PricePlow presents Does Weight Lifting Make You Stupid

Does Weight Lifting Make You Stupid
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Naudi Aguilar, founder of Functional Patterns, recently made a video essentially stating bodybuilding, hypertrophy training, and “traditional” forms of weightlifting make you stupid. On top of that, he contends that having increased amounts of muscle in correlated with a severe lack of intelligence!

Well…does weightlifting actually make you stupid?

CJ’s back with another edition of Fact or Fiction!

References:

2012 Study – Resistance Training Promotes Cognitive and Functional Brain Activity
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3514552/

2010 Meta-Analysis, Resistance Training Improves Mental Health
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1559827610368771

An Overview Of 2010 Meta-Analysis On Resistance Training and Mental Health
https://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20folder/RTandMentalHealth.html

Effects Of Resistance Exercise On Cognitive Function – Human Kinetic 2012
http://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/pdf/10.1123/japa.20.4.497

Systematic Review Of Functional Training
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/51879574_Effect_of_Resistance-Exercise_Training_on_Cognitive_Function_in_Healthy_Older_Adults_A_Review

Functional VS Strength Training 2013
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3578432/

Functional Training Revisted
https://www.nsca.com/uploadedFiles/NSCA/Resources/PDF/Education/Articles/NSCA_Classics_PDFs/PT_Functional_Training_Revisited.pdf

Functional Training As Compared To Resistance Training In Older Adults
http://commons.pacificu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1010&context=ptcats

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PricePlow presents iForce SwoleMate Review

iForce SwoleMate Review
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Ready for a SwoleMate?!

Mike and Robert review the brand new intra workout from iForce Nutrition SwoleMate. The guys taste test all three flavors with the winner being Snowcone.

Overall the profile is solid, but there could be some tweaking to the flavoring in general.

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PricePlow presents Caffeine, Coffee and Living Longer Final

Caffeine, Coffee and Living Longer Final
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There’s a lot of myths in regards to drinking coffee and caffeine, particularly in regards to its effects on your health and life span.

So, how can coffee and caffeine affect your life?

Find out in today’s chat with CJ.

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PricePlow presents Sparta Nutrition HydraShred Review

Sparta Nutrition HydraShred Review
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Mike & Robert are back with another review from Sparta Nutrition. This time the guys discuss the new powedered fat burner from Sparta Nutrition — HydraShred.

Flavoring is phenomenal, and the energy from this product is top notch. HydraShred is definitely in the running for best-tasting fat burner on the market!

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PricePlow presents Genetics, Evolution, and Not Dying on the Keto Diet

Genetics, Evolution, and Not Dying on the Keto Diet
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After his MCT Oil ketogenesis experiment, Mike rants about the keto diet and our wonderful ability to adapt to all kinds of situations and not die thanks to evolution via natural selection.

Three major points:
1. The healthy human body is able to adapt to various circumstances, and your body just might be more efficient at handling one kind of circumstance/process than another due to your genetics.

EXAMPLE: If you are a vegan, you need proper gene encoding for delta-5 desaturase and delta-6 desaturase enzymes or else you’re not going to convert ALA to DHA very well and MUST find a way to directly supplement DHA or you’ll suffer badly. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20045144, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3877907/)

So just like certain genetic switches are especially bad for vegans, I’m arguing the same kind of switches probably exist for ketogenesis, gluconeogenesis, krebs activity, and more.

2. If you’ve been struggling with diet all your life and something has simply felt “wrong”, maybe it’s time to stop reading the propaganda (and that’s exactly what it is — stay tuned for next rant) and start trying COMPLETELY different things. And a keto diet may be one such thing.

3. Research studies on specific dietary controls are starting to seem relatively vague and somewhat useless on a personal level if these studies are not large and do not cross-reference their results with the genetics of the participants. With enough data, you could eventually figure out that “XYZ Gene means you should not use the keto diet” but unfortunately we don’t have that data available to us.

EXAMPLES of genes that may affect outcomes for keto dieters:

1. PPAR-alpha activity is needed for ketosis, so if yours is downregulated, there could be trouble: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17550778/

2. Cholesterol may go very high when consuming a high saturated fat for people with ApoE3 and ApoE4 genotypes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4757735/ so keto diet’s probably a bad idea for these kinds of people

3. Epileptic patients with SNPs single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP, pronounced snip) in the KCNJ11 (rs8175351, rs5219, rs5215) and BAD (rs34882006, rs2286615) genes did worse on three months with the keto diet than the others.(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4819482/)

This is all good but we need to know more and it’d be great to have a 23andMe “Plugin” for it.

WARNING: Keto Dieters are often selenium deficient (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/27873289/), and selenium-deficient cardiomyopathy has occurred in children (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19027591), so check your multivitamin or supplement Selenium!! This is why Giant Sports added it to Giant Keto. Good for the thyroid too.

See the MCT Oil — Ketone Experiment, where this rant originated:

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PricePlow presents NutraBio 5000 3 New Flavors Review

NutraBio 5000 3 New Flavors Review
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NutraBio recently launched 3 new flavors of its straight-forward, no-nonsense branched-chain amino acid product BCAA 5000. Each scoop delivers 5g (5,000mg) of 2:1:1 BCAAs.

Mike & Robert taste test the three new flavors:

– Lemon Lime
– Kiwi Strawberry
– Pina Colada

See which one emerges as the winner!

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PricePlow presents Giant Keto New Flavors (Peach Mango!) Save the Day (Ketones)

Giant Keto New Flavors (Peach Mango!) Save the Day (Ketones)
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Giant Sports Giant Keto new Peach Mango and Happy Rancher Watermelon Flavors to the rescue!

‘Member that one time I got knocked out of ketosis by BPI Sports Keto Aminos for the third (and last) time?
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyKr88ZXmIs)

Well I used this as a good chance to get myself some energy and test out the new Giant Keto flavors sent to me.

* Peach Mango — This is 100% ready for production, and is already headed to the stores!!

* Watermelon — This is better than the raspberry lemonade, but isn’t my favorite. Still could use some work if they could sweeten it any more.

But more importantly were the effects on my blood levels!

BEFORE:
– Blood Sugar: 111
– Ketones: 0.4 😦

AFTER:
– Blood Sugar: 103
– Ketones: 1.3!

This is the highest blood ketone jump I’ve ever had a serving of BHB supplements or even fat.

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PricePlow presents Caffeine, Dyhdration, and Kidney Stones

Caffeine, Dyhdration, and Kidney Stones
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One of the most common warnings against caffeine use (and coffee consumption) is that it causes dehydration and possibly kidney stones, but is that really true?

Or, is this just another myth permeating throughout the fitness and nutrition industry?

CJ goes over the research and gives you the straight deal on caffeine and dehydration.

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PricePlow presents BPI Keto Aminos Review: KETOSIS KILLER for Mike

BPI Keto Aminos Review: KETOSIS KILLER for Mike
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BPI Keto Aminos taste great, but FAIL THE TEST for Mike. Three times they brought ketone levels down and technically OUT of ketosis, while also elevating blood glucose levels each time.

Two of these tests were fasted at my desk, the other was during fasted cardio:

Day 1:
– Fasted Blood Sugar Pre: 102
– Ketones Pre: 0.5

– Blood Sugar 45 minutes post (no training or eating): 130
– Ketones Post: 0.4

Day 2 (next day):
– Fasted Blood Sugar Pre: 87
– Ketones Pre: 0.5

– Blood Sugar 45 minutes post (no training or eating): 99
– Ketones Post: 0.3(!!)

Day 3 (about 10 days later):
– Fasted Blood Sugar: 80
– Ketones Pre: 0.7

Post-Cardio (40 minutes elliptical, ~625 calories burned):
– Blood Sugar: 111
– Ketones Post: 0.4

PRICEPLOW DISAPPROVED.

DISCLAIMERS:
1. BPI makes no claims about ketone levels. But they do mention that the product can help you get keto adapted (see https://archive.fo/IQoEb#selection-3149.0-3158.0 and
https://web.archive.org/web/20170713034459/https://bpisports.com/blog/beat-keto-flu-with-keto-aminos/)

2. I reached out to BPI and talked to a high-level sales manager, but was never put in touch with R&D. Maybe they have other ideas.

3. Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean the same will happen to you. Maybe I’m not keto-adapted enough, or maybe I have some crazy gene that upregulates the enzyme involved in converting glycine or alanine to glucose. Who knows.

PREVIOUS VIDEOS SHOWING BHB AND MCT WORKING:
1. Giant Keto success: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXQIwckZ5ak
2. MCT Oil success: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=burpSCixENc

SO WHAT HAPPENED?
It’s gotta be the glucogenic amino acids. Look at the label and note all of the glycine and alanine and other aminos, and then cross-reference with this list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucogenic_amino_acid

In addition to those and the glutamine, L-Citrulline is glucogenic too![https://goo.gl/L61fCP]

These amino acids get converted to glucose via gluceoneogenesis, and I believe there are simply TOO many of them for the average keto dieter.

Finally, some information on those extra ingredients:
http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20150106/laxative-ingredient-investigated
https://prezi.com/lxhoo17hfk9c/polyethylene-glycol-and-its-use-in-body-armor/

We kindly call on BPI Sports to reformulate this product without their “oligopeptide bond” glycine/alanine stuff and to use more leucine and actual BCAAs, as well as a dash more MCT Oil and way more BHB.

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PricePlow presents Sparta Nutrition Kraken Rainbow Candy Review

Sparta Nutrition Kraken Rainbow Candy Review
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Mike and Robert release the KRAKEN yet again!

The guys taste-test the newest flavor of Sparta Nutrition’s high energy DMHA-based pre workout Kraken — Rainbow Candy. Flavoring is on point and tastes like a mouth full of skittles, minus the grape one.

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