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  1. 1 hour ago, Leo Gura said:

    Very dubious statement.

    I would rather eat real sugar than aspartame. That's what I do.

    Some sugar is okay. It's not toxic like the artificial stuff.

    What is the aspect of this stuff that you are most worried about? When you say "toxic" what does it do exactly that makes it toxic? I don't know so I'm genuinely curious. 


    from my perspective the way I look at it if I had a client and had to help him make a decision:

    For some people sugar sweetened drinks can be tipping point towards becoming obese and pre-diabetic and if you take that sugar away, you actually do see reduction in body weight, improvement of blood sugar and even fewer cardiovascular incidents. This is because people who consume this, consume up to 6 sugar sweetened beverages per day, 7 days a week. For them dietary adjustments are difficult and so if you can give them drinks that taste the same but have fewer calories, you get win win. 

    we are talking about most people in the population who do not have control over their cravings, their diet and have a poor lifestyle (not the OP). For these people going away from as much sugar as possible is going to be benefit pretty much unanimously. 

    With artificial sweeteners the only possible concern I know off is some mild microbiome changes only shown in one or two small studies. So the cost of that versus fewer people becoming prediabetic and having kidney damage, atherosclerotic deposit and eye damage e from uncontrolled hyperglycemia is a trade off worth doing every single time. 

    You assume people drink this stuff sometimes. They don't. Everyone in my office who drinks coke, drinks 5 cans a day. It is an addiction. For those who have 1 redbull a week, I couldn't care less what redbull it is. Makes no difference

    Maybe you know something I don't. Open to persuasion. 

  2. Because you don't understand the role nutrition plays in human biology beyond energy and protein muscle synthesis. That's okay, most people don't unless they've spent years studying this stuff. It is not the most intuitive thing, and I agree with you, authorities have done poor role in communicating this. 

    it all depends on your goals:

    • If your focus is muscle & energy right now and you don't care about health preservation,, you don't need them.
    • If your focus is longevity, peak health and delaying chronic disease and being around long enough, you ABSOLUTELY need them. 

    Each time you eat any vegetable, it's like you take in a cocktail of thousands of phytochemicals wrapped in oligosaccharides with all sorts of possible effects on a variety of systems, receptors and secondary messenger molecules. . We could go into mechanisms but that wouldn't interest anybody so let's just say if you care about avoiding 3 most common cancers men below 50 get in UK, you NEED TO eat vegetables on daily basis.

    The trick is to find an easy way to include them, so you actually crave more rather than less. Raw veggies as a side salad is IMO boring and tastes like paper. My personal preference is batch cooking - mostly Indian, Chinese and Mexican style of cooking, this is where veggies & spices actually make up the majority of the taste & texture.

    Get a nice cookbook and with some creativity, you can turn veggies into your favourite foods. Once you've had your first curry pumpkin coconut soup with garlic, onions and carrots you'll realise how much have you been missing out on with meat & carb diet. 

  3. Any artificial sweetener that takes you away from sugar is beneficial. Plenty of observational data to confirm that. 

    Ideally, you want to get to not needing to sweeten your liquids, but as a transition from sugar to sugar-like (anything) is great. Whatever sweetener gets you there is the one you should choose. 

    It's like smoking -> vaping -> no longer smoking transition. The end goal is not needing anything but it might take some time to get there. 


  4. Hmmm, maybe. Who knows. 

    In his video he discusses a lot of science which is based off the links in his first comment. 


    • most of those studies are in vitro & in-vivo filled with speculative pathways. This is quite common for anyone trying to sell you a cool new gimmick. But guess what, going from in vitro to human models about 94% of mechanistic pathways DO NOT translate to human outcomes. End of story. Most of this stuff dies with petri dish and lab rat studies 
    • there is one pilot human trial and one randomized trial on 8 humans showing some markers going up and down which they conveniently translate into "improves mitochondrial dysfunction" which isn't even a real diagnosis. It is certainly interesting but this is what these people do.,.they operate on the sides where the certainty of the evidence is low and they will try to sell you on cool pathways and "the real truth bro" where in reality all you're looking at are some petri dish chemical reactions. 
    • no to mention that video is riddled with backlinks to expensive machines, and other backlinks to his other videos with more mechanistic speculation. 

    Some of those studies he links go as back as 2005. If this thing had such a profound impact , you would see clinical trial after trial on real humans documenting it all. Mostl likely it has been abandoned by academia because it just has little clinical usage and is just another one of those things out there....

    Also, what he doesn't tell you, besides drinking H2 water he probably completely turned his life upside down during his healing journey. But that is conveniently left aside because it would obviously present an ethical confounding. 

    It might have some usefulness but probably not to a degree that others things would, but those wouldn't be exciting to talk about such as weight lifting, diet, stress mitigation and sleep because let's face - we all already know about that. 

  5. 4 hours ago, Javfly33 said:

    I ask them if they did third party analysis and they do not reply to that...

    Haha of course not, because they don't. Nobody does unless there was a fearmongering on a market such as those protein powders couple years ago. We may see new brands coming to the market advertising themselves as "lead-free & cadmium-free" rather than "organic" or fair trade. 

    Good effort tho, they need to see that members of the public are interested and concerned. They also know the power of social media and the amount of shitstorms a single viral video can create such as cutting their quarterly revenue by 30%

  6. European water can be high in chloride, this is definitely the case in Eastern Europe.

    In UK for example the old Victorian houses used copper piping so you might be getting some of that too. 

    You can also tell a lot by the state of your boiling kettle and whether sediment regularly deposits at the bottom, if so I would consider filtering although a lot of people don't. I don't know whether this is linked to a higher risk of kidney stones or not. Maybe but IMO it is not worth the risk. 

    The only countries where you absolutely MUST RO are those that have bacteria in water like Thailand or Cambodia. Or buy a water that's already RO'd. 

    But in other countries, if you can afford it and it is not too much of a hassle and you don't mind a bit of noise, then go for it. It is a safe precaution

    Having said that 2 years ago I had the most vicious water poisoning of my life in an old UK hotel so since then I filter my own and outdoor including abroad buy plastic bottles (lesser evil)

  7. On 24/01/2023 at 5:10 PM, Mormegil said:

    i usually skip breakfast

    there is your first thing to fix & bring back ^ 

    On 24/01/2023 at 5:10 PM, Mormegil said:

    and have a cup of coffee or two instead

    you skip energy intake and blast your adrenals with double barrel caffeine bomb so that you can trick your body thinking it has energy where in fact it has none and is running on adrenaline. This is a common strategy in IF world and IMO one that gets you into an area of chronic fatigue syndrome. Bring the food back, reduce the caffeine and you will fix your problems in a week. 

    On 24/01/2023 at 5:10 PM, Mormegil said:

    Lunch is usually something like rice or pasta with some protein like chicken, sausages or eggs

    more fibre, more variety, more flexibility, more plants. Step away from the chicken and rice diet, get yourself a plant based cookbook and enter the world of another universe :D Seriously you don't know what you're missing and your energy will come back once you put some more low GL carbs and more fibre in the mix. 

    On 24/01/2023 at 5:10 PM, Mormegil said:

    somedays i will have oatmeal as a third meal with peanutbutter and fruits

    this is good. move this meal to the beginning of the day. Add some nuts to the mix and even an egg on the side if you fancy 


  8. On 22/01/2023 at 11:20 AM, mmKay said:

    Damm i own a small camper van and I had planned to install a small gas stove inside. Didn't think about this one. How do you think i could minimize the harm?

    keep your windows open when you cook. That's what I do in our house. And keep the vent on too if you got one. Otherwise there is only so much you can do. I try to cook in my pressure cooker most of the time, saving both gas bills and hydrocarbon inhalation.

    On 22/01/2023 at 11:20 AM, mmKay said:

    Maybe different fuels are less harmful? Propane, LPG, alcohol. 

     no idea 

    I think this is one of those again where benefits (being able to cook your food and make healthier choices) outweigh the potential cost of inhaling that stuff. Considering human ancestors would cook on fire or around fire, I think, genetically we have become good at detoxifying carbon particles which is maybe why most smokers do not develop lung cancer or why it takes so long.....but that's just my speculation. 

  9. Speak to the girls in the gym, not the guys. The girls have figured out all the hacks of getting the best lower body development. Ever noticed those 60kg girls deadlifting 90 kilos and squating 80? That's the people you need to ask these questions, not guys who barely squat their own bodyweight. 

    From my experience if you ask girls for advice rather than guys they will absolutely love to share their secrets with you as you asking them is a sort of a major compliment. 

  10. You may need a paid platform if you want your blogs to be published, but prices for creating your own website that includes blogs are not that steep. I'm sure you could find free platforms but in my opinion the moment you start blogging you are also branding yourself and creating a sort of a marketing image of yourself, your ideas etc. So it may be better to have your own website and have a blog to be part of that rather than it being hosted somewhere randomly among free blogs by a hundred thousand other people. 

    I have a blog on my web and have published a few posts over the last 2 years on a variety of health topics. My website is hosted by Wix but there is plenty of other options available. 

    When it comes to, how to write a good blog, I'm not an expert. My blogs tend to be technical and I'll often get pulled down a variety of rabbit holes that may not be relevant for my audience. 

    I think the major question is: who are you writing for? If your audience is non-academic the standards of the blog would be different to academic audience. Using font consistency, avoiding dead links, including links to other blogs you already wrote and links to content other people published might rank you higher on SEO (if you care about that sort of stuff). 

    If you are writing for a very small group of people maybe you could just setup a Facebook group and do it there? 


  11. @eos_nyxia this is not something I have looked extensively but to my knowledge dietary sources of manganese are safe. I have not heard of any case reports documenting manganese toxicity from the diet. 

    Isolated manganese supplementation over long time could, maybe, become problematic. Conditionally, for some people. But I've not reviewed any research on this. Usually I don't advise people any form of hyper dosing unless it goes along the lines of medically tested deficiencies. 

    This is a good report published by CDC on the topic. It seems the risk is more industrial and environmental exposure for people who live in proximity to mines, polluted waters etc. https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp151-c2.pdf

  12. 23 hours ago, Someone here said:

    if there is a recent or running list of what is required in the "perfect" diet as far as what we know about nutrition today?

    yah, just look up dietary guidelines in your own country. Usually there are documents that break everything down including portions, types of foods and frequency of eating. What I shared is UK guidelines but they are pretty similar everywhere and considering that most public health policies are results of individual reviews by teams of researchers, it tells you that guidelines diets really are probably the most beneficial for us. 

    23 hours ago, Someone here said:

    but is there one that is accepted by the majority?

    By the scientific majority of people who actually do the research? Sure, see above.

    By the quacks on the internet who talk nonsense and never crack open an actual meta-analysis? Of course not but they will say whatever makes them money or whatever sells. 

    23 hours ago, Someone here said:

    . But I said that I feel hungry on a low calorie diet

    the problem is that you are not eating enough not that your diet is suboptimal. If you are hungry, eat more. Easy as that., 

    23 hours ago, Someone here said:

    The fact that you have to supplement B12, omega 3s, etc. means your diet isn't optimal?

    What does even "optimal" mean? Optimal for what? I don't see a problem with needing to supplement. There are diets that do not require supplementation but are probably (statistically) more harmful than diets that require supplementation. Just because a diet does not have B12, it does not mean it is unhealthy. Take advantage of the modern science and supplement. 

    23 hours ago, Someone here said:

    Also are Humans "natural vegetarians"? as claimed by some people

    humans are natural omnivores. We are well adapted to eating meat but that's one of the reasons why it is causing health issues (antagonistic pleiotrophy) 

  13. By generating attention to your content on social media and google. 

    You can also try to work with places where potential clients hang out already such as gyms, healthy food shops even cosmetic surgery places potentially - e.g. offering free lectures and seminars on diet, metabolic health etc 

    You cannot influence how much you make on monthly basis as a business owner nor can you influence how many people see your content, not even with paid ads anymore. These things are completely out of your control

    What you can influence is what you put out there and what message a prospective client is receiving. 

    Things you can control:

    1. Branding - consistency of fonts, colours, what you say, how you say it, your social media grid etc. All these things need to be consistent across all platforms including the ebook. This goes beyond social. It is all the that your business includes, communicates and stands for

    2. Get to know your audience - their age, their interests, their main concerns, anxieties and limiting beliefs. Don't just target everybody, that's a hard market to capture. Even consider interviewing guys at the age of your client to understand them better. Ask a few guys to complete a questionaire or give you an interview in exchange for a session of free coaching or something like that.

    3. Reels & Social content - it seems like your audience these days is the most likely to find you if you make reels and shot punchy content. 30 second tips that will attract young men to your main channel might be a great strategy, maybe you already do this. (I am yet struggling to start doing this due to own limiting beliefs but if you don't, this might be the way)

    4. Task & calendar management - This is a tricky one but basically you need to setup your calendar in a way thay that you actively block time slots day by day otherwise it is difficult to know what you should be focusing on and you may end up pursuing the stuff that has quick gratification but low strategic value for your biz. This needs to be approached strategically and you should have a weekly 2 hour meeting with yourself where you will ONLY focus on planning your next week, task by task. Allow for plenty of breaks and keep a few "wild slots" that remain open to unexpected entries 

    5. Marketing strategy

    You should have an at least 6-12 months of content planned so that you can focus on more tactical things, research, design etc. So spend a lot of time while you have it before having a lot of clients, on planning your annual strategy for Social media, Instagram grid, social branding etc.

    This is just the surface of the iceberg. These are also major things I am trying to put in place myself this year so I'm not preaching just sharing what a lot of the books seem to have in common when it comes to generating attention

    Good luck

  14. 21 hours ago, Javfly33 said:

    I think it's safe to say that the motto of 'x calories a day' its just one more part of the very limited robotic materialistic scientific view of western culture that has obviously influenced nutrition.

    As with everything else....it depends. 


    General caloric recommendations are a statistical average that changes slightly as people age. 

    For babies, calories equal basic survival. 

    For young children, these targets are essential to prevent delayed growth and avoid poor bone & muscle development. 

    For teenagers, they are essential to ensure that puberty can run smoothly and that there are no delays to sexual maturation. 

    In later life, caloric requirements help people delay early onset of cognitive decline, sarcopenia, osteoporosis and general signs of rapid ageing.  

    obviously, they are also key during pregnancy, lactation and also when planning pregnancy. 

    Patients undergoing various therapies (such as chemo) need to pay extreme attention to their caloric intake as it can protect from cachexia

    In the age of our prime (25-40) - we can get away with variations (I assume this is what you are talking about) - we can tolerate more calories or even less calories for quite some time. In this age deviations from the standard are unlikely to cause problems, unless you go into extremes (major overeating or major undereating). 

    Only past your prime will first symptoms become apparent. 

    All in all, caloric measures are there for a reason. As a young male in your prime years you can defy all of it, certainly but for those in risk groups (e.g. the above) caloric maintenance is quite essential. 


  15. @Someone here hey, thanks for the tag. 

    There are is no simple way to answer this question. 

    23 hours ago, Someone here said:

    as far as science can prove, what is the healthiest diet? carnivore?  Keto? All fruits?Vegetarian? Or something else ?

    Guidelines diet has BY FAR the strongest evidence behind. You could say it  is a variation of Mediterranean diet


    Where chronic disease risk minimisation for general public is concerned, this is it. Nothing else comes even toe-level close to the magnitude of evidence for the above. Ofcourse anecdotally people will benefit on other diets too. Also, you can modify this diet to meet your ethical or environmental needs (e.g. plant based, vegetarian, kosher, adventist etc.) 

    23 hours ago, Someone here said:

    Or can you give to me the right diet for me specifically? I'm trying to lose belly fat

    This is a very different question. The answer to this is, any diet that helps you eat less than you burn. Weight loss can be achieve on keto, carnivore, vegan, paleo, raw...anything. What you need to be concerned with is sustainable weight loss and long term potential health consequences o diets that alongside weight loss cause nutritional deficiencies, wasting and hormonal problems. 

    In addition, certain diets, while helping with weight loss might have adverse health consequences if pursued for too long - such as the acceleration of atherosclerosis, increasing risk of colon cancer, devastating microbiome etc. 

    You always gotta weight out the short term pros (such as quick weight loss) vs long term cons 


  16. I've used Optibac with clients in UK and have had a few nice results especially with constipation (in women), bloating and some IBS symptoms improvement on the side of antimicrobial protocol.

    But ofcourse hard to say if it was solely due to the probiotics as we looked into many other adjustments.

    But i wouldn't say I've ever seen a groundbreaking difference on myself on others. Lot of probiotics are crap and people actually even feel worse on them sometimes 

    If you go for it, buy from specialist companies who focus solely on this and do their own clinical research 

  17. On 19/01/2023 at 0:54 AM, Shane Hanlon said:

    Actually sounds awesome! What is the science behind this?

    no, the evidence on most of this stuff is garbage :D Cross sectional observational studies are the best you get right now. It may take years before we see some good quality research even on things such as mercury in fish. 

    Doesn't mean one shouldn't actively clean up their lifestyle tho. 

  18. We've advanced a long way in understanding the pathophysiology of cellular ageing, but whether we will one day be able actually to reverse it, I hope not. Imagine what that would do with this already messed-up planet. 

    According to Peter Attia's podcast with Allan Sniderman (highly recommended although a bit geeky) all humans have and will have atherosclerosis, it seems this is a side product of having an imperfect circulatory system that allows for subendothelial migration of LDL particles under pressure. So this means that even if you can avoid cancer, dementia, diabetes etc you will eventually die of heart disease. Because of basic wear & tear of the tissue. This is one of the major imperfections of the human body and the only way to address this is some form of futuristic nano tech where nano robots will be able to pull out ApoB particles attached to the proteoglycan structure that causes atherosclerotic build-up. 

    But there is much we can do to modify the risk, the rate of progress and the first onset of disease. Same goes for all 3 other halmarks of chronic disease: cancer, metabolic disease and neurodegenerative disease. We can reduce risk but we cannot ensure full prevention.

    The pursuit of longevity for the sake of longevity is, in my opinion, so backwards. You should of course commit to making the right choices, eating in accordance with the best evidence, exercise, sleep etc etc but the bigger question is "what the hell are you going to do with all that extended life"? 

    Just being passionate and feeling a sense of purpose is, by default, going to extend your lifespan and reduce your risk of disease. 

    Currently, all claims on anti-ageing & ageing reversal is bs. There is no such thing as antiaging. You age each time your heart beats. Life quality improvement and chronic disease risk reduction, on the other hand, is realistic and achievable.