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  1. The whole science of creatine hydrate is that is has one- mono- water molecule -hydrate- attached to it. Almost all of the studies done on creatine are done with creatine monohydrate. When you stop supplementing with it, the water goes away (my friend lost 9 pounds of water weight after a huge bulk). Other creatine supplements like hydrochloride or ethyl Esther don't have this "problem" of water retention
  2. Have you seen the documentary Hungry For Change? In that movie he was more a supplement than an actual key figure. He didn't link any of his websites or movies or anything so he wasn't trying to sell anything there. I'm using most of my information off that
  3. My first question would be why do you want a fat burner? Fat burners are misleading. They don't burn the fat away, they ASSIST in weight loss. What loses weight is a caloric deficit (whether you obtain that by intense workouts or just eating less). I looked up the fat burner you were suggesting and was immediately astounded. There are so many ingredients in it, it's hard to keep track of. It's also very misleading as its under a "Complex" of 709 mg and it doesn't tell you how much of each ingredient is in there- which always alerts me right of the bat not to buy the product or even consume it. You want to know what and how much of it you're taking. Always. If you have proper diet and training, I would suggest two supplements. L-Carnitine and Yohimbe. L-Cartinine is an amino acid which promotes the conversion of fat into energy. It's halfway between the energy that gives you more endurance (like carbohydrates) and a stimulant (like caffeine). So is yohimbe, which comes from the bark of a tree found in West Africa. This supplement also helps in shredding fat, giving you a stimulant boost and even has a lot of anti-oxidants as well. These are two natural fat burners which will help you assist fat AND give you the energy you would want through a pre-workout, except more naturally. But none of these products will help you in losing fat if your diet and training isn't in check. Hope i helped!
  4. Be careful with the soy protein, it's been shown to have negative side effects towards both men in women in hormone levels. Dr. Jim Stoppani, a Nutritionist with a degree in Exercise Science, suggests not to consume more than 25g a day of soy protein WHEN consumed with whey and casein. So, if you start feeling anything different, such as an abnormally sore chest or anything, reduce or stop consuming soy protein
  5. Something that I find interesting is that our bodies can really only synthesize (on average) about 9 grams of creatine (from creatine monohydrate) a day. So, being a man of research and experience, I suggest you try a dosage of 10 grams for a loading phase. People do this anywhere from 1-2 weeks but I wouldn't load for more than two weeks because then you may just be wasting your creatine. The science of creatine is that in our muscle tissues, we have ATP which stands for adenasine tri phosphate. This is the quick-grab energy that our body uses up in about 15 seconds of intense training whether it be sprinting, squatting or bench pressing. In each ATP molecule there are three creatine phosphate molecules attached. When you perform intense exercise, the creatine phosphate molecules explode (probably not the best word) and give off energy. But our bodies only produce so much creatine phosphate each day (the average person synthesis 1g daily- not counting the creatine obtained from beef and other animals products). When supplementing with creatine, whether it be monohydrate, ethyl esther, hydrocloride or any other, we are intaking these supplements in order to help build up the available store of creatine phosphate in our muscle tissues (so that when they "explode" and give off energy, they can be replaced in order to give off more energy again and again). When our bodies are fully saturated (whether you loaded or not), we have reached our maximum capacity (with the certain supplement and brand of creatine) to store creatine phosphate molecules in our muscle tissues. Now, studies have shown (with creatine monohydrate- the most researched supplement) that when you consume creatine in any form over a period of time, your body stops synthesizing creatine phosphate on its own. It's like steroids in the way that because you are generating so much testosterone from the synthetic drug, the testes shrink because they no longer need to produce their own testosterone. However (going back to creatine), even when people have used it for years at a time and then go off it, when the body stops receiving it, it begins to produce creatine phosphate again on its own. I suggest from both experience in research to cycle creatine. It's always a good idea because when the body stops producing something, you begin to rely on it. We all like to be independent people, don't we?!
  6. It all depends on the number of calories you are consuming and the level of intensity you are hiking at. If you are doing LISS, or low intensity, steady state cardio, you will have more a chance of specifically targeting fat because your body won't need energy as quickly as it would if you were doing hill sprints, for example. But either way, the whole hype about losing muscle from too much cardio mainly comes from magazines paid by the supplement companies which try to sell you more supplements to provent this atrophic response to cardio (mainly branch chain amino acid supplements or even HMB). But then again, to a certain extent it is true. But you'd have to be really going at it, having high intensity cardio sessions 5-7 times a week for your muscles to enter a state of atrophy. When you see people that exercise that intensely, you see their frames sometimes as skinny but the truth is that they just have no fat. They burn it off quickly. I would encourage you to hike as much as you want but to make sure that you are getting enough carbohydrates. If you notice yourself losing strength (which would take a few weeks of this cardio for strength to decrease), I would suggest consuming more carbohydrates because if you don't consume enough of them, your body will not use the protein you consume to build and maintain muscle mass but use it for energy. All in all, I would say no, you won't lose your muscles but if you go really intensely, bump up your carbs.
  7. Well actually my current eating plan is not vegan. I'm on this website to try and make the transition to raw foods using a vegan lifestyle (if I do make the change to raw foods). I used to consume 300g of protein a day (typical newbie haha) but then when I learned you don't need as much I slowly made my way down to 180g of protein per day but now I am probably going to be eating 140g a day (almost .8g per pound of body weight) to try and not kill my kidneys. I eat 30% of my calories from healthy fats and the rest in carbs. I've tried intermittent fast and the warrior diet (the four hour window). I loved it in the way that my body wouldn't get tired due to processing food in my stomach so I was much more alert at school but I didn't like the fact that I couldn't eat with my friends or feel like a part of the group. I also didn't like the crash I got after stuffing my face because my body would use so much energy to proceeds 2300-3000 calories in such a short amount of time. I feel more natural eating throughout the day
  8. I watched the video, it was very interesting. There seems to be a medium in which we have not yet discovered between the foods that give us energy and the ones that digest and keep us more full. I'm still trying to find out more information. I may purchase a book by David Wolfe, have you heard of him? He is a raw food expert as well as overall nutritionist. I still don't know what I'll do about a raw food diet but oh well, I have time
  9. Sorry, I did not intend to make it seem that I was undermining your knowledge and experience. By stating how long I've been doing research I merely wanted to suggest that I do have background on the matter and that I'm not completely ignorant. The thing about experience is that you can't experience yourself getting cancer or developing problems with your kidneys, liver or heart from toxins until you actually get it. You don't know your lungs are developing a tumor until you notice yourself have breathing problems. You don't know your heart is suffering until you have your first heart murmur or palpitation. Competitive bodybuilders and athletes out there may not know that their cook food could very well be a cause of their cancer from all the toxins they get from it because their experience has shown that cooked chicken is a good source of protein and helps to add muscle. But in fact, the research shows that your body does recognize half of it and that you're gaining dangerous toxins from consuming it. The comparison between humans and animals when it comes to human feats is a faulty analogy, simply put. We are different organisms with different capacities no matter what we eat, and we will be like that until evolution changes that. It's like saying, in the reverse direction, that we should eat cat food because they can jump five times their height. It just doesn't work. There will always be faulty research. More than half of the research that comes out in modern day society about food is funded by the manufacturing companies that want their researchers to reach a certain conclusion. So because they don't receive a grant from the government, they don't have to be supervised by them and therefore don't have to cover every track of research. They can follow the one they know is going to get them the result they want, even if they know they jumped over things. I looked up everything I could about research Harvard has done on fructose. The statement about not eating fruit is incorrect. The studies done by Harvard were done on high-fructose corn syrup and other ADDED sweeteners, not ones that occur naturally in nature. If you eat an apple, you're not going to have the same chemical reactions in your body as if you consumed a packet of added sugar from fructose.
  10. Humans are genetically engineered to consume raw food. When food is cooked, the structure of food is changed. Dr. Paul Kouchakoff and Dr. Howard Loomis in two seperate studies proved that when you consume raw food, your body releases and creates more white blood cells as if to fight a threat. Our body doesn't recognize cooked food. Also, it was proved by Louis Maillard that cooking food creates milliard molecules which are toxic to the human body. You change the nature of proteins, carbohydrates and fat when they are cooked, making them toxic to us. Carbohydrates especially. In Sweden they even found (and informed the public) that cooked carbohydrates contain high levels of acrylamides which when tested gave genetic mutation and even cancer to rats. Acrylamides are much, much more dangerous than any of the cancer-causing agents found in food. There' s a reason why humans are the only species that cook their food, all other animals and organisms feed naturally- raw. When you cook food at about 115-118 degrees (Fahrenheit), you call off all the enzymes and a lot of the other nutrients in food, especially vitamin c. By the way, I cannot claim to know this completely by heart. Nutrition has been my passion for the past two years of my life and that's why every time I learn more, I want to do more. This is the specific link of only ONE of the many articles and studies that I read to increase my knowledge. http://www.rawglow.com/cookedfood.htm
  11. I am not yet a raw foodist but I am leaning heavily towards becoming one. I am an athlete when it comes to running, playing five sports competitively (basketball, baseball, soccer, golf and ultimate frisbee) as well as a weightlifter I am very into calisthenics. I like to train with weights three or four times a week for about an hour each session and do high intensity cardio a couple times a week and steady paced cardio (like running or swimming long distances) two or three times a week. Eating the right amount of calories to support my body weight was relatively easy but if I become a raw foodist, I am concerned I will lose muscle mass. I am currently 6'0 and weigh 185 pounds (17 years old), I've put on around 15 pounds of lean muscle since I began working out a year and a half ago. If I went on a raw food diet I would really be getting my protein from nuts and seeds as fruits and vegetables don't provide as much but you can only eat so much. They cost a lot and have twice as much fat (which is good fuel) as they do protein but I still can't imagine myself getting more than 35-50g of protein a day. Could I supplement with pea, rice or hemp protein? I don't know if those powders are actually considered raw anymore. Also do those have toxic chemicals in them? I want to detoxify my body as well. If anyone has any advice for me, the newbie, it would be greatly appreciated.
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