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Diets

Should Athletes Try Low Carb Diets?

Fifty percent of the Standard American Diet’s calories comes carbohydrates, 13 percent from added sugar, 6 percent from sugary drinks, and eighty-seven percent of Americans don’t eat enough vegetables.(1) About 35 percent of

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Muscle Gain

The Real Pros and Cons of Mass Gainers

So you need to build some serious mass. Some serious mass. This time, you’re going all out: you’re finally going to start tracking your calories, you’re getting a dedicated strength and hypertrophy program,

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Diets

7 Micronutrients That Are Important for Athletes

If you’re looking to build muscle, you probably already know you need to eat a lot of calories. There’s a good chance you’ve got your hypertrophy program figured out, if you’ve really done

Diets

The Actual Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet

One of the hottest and diets around and one that’s especially popular among functional fitness athletes, the Paleo diet — sometimes called the Paleolithic or Caveman diet — focuses on nutrient-dense foods and

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