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  1. nmonaco

    Supplements sorta ...Dried and ground up food

    Thank mccoy - someone tried to sign me up to purchase a plan that included these powders - the cost came to over $100 a month! I'll stick to real foods!
  2. I am seeing more of this sorta "supplement" - it claims to be actual food that has been processed into a drinkable powder - does this count as a supplement? I ask because of the posts regarding the use of vitamins and other supplementation recommending "real food" instead. I love eating real food for my nutrients but sometimes this kind of thing appeals to me for occasional convenience - does anyone have any info on this kind of thing? I love getting the imprimatur of my CR pals before trying anything! Thanks Neil Nutrient-Dense, Raw, Organic, Superfood Complex (4768 mg): Organic Spirulina, Organic Apple, Organic Sea Kelp, Organic Kale, Organic Spinach, Organic Chlorella, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf, Organic Broccoli Sprout, Organic Dulse Antioxidant Complex (2938 mg): Organic Amla, Organic Acerola, Organic Pineapple, Organic Reishi Mushroom, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Turmeric, Organic Monk Fruit Extract, Organic Carrot, Organic Raspberry, Organic Blueberry Digestive Enzyme Complex (43 mg): Amylase, Protease, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase Other ingredients: Organic Apple Flavor, Organic Berry Flavor, Organic Lemon Lime flavor, Organic Peppermint Flavor
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    Cronometer settings

    Thank you for the advice and vid I will try that So far I have been CRON for about 4 months and have finally lost the 10-15 lbs of fat (and I guess water weight?) I have been trying to lose for the last 20 years trying other methods and close to what I think is my ideal weight of 185lbs at 5'10" maintaining much of the muscle I had gained over the last 5 years of weight training. Now the challenge I guess will be to keep eating CRON and maintain from here. For long term CRON do you eventually stop using the cronometer? Or is logging everything an integral part of the practice?
  4. "The issue which I'm interested into and which has been expressed by Dr Attia during his interview with Rhonda Patrick is if it is possible to increase muscle mass and keep mTOR downregulated. It sure sounds like an oxymoron, but he thinks in therms of targeted upregulation, that is, upregulating mTOR in the muscle tissue and downregulating it in the organs..it might be possible theoretically to hack the body into growing muscles and keeping the other organs in the repair and maintenance mode.." I am interested in exactly the same thing! Therefore I am working out multiple days a week using low weights but high reps to avoid excessive strain/injury, hitting isolated muscles on different days - the typical bodybuilding approach. SO far I am seeing more muscle definition and increased vascularity although I do not know how much is attributable to my lower body fat and how much to increased muscle. I plan on doing another hydrostatic bodyfat test asap to better judge. So far fatigue has not been an issue except at very low cal days (1000). So I am keeping my daily cal at about 1500 - no ill effects related to the workouts at all yet.
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    Cronometer settings

    I realize I really do not know how to set up my profile for my goals. I want to lose fat, maintain muscle and live forever. Macro nutrient targets? Nutrient targets? Keto? 30bananas(whatever that is)? Can I just set it at Fixed? That's where I have it now but I am not sure if that is the right setting to optimize my progress and goals. Thanks for any advice you can offer. nm
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    BCAA supplementation

    HAhaha! Resurrection of the dead is funny. Thank you again for your input and for citing credible sources. And also thank you for summarizing - so much conflicting stuff out there - It is wonderful having someone as knowledgeable as you as an ally in this journey.
  7. I have been reading up a bit on BCAA supplements to support weight lifting recovery, protein synthesis, longevity, etc: http://main.poliquingroup.com/articlesmultimedia/articles/article/1088/ten_benefits_of_bcaas.aspx Does anyone have any experience/info in this area? I was thinking specifically of using them for fasted workouts to avoid losing muscle. Thanks
  8. 'Since circulating leucine and BCAAs are probably sequestered by the muscle tissue before they can hit the organs, it might be possible theoretically to hack the body into growing muscles and keeping the other organs in the repair and maintenance mode. By which biomarker to make sure of that I don't know though.' How do you feel about supplementing BCAAs? I see people at the gym doing it all the time. Sorry I did not see that there are multiple pages on this issue that I missed - I will read those for an answer.
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    long-term CR vs. continual weight loss?

    I just calculated my BMI and was termed overweight at 5'10", 192lbs with a BMI of 27.5 but my body fat is about 16% - this is why BMI frustrates me. (I had hydrostatic body fat testing to get body fat ratio) My goal is also to cut more body fat and eventually add lean muscle - hoping once I get my bodyfat down a few more points I can increase calories a bit and hopefully start adding or at least maintaining lean muscle.
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    Cold sensitivity

    thank you!
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    Cold sensitivity

    sorry but what is CE?
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    Cold sensitivity

    Is increased sensitivity to cold an expected by-product of CRON? Or is it an indication of something incorrect in the practice? I seem to have colder hands than usual these days. Thanks
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    Cronometer settings and goals

    Also - should I be concerned about the overages - like Vit A at 1342%, Vit K at 1165%, Folate at 140% among others. Any dangers there?
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    Cronometer settings and goals

    Thanks McCoy -that makes sense - You said "eat really lots and lots of diversified nutrient-dense vegetables, like kale, broccoli, spinach, and so on. Or animal organs. Or fish." and I do. Plus bone soups, probiotics, etc. I guess what I was looking for was the okay that not reaching %100 was well...okay. My app says i get about 83% there on most days - except when IF, then it is lower. And thanks for the other tips - I will check out the targeted supplements too.
  15. nmonaco

    Cronometer settings and goals

    I am new to all this and forgive me if this has been posted elsewhere - but I cannot find it so far so I thought I'd ask. I am enjoying tracking my nutrients on the cronometer but I am not sure how to set the nutrient goals and what my goals are nutrition wise. They seem to be preset and that is fine, but then no matter how I eat I am always short on certain nutrients. The low ones are usually B1(65%), B3(51%), B5(84%), Choline(77%), D(14%), E(79%), Zinc (47%) Omega 3((60%), Omega 6 (24%) and most of the rest are waaaay over like Vitamin C at 257%! And that was on a day where I had a total of 1325 kcal and only one orange. My assumption was to get all the tracked nutrients to 100% with as lw a total cal count as possible but am sure there is a more nuanced way to approach this. My goals are longer life and a low body fat to lean muscle ratio. I work out 3 times a week and will eat whatever it takes to get me nutrients. I am not a vegetarian. Can anyone advise me or point me in the right direction to find some answers? Thanks in advance p.s. I am also kinda constipated - I have 2 -3 bowel movements a day (taking Konsyl fiber powder daily) but the stool is more compact and I feel like I am unable to go at times. Very uncommon for me,