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A Beginner’s Guide to Counting Macros (Fats, Carbs, and Protein)

IIFYM… Flexible Dieting… Pop Tart Diet… Eat What You Want (If It Fits Your Diet) Diet... There’s a good chance you’ve heard of them before. You know, those fancy diets that you just don’t quite understand... ...the diets used by those same friends of yours who post (daily) pictures to their social media with, what looks like, about 147 pre-made meals for the week ahead. Here in 2016, and soon to be 2017… there are several different names floating around the fitnessphere for this type of diet.. err, lifestyle… but they’re all referring to the same general idea: Macros. Or, IIFYM. More specifically, “If It Fits Your Macros”. We’ll dive into this IIFYM Diet shortly, but real quick… How many...

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The Truth About GMP Certifications for Supplements

At Transparent Labs, we get asked all the time, “Why does Transparent Labs not display GMP/cGMP seals on products or website?” The answer is quite simple – the FDA does not issue GMP certifications or seals and displaying one is illegal. All manufacturing facilities are required to follow GMP regulations (which cover categories such as sanitation, cleanliness, equipment verification, purity testing, record keeping, product complaints, etc.) Failure to adhere to established regulations can result in product recalls, inventory seizure, substantial fines, and even jail time. Why do some companies display GMP seals? Using the FDA or GMP logo and claiming it as a seal or certificate is illegal. The FDA does not approve or certify manufacturing facilities or products. It...

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Using HMB With Creatine

HMB has become a major topic in the supplement and fitness industry but what exactly is it? To be specific, HMB is an active metabolite of Leucine that has been shown to help reduce muscle protein breakdown. This also means that HMB has great anti-catabolic properties to help you from catabolism of the muscle, which is the muscle breaking down.

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