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Immunonutrition: Eating to Avoid Illness as an Endurance Athlete

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | September 11, 2017

 Since exercise is supposed to make us healthy and stuff, you’d think endurance athletes, who spend countless hours running, cycling, paddling, swimming, or (insert action verb here)-ing would be the healthiest kids on the bloc

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The No Carbs After 6pm Rule! Now Featuring Science!

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | August 29, 2017

When it comes to nutrition, I tends to side with science—or at least common sense and strong anecdotal evidence. Usually, this serves me well, but sometimes, I end up looking like a dork when cutting-edge clinical research acci

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Let’s slice up the “pizza-a-day” diet!

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | August 17, 2017

While few things are more commendable than a solid food challenge, nothing triggers my horse poop detector like this Mad Lib: “I’m going to eat [popular junk food] for [number over 30] days to prove [accepted nutrition belief]

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Can losing weight really break your metabolism?

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | May 23, 2016

By now, you probably know about the media’s gloomy take on a recent study in the journal Obesity regarding how participants of The Biggest Loser have broken metabolisms. If not, here’s the skinny, so to speak. The Biggest Lose

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Big Sugar and Big Corn Syrup sue each other over who sucks less

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | November 11, 2015

In a battle best likened to Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla, the sugar industry took corn refiners to court last Wednesday, suing for 1.1 billion dollars over a 2011 ad campaign that described high fructose corn syrup as “cor

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New Research Shows Black Coffee Makes You Evil and then Kills You

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | October 19, 2015

I prefer my morning java unadulterated, therefore I’m a Machiavellian psycho with sadistic tendencies. These findings (not pertaining solely to me, for the record) come from new research out of the University of Innsbruck

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Are you under-eating? Well, knock it off!

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | September 22, 2015

NPR ran a segment recently on how many young female athletes tend to undereat, which can result in female athlete triad syndrome: irregular menstruation, low energy, and weak bones.  The piece focuses on the bone thing, which i

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Calorie Calculators? Who needs ’em?

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | September 16, 2015

The other day, I ate dirt while getting fancy on the Honey Badger (translation: I crashed my mountain bike because I was riding like an idiot) and scraped up my knee pretty good. As expected, it bled actual blood instead of petr

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Low fat vs. Low carb vs. Who gives a crap?

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | September 1, 2015

Another ineffectual salvo was issued in the never-ending “my diet is better than your diet” nutritional Nerf battle this month when a study popped up the journal Cell Metabolism comparing low-fat diets with low-carb di

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The benefits of going on the juice

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | July 30, 2015

Astute Nerd Herders may notice that I’m having a major romance with the new Beachbody Performance (BBP) line of supplements, mostly because the nutty professor lookalikes Beachbody’s R&D team allowed me to play lab rat

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