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What is Sunflower Oil?   Sunflower oil is made from the seeds of a sunflower plant.   There is much debate over whether or not sunflower oil is healthy in general, and particularly over whether or not it’s healthy for keto dieters.   However, it is important to keep in mind that not all sunflower oil is considered equal, and the health benefits depend on the type of sunflower oil.   There are four main types of sunflower oil, which vary in their composition of fatty acids: high linoleic, mid...

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MCTs, or medium-chain triglycerides, are a popular supplement for anyone who follows a low-carb or ketogenic diet.   This type of fatty acid usually comes from coconut or palm oil, and seems to have many benefits even for those not following a special diet.   There is a long list of potential benefits from using MCT oil, but a few still need more backing from research. That being said, there are some solid, proven ways that MCT oil can help support your keto or low-carb diet.   Here are the...

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Fasting has a pretty interesting reputation in the health and fitness world.   A huge body of evidence suggests that fasting – limiting your caloric intake for a prolonged period can have numerous benefits including weight loss, improved immune function, improved cognitive function, and even an increased life-space.   And yet, many people don't fast.   Why? Put simply: it feels wrong. Years of fitness mythology and general, but wrong, advice has led to a misconception that if you don't eat fo...

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Whey protein powder – by far one of the most popular supplements out there – tends to be associated with a particular class of exerciser. Specifically, people generally think of big, muscle-bound, bodybuilder-types chugging whey protein shakes several times a day in an effort to bulk up.   Unfortunately, this limited view has meant that plenty of people have missed out on a powerful and underpublicized benefit of whey: weight loss.   How does whey protein powder aid in weight loss? And how ca...

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Whey protein has a ton of health benefits, even though most people immediately associate it with the health and fitness realm.   And, within that application, there's a good reason for its popularity: whey protein has been shown to encourage an overall healthy body composition – meaning it helps to builds lean muscle and reduce fat.   The popular powder, though, has plenty of other uses. For one thing, whey can be extremely useful to diabetics.   How? Is there a particular type of whey protei...

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What is intermittent fasting?   Intermittent fasting has become a popular practice among the health and fitness industries. It is a practice of cycling between phases of fasting and eating.    This diet practice emphasizes when you can eat, rather than what you can eat – contrary to many other diet fads.    The goal of intermittent fasting is not simply to just restrict calories, but rather, to enable the body to focus its energy towards maintenance and recovery instead of towards digestion....

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Cow's milk – and really traditional dairy in general – has been gradually losing quite a bit of popularity over the past several years.   And, while fitness enthusiasts in the past would commonly toss a cup or so of cow's milk into their protein shakes in the past, many are now switching to one of the many milk alternatives that are out there.   Of all of these other options, almond milk is one of the most popular varieties available. But why? How does almond milk compare with cow's milk?    ...

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The idea that you can skip meals and gain muscle mass probably seems a little strange. According to an ever-growing body of research, though, Intermittent Fasting – purposefully skipping meals – could actually do just that: help to encourage muscle growth.   But, how can this be true? After all, won't your body start to devour your muscle for fuel if you go without food for too long?   Exercise, Fasting and Repairs   To fully answer this question, it's important that we talk about the hormona...

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