Everyone Knows What’s Best for a Fat Person

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By Matt Stone Girl: I need to lose 40 pounds in the next 3 months. Anybody have any ideas? Random Internet Guy: Exercise fasted. You’ll thank me later. I saw a conversation on Facebook recently that went almost exactly like that. At the post office, I overheard a postal worker telling a guy that eating more fruits and vegetables and exercising every day was a surefire ticket to lasting...

Transitioning Into Fall

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By Julia Gumm While fall doesn’t officially begin here in the northern hemisphere until tomorrow, it’s influence has been laying claim to the landscape for some weeks now. The emerald green of summer has yellowed like old newspaper, the evening air is laced with frost, and the hickory nuts are being squirreled away as fast as they can fall. Night is winning it’s tug of war with the long summer...

Trapped in Negative Emotions?

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By Bella Dodds This post is a follow up from last month’s Mental “Health Food” that raised the question: Why don’t we apply the same standards and value for filtering out unhealthy thoughts, as we do for filtering out unhealthy foods? I find many people logically understand that if they eat something unhealthy they get that it will make them feel awful, and therefore avoid eating...

Backpacking Nutrition

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By Matt Stone It’s that time of year again, and I’m up to my usual antics. I’ve got two big, 10-day backpacking trips coming up – one in the Maroon-Snowmass Wilderness Area in Colorado, and one in Coyote Gulch in Southern Utah. These trips are the longest I’ve been on in a while. I’m with my girlfriend and her 8-year old daughter as well. Those two factors equate to a backpack that promises to...

Why You Should Avoid Dihydrogen Monoxide

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By Rob Archangel Recently, a trusted friend brought to my attention a dangerous substance many of us are exposed to on a daily basis. Obviously there are plenty of potential dangers out there, and generally I don’t think it’s a great idea to stress overly much about them.  The best we can do is to live a generally low-stress life, eat well and heartily, engage in some fun physical...

How to Make Boobs Bigger

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By Matt Stone Sort of a running joke at this site is the fun-filled side effect of “refeeding” for an increase in metabolic rate – a common health enhancement strategy advocated in many cases by yours truly. That side effect, as the title has already revealed, is breast enlargement. The stories of women increasing their bust size substantially have been numerous enough over the...

Ode To Good Health

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By Julia Gumm  It’s hard to know just what to do When seeking perfect health. Should you buy Mercola’s tanning bed? Do you have that kind of wealth? Should you guzzle fresh pressed green juice? Till you pass a kidney stone? Must you detox your filthy liver? Swear off cakes and pies and scones? Maybe the key is Atkins (If you’ve enough thyroid to spare.) Or actually, how ‘bout South Beach? It’s a...

Never Exercise to Lose Weight

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By Matt Stone Never EVER exercise to lose weight. Seriously. Exercise is too good for you and too potent as a weight loss tool to do it for weight loss. Plus, if you exercise to lose weight, you’ll probably get really chubby. Confused? Ready to yell at me and start dropping links to a bunch of studies that show exercise helps for weight loss? Send me some pics of Olympic athletes...

Should I Take Birth Control Pills?

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By Hannah Ransom We all know about western medicine, right? Of course there are a multitude of things that it absolutely excels at. Honestly, I am glad that I have it at my disposal. For example, If I have a life threatening emergency. I like being alive, so I am glad that I can prolong my life if I get into an accident or something. Overall, though, if we want great health it doesn’t really...

Breathe Through Your Nose

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By Dr. Garrett Smith  mouth-breather n. a stupid person; a moron, dolt, imbecile. What is the primary purpose and design of our nose?  The easy answer is breathing, right? If you said smelling, consider going ten minutes without breathing and ten minutes without smelling. Are we clear now? The human nose exists to breathe, the mouth has many other functions—but in regards to breathing, the mouth...

Being Yourself

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By Julia Gumm There’s a scene from the 1997 film “Contact” that pops into my head every so often. Following her dramatic discovery of a communication sent to Earth from the Vegan (that’s VAY-gan, not VEE-gan) star system, Jodie Foster’s character is strapped into a spacecraft set sail for Vega’s glittering shores. The craft’s design is based entirely on blueprints sent in the alien message- all...

Thyroid Hormones and Heart Disease

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I’ve mentioned the connection between metabolic rate and heart disease many times in my books and elsewhere. Now, an intelligent Finnish researcher, Vladimir Heiskanen (also known as Valtsu), has written a short Bible on the topic that I am very proud to have featured at 180DegreeHealth. Let there be no doubt that metabolic rate is a primary factor in heart disease causation and prevention...

Mental “Health Food”

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By Bella Dodds Do you find yourself hyper-focused on what foods you choose to eat, as well as making sure you get the best quality? Have you ever driven 30 extra minutes to buy your meat at an organic market, or gone out of your way to buy fresh veggies, eggs, and milk from your local farmer? Do you feel guilty if you haven’t been exercising as often as you would like? If you are nodding...

Why Healthy Diets Fail

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By Matt Stone There is a lot of hype surrounding various “healthy diets.” I too had a religious faith that a nutritious and wholesome diet would deliver unspeakable vitality. The science seemed to be there, testimonials left and right, and it “just made so much sense.” But, when I tried various versions of what seemed like the optimal diet at the time, it didn’t...

Health Evangelism

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Don’t tell people what to eat. Or how to exercise. Or what supplements to take. It just leads to embarrassment in the end. Unless you like embarrassing yourself. I admit that I have always kind of liked embarrassing myself. When friends came over in my teenage years I would almost always reach for the totally ridiculous and humiliating childhood breakdancing videos. 7-year old white kid in...

Sugar the Bitter Truth

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By Chris Randall Okay fine. Sugar, the sweet, sweet truth. I made a smoothie today: a really good one, in fact. “Oh, a super-good one with wild organic low-sugar berries, organic grass-fed no-sweetener-added whey protein powder, and no-calorie Stevia drops?!” Um, no. Gross. Do people actually eat stuff like that? I’m talking a real smoothie. I’m talking the kind of smoothie that would...

Eat for Heat Audio Edition

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By Rob Archangel Another quick update everyone: Eat for Heat: The Metabolic Approach to Food and Drink is now available in audiobook format on Audible. Narrated by Matt, this is a great way to learn about how best to interpret your biofeedback so that you can tweak your food and beverages for the greatest metabolic impact. If you’re tired of dealing with middle of the night bathroom trips,...

Calorie Density of Common Foods

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By Matt Stone It’s chart time for you numbers nerds. I don’t track numbers as it pertains to my health or diet, but I am, at heart, a bit of a numbers nerd. I find numbers can and do put things into better perspective sometimes. In my most recent books, I discuss calorie density and obtaining the warming effect from food. The lower one’s metabolism, the higher the...

Don’t Diet

Don't Diet
By Matt Stone Don’t diet. Yes it’s bad for you and slows down your metabolism and worsens your mood and does heinous things to your body in a variety of ways. That’s not what this is about. I’m talking about it being unrealistic. If you think you can just go hungry and will away all your cravings, keep it up forever, and not return to eating what you want when...

12 Paleo Myths Paperback

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By Rob Archangel Happy Monday everyone. Just a quick little update: 12 Paleo Myths: Eat Better Than a Caveman is available now in paperback HERE. Not only does it address some of the most common, off-base paleo ideas floating around, like the idea that we haven’t adapted in any meaningful way since the birth of agriculture, or that hunter-gatherers had sexy bodies, but it also tackles some...
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