David Despain

David Despain


Cheat on Your Diet (or Else!)

On some gut level, you already know that trends like “raw,” “alkaline,” and the “warrior diet” are useless—harmful, even. Here’s why you keep falling for them and how to stop the cycle once and for...

Should You Swap Your Coffee for Yerba Mate?

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...

The New Science Behind Low-Carb Training

Endurance and team-sport athletes who train low tend to experience weakness, fatigue, and poor performance. But a new strategy called “sleeping low” might give athletes an edge without the pain and...

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The Unintended Consequences of Noise

For more than a decade, National Park Service scientists Kurt Fristrup and Dan Mennit, along with Colorado State University researchers, have been monitoring background noise levels at around 600...

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...

Sugar Is Not the Enemy

Fed Up is the latest portrayal of added sugars as dietary villain. But is sugar really the cause of obesity, or is it overall diet and lack of physical activity?

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