Okay, I admit I was of the same mindset. I once recommended “one serving of protein and one serving of carbohydrate with every meal.” I lost 50 lbs on that advice and yet when challenged by a 11 year old girl with a simple question my “belief system” was stopped in it’s tracks. I took biochemistry in undergraduate and graduate school. I worked in the Read Full Article →
We take a quick break from our macronutrient discussion to talk about some really exciting news in the hypothermics world that showed up in the last two weeks. It’s great when new data shows that old thoughts might be wrong. This one comes from researchers at Harvard Medical School (and a host of other institutions).(1) These scientist discovered a new hormone, irisin, named after the greek goddess iris – the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods.
What is most exciting is that this hormone could be another piece of the “calorie” controversy – the irritating paradox of calorie Read Full Article →
In Part 1, we began the process of distinguishing the difference between a food group and a macronutrient. Carbohydrates (Carbs) are probably the most vilified of the macronutrients. This is probably due to the ubiquitous availability of starch foods throughout human history. For the most part, oils, fats, and meats were the food of the rich. Everyone else ate beans, rice and potatoes.
If we listed the many staple foods: grains, rice, beans, squash, quinoa, potatoes and corn we see a high amount of starch. Remember, starch is simply a long chain of glucose. We all need glucose to live Read Full Article →
It’s been a crazy couple of months of travel, research, and writing for me, but I’ve learned some incredible new things. Over the last three years of personal transformation, an amazing clarity of overall energy balance of Human metabolism has emerged. T S Eliot wrote in the Gidding:
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
I believe I have arrived where I started and I’ve never known it better. One of the difficulties in discussing a more unified approach Read Full Article →
In the eye opening scene of the Matrix, Neo learns from Morpheus that Humans had developed “machines” that possessed an artificial intelligence so advanced, they’d taking over. Humans were farmed in vast systems and spare brain processing power and heat were used to power this advanced, computer-based world.
Energy was a commodity farmed and Humans the crop used to produce this excess energy as heat. Could it be that you are leaving a major contributor to caloric out when you focus only on diet and exercise?
The Matrix is without doubt, one of my favorite movies. To top it off, Read Full Article →
I’m not much of a swimmer, but I want to be. In 2011 it is a major personal fitness goal to try to swim more frequently. The interesting irony is that I was in the pool and spa industry for about a decade and yet I wasn’t ever a swimmer. Most are not; in fact, health and fitness isn’t very common in the industry at all. There seems to be more focus on fountains than fitness.
It’s the first day of summer here the the Northern Hemisphere…to all of the readers in the Southern part of the world, you are Read Full Article →
The last few weeks have been an unbelievable adventure. Sorry to leave you hanging on calories, but we’ll get back to that soon. The days have been full of travel ranging from an amazing party hosted by Tim Ferriss in San Francisco to hanging out with Wim Hof (aka iceman) and good friend Astronaut, Scott Parazynski. It’s an honor to interact with all of these incredible minds and we are all starting to see a real momentum in the power of the chill.
My home state (and city) were also hit hard by a the tornados and on a brighter Read Full Article →
It was hard to believe when I scratched out the arithmetic on my weight gain in a notebook. It was 50 lbs over 20 years. It seems like a lot, but when we think about this in a more scientific light, what’s quite astonishing is that I didn’t gain MORE.
If you did gain more, then let me give you a little reassurance that you’re not the only one. Today we will start delving into the other side of thermodynamics to give you a more complete picture of my research over the last three years.
As most of you know by now, especially those who have reached out with data and emails, my life and study does not center on some malevolent plan to make you miserably “freeze your ass off.” Read Full Article →
We’ve just had an unseasonably warm week in my hometown. That’s not completely true, it happens this way nearly every year. A week or two of cold and then suddenly, it’s warm.
For the last two years, I’ve been studying people and their reaction to the environment around them. Not with loads of data and analysis, but the more reflective, subjective type of observation.
The one take away is that most don’t realize just how adaptable the human body can be – if allowed. Read Full Article →
It’s been an incredible 6 weeks… I really appreciate all the emails and comments and the amazing number of people that have signed up to read and follow this site. I know what everyone is asking,
“Ray, can you just tell me what to do?”
The answer is YES, but hang on a bit. One thing I expected would happen is the “me too” people that would just start driveling about being cold and losing weight. The other expectation was that it would be presented as miserable and extreme. I wanted to support the ideas within The 4-hour body before beginning to suggest alternative/complementary approaches. Unfortunately, the health and fitness industry is loaded people that earn expert status by learning a few new words. Face it, we’ve never been more unfit as a species and we’ve also never spent more achieving it. That’s quite a contradiction.
Perhaps it’s time to change that even if it’s just a small group of us.
WIRED March 2013
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