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Lighter weights just as effective as heavier weights to gain muscle, build strength

New research from McMaster University is challenging traditional workout wisdom, suggesting that lifting lighter weights many times is as efficient as lifting heavy weights for fewer repetitions.  It is the latest in a series of studies that started in 2010, contradicting the decades-old message that the best way to build … Continue reading

Today’s men are not nearly as strong as their dads were

You’re dad might have told you about his younger days when men were men. And he might not be wrong. A new study suggests millennial men may have significantly weaker hands and arms than men the same age did 30 years ago. The study was published in the Journal of … Continue reading

Hormone therapy has no effect on verbal memory after menopause, study suggests

Although millions of American women use hormone therapy, some of its effects are uncertain due to previous mixed results and insufficient research. But a new randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial suggests the therapy does not impact mental skills like verbal memory— a suspected effect that has encouraged and discouraged women from … Continue reading

Sleep loss lowers testosterone in healthy young men

Cutting back on sleep drastically reduces a healthy young man’s testosterone levels, according to a study published in the June 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Eve Van Cauter, PhD, professor in medicine and director of the study, found that men who slept less than … Continue reading

Coconut oil & abdominal fat? (research update)

I’ve run across some VERY interesting studies recently on the relationship between coconut oil (or any type of coconut fat, including coconut milk and cream) and how it can affect your body fat… The findings may surprise you! A 2009 study published in the Journal Lipids consisted of testing the … Continue reading

Debunked: Major Weight Loss & Exercise Myth

If only we weren’t so lazy, obesity wouldn’t be a problem.  That seems to be the assumption behind Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program which aims to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. But as with many government programs, Let’s Move! avoided addressing the real cause of obesity.  … Continue reading

Exercise Lowers Dementia Risk and Could Affect Brain Size

Regular physical activity for older adults could lead to higher brain volumes and help stave off the risk of developing dementia, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California Los Angeles. Researchers used data from the landmark Framingham Heart study which started in 1948 as a … Continue reading

Biking and Erectile Dysfunction: A Real Risk?

Some experts say ED may be an unwelcome side effect of bicycle riding. For men, the health benefits of bicycling may involve a troublesome trade-off. While riding a bicycle burns calories and improves cardiovascular fitness, too many hours on a bicycle saddle can compress the artery and vital nerves leading … Continue reading

Copper is Key in Burning Fat

A new study is further burnishing copper’s reputation as an essential nutrient for human physiology. A research team led by a scientist at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and at UC Berkeley has found that copper plays a key role in metabolizing fat. Long prized … Continue reading

Capsaicinoids Supplementation Reduces Appetite and Body Circumferences in Healthy Men and Women A Placebo Controlled Randomized Double Blind Study

Abstract Background Consumption of capsaicinoids (CAP), the bioactive and pungent principles in red hot pepper, has been shown to increase energy expenditure and may impact overall metabolism. In vivo studies suggest that supplementation of CAP could positively affect risk factors of cardiovascular health. Therefore, the purpose of this study was … Continue reading

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