David Despain

David Despain


Ice Baths Aren't So Hot Anymore

They're painful but also magical, relieving the post-workout soreness that afflicts so many athletes. But do they really aid recovery? Increasingly, the evidence says no.

David Despain
Apr 30, 2015

Mark Our Words: Yerba Mate Is the Next Coffee

The herb offers a caffeine fix similar to that of coffee, plus vitamins and other beneficial plant compounds. But you have to get over the hay-like smell, wood chip taste—and potential health pitfalls.

David Despain
Mar 31, 2015

Sorry, Probiotics Are Way Overhyped

Microbes are now being hawked to athletes to prevent sickness and improve recovery. We talked to several experts to separate hype from fact.

David Despain
Mar 5, 2015

Yes, Athletes Need Carbs. But the Timing Matters.

Runners who do intense workouts on no carbs tend to experience weakness, fatigue, and poor performance. But a new strategy called “sleeping low” might give athletes the same edge—without the suffering.

David Despain
Feb 27, 2015

Everything You Know About Breakfast Is Wrong

Think breakfast helps kick-start metabolism and boosts weight loss? These are widely believed myths not supported by evidence, scientists say. But breakfast does deserve high marks for increasing physical activity.

David Despain
Jun 6, 2014

The Weird Trend of Breast Milk as Energy Beverage

Some full-grown athletes are turning to breast milk—yeah, you heard us—for an energy boost and protein push. If you're thinking there's something wrong with that, you're right.

David Despain
Jun 4, 2014

The Sham that Works: Gluten-Free Diets

You’ve been told that gluten-free diets are a fraud, that the science is settled, and that it’s all just the placebo effect. If so, how can the anecdotes be explained? Enter FODMAPs, the underappreciated forms of sugar that may just underpin your wheat, rye, and barley intolerance—and unlock your fitness potential.

David Despain
May 27, 2014

Is Sugar Really the Enemy?

The hit documentary Fed Up is the latest in a litany of articles and documentaries to portray sugar as dietary villain number one. But what if sugar isn't the enemy—and by focusing on its effects, we've ignored the biggest causes of our health crisis and even subverted athletic performance?

David Despain
May 20, 2014