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The Nerd Blog

Is working out for weight loss a waste of time?

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | November 13, 2014

The New York Times took a swipe at exercise yesterday, claiming that it “may not” be effective in weight loss. The accusation, featured in the paper’s Well blog, stems from a recent study in The Journal of Str

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New GMO Potatoes Use Science to Make Junk Food “Safe”

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | November 11, 2014

Usually, I save my bile for ranting here on The Nerd, but today I decided to throw down a little over at the Beachboy Blog. Here’s the skinny: In what appears to be part of the government’s continued effort to make potato

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Study confirms Americans eat crap, yet probably have a hard time taking one

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | October 30, 2014

Americans consume too many calories. We all know that. But a new study out of the University of Illinois shows that our diets may also be dreadfully low in several key nutrients. In other words, we got quantity down, but quality?

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Do Crash Diets Get The Green Light?

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | October 17, 2014

If you’re willing to swallow a new study from Down Under, it looks like “crash diet” is no longer a dirty word. (Technically, it’s two words, but you get my point.) Researchers at the University of Melbour

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Artificial Sweetener Smackdown

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | September 26, 2014

Although I’m a man of science—or at least a sciency man-child—my dislike of artificial sweeteners has always defied logic. Sure, the government considers them “Generally Recognized as Safe”, but as saccharin’s

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The Lowdown on Diet and Depression

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | September 17, 2014

Let’s face it. Depression can be a bummer. Sure, it can lead to great works of literature, art, or comedy, but I’d bet my hat that if Ernest Hemingway, Vincent van Gogh, or Robin Williams–who all took their own

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Getting wishy washy about breakfast!

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | September 8, 2014

Ever since civilization entered beta testing, we’ve been pondering certain fitness and nutrition questions. If I drink just a little more of this fermented fruit juice, what could possibly go wrong? Does this animal skin/to

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I’m, like, totally powerful now

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | August 29, 2014

Hey everyone! I got a promotion! Going forward, you may call me Beachbody “Director of Nutrition Content”, “sir”, or just “jive turkey.” My new role at Beachbody is basically the same as my ol

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Batman don’t get no cancer

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | August 11, 2014

Long time Nerd Herders out there are probably well aware of Steve Edwards, my mentor and long-time collaborator. More than anyone else, he’s the person who opened my eyes to the importance of helping others look after themse

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Study: Tetris reduces food cravings. But does it work with Candy Crush?

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | July 30, 2014

Next time you’re hankering for a hunk of cheese, reach for your joystick instead. A recent study in the journal Appetite instructed people to play a game of Tetris every time they had a craving. The study was set up so tha

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