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Fitocracy Invites

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Feeling fat and sluggish after Thanksgiving? Motivation lacking?nbsp;Need someone to give you a kick in the pants to get going? Well, look no further, because I got 1000nbsp;iLeangains exclusive/inbsp;Fitocracy invites for you.br /
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What is Fitocracy, some of you might wonder? Fitocracy is a unique and fun way to log and track your training online, “gamer style”. If you’ve been reading my articles, you know that I consider careful logging and tracking of your training absolutely essential for progress (a href=”http://www.leangains.com/2011/09/fuckarounditis.html” target=”_blank”recently discussed here/a). If you can make the process fun and engaging, all the way better. br /
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The Fitocracy community is friendly, passionate and troll-free. From what I’ve seen, the ratio of broscientists to sensible people is very [...]

Original post by Martin Berkhan

How to Eat More Fat

pimg class=”alignright” title=”Lard” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA2010/lard.jpg” alt=”lard” width=”320″ height=”212″ /The leaders of the dietary establishment either keeled over or started arming themselves with pitchforks as I wrote that title. (It’s a good day to enjoy the subversion, I think.) On a serious note, let me unpack this worthy question #8211; one I tend to get often: how does one incorporate more fat into a day’s eating? This common inquiry usually comes from someone new to the Primal way of eating; someone that has just started ditching a title=”Why Grains Are Unhealthy” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-grains-are-unhealthy/”grains/a and a title=”The Definitive Guide to Sugar” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-definitive-guide-to-sugar/”sugars/a and is having a hard time replacing carbs with the a title=”The Definitive Guide to Fats” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fats/”fats/a they#8217;ve always been told to avoid. And replace, at least in part, they must, or experience the inevitable crankiness and hunger (and possible failure) associated with not eating enough food./p
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Original post by Mark Sisson

Uniform Muscle Growth – A sign of Steroid Use?

So you may be thinking “What is ‘uniform muscle growth?” – and to answer your question I would say – Uniform muscle growth is the EXACT opposite of the type of muscle growth you normally see in someone who is weight training.
Contraction dependent muscle growth (also called work induced muscle growth) is “Non-Uniform Muscle growth”. Using new measurement techniques we are finding regional differences in muscle activation along a muscle during exercise – and where this activation occurs seems to be dependent on the exercise of choice.
Meaning weight training can affect different parts of the same muscle in different ways – as an example if you do bicep curls you don’t stimulate growth equally along your entire bicep..some parts get ‘hit’ more than others.
From what I have found the difference seems to be along the ‘length’ of the muscle – so sometimes the effect is more ‘proximal’ and sometimes [...]

Original post by Brad Pilon

Flatulence: Foes and Fixes

pimg class=”alignright” title=”Whoopee Cushion” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA2010/whoopee.jpg” alt=”whoopee” width=”320″ height=”240″ /Farting is universally hilarious. Across every culture, every religion, every language, the issuance of gas from a person#8217;s posterior will #8211; once the wrinkled noses have smoothed out #8211; evoke laughter from just about everyone in earshot. I won#8217;t try to explain why it#8217;s so dang funny, especially when we can turn to Louis C.K. for a title=”LOUIS C.K.: WHY FARTS ARE FUNNY” href=”http://warmingglow.uproxx.com/2011/06/louis-c-k-why-farts-are-funny” target=”_blank”his masterful thesis on the matter/a. C.K arrives at three factors: it comes out of your butt, it smells like poop, and it makes a trumpet noise. Taken separately, these things range from gross to inconsequential. After all, plenty of things sound like trumpets. Trumpets, for one. But together, they form a symphony of comedy that#8217;s greater than the constituent parts./p
pBut when they#8217;re issuing out of your body uncontrollably on a regular basis, farts can be a touchy [...]

Original post by Mark Sisson

pimg class=”alignright” title=”Roasted Almonds” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA2010/roastedalmonds.jpg” alt=”roastedalmonds” width=”320″ height=”212″ /I type these words with a title=”Simmered Cranberry Sauce and Spicy Cranberry Relish” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/simmered-cranberry-sauce-and-spicy-cranberry-relish/”cranberry/a stickiness under my fingernails and the faint but unmistakable scent of turkey lingering about my person (I don#8217;t think Buddha, my white lab, has stopped following me around all weekend, sneaking in the odd lick to an elbow still glistening with turkey grease; and, yep, he just got me again). The massive poultry carcass just finished three days of simmering for stock, odd bits of breast meat and yam and solidified gravy popping up on every shelf in the fridge, empty wine bottles holding an Occupy Kitchen Counter. Ah, Thanksgiving, how I love you./p
pA staple of Thanksgiving seems to be fretting over holiday treats, only it#8217;s a little different in the Primal community. Instead of freaking out over the a title=”The Definitive Guide to Saturated Fat” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/saturated-fat-healthy/”saturated [...]

Original post by Mark Sisson

pimg class=”alignright” title=”Cranberry Sauce” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA2010/sauce-1.jpg” alt=”sauce 1″ width=”320″ height=”212″ /Behold the cranberry, a beautiful little berry that beckons with its deep red color, petite shape and merry, seasonal presence. It’s hard not to end up with a bag of cranberries in your cart when they’re displayed on every corner of the supermarket. But once you get fresh cranberries home, what the heck do you do with them?/p
pa title=”This Antioxidant Powerhouse Is in Season ” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/health-benefits-of-cranberries/”Cranberries/a are a challenging fruit. On one hand, they’re loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese and are good for urinary tract and gastrointestinal health. On the other hand, the word “tart” is an understatement. But instead of considering this a drawback, think of cranberries as the ultimate palate cleanser. The tangy, tart flavor is a refreshing break when you’re eating heavy holiday food. If you accept cranberries for what they are and [...]

Original post by Worker Bee

I Am Forever Changed

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pIt’s Friday, everyone! And that means another a title=”Success Stories” href=”../../category/success-stories/?submit=view” target=”_self”Primal Blueprint Real Life Story/a from a Mark#8217;s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me a title=”Contact Me!” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-book/share-success-story/” target=”_self”here/a. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!/p
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pimg class=”alignright” title=”Primal Blueprint Real Life Story” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA2009/real_life_stories_stories-1-2.jpg” alt=”real life stories stories 1 2″ width=”320″ height=”240″ /Hello Mark,/p
pMy name is Brian McKenna and I am an inspiration! I am 30 years of age. I live five minutes from Boston, in the town of Saugus, Massachusetts. I am currently 5’9” tall and I weigh 177 pounds!/p
pI would like to thank you for all the work you do and for writing a title=”The Primal Blueprint” href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982207700/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8amp;tag=marsdaiapp07-20amp;linkCode=as2amp;camp=217145amp;creative=399369amp;creativeASIN=0982207700″ target=”_blank”The Primal Blueprint/a, it is the [...]

Original post by Mark Sisson

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Happy Thanksgiving!

pimg class=”alignright” title=”Happy Thanksgiving!” src=”http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/MDA2008/MDA2010/thanksgiving.jpg” alt=”thanksgiving” width=”319″ height=”211″ /I’ll admit I love Thanksgiving. I love the ritual of coming together as a family #8211; often with close friends adding to good company. I enjoy spending the day cooking and sharing food with the most important people in my life. I appreciate the modest but meaningful dimensions of the a title=”The Power of Holiday Tradition” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-power-of-holiday-tradition/”tradition/a #8211; a time fully set aside for enjoying loved ones, for feasting, and for reflecting on the blessings of the year. Thanksgiving in this way offers a quiet, sacrosanct day for truly a title=”Primal Experiment: Intentional Power Outage ” href=”http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-experiment-intentional-power-outage/”unplugging/a and being present in the simple ritual of the day./p
pspan id=”more-25053″/spanOn a recent trip to the bookstore, I stumbled upon and burned a good hour engrossed in Margaret Visser’s a title=”The Gift of Thanks: The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude” href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0151013314/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8amp;tag=marsdaiapp07-20amp;linkCode=as2amp;camp=217145amp;creative=399369amp;creativeASIN=0151013314″ target=”_blank”The Gift of Thanks: [...]

Original post by Mark Sisson

Breakfast Diet Hack

I love diet hacks – simple ways to eat less that kind of make you feel like you are cheating the system.
So here is a really simple diet hack for you that works for breakfast. Now, I’m not going to go into the whole Breakfast vs. No Breakfast argument because, well…it’s silly and a waste of time.
Instead I’d like to suggest the following:
BEFORE you have breakfast, or even start planning your breakfast, have a tall glass of water. Don’t ‘pound it back’ – just drink it at a normal speed.
This will give you time to A) figure out if you are actually hungry and B) Figure out If you actually even want to eat breakfast.
It will also make sure you are not confusing thirst for hunger.
This simple hack can save you hundreds of calories over the day, since the one thing that all the breakfast research DOES agree on [...]

Original post by Brad Pilon

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