Omega 3 Sources and Benefits For Health And Optimal Body Composition

As a keen and developing long-distance runner, one of the things I have been experimenting with for the last two months or so has been supplementing my diet with omega-3 fish oil capsules. If you believe the hype, these tablets are a veritable gift from God (or maybe that should be ‘gift from Cod’), boasting a whole array of health benefits. My own reasons for having a go with them were to see how they affect inflammation – in other words, whether fish oil can reduce muscle soreness after long runs – and also to see whether I could achieve extra body fat reduction, as discussed by Matt Fitzgerald in his excellent book ‘Racing Weight’.

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Paleo Q & A: Stressing Over Calories, Tips for Losing Weight and Green Tea

Although I have my own ideas about weight loss and reducing body fat – much of it gleaned from research about other people’s methods – I am always happy to listen to people about their successes in this area. And while I am generally going to be unlikely to become a disciple of any single diet ‘method’ I do believe in the concept of ‘absorbing what is useful’. One of the huge diet crazes at the moment is the Paleolithic Diet – often referred to as simply the Paleo diet. I haven’t researched this thoroughly, although I am probably already using some of its principles. But I’m also doing stuff – and will continue to do so – that is completely against paleo principles.

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Fuel For Running – Six Of The Best Runner’s Snacks

We get bombarded with a huge amount of information about diets and nutrition, both in our everyday lives and also our sporting lives. One of the best ways of keeping body fat low is to develop practices which increase the metabolism. Nutrient timing can be a very important factor, as these days the old-fashioned ‘calories in versus calories out’ paradigm is becoming less credible. The new advice by many sports nutritionists and coaches is to eat more meals per day, each of which of course needs to be smaller than your usual three square meals; and whenever possible, to eat within an hour of physical exercise. But does this give us carte blanche for snacking?

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