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Slimming goes better with two large meals a day than with six smaller meals researchers at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague discovered. According to the Czechs, who used plump and fat subjects with type-2 diabetes, losing weight by eating two large meals a day is healthier too.

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The tens of thousands of wonderful readers of this free web magazine are familiar with whey as an easily absorbed protein that promotes muscle recovery and hypertrophy when taken before or after a training session. So it’s good stuff for bodybuilders, whey. But if the Taiwanese animal study that was published this month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise is to be believed, then whey is also good for endurance athletes. But in a very different way from how you probably think.

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Women over 40 can make their skin younger-looking and softer by drinking five cups of green tea a day. Dermatologists at the University of Witten-Herdecke in Germany drew this conclusion from a study in which 60 women aged 40-65 participated. According to the researchers, green tea protects the skin against the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight too.

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If you are subject to continuous stress and are worried that sooner or later you’re likely to succumb to depression or a burnout, maybe you should consider meditation. Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Northwest report in The Permanente Journal that half an hour of meditation a day protects teachers against having a burnout.

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The American sports scientists Steven Devor and Michael Smith are being taken to court. In November 2013 they published a study on the effects of 10 weeks of CrossFit training – and the owner of the gym where the study was done is not happy with it.

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A daily dose of 750 mg phosphatic acid helps strength athletes build up strength and muscle mass faster. Sports scientists at the University of Tampa come to this conclusion in a sponsored study.

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Do you wrap yourself up in sweaters while the rest of the world is still walking around in t-shirts? Then you probably have what traditional Asian healers call ‘a cold constitution’. In this case supplementation with aronia berries might help you, according to researchers at Kyoto Prefectural University in Japan. And, we dare to add, the same aronia berries will make your slimming supplements more effective.

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Obese people who are not prepared to do more exercise or eat more healthily should maybe start taking Ginkgo biloba. It might help keep their overweight from getting completely out of hand and reduce their chances of developing diabetes or other diseases. Brazilian nutritionists at the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo come to this conclusion in an animal study that will soon be published in the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research.

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The plant Artemisia dracunculus contains substances that inhibit muscle breakdown in obese diabetics – and that can aid muscle development, according to animal studies recently published by researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in the US. So might Artemisia dracunculus also be of interest to chemical athletes?

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Bodybuilders gain just as much strength and muscle mass by following a traditional split schedule as they do if they train all muscle groups in one session. American sports scientist Michael Thomas drew this conclusion from the research he did for his doctorate.

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Most bodybuilders train with sets of 6-8 reps using heavy weights, but some dissidents prefer to do sets of 10-14 reps using slightly lighter weights. One disadvantage of a training scheme with longer sets is that it contributes less to strength development, according to many handbooks. Not so, say sports scientists at Bergen University College in Norway.

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CrossFit is a controversial but increasingly popular way of doing fitness, in which certified trainers get their pupils, in groups, to do exercises from weight lifting, athletics and gymnastics as fast and intensively as possible. The speed with which things are done makes CrossFit ideal for all those thousands of people who want to take up some form of exercise, but often don’t get round to it, you’d think. Sports scientists at Kansas State University have come to a different conclusion.

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Burning a couple of hundred kcal extra a day by exercising more is a great way to lose weight. Reducing the amount of carbohydrates in your food is another good way to lose weight. It’s a shame you can’t combine the two – because if you’ve got a low blood sugar level your muscles can’t perform well and you can forget doing exercise. Or not? Nutritionists at the University of South Australia have a different view of the matter.

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Green vegetables such as spinach, curly kale and endive, and superfoods such as spirulina, chlorella and wheat grass all contain chlorophyll. If you consume a couple of grams chlorophyll every day, then losing weight is likely to be a little easier, according to a human study that researchers at the University of Lund published in Appetite. The Swedes gave 53 overweight women aged between 40 and 65 a daily 5 g of chlorophyll-containing thylakoids derived from spinach, and observed that this dramatically reduced their appetite for sweets and crisps.

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Ecdysterone, a steroid-like substance found in spinach, quinoa and bodybuilding supplements, has a stronger anabolic effect than scientists suspected. German biochemists have worked out how ecdysterone makes muscle fibres bigger and stronger – and they think that this natural steroid can help the elderly to maintain muscle strength. And that ecdysterone should perhaps be placed on the doping list.

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Take any bodybuilder from a gym and give him a bottle of capsules containing arachidonic acid. Get him to take 1500 mg a day of this fatty acid and ask him to come back after two months. Fair chance that he’ll have gained 1.5 kg muscle mass.

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