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Greg Nuckols and Eric Trexler from Stronger By Science share evidence, anecdotes, and incoherent ramblings on training, nutrition, science, and life in general.

Weight Loss Plateaus, Tough Love, and Energy Audits

In this week’s episode, Greg shares some incredible Feats of Strength, followed by an in-depth discussion about how to do an “energy audit” to troubleshoot weight loss plateaus. The conversation covers topics including metabolic adaptation, energy compensation, and a long list of factors that may lead us to overestimate energy expenditure or underestimate energy intake. After covering some of the most common physiological (and non-physiological) variables that may contribute to erroneous tracking, blunted energy expenditure, and increased energy intake, the conversation shifts toward practical solutions. Finally, to close out the show, Greg and Eric discuss some unbelievable 40-yard dash times at the 2022 NFL combine.

Fish Oil, Body-Fat Set Points, and Junk Volume

In this week’s episode, Eric presents a Research Review about the effects of fish oil on recovery and body composition, and answers a listener’s question about body-fat set points, settling points, and alternative models to explain weight regulation. In addition, Greg shares a brief research review about sports psychology, and answers listeners’ questions about training at long muscle lengths, micro-workouts, and junk volume. To close out the show, Eric revisits the topic of seed oil scaremongering.

Body Recomposition, Interpreting Different Types of Research

In this week’s episode, Eric presents a Coach’s Corner segment about how to set up a diet for body recomposition. After that, Greg shares a research review about eating french fries, which kicks off an in-depth discussion about how to interpret different types of research, ranging from animal models and epidemiology to randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses. Finally, Greg and Eric discuss a very remarkable Feat of Strength to close out the show.

Energy Compensation, Interference Effect, Underestimating Supplements

In this week’s episode, Eric shares a research review with an updated perspective on the constrained energy expenditure model and compensation for calories burned during exercise. After that, Greg shares a research update on whether or not lifters need to worry about the interference effect when they add some cardio to their weekly routine. Finally, Greg and Eric discuss the possibility that we may be underestimating the effects of some fairly well-known dietary supplements, and share their thoughts on the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl.

Q&A: Protein Overfeeding, Individualizing Training, and Strength Changes During Weight Loss

In this week’s episode, Greg and Eric answer a number of questions from listeners. Topics include protein overfeeding, aches and pains during deloads, ashwagandha supplementation, the impact of weight loss on strength, interval training versus steady state cardio, and the potential value of personalizing/individualizing training programs. To close out the show, Eric shares a couple unbelievable facts about longevity in the animal kingdom.

ATP Supplementation, Goal Alignment, Glycemic Index

In today’s episode, Eric’s Research Review segment takes a deep dive into the research on ATP supplementation, and Greg presents a Coach’s Corner segment that revisits the topic of goal setting with an in-depth discussion about how to set an effective superordinate goal, and how important it is to continuously maintain alignment throughout your entire goal hierarchy.

Goal Setting and Behavior Change

In preparation for the new year (and the resolutions that come with it), today’s episode is all about goal setting and behavior change. Eric and Greg have a long, evidence-based conversation about the research on setting effective goals and successfully changing health behaviors. The discussion yields several evidence-based tips for setting better goals and maximally supporting your ability to achieve them.

Reverse Dieting, Bodybuilding Mortality, and Optimizing Biomechanics

Eric gives some contextualized clarifications about how the concept of “reverse dieting” has, in his opinion, been commonly misapplied. Next, Greg explores mortality rates among untested bodybuilders using a data-driven approach, and Eric provides a quick and practical “Coach’s Corner” segment about proactively managing your sleep and circadian rhythm in the winter months. Finally, Greg and Eric answer some listener questions, and Eric closes out the show by thanking the pharmaceutical industry for giving him a new lease on life.

Partial ROM, Intra-Workout Carbs, MASS Research Roundup

Greg and Eric discuss some of their favorite MASS articles from the past year or so, with topics including p-ratios, plant-based protein, carbs for lifters, effects of diet on testosterone, emerging supplements, partial-ROM training, the interference effect (concurrent training), and muscle damage. Finally, Eric answers some listener questions about soy protein and intra-workout carbohydrate, then closes out the show by recommending some focus-enhancing music to play while you work.

Cooling Gloves, Cardio Considerations, and Protein in Aging

Greg shares a Road to the Stage update, and Eric takes a sharp turn onto the Road to Athens. That’s followed by Feats of Strength, and a Tech Support segment sharing MacroFactor reminders and updates related to the knowledge base, food database expansion, and the new public roadmap. Next, Greg provides an in-depth review of the literature related to cooling gloves and performance, and Eric gives some contextualized clarifications about low-calorie diets, age-related protein considerations, and positive aspects of cardio. Finally, Greg answers some listener questions, and Eric closes out the show by issuing a sobering warning about the grave consequences of Fat Bear Week.

Calorie Restriction, Protein Restriction, App Updates

Today’s episode features a number of protein-themed segments. First, Eric summarizes some recent discussions regarding the consumption of whey protein among vegetarians, along with some information about fascinating innovations in lab-based production of protein sources. After that, Eric reviews the literature linking calorie restriction and protein restriction to health and longevity. Greg then discusses a new Stronger By Science article on reverse Nordic curls, and shares some exciting updates about the MacroFactor diet app. That’s followed by a Q&A segment in which Eric answers questions about discrepancies between MPS research and hypertrophy research, the lowest advisable protein intake that can adequately support gains, and the concept of using alkaline water or other dietary manipulations to influence blood pH. Finally, to close out the show, Greg discusses his quest to perfect high-protein bread.

Refeeds, Diet Breaks, Fructose, and Sodium

In today’s episode, Eric shares a research-heavy update on diet breaks and refeeds, followed by a Tech Support segment in which Greg discusses food databases and some practical tips for easy and efficient food logging. That’s followed by a Q&A segment featuring questions about topics including sleep, sodium, fructose, accuracy of self-reported food intake, managing exercise and nutrition during vacations, and much more.

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