A short diversion while I decide what direction I want to take the current series on dieting; I wanted to make folks aware of a product that I suspect readers of this blog may be interested in.
Alan Aragon may be one of the least well known yet smartest guys in the industry, mainly because he sucks royally at marketing himself.
And while he and I certainly disagree on certain things (which is fine), in general we agree about more than we don’t agree about and out disagreements are usually minor in the first place.
More importantly, unlike so many in the field, he doesn’t have his head up his ass, making up random shit to sound cutting edge that has no basis in science or reality. This is probably why he and I get along, we can throw study references at each other until the cows come home and just have a grand old time.
Alan’s second book (trust me, none of you ever saw his first one), despite the silly name Girth Control and possibly one of the single worst chapters I’ve ever read (Chapter 2, a truly turgid look at research methods that even I, as a total nerd about this stuff, nearly didn’t get through) is an excellent resource for methods of changing body composition.
Which brings me in a roundabout way to Alan’s new project. Now, readers of my newsletter and of this blog know that I do regular research reviews, looking at (usually) new studies that pertain to some aspect of nutrition, fat loss, muscle gain, performance, etc. I did them in almost every issue of the newsletter until recently when I moved them to the blog.
Well, Alan has recently launched a monthly research review where he looks at a whole host of new studies in the same vein. As well, he’ll typically dig up an old gem of research in addition to adding some type of his own feature content.
For example, the June issue started with a feature article on the issue of eggs and heart disease.
Then he took a detailed look at the following papers:
Moderate protein intake improves total and regional body composition and insulin sensitivity in overweight adults.
Effects of dietary protein content on IGF-I, testosterone, and body composition during eight days severe energy deficit and arduous physical activity.
Effect of Preexercise Meals With Different Glycemic Indices and Loads on Metabolic Responses and Endurance Running.
High rates of muscle glycogen resynthesis after exhaustive exercise when carbohydrate is co-ingested with caffeine.
Effects of resistance vs. aerobic training combined with an 800 calorie liquid diet on lean body mass and resting metabolic rate.
Before finishing with interviews with natural bodybuilder Layne Norton and uber-hot figure chick Pauline Nordin.
Alan analyzes each article in terms of its strengths, weaknesses and relevance to folks trying to change body composition and only charges $10 per month (each issue is available as a PDF download you receive an email when it’s available). Of course, I’ve got and read them all and can only say good things about them.
If you want to get a taste of the review, Alan has a sample issue for download here.