There’s a lot of important discussion around macronutrients in the nutrition world regarding what percentage of our daily calories should ideally come from protein versus carb versus fat. In all this discussion, what’s often overlooked is the fact that simply overeating puts a stress on the system. I think we should include a fourth macronutrient: time between meals. The longer you can go without a meal or a snack or a beverage other than water, the healthier your mitochondria will be.
Athletes seek to maximize their performance, often at the expense of their long-term health and longevity. Ben, a former bodybuilder, is an ironman triathlete, speaker, and author who understands how to nourish the body for both peak results and optimal health. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology. Ben coaches and trains individuals for general health, longevity, weight loss, lean muscle gain, holistic wellness, and sports performance–using a real food protocol.
Says Ben, “I love getting fit, feeling good about the way my body looks, and fulfilling my deep-seeded drive to live life to the fullest by achieving difficult feats of physical performance. But I was fed up with feeling like crap from all the extreme exercising, strange foods, feeling of constant stress and soreness, and worry about the toll my hectic lifestyle was taking on my body. So I have found a way of training, eating and living that is perfectly healthy and natural, but still allows me to look, feel and perform at my peak capabilities.”
As a consultant to many athletes, Ben has noticed a trend of acne, digestive issues, and adrenal issues that plague those who fuel their bodies with what Ben calls “franken fuels.” In today’s episode, he contrasts popular sports drinks, gels, and bars with the real fuel the athlete needs to turbocharge their performance without sacrificing gut health. He gets into the science of how various proteins, fats, and carbs work in our bodies. He talks about his own sweet spot of carb/protein/fat percentages and what foods he recommends for everyone to include in their diet. You will be fascinated by what he has to say and will want to apply it to your own diet, training, and lifestyle.
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Benefits of fat burning over sugar burning for aerobic exercise AKA cardio
Ketosis versus fat burning
The short term effect of exercise on fat burning
Simple hack to optimize your fat burning on any given day
How I built on the work of Weston Price
The real reason we’ve blamed saturated fat for heart attacks since the 1960s
Why the diet doctors recommend is the fad, not an ancestral diet
Why I believe that the best source of nutritional info are old-fashioned cookbooks
The Four Pillars of an Optimal Human Diet (boiled down from old-fashioned cookbooks and travel-foodie shows)
Meal timing and hormonal hacks to simplify curing a sweet tooth
What a healthy breakfast should look like
The biggest dietary change in human history is our dramatic increase in vegetable oil intake
Why vegetable oils are toxic to the reproductive process (men and women)
A ratio called phi is nature’s formula for ensuring that our skeletal growth is optimally functional and beautiful
The best first step to optimizing your health should be one that gives you immediate positive feedback
Over the last couple weeks, I was looking through our interview archives and found this short interview on the subject of fluoride and performance with David Augenstein of the Journal of Natural Food and Health. The truths mentioned in this interview are timeless and just as applicable as four years ago.
Today on the show, Stephen McCarthy discussed the use and role of oxygen supplementation for young athletes, as well as, elite athletes. LiveO2’s own Tom Butler joined the show to talk about the following ares related to his experiences in the world of oxygen.
History of Oxygen Supplementation and the benefits
Current success stories with athletes
The Story of LiveO2 and why it does what it does, and why it is important to the long term development of athletes.
Today, I was joined by Coach Beth Van Fleet of Georgia State and Coach Wayne Holly of Tulane University to talk about game day strategies and what athletes need to know to compete at the highest level.
Coach Van Fleet talked about the how and why preparation and training apply directly in game day situations. Secondly, what are some of the specific areas you should account for on game day, like nutrition and hydration.
In the second half, Coach Holly discussed what type of information he passes along to his players, as well as, what are the areas athletes can control, what areas they are not able to keep tabs.
Coach Holly talks about motives and why you play the game and how it directly applies to the the results you receive from the game.