body composition

A selection of Dr. Lavine's articles on body composition...
Leucine

Leucine

Leucine is unique among amino acids. It's a building block for proteins but it also serves as a hormonal switch to stimulate protein production.
Intermittent fasting — a new path to better health

Intermittent fasting — a new path to better health

It's not only what you eat, it's when you eat. To improve body composition and health, try one of these three variations of intermittent fasting.
How much protein are you getting in your diet? How much do you need?

How much protein are you getting in your diet? How much do you need?

Adequate protein intake is important to maintaining muscle mass as you age. How much do you need? How much are you getting?
Poor sleep – The hidden epidemic

Poor sleep – The hidden epidemic

An epidemic of poor sleep is walloping the nation's health. Here's what you can do about it...
Which exercise builds the most muscle mass the quickest?

Which exercise builds the most muscle mass the quickest?

The benefits of the squat exercise for developing muscle mass and practicing alignment control.
Science reveals simple steps to health – 4 latest examples

Science reveals simple steps to health – 4 latest examples

The health breakthroughs we need don't have to come from a high tech research lab. Four recent scientific articles underscore the value of common sense and public health approaches.
Two best reasons not to eat at night

Two best reasons not to eat at night

You should cut short your day's eating by 8pm or even earlier. Here's why...
Why calorie counts on food labels are wrong

Why calorie counts on food labels are wrong

Because of variations in how foods are grown, processed, and digested, the calorie value of foods printed on food labels can be way off....
Weight loss secrets

Weight loss secrets

It’s been theorized that if everyone who wanted to lose an extra 10-20 pounds actually lost the weight and kept it off, the cumulative disappearance of body mass would destabilize the earth’s orbit and send the planet hurtling off into interstellar space. Actually, that's not true at all. But in this article you can discover a few things that are true about weight loss.
The latest on muscle strength, balance training and brain fitness

The latest on muscle strength, balance training and brain fitness

Key topics from Dr. Lavine's lecture on Muscle Strength, Balance Training and Brain Fitness
Scientists claim: Antibiotics make you fat

Scientists claim: Antibiotics make you fat

Scientists are discovering the many benefits we get from our symbiotic relationship with the bacteria that live in our digestive tract. Now it appears that gut bacteria play a role in regulating appetite and satiety. And that antibiotic use, which wipes out beneficial colonies of bacteria, can contribute to obesity.
Is there a benefit to using protein drinks for weight loss?

Is there a benefit to using protein drinks for weight loss?

Protein powder meal replacement supplements are often recommended as part of a weight-loss plan. Do they work?
What’s the ideal mix of carbs vs. protein for your diet?

What’s the ideal mix of carbs vs. protein for your diet?

Nutritionists try to calculate the optimal dietary ratio of carbohydrates to proteins to maintain healthy blood sugar, provide energy, and stabilize mood. But there's an easier way...
Lose weight, improve back pain control

Lose weight, improve back pain control

The latest research is clear: extra weight puts an extra load on your discs and contributes to back pain.
Build your body’s access to abundant energy

Build your body’s access to abundant energy

When our tissues gradually lose their sensitivity to the effects of the hormone insulin, we're at risk of developing chronic conditions like obesity, arthritis, chronic pain, dementia, or type 2 diabetes. But there are practical steps you can take to restore your cells' sensitivity to insulin.

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