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Should I carbo-load the night before a big race? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

By Stephen Regenold The bars look and taste somewhat like compressed blocks of birdseed. Ingredients such as sea salt, goji berries, macadamia nuts, raw honey, and, of course, many types of seeds — flax, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower — make for a grainy texture that is nutty…

What's the best ski and snowboard recovery meal? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

This column is part of a series of gear reviews based on tests in the 2011 Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race, a weeklong competitive event in southern Chile. The race stretched 300+ miles and included trekking, kayaking, climbing,…

What's the ideal breakfast to prevent cramps on the slopes? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Courtesy of Flickr Cherries have been linked to muscle recovery, according to the American College of Sports Medicine's  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal. Cherry juice contains powerful…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. Alberto Contador, who faces a ban after testing positive for clenbuterol that he maintains came from tainted steaks, has sworn off beef, VeloNews reports. “He says he…

This year I decided to add some texture to my early season racing by creating a fully functional beerpak. My racing teammate and I have used these two years in a row at the 12 Hours of Temecula. We scored podium spots both times, once…

High-fructose corn syrup as a fuel for training

The best grains to fuel your athletic pursuits.

Photo courtesy of XWRN on Flickr. People in 1910 would’ve died of embarrassment if they saw some of 2010’s fitness trends. (Try handing a Shake Weight to a centenarian.) Other trends would've made a caveman proud. Presenting the top…

Why is there so much hype around quinoa? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

The caffeine-free, fully cleansed, take-a-nap, buff-as-hell guide to a new you.

A new study finds that people who imagine eating multiple pieces of candy (or multiple bites of any food) eat less of the real thing when given the chance, Science Magazine reports. Researchers, according to the article, “found that repeated…

Photo courtesy of whitneyinchicago on flickr. My dad is a wannabe pie-a-holic. He's also a Type 1 diabetic. So in an effort to prepare an holiday pie that he can indulge in, I've been baking a “sugar-free” apple pie for the past nine years. And you…

Photo courtesy of SashaW on Flickr If you and a shorter friend go for a walk, your friend will burn more calories. That is the gist of a new study published today in the Journal…

Why am I hungrier when it's cold? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Energy drinks like Rockstar and Red Bull are dominating the US drink market. And just like the people they energize, they're not slowing down; sales of the super-caffeinated pick-me-ups are supposed to exceed nine billion dollars in 2011. Studies have shown…

By Stephen Regenold This time of year it's expected that ice cream shops and fast-food restaurants might add a dash of holiday-inspired ingredients to dessert items to evoke some seasonal spirit and extra sales. But what about energy-food brands? Two of the biggest players,…

Photo courtesy of Juushika Redgrave on Flickr. Didn't give away all of your Halloween candy to the neighborhood kids last night? Never fear. Snacking on sweets doesn't have to be a waste of calories–if you time it right. CorePerformance.com's Danielle…

What should I eat or drink during a half marathon? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

A waffle recipe from endurance athlete Mike Kloser.

Answers to all your fitness questions.

I'm on a tight budget. What are some ways to save money on healthy foods? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

What's the best source of protein for a vegetarian? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

By Stephen Regenold Clif Bar & Company touts its new CRUNCH granolabars as being created by the “athletes and foodies” in the company'stest kitchen. The bars, which come in four flavors and are baked with constituterssuch as organic oats, barley and rye, are…

What's the best overall food to carry on a thru-hike on the Colorado Trail while striving to be ultralight?

Whether you're a hardcore triathlete or just a flabophobic weekend warrior, the best new scales make it easier than ever to track progress.

The founder of Stanford University's Prevention Research Center says he's found five foods with cancer fighting powers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Dr. John Farquhar, a faculty member at Stanford's Medical School, co-teaches a class called,…

Is it OK to train on an empty stomach every morning? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Photo courtesy of Fir0002 We are what we eat, and that’s why we need to pay more attention to our diets. Some foods are healthier than others because they’re more densely packed with nutrients, natural and whole,…

Researchers have found that sports bars and gels are just as effective as sports drinks when it comes to delivering carbohydrates to your body during exercise. If you typically workout longer than two hours a session, then you'll need…

By Stephen Regenold With the recent news that Lance Armstrong has become partof the ownership team at Honey Stinger Inc., a Steamboat Springs, Colorado, manufacturer of honey-based nutritional foods, readers might wonder what all the…

Lately, my runs have been feeling lethargic. I'm slow and clumsy and find myself dragging by the time I'm a mile-and-a-half in, when I should be zipping along. The culprit? My diet. No one had to diagnose this. Even with my basic knowledge of nutrition, I knew that cheeseburgers, pizza…

By natural foods energy company Honey Stinger that is. As the company's official press release states today, Armstrong has signed on as a part owner. Moving forward, he'll be involved with product and business development…

Junk food works like crack, at least that's what a recent study by scientists at Scripps Florida suggests. The scientists fed groups of rats different types of food. One group was given a healthy…

By Stephen Regenold Drop it. Dissolve it. Drink it. Those are the quick instructions Chicago-based BE Innovations Inc. gives for the use of its quarter-size ZYM electrolyte tablets. The small effervescent drops–which fizz and dissolve in water like Alka-Seltzer tablets–are made to ease the…

By Stephen Regenold Not so long ago, perhaps somewhere a few days down a trail on a backpacking trip, I gave up on the food category known as “energy bars.” After years of eating bars from a dozen different companies, something clicked.

The quickest way to boost your performance in any sport? Drop some gut.

If you think the Ultraman traiathlon is insane, try and comprehend five Ironmans five days in a row. Rich Roll isn't just thinking about it–he's going to do it. Roll is a two-time Ultraman competitor and first ever Ultraman vegan athlete. After going through a major personal revolution…

Dave Scott's active-guy calorie calculator.

Drugs that contain resveratrol, a component of red wine that supposedly prevents the cellular damage that is part of aging, are not working as they should, New Scientist reports. The drugs are supposed to activate the protein SIRT 1 to combat aging,…

Exercise enough and you can eat whatever you want...Right? Wrong. Trust me, I spent a full year dieting. What I learned could change your life.

What did I learn in the end? Lean protein, good fats, healthy carbs. More specifically: modestly sized meals consisting of lots of produce, a bit of lean meat now and then, and grains that haven’t been bleached and pulverized into submission. Also, olive oil is good, and snack on nuts…

Losing a few pounds doesn't necessarily make you healthy, says a new study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Excercise. The study looked looked at a control group in addition to diet-only and diet-plus-exercise groups. While both the diet-only group and…

Longevity guru Dan Buettner has a plan to add 12 years to your life. But is it worth it if you have to give up what you love most?

Human Growth Hormone is crucial to the body's recovery, and ingesting protein instead of carbs increases HGH levels, Trifuel reports. So what does this mean for folks who want to manage their nutrition for optimal athletic performance? Well, the body releases HGH during sleep,…

Vitamins C and E might be key to retaining strength as you age

Enough about the public option. We should pay people to stay fit.

With all the swine flu hype going on, it's easy to forget that we're also heading into cold season. Over at the New York Times, one columnist takes on the claim that garlic can help prevent colds, and finds that…

A study done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest suggests that a tax on soda could help states raise budget money. Perhaps more importantly, a tax could also dissuade people from consuming as much soda, which is…

Laughing, walking up stairs, opening a bottle of wine — they're all activities that burn calories, and with the Fitbit, you can track just how many calories, along with how many steps you take in a day, and how many hours of sleep you get at…

How can I maintain a healthy diet if I'm lactose intolerant?

For the active guy with no family history of kidney stones, and no blood or urine indicators suggesting future stones, what would you suggest or recommend to reduce or eliminate the chance of getting kidney stones?

I love to backpack, but I'm overweight. I have difficulty drinking enough fluids throughout the day on a backpacking trip. This results in loss of appetite and general dehydration. What can I do to trick my body into accepting more fluids?

The 12 most common, performance-defeating fitness mistakes, and how to fix them

Winter Comfort Food Chris Cosentino's Recovery Entrée video Sausage and Beans After a day on the slopes or trails you need a hearty meal. The executive chef of Incanto shows you how to prepare an après dish that’s packed…

Know why, when, and how to fuel with our complete guide to the athlete's diet

Our all-time best fitness advice, all in one place.

Six high-octane sports drinks

Create your personal hydration plan

Groundbreaking new research shows there's a better way to fill your tank

From chef Vitaly Paley and USA Cycling coach Michael Manning, as featured in July 2007's "How to Do Everything (Well, Almost)"

Over the holidays I put on a few extra pounds, as I'm sure a lot of people did. It's not a lot of weight, just about five pounds, but I'm struggling to get it back off my body. I do well for a few days, then I crack and overeat again. I know how to eat healthy, but by the end of the work day I don't have enough energy to do my workouts. What I doing wrong?

Can a performance supplement be legal, healthy, and effective? The Lab Rat pops a fistful to find out.

How does an athlete stay fit and healthy during the coldest months? Eat seasonally.

In his brazen adaptation of the bestseller Fast Food Nation, Richard Linklater looks to jolt America out of its quickie-burger habit with a tale of tainted meat

Several weeks ago I ran the marathon I've been training for since January, and now I've gained four pounds in the past six weeks. How can I keep the weight off? Help!

I'm interested in joining a local search-and-rescue te that requires members to have 24 to 48 hours worth of non-perishable food in their daypack. What are some good foods to carry that are light and don’t take up much space, but would provide me with the necessary nutrients? Jon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

HARD TO BELIEVE, but the bitter, pep-boosting ginseng root—reputed to enhance everything from libido to longevity—has been at the center of trade wars and political dynasties for centuries. Native to Asia and North America, the herb is sought by Chinese herbalists, New Age entrepreneurs, and international smuggling rings, all trying…

Despite years of carbohydrate bashing in the diet industry, most athletes still know the value of a good bowl of brown rice. And the newest U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which call for a minimum of three ounces of whole grains daily, back them up. Besides supplying premium muscle fuel, whole grains…

He's pumped, pious, and convinced that he's found the secret to a heavenly body and "outrageous happiness." Is Christian fitness coach and bestselling author Ben Lerner divinely inspired�or just blessed with marketing savvy?

Are you wasting valuable munch time on food you don't need? A cutting-edge gene test may tell you exactly what your body requires to stay healthy, grow stronger, and recover faster.

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