Originally Posted by blackrhino2
Just on a personal note, when I exercise a lot I feel like I need to eat protein. I don't know if there is any science to back that up though.
There is some good science out there to back that up. When you exercise you "use up" a lot of bodily protein - breaking down of muscle in response to stress, upregulation of enzymes to clear waste buildup out of your body, upregulation of certain hormones to help response to stress and recovery, etc... so your body tells you to find more to replenish the stores. I'll append some abstracts when I can find them, but for now just rest assured that it's a normal, evolutionary adaptation to stress.
I really do think cotton balls have to be the most ridiculous "diet" on that list.
1) eat real food - more vegetables, moderate meat, moderate fruits, less grains, less sugar, less vegetable oils.
2) exercise - moderate intensity cardio, sprinting, heavy lifting, dedicated stretching and mobility.
3) live - relax, de-stress, meditate.
Disclaimer: I'm not professionally qualified to make any formal recommendations. I've just done my homework and I'm my own guinea pig. All of my data, unless otherwise cited, comes from a sample size of n=1 (me).