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31 Jul

Calling All 30-Day Primal Health Challenge Participants!

30 Day ChallengeYesterday marked the end of the 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. Don’t fret! You don’t have to fall back in to your old ways. Take a moment to reflect on all that you accomplished (weight lost, resolve strengthened, muscle gained) as well as the difficulties faced (the midnight cravings and peer pressure from co-workers you gave into). At the very least we hope you have learned something about the yourself and the Primal way of life.

If you’d like to share you experience please send in your story by the end of today. We will be publishing all results tomorrow morning.

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30 Jul

The Definitive Guide to the Primal Eating Plan

Food Scale

Do the Math

In my recent Context of Calories post, I explained how the different macronutrients we eat at each meal (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates) have different effects in the body. I suggested that, despite their raw calorie values, it’s far more important to get a lasting intuitive sense of how much of each macronutrient you need and when you need it (or not).

But how do you do that? How do you figure out the proper number of calories – and breakdown of fats, protein and carbs – to accomplish your fitness and health goals? To lose weight? Lose fat? Gain muscle? Maintain status quo? Run marathons?

In fact, most popular daily diets look at overall calories as the main factor in weight loss and weight gain. The age-old conservation of energy Conventional Wisdom says that “a calorie is a calorie.” From there most diet gurus generally prescribe some formulaic one-size-fits-all breakdown of fats, protein and carbs. A classically trained Registered Dietician will tell you that protein should be around 10-15% of calories, carbs should be 60% (and mostly from whole grains) and fat under 30%. This macronutrient breakdown stays the same regardless of how much weight you need to lose or what other goals you might have. Barry Sears has his 40/30/30 “Zone” diet. The USDA bases everything on a choice of between 2,000 and 2,500 calories a day. But, as I said earlier, it’s not that simple. Calories do have context.

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29 Jul

10 Classic DIY Salad Creations

To honor National Salad Week (seriously… ) we’ve devised a list of our top 10 all-time favorite – and Mark’s Daily Apple-approved – salad recipes…

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28 Jul

Should We Allow Drugs in Sports?

Sports DopingDear Mark,

I know you used to be involved in triathlon sports administration. I see so much written about “banned substances” and “cheating” going on in the world of professional sports these days, especially with the Olympics looming. What do you make of all this?

Ray

Ray, my position hasn’t changed on this issue in a long while. Here is a piece I wrote for another website two years ago – before Floyd Landis tested positive for testosterone in the Tour de France.
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27 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 8

Link LoveFitsugar has a plan that will have you doing 100 push-ups in only 6 weeks.

Gearing up for a vacation? Blogger A Hearty Life profiles a study suggesting that a trip isn’t just good for the mind, it actually improves the heart!

Arthur DeVany posts a cute cartoon with a not-so-cute message about our future.

Cranky Fitness issues a call to scientists to please get cracking on a few developments she thinks would revolutionize the way we live.

Diabetes Notes profiles a study suggesting that our nation’s childhood obesity epidemic is going to, within a few years, lead to an epidemic of type 2 diabetes.

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