In episode 26 of The Muscle Engineer Podcast I’m joined by dr. Mike Israetel for a conversation about performance enhancing drugs and various circumstances where their usage may or may not be appropriate.

Topics discussed with time stamps:

4:30 Basic overview of what performance enhancing drugs (PED’s) are

9:06 Mike’s thoughts on teenagers taking PED’s within a couple weeks or months of training

22:45 A discussion about trying to impress women by taking PED’s and the type of physique that is appealing to most women

30:24 Mike’s thoughts on people being frustrated with not seeing results after 1-3 years of training because they don’t know how to train and eat properly and taking gear as a “shortcut” to achieve a physique perfectly achievably naturally

44:40 Young “trainers” using PED’s and using their physique as a justification that they know what they are doing and a general discussion about what to look for when you’re looking for a coach

54:07 Impostor syndrome and the value of taking care of your own physique as a coach

58:39 Unethical practices some trainers do

1:00:57 Coaches who work with enhanced posting their results and insinuating that other coaches who don’t produce similar results are doing something wrong

1:09:40 My main take-aways from the episode

The Iron Culture podcast episode Mike was on:

https://youtu.be/sgnLDVlfnzU

If you are interested in being coached by me, email me:

andreiszotak@gmail.com

You can find Mike at:

https://www.facebook.com/michael.israetel

https://www.instagram.com/rpdrmike

https://renaissanceperiodization.com

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In episode 25 of The Muscle Engineer Podcast I’m joined by Adam Tzur of the Sci-Fit website for the first part of many episodes where we will take a deep look at various aspects of a ketogenic diet.

Topics discussed with time stamps:

3:10 Adam’s background, what made him start this series and how the data collection went

11:12 What is ketosis, how it differs how ketoacidosis and how is it typically measured

19:20 What should the macronutrients ratio be in a properly set up ketogenic diet and how does activity levels influence them?

23:21 Does a high protein diet “kick people out” of ketosis?

29:50 Missing the forest for the trees when following a ketogenic diet (eating “empty calorie” high fat foods, chasing ketone levels etc)

35:07 The most common conflicts of interest when it comes to studies examining ketogenic diets and supplements

50:00 How to determine if a study is actually trustworthy or if it’s been influenced by bias?

Resources mentioned:

https://sci-fit.net/carbs-protein-ketosis-research/

https://sci-fit.net/investigation-keto-scientists-companies/

https://www.lowcarbconversations.com/?p=4154

http://www.closenutrition.com/?p=670

You can find Adam at:

https://sci-fit.net/

 https://www.facebook.com/TheSCIFIT/

If you want to apply for online coaching, email me:

andreiszotak@gmail.com

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Episode 19 of The Muscle Engineer Podcast is a roundtable discussion dissecting the topic of deloading, which was originally released as episode 99 of Abel Csabai’s Sustainable Self Development podcast.

In this episode Abel, Vincent Sparagna and myself pretty much beat to death deloading in an episode that’s – in my obviously biased opinion – the most in-depth yet practical discussion on the matter.

Topics addressed with time stamps:

5:24 – What is deloading and what’s the purpose behind it?

9:54 –  Are deloads necessary or could you get away with not taking them?

12:20 – Is there a need to pre-schedule deloads?

20:36 – “Reactive” deloads; pros and cons

36:00 – The psychological impact of deloads

44:28 – Building up volume over the weeks up to your MRV, overreaching and then deloading

53:38 – Issues with purposeful overreaching and hitting your MRV

1:01:06 – How each of us likes to use deloads in practice

1:13:22 – Cardio during deloads

1:15:53 – How should you manipulate your food intake during a deload?

1:20:30 – The summary of what we discussed and my practical suggestions  / take-aways

If you want to apply for online coaching, email me:

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You can find Ábel at:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzGVKv513I6Zb0u3mLsL_7w

https://soundcloud.com/abelcsabai

https://www.instagram.com/susdvc_abel/

https://www.facebook.com/sustainableselfdevelopment/

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In episode 11 of The Muscle Engineer Podcast I’m joined by Melody Schoenfeld for a science-based, objective analysis of the vegan diet and lifestyle.

Melody Schoenfeld is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Massage Therapist and a personal trainer with over 20 years of experience in the field.

Melody holds a master's degree in health psychology and writes and speaks both nationally and internationally on a wide variety of health and fitness subjects. She has held state and American records in all three lifts in powerlifting (squat, bench press, deadlift), and competes in powerlifting and strongman.   

In addition to these feats, she is a heavy metal musician and a vegan for over 20 years, and the recent author of the book “Pleasure Not Meating You: A Science-Based Approach to the Vegan Lifestyle (And Some Recipes, Too) “.

During our conversation we both express our dislike for the most common “emotional blackmailing” approach vegans take when trying to convince meat eaters to abandon animal foods and offer a better approach, discuss some of the most common misconceptions about vegan diets and adress the most common nutrients vegans can be deficient in, plus much, much more.

Make sure to stick around until the end if you want to hear what were my top 3 take-aways from this episode.

Buy Melody’s book
https://www.amazon.com/Pleasure-Not-Meating-You-Science-Based/dp/151362895X/

You can find Melody at:

https://www.facebook.com/melody.schoenfeld

https://twitter.com/5ftoffury

https://www.instagram.com/5ftoffury1/

https://www.youtube.com/user/5ftoffury1

Get in contact with me:

https://www.instagram.com/szotaktme/

https://www.facebook.com/szotaktme

https://www.facebook.com/szotakandras

 

Topics discussed with time stamps:

1:57 When and how did Melody get involved with fitness

5:48 When did she decide to adopt a meat free diet and does she eat any animal products at all?

9:23 What does she think about trying to convince people of abandoning animal products by the common “emotional blackmailing” approach. And what would be a better approach?

13:52 The difference between vegans, vegetarian etc

16:12 The distinction between “plant based diets” vs “vegan diets”

17:33 What are the ethical, economic, and environmental considerations associated with the vegan diet?

22:42 Does Melody thinks that false claims (such as the ones being made in What the Health, The China Study etc) and false infographics are actively harming the community?

26:17 What are the most common misconceptions about vegan diets and what are some of the primary nutritional concerns to adress in order to be able to follow a vegan diet without nutrient deficiencies?

39:08 What are Melody’s thoughts on meat substitutes (textured vegetable protein, seitan, mycoprotein, soy etc. ) ? Is soy bad due to it’s phytoestrogen content?

42:30 Does she buy food that is grown locally and does she favor organic or conventional farming when purchasing produce and why?

44:25 Melody’s thoughts on lab-grown meat and other non-conventional protein sources, such as insects

47:22 Melody’s final message with regards to this topic

48:18 “Pleasure Not Meating You”, and why Melody decided to write her book

50:36 Melody’s definition of success

52:43 My closing thoughts and key take-aways

Today's guest is Brad Dieter, a trained Exercise Physiologist, Molecular Biologist, and Biostatistician. He has a Masters of Science in Biomechanics and a PhD in Exercise Physiology. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship in translational science at Providence Medical Research Center, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital where he studied how metabolism and inflammation regulate molecular mechanisms disease and is involved in discovering novel therapeutics for diabetic complications.

In addition to his lab and biostatistics work, Dr. Dieter is the Chief Scientific Officer at Eat to Perform and is passionate about scientific outreach and educating the public through his role on Scientific Advisory Boards and regular articles on health, nutrition, and supplementation on his website, ScienceDrivenNutrition.com.

During our conversation we dive into fructose biochemistry and metabolism, it’s potential roles in performance nutrition and it’s highly controversial relationship to the onset of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

If you’re interested in knowing whether fructose will give you fatty liver, what role fructose plays in glycogen repletion or if you should eliminate fruits for your diet, then you have to listen to this episode.

The Trommelen et al paper we mentioned
http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/2/167

You can find Brad at:

http://sciencedrivennutrition.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sciencedrivennutrition/

https://twitter.com/brad_dieter_sdn

http://www.eattoperform.com/

Get in contact with me:

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In this episode I'm joined by Nicolas Verhoeven to discuss inflammation.

Nicolas is currently finishing up his Masters in Exercise Physiology, with his thesis focusing on muscle atrophy, as it relates to sarcopenia and cachexia.

He runs a YouTube channel called Physionic and a blog with the same name, on which he shares evidence based information about a variety of topics related to physiology, nutrition and general health.

During our conversation we tackle the controversial topic of inflammation, and it’s implications for muscle growth and health. If you’re interested in knowing what is inflammation, what are the potential causes of it and what you can do to reduce it, then this episode is for you.

You can find Nic at:

https://www.facebook.com/PhysionicYouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj3p_1jOCJXB_L_we-DjLbA

https://www.instagram.com/physionic_youtube/?hl=en

https://www.physionic.org/

 

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In this episode I'm joined by Alex Leaf for a very in-depth, yet practical discussion on glycine.

Alex has a Master’s degree in Nutrition and currently works for Exam​ine.com, the number 1 resource for independent and unbiased supplement reviews and nutrition information. ​

In this episode we go deep into the biochemistry of glycine metabolism and utilization and it’s potential roles for improving longevity, blood sugar managment and cognitive function, among others, but we also give practical suggestions that you can implement right away.

You can find Alex at:

https://www.leaf-nutrition.com/

https://www.facebook.com/aleaf45

http://examine.com/

 

Get in contact with me:

https://www.instagram.com/szotaktme/

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Today I’m joined by Joshua Verduzco, a certified personal trainer who has an MSc degree in Human Sciences with a major in Human Nutrition and is a registered dietitian who works at Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, as a clinical dietitician.

We discuss his educational background, how he ended up becoming an RD, the steps towards becoming an RD, the rotations that were part of his internship and much more. If you’re interested in what it takes to be a registered dietitian or maybe you want to become one yourself, then this episode is for you. 

Check out Joshua at:

https://www.facebook.com/joshua.verduzco

https://www.instagram.com/joshuaverduzco/

Get in contact with me:

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Danny has a formal scientific background in academia, completing a master’s degree (MSc.) in Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork. During this time Danny researched vitamin D, directly under the world-renowned researcher Professor Kevin Cashman.

In addition to that research, Danny took classes in biochemistry, clinical nutrition, micronutrient interactions and physiology. Previous to this Danny also completed a BSc. Degree in biology and physics education and spent a year teaching these subjects.

As well as producing media content, Danny also works as a performance nutritionist to professional MMA fighters, professional boxers and competitive powerlifters. He has consulted several teams in a number of sports. He also has an online coaching service that helps a wide array of clients with nutrition related issues.

Outside of the nutrition world, Danny is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt, raw powerlifter and a life-long Arsenal fan. In this episode, we go into a wide array of topics related to effective science communication, how to be a better communicator, how to detect BS and the proper way of engaging people with opposite views.

Danny’s social media accounts:
Website:

http://sigmanutrition.com/

https://www.instagram.com/dannylennon_sigmanutrition/

https://www.facebook.com/sigmanutritionandperformance/

Get in contact with me:

https://www.facebook.com/szotaktme/

https://www.facebook.com/szotakandras

https://www.instagram.com/szotaktme/

 

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