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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
September 4, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber,

 

The construction at Lake Cook Road and Waukegan Road near our office is almost complete! In fact, the roads have been mostly open in every direction since Labor Day weekend. 

 

Congratulations to Marian for winning our Labor Day Raffle. Thanks to all who participated.

 

Have a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Magnesium and Protein Are White Hot.

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Magnesium is the hottest supplement on the Market. Once it appears in Costco's newsletter, you know the mighty mineral has gotten into the minds of Americans. Of course, they mention the glycinate form of magnesium in glowing terms. You can read the Costco piece on magnesium here

 

A new report appearing in the September issue ofFASEB Journal challenges the long-held adage that significant muscle loss is unavoidable when losing body mass through exercise and diet. In the report, scientists show that consuming twice the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein while adhering to a diet and exercise plan prevents the loss of muscle mass and promotes fat loss.

Researchers believe that the RDA for protein should be based on a level to optimize health, as well as prevent deficiencies, and the data demonstrate a potential inadequacy of the current RDA for sparing muscle mass during loss of body mass, which may affect a significant portion of the population.

Subjects were given adequate total calories to maintain constant body weight for the first 10 days to allow their metabolism to adapt to the dietary protein level, and then for the following three weeks, body mass loss was induced by restricting the total calories and increasing daily exercise sufficiently to elicit an average two-pound body mass loss per week. 

 

All meals were prepared and administered by research staff and exercise was highly controlled. Body composition and measurements of muscle protein metabolism were performed at the end of both the stable weight maintenance and body mass loss phases of the study.

 

The study essentially confirms what body builders have shown us for a long time -- a high protein diet helps prevent muscle loss when trying to lose fat. Although eating a well balanced diet is still necessary for health and weight maintenance, upping one's protein intake when dieting might be a useful tool in the short term.

 

Bonnie: I have seen somebody say this about protein before? I just can't think of whom ;)