Skip a meal and your body will begin to hold onto fat. We should eat frequently to keep our metabolism up (ugh-I said this all the time). The most important meal of the day is breakfast. I’m not getting all sciency today. I will ramble a bit. We’ll talk at a much higher level. There’s been a lot of reductionism in nutrition and metabolism and it is spreading fast. While the internet has provided unprecedented access to information, it’s also allowed a lot of science babble to infiltrate every subject and diet has to be the gold medal champion. Everyone eats so Read Full Article →
Mitochondrial Anarchy: A case of BAT attack
He’s back. Well, actually I never went anywhere, but it’s been a few months since I added to the blog. In the mean time hundreds of pounds were lost by people I worked with directly, an invited commentary was submitted to a journal, and I have performed dozens of calorimetry, blood sugar, and food experiments.
Sometimes it’s necessary to isolate from all the bias and do the boring thinking part. It’s far easier to hype, but at the root of all innovations is a break from status quo. Like trucks drafting on the highway, it’s quite easy to get sucked Read Full Article →
Pass the Protein (roots) – Part 2
After 4 months we are finally nearing the end of our dietary journey. We discussed the basic context of Macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, and fat) as “fuel.” We learned that there is a group of Micronutrients – vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that all constitute “service” or biological maintenance. We understand that fat has more energy density (2x) than protein or carbohydrate.
Our body uses primary fuel glucose/glycogen through the TCA or krebs cycle to obtain energy (brain biggest single user, followed closely by liver and muscle) and the body stores a glycogen (a special muscle protein with a carbohydrate shell) and Read Full Article →
Chilling at the TOP of the world
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 →
BATgirl to The Rescue (Part 2)
We 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 →
Cool not cold…
It was interesting to watch the reports Tuesday evening on ABC World News and Nightline. I know that sensation sells and people just can’t help the low hanging fruit of crazy cold. The truth is, I was rarely “cold” when losing weight, because I adapted to cooler temperatures, not cold. I wrote about Wim Hof in a previous Read Full Article →
“Normal people do not have this [boost in metabolism], because they are simply not trained. Shivering is a pathetic response.”
Now that is an interesting response to a question about being packed in ice for an hour and forty-five minutes. When I first started to study the human thermoregulatory system, I found many links on the internet to the “Iceman. Read Full Article →
WIRED March 2013
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