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blood testsIt’s hard to believe that this is only my second post for the year.  Where did it go?  I’ve not been sitting idle. First,  a big thanks to ALL of the people that contributed to the open source fund for the Metabolic Winter Hypothesis paper.  Not only did we reach the goal in under a week, but the paper has been a huge success. It broke all download records for the journal and remains their number one downloaded paper.  Thank you for helping and thank you for sharing it with so many people.

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Irisin transforming fat to BATWe 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 →

the facts on Fat and weight loss. In Fat – Part 1 I explained some details about our body’s use of lipids (fat) and the role it plays in both survival and diet.  The most important concept to take away is that you MUST go on a naturally “high-fat diet,” digesting your OWN adipose tissue, to lose weight.  This may seem so incredibly obvious, but if you take a few minutes each day to think about it, I believe it will have profound impact on your results.

Why? because every calorie you put into your mouth will fuel your body and that will result in the part 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 →

Scott Parazynski Repairs damaged Solar panel on the International Space StationThe 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 →

7 M&Ms a are all it takes takes to gain 50 lbs in 20 years. Former Nasa scientist Ray Cronise thinks he can help with Thermal LodingIt 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 →

Does infrared sauna burn more than cold exposure?Last week, one of our site members posted a comment to Ch-Ch-Changes about the benefits of heat and cold in losing weight. I think that 36 months ago I would have completely agreed with his comments; now I am not so sure. With his permission, I turned this dialog into a post, because I think there is widespread confusion on our thermoregulatory system and its effect on metabolic rate.

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BAT, Brown Adipose Tissue, Thermal diet and weight lossWe learned in Part 1 that not only do human infants start out with more fat than any other species, a higher percentage is brown adipose tissue (BAT). Women, in general have more than men and as Humans age, BAT seems to dwindle. It’s likely if you have ever been obese, you have less BAT then your skinny friends.Custom gummibåt

I have dozens of papers here on BAT. My interest with BAT began after Tim and I discussed it at length and started exchanging ideas and data. Honestly, I came to my conclusions from the complete opposite (but complimentary) approach – it was much more of a 30,000 ft level view on the subject. Read Full Article →

measuring and recording your progress is the only way to push through weight loss stagnation.If you want to progress, you must  measure. It’s true people win the lottery every now and then.  More often than winning the lottery, people get struck by lightning. The rest of us have to do something to see results. My observations are that  success is absolutely tied to measuring.  It can be predictive, suggestive, or sometimes compulsive, but I truly believe the more often one writes something down, the more likely it is they will succeed. Read Full Article →

With just two fingers you can prove how easy it is to adapt to cooler temperatures and lose weightIt’s a simple test to demonstrate that your body doesn’t require a perfect temperature to be comfortable, it has a range of temperatures that are comfortable.  Part of our amazing evolutionary survival is the ability to adapt. Not all adaptation happens genetically, it can be driven intellectually as well.

Changing the temperature of the environment around you is one of great examples. Read Full Article →