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How Does Our Energy Expenditure Break Down?

Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)

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Endurance athletes who ‘go against the grain’ become incredible fat-burners

Elite performance on a diet with minimal carbs represents a paradigm shift in sports nutrition Elite endurance athletes who eat very few carbohydrates burned more than twice as much fat as high-carb athletes during maximum exertion and prolonged exercise in a new study — the highest fat-burning

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Brown Fat vs. White Fat

Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT)   Brown fat —also called brown adipose tissue (BAT)— is one of two primary types of fat in our body, the other being the familiar “white” or “yellow” fat we pile on when we gain weight. Brown fat is turned on by cold temperatures, exercise, and some

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Challenges of Ketosis

What are the challenges of ketosis?   While the benefits of the ketogenic diet outweigh the downsides, there are a few challenges which need our attention:   During the first few weeks of the ketogenic diet, our body will go through the “metabolic shift.”   While going

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How Do Ketone Testing Strips Work?

Ketones and ketosis are no mysteries thanks to ketone testing strips.   They are called KetoStix (the first brand name), Urine Test Strips, Reagent Strips, Ketone Testing Strips, or Lipolysis Test Strips.   Quick look at ketosis and ketones During ketogenic diet program, glucose is by design in short supply; in this state the

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Thermogenesis

What is Thermogenesis?   Also known as the thermic effect of food, dietary thermogenesis (DIT: diet-induced thermogenesis) is the process of energy production in the body caused directly by the metabolizing of consumed food (thermē is Greek for heat and genesis for creation). Our diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT) rate is

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Digestion of Protein

Digestion of Protein   As food containing protein enters our mouth, mucus is secreted to bind the particles together.  As the food then travels down the esophagus -the alimentary canal that connects the throat to the stomach– more mucus is secreted by the wall of the esophagus. The

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Digestion of Lipids (Fats)

Digestion of Lipids (Fats)   The food containing fats essentially follow the same pathway as carbohydrate foods. As fat containing food travels through the digestive tract, its digestion takes place in different locations, with chemical digestion primarily beginning in the stomach.. Step by step fat metabolism >> Read

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The Key to Thermogenesis

Why is thermogenesis important for weight loss?   Thermogenesis plays an important role in regulating body weight.   Our weight depends on two key factors: food taken in, and energy put out. In the energy side of that equation, thermogenesis is one of the three main components,

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Body Composition

Body Composition   Body composition is one of the determinant factors in one’s energy needs. Body Mass Index (BMI) is useful for analyzing populations but not so great for analyzing individuals. Individuals who are looking to get fitter, shouldn’t pay attention to the Body Mass Index (BMI) but

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