This fat-tire Shangri-La's got stunning scenery, challenging riding, plenty of beer and music—and you don't have to be an expert rider or endurance junkie. Here's everything you need to make the most of this weekend-long party, er, mountain-bike race.

Ready for a hike? According to, one should consider these three things when packing for a day on the trail: Healthy Carbohydrates such a as granola, apples, celery and carrots or pita with hummus. Good-for-you-fats like peanut butter and jelly or a low-sugar…

He's back. And he has a new schtick. Jared Fogle became famous in commercials that lauded him for losing weight by eating Subway sandwiches. According to Subway, he started off at 425 pounds and made his way down to 190, with the…

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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…

Caffeine may negatively affect your performance as a triathlete, according to The intake of caffeine can lower your body's pH level. Acidic body chemistry can lead to any of the following: faster fatigue, slower recovery, inability to concentrate, frequent illness, and…

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.

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When visiting one of the best ski towns in North America, it's worth it to splurge on a meal in one of the country's best restaurants. But these days such trips are in short supply, so what can you do? Not much, unless you have a recipe.  I gathered up…

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…

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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…

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Today, October 16th, is World Food Day. It is a day designated for increasing awareness, understanding and year-round action to alleviate hunger. A report released on Wednesday by the United Nations says that the global economic crises has left over 1 billion people malnourished. According to…

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…

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Robert Kenner’s new documentary FOOD, Inc. opens with a shot of a glowing cornfield and a quaint red farmhouse. Within minutes, headless chicken corpses the color of a sidewalk fill the screen, rolling down a factory assembly line. Shock value is the point here: The film, in wide release this…

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I take one multivitamin every morning after breakfast. Does it matter what time of day I take it? Craig Dunedin New Zealand

For cycling and running, does Siberian ginseng have any benefits for performance? If so, when is the best time to take it before a race? Andrew Guthrie Edmond, Oklahoma

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I lost 40 pounds through running, biking, and counting calories. Now I want to maintain my weight but have not kicked the calorie-counting habit. I still record everything I eat. Do you have any advice for kicking the recording habit? Daryl Davis Osceola, Indiana

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Are significant nutrients lost when vegetables are cooked in a soup? Dan London, England

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I love your nutrition suggestions, but recently I bece a vegetarian and most of your meals include meat. Can you help me out? Dan Johnson Seattle, Washington

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?

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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…

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Sleep has overtaken yoga and carb-free diets as America's favorite fitness craze. It's about time.

When is the most effective time after weight training to take protein? Alexander Waterloo, Ontario

You skipped breakfast because you overslept because you couldn’t fall asleep because you didn’t have enough time to exercise. Sound familiar? Then turn the page and let us—and Michael Phelps—show you how to recalibrate for your best year ever.

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I've heard that most vegetables and some fruits have "negative calorie content" because the body burns more calories digesting them than they have in their nutritional value. True or bull? If true, which foods have this property? Jenni Belmont, CA

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Can beer be considered a valuable source of carbs for post- training refueling? Marc Montreal, Quebec

I met a former endurance athlete who advised that I intentionally limit my fluid intake while training so that I would adapt to a lower fluid requirement for races in hot conditions. Is this a legit strategy?

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?

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