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Why Everyone Is Talking About the Sirtfood Diet?

The new trending diet lets you eat chocolate and red wine and has celebrity followers like Adele. But is it too good to be true?
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The 4 Laws of Muscle

At a conference in 2012, Luc van Loon was presenting some exciting data from a newly published study. After a heroic research effort that took 2.5 years and 500,000 euros, he and his colleagues had managed to shepherd a large group of frail, elderly subjects through a six-month strength-training program. Those who had taken a daily protein supplement managed to pack on an impressive 2.9 pounds of new muscle. Success! Old people could be strong!
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9 things you should know before taking supplements

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 40% of Americans take some sort of supplement each day. This amounts to what Market Watch refers to as a staggering $37 billion industry between multivitamins, supplements, and protein powders. Despite those numbers, there's a growing amount of research suggesting that supplements are, for the most part, unnecessary.
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The Healthiest Way to Eat Paleo

There have been about a half dozen studies published on Paleo-type diets, starting around 20 years ago. For example, in what sounds like a reality […]
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7 Exercises Personal Trainers Wish You’d Stop Doing

Going to the gym with an exercise plan in mind is the best way to maximize your workout. But because there are so many strength exercises to choose from, things can start to get confusing. You may be familiar with certain exercises, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get the best results from doing them. And, just because you see everyone else in the gym doing a specific exercise doesn’t mean it’s a good one or even safe for that matter. As a disclaimer, most of these exercises are fine if you are a beginner. For those who are in the more intermediate and advanced levels of fitness, the alternatives are what’s recommended.
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13 Complete Protein Sources for Vegetarians and Vegans

Despite what some people may think, there are many ways to get enough protein on a vegan or vegetarian diet. However, not all plant-based proteins are complete proteins, meaning protein sources that contain adequate amounts of all nine essential amino acids.
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