might be…quite serious. L-Carnitine is an amino acid found in for example red meat and it … Continue reading Why You Should Avoid Carnitine Supplements like the Blazes!
I want to tell you about the one ‘Downside’ to being Vegan… “Downside?!” 😮 Vegan has it all. It’s the ethical way to live – my motto goes like this: ‘If you don’t have to kill to live, why do it?’ It’s the most ecologically sound choice – Save the planet, YAY!! And it’s … Continue reading The ‘Downside’ to Being Vegan
Do we need ‘Smart Fats’? Well let’s see… But 1st off, what ARE smart fats..? The body can synthesize most of the fats it needs from the diet. However, two essential fatty acids, linoleic and alpha-linolenic, cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from food. These basic fats, found in plant … Continue reading The Inside Scoop on Smart Fats
Testosterone is the business, the man, the boss, the chops. The male sex hormone will make you perform better… grow lean muscle more easily and burn fat at a much faster rate … let you get stronger and more self-assured. Aggression and strength are increased, which can be important for sports competition. Small wonder that … Continue reading Testosterone Boosting Herbals to Improve Sports Performance
You might not be aware of it, but you do have here in Iceland available an incredibly effective natural ‘steroid’… It’s available over-the-counter if you know where to get it, it’s healthy and it’s cheap. The name of this magic substance is Flóa Broddur or in English…Colostrum. Yes yes yes, nothing new, you say. Nothing … Continue reading Natural ‘Steroids’ Over The Counter
The Supplements Industry wants your money, so beware! Don’t believe anything that they tell you… The fitness industry peddles supplements, and that’s just a sub sector of the food industry. If you know anything about these bad boys you’ll understand that diligence and caution are required, so they don’t pull a fast one on ya. … Continue reading Some Answers About Sports Supplements
Question: Hi Mark! I have a question regarding the long term usage of some supplements that i have started taking for weight training. They are legal plant based steroids produced by a company called BioSync in South Africa. One is called ‘Testo Boost’ and the other is called Nitro CX-4 . They have produced great … Continue reading Are Testo Boosters and Steroid-Like Supplements Safe?
If you’ve been reading my site for any time at all you’re probably aware there’s two key supplements I recommend to all my athletes, and to anyone who trains hard in the gym and/or plays hard on the pitch. Those two are BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) and L-Glutamine. Take 10 grams each, BCAAs before … Continue reading An Ultra Anabolic Ninja Tip
Today’s Question: You should write an article on how much water one should drink in the morning. I usually drink about 1 liter. It depends on if I’ve been to practice the night before. If I don’t, my day is pretty much messed up. Trying to catch up on body fluids. If I don’t drink … Continue reading How Much Water Should an Athlete Drink Each Day?
Today it’s personal trainer James McCarthy asking several questions in one, all on Plant Based Nutrition…enjoy! Q: Hey Mark, You mentioned about vegans having higher testosterone, what would be in a vegan diet that keeps testosterone high? As I’ve always been told that fats predominantly saturated eg coconut oil are or egg yolks, butter etc … Continue reading A Few Questions on Vegan Nutrition and Performance
Cortisol is the stress hormone. It can store fat, waste muscle and age the brain. Not good. But there’s two sides to the thing: you need it to get you going in the morning. You want some during training or competition. And it can even burn fat, under the right circumstances. Read on… The ‘Hormonal … Continue reading Cortisol Timing: When this Hormone Makes You Fat and When Lean.
Today’s Question: I want to add abs to my body…should i totally avoid sugar and sugar items and which supplements should I take in? Sumit Answer: Hi Sumit, it’s definitely a good idea to avoid processed sugars, candy and soft drinks. Having said that, natural sugar found in fruits -and to some extent in vegetables- … Continue reading Should I avoid Sugar to get Abs?
Today’s Question: Dear Mark, My congratulation for your blog: the best fitness blog on the web! I would like to ask you the difference between weight lifting and body weight training. Apart the obvious (!) can we compare lifting low weights (without the goal to add mass) with the body weight? I know that the … Continue reading Body Weight vs Weight Circuits: Which is Better?