Calorie Shifting – Improvement to Traditional Calorie Restriction?

In our attempts to rid ourselves of excess body fat, I’m sure we’ve all heard of about a million different dietary designs guaranteed to provide the best dieting experience. And, as we all know by now, it is the energy balance that dictates the end result. In other words, if you consume less than you […]

Women and Fat Loss by Lyle McDonald

This is an excerpt from a forthcoming book on fat loss, addressing every topic you can think of, from Lyle McDonald. Please visit for further information on Lyle’s books as well as hundreds of excellent articles.

Women and Fat Loss: An Overview

As a general observation, while men and women show about the same […]

The Evolution of Food or the Regression of Eating?

Food Science. Enough said.

Once upon a time, food was necessary for survival. It was a promise of seeing another day. Food was obtained through basic human skills. You didn’t have to tell a hunter that if he was hungry he needed to hunt. He was hungry and he figured out a way to get […]

Set Points and Why You May Find Yourself “Stuck”

We see it far too often. New Years approaches, and along with it come New Years diet resolutions. Many times the month of January is filled with quick progress, the fat burning off of the dieter’s body at a rapid pace. Then, something happens. It is almost as if the body says “enough is enough” […]

Is Consuming Grains Bad for You?

I recently got into a debate online with a fanatical user who was claiming that consuming grains was the root of all evil and led to increased estrogen levels in men, male pattern baldness, you name it. I try not to get sucked into these childish debates with fanatics since I realize that they often […]

How to Properly Design Your Diet – Part Five

Up to this point, I’ve provided some basic terminology definitions and talked about the overall concepts when constructing your first successful diet. In this post, I will be moving onto determining if your calculated TDEE values match with real world food intake. I’d highly urge you to read parts one, two, three, and four if […]

How to Properly Design Your Diet – Part Four

In the first parts of this series, we went over definitions and the basics on how to find your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure) using the Katch-McArdle formula. Please read the first three parts of this series if you have not done so already.

Let’s start off talking about what type of foods make the […]

How to Properly Design Your Diet – Part Three

In parts one and two, we laid out the foundation for the concepts we’ll be covering in part three. If you haven’t done so I would urge you to read them now.

As you recall, we’ve calculated our TDEE at 2454kCals/day. In theory, this would be the amount of calories we would need to consume […]

How to Properly Design Your Diet – Part Two

In part one, we laid the groundwork and defined some terminology that will be used throughout these posts. If you have not done so already, I’d urge you to read through it to make sure you are up to speed before reading on.

This post is going to focus on the first steps associated with […]

How to Properly Design Your Diet – Part One

Two of the questions I get asked most often are “what should I eat” and “how much should I eat if my goal is (insert goal here)”. This is a very complex topic and one that I have a tough time answering in casual conversation due to the depth in which I want to take […]