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Partner Spotlight: MightyMeals Interviews CompID’s Rafi Al-Dajani

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Composition ID’s Managing Partner, Rafi Al-Dajani, spoke with DC’s premier healthy food preparation company and Composition ID partner, MightyMeals, about improving health and fitness through a science-based approach. Dive into their conversation below and connect with MightyMeals for more information! (This post was originally published on the MightyMeals website.) “This week, we caught-up with Rafi…

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Do Protein Needs Change as We Age?

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The human body changes dramatically with age. While we don’t have control over the passing years, we can control important factors that keep us healthy and remain diligent about our body’s needs as we age. Heather Huntsman, Ph.D., CSCS, is back again with a run-down whether or not our protein needs change as we get…

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Client Perspective: A 30-Day Transformation with CompID

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Sure, transformation occurs with consistent, intentional changes in nutrition and fitness, but it starts with knowledge and understanding of your unique body composition and metabolism. This was true for Composition ID Washington, D.C. client, Katie, who dropped 5% body fat in 30 days! Read more about her insights gained from working with our team and…

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Genetic Testing (Part 2): Will it Ever Live Up to the Hype?

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Heather Huntsman, Ph.D., CSCS, follows up on her last guest blog on consumer genetic testing to discuss how close science is getting to using DNA to make informed health decisions around diet and exercise. While we’re moving in the right direction, it’s more complicated than we think. In a recent blog post we discussed some…

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Do “Cheat Days” Help or Hinder Results?

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Falling off a meal plan can feel like failure. We anticipate starting a “diet” to abide by the rules perfectly, with no room for cheating out of fear that results will stall. While sticking to a plan makes sense to achieve a goal quickly, being realistic and mindful about the long-term impact of strict guidelines…

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What does Consumer Genetic Testing Say about Fitness and Trainability?

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In our ever-evolving age of information, the promise of using DNA to answer many of our health questions incredibly intriguing. If we know which genes we have, and which genes we don’t have, we can know more about how to plan for the future. But is the science really there yet? Heather Huntsman, Ph.D. CSCS,…

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How to Strengthen your Core and Why It’s Important

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Sure, we all want abs, but what lies beneath is perhaps one of the most important structures in the human body: the core. Keeping core muscles strong and stable ensures good posture, functional movement and structural alignment. But strengthening this dynamic set of muscles takes more than a few crunches. Read on to learn about…

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Top 5 Tips for Healthy Summer Travel

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For some, summertime brings anywhere from lavish vacations to weekend road trip escapes. Either way, stepping outside the norm of a routine while trying to maintain a nutrition and fitness plan can be challenging. We’ve devised five go-to tips to help keep you on track while traveling. Plan Ahead It may go without saying, but…

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Can I Build Muscle While I Sleep?

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Is it possible to build muscle without any effort (or…consciousness)? Heather Huntsman, Ph.D., CSCS, weighs in on two basic principles of muscle building rooted in research that could help you maximize lean muscle mass growth without lifting a barbell. As a scientist and a lifelong athlete who has tried just about everything to perform at…

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The Accuracy and Benefits (if any) of Wearables

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Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch — are activity trackers and wearable devices accurate? Do they actually affect behavior change and promote weight loss? Composition ID’s scientific contributor, Heather Huntsman, Ph.D., CSCS, weighs in on the benefits and shortfalls these devices, and whether they can truly help you achieve your goals. Wearable Devices: Does Popular Mean Promise?…

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Client Perspective: “Eat Clean and Get Your Life Back”

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Richard Kelsey, Composition ID client based in the Washington, DC area had tremendous results physically and mentally after understanding his body composition and committing to a nutrition plan that eliminated processed foods. Read more about his inspiring transformation and words of advice for those starting on their own health and fitness goals. What is the…

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Guest Perspective: I Tried the “Carnivore Diet” and Here’s What Happened

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Candace Coclough, certified holistic health coach, certified personal trainer, keto advocate, and founder of Get Fit With Fat (formerly The Glow Getter), describes her journey experimenting with the “Carnivore Diet,” a nutrition plan that relies heavily on animal products. Follow along below to learn how the diet works and the results she observed with DEXA…

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Resistance Training vs. Cardio: How to Maximize Fat Burn

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Ever wonder what a scientist thinks about losing weight? Composition ID’s Scientific Contributor, Heather D. Huntsman, Ph.D., CSCS, discusses important factors about burning fat through resistance training and cardio, and what to focus on depending on your body composition goal. When it comes to exercise, the first question that many people ask is “what is…

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What is Virtual Personal Training & How Does it Work?

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Streaming isn’t just for Netflix binging anymore. There’s a new trend hitting the personal training industry that is gaining steam by leveraging similar technology: Virtual Personal Training. Many trainers are shifting their businesses to an online format and clients are signing on – and seeing results. So how exactly does virtual personal training work and…

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How Often Should I get a DEXA Scan?

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A baseline measurement of body composition can speak a lot about individual health and help inform a plan to achieve specific goals in body fat percentage and lean muscle mass. However, regularly measuring body composition through DEXA technology can be even more valuable to track progress and assess the effectiveness of a nutrition and fitness…

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