Could Melatonin Help Women Build More Muscle and Burn More Fat?

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain and because it helps modulate sleep quality, it’s frequently used as a dietary supplement to lessen abnormal sleep patterns (1). However, a recent study suggests that melatonin may also assist in supporting weight management and muscle gain (2). Continue reading →

You Snooze, You Win

When All-Star point guard Steve Nash talked to The New York Times about how he was going to stay on top of his game after so many years playing in the NBA, he didn’t say that he would run more, lift more, or do anything special with his diet. He said he’d sleep more. “If you nap every game day, all those hours add up and it allows you to get through the season better,” Nash told the newspaper (1). Nash was on to something. It turned out in the newspaper’s story that NBA players, Continue reading →

Sleep, Melatonin, and Athletic Performance

By Michael Colgan, Ph.D. All mammals, including us, run on an internal circadian clock. It developed in early forms of life, and has been conserved across the millennia to reside in us today. The clock times our physiology in precise rhythm with the most ancient environmental signal--light. Changes in the light created by the 24-hour revolution of the Earth on its axis provide the controls (1-4). The retinas of your eyes transmit light to the clock in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in Continue reading →

Muffin Top Madness

By Michael Colgan, Ph.D. Even with a stringent diet and exercise program, the Chihuahua on the belly and muffin atop the hips often refuse to leave the building. In many folk who hit this plateau, there is usually a lot more visceral fat hidden deep inside, plumping them up like a goose. You can't see visceral fat. It hides around your liver and kidneys, intestines and reproductive system. Visceral fat clings to your organs. It can add 3 to 6 inches to your waist and hips even after you Continue reading →