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Val Kilmer McCully

Okay, his first name is not Val. I added that. Whatever I can do to squeeze in an 80’s movie photo, damnit I’m willing to do it! He was a “real genius.” Let’s focus more on McCully. It’s an Irish name. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Pretty awesome huh? Yeah I know. What’s the difference between Mick Jagger and an Irish farmer? Mick Jagger says ?Hey...

Protein – A Closer Look

Once upon a time I ate mostly fruit, did a bunch of those ?cleanse? things where I mostly ate nothing but raw fruits and vegetables for five or so days, and otherwise rarely ate meat. I had a little fish or cheese here and there and that was about it. It was during this time that I underwent the most dramatic health improvements I’ve ever undergone ? much of which I attributed to an...

Adrenal Fatigue

Oh man I’m feelin’ it! No not adrenal fatigue. IT! Like, my mojo is flowing and I’ve undergone several major breakthroughs in my understanding of late. The first has been that sugar (as?opposed to starch)?is probably your friend, not your enemy. An even bigger breakthrough for me perhaps has been developing a much deeper understanding of amino acids and why muscle meat, poultry...

Blackstrap Molasses – Sweet Superfood

While many of you read in many of my eBooks including Diet Recovery about how to RAISE YOUR METABOLISM,?where I bark about the dangers of excess fructose consumption, I’ve had no choice lately but to file the general idea away into the minutiae department. I’m glad too. One of my primary objectives is to provide health information that involves increasing dietary freedoms and...

Buster Martin – Fukitol Spokesman

One of the objectives for this year was to really make a point to steer folks away from their obsessive focus on diet, and to remember that this is their one chance to live life. While I’m sure some will watch the following video and assume that Buster’s parents must have eaten grassfed beef liver by the truckload and others will note that Buster doesn’t mention eating any...

How I Built 15 Pounds of Muscle

Matt Version 2006? vs. recent Mattsquatch sighting From early October to Christmas I built approximately?15 pounds of lean body mass. I have ALWAYS struggled to gain muscle and I have been lifting weights my entire life. I even had a full gym next?door to my bedroom growing up. I watched my friends get huge. Me?? Nothing. Nada. Even from my Freshman year of high school to my Freshman year of...

Natural Testosterone Enhancement

We’ve been talking about women’s hormones a lot lately, but there are certainly many parallels between progesterone (the primary female hormone to try to maximize) and testosterone in men. In men, when the metabolism is low, testosterone levels fall. This all makes perfect sense of course. With a low metabolism you have low energy for exercise, trouble building muscle or maintaining...

Breast Milk of a Diabetic Mother

Over the course of the last century, human tissues as well as breast milk have accumulated a massive amount of polyunsaturated linoleic acid (omega 6). This is due to a massive rise in the consumption of vegetable oils, peanut butter, and eating the fat of pigs and poultry (and eggs) fed mostly soy and corn (what cows are fed has little impact on the total linoleic acid content of their meat and...

Female Masculinity, PCOS, Hirsutism

I’ve been fascinated with female masculinization, particularly facial hair growth or what is called hirsutism, ever since I heard about Diana Schwarzbein’s bout with a syndrome known as Stein Leventhal (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS basically). Okay, it started back before that, when Rebecca Romijn was the bearded lady in the movie Dirty Work, but that’s unrelated....

Altering the Weight Set Point

Today is the big day… My interview with Tom Nicoli for Premier Summits Weight Loss Summit is finally up.  You have exactly one day to listen to it for free, so check it out right away if you get a chance.  The subject is the body weight set point, how restricted eating, stress, and endurance exercise tend to raise the weight set point (the weight your body maintains while...

How to Feed Your Kids

?Duke University psychologist Philip Costanzo, Ph.D., found that excess weight in school-age children was highly associated with the degree to which parents tried to restrain their children’s eating. Even well-meaning parents interfere with intuitive eating. When a parent tries to overrule a child’s natural eating cues, the problem gets worse, not better. -Evelyn Tribole; Intuitive...

Perfect Pregnancy

While RRARF (my program for increasing metabolism) is a new program not even two years old yet, I figured it was time to get something out there on the topic of pregnancy and fertility right away. The bottom line is that RRARF can be extremely helpful for not only helping couples achieve fertility, but making sure pregnancy, delivery, and the development of a very strong and healthy kid are all...

Weight Loss Summit

Heads up everyone.  I’ll be speaking along with over a dozen others at a big online weight loss summit that you can sign up to listen to by clicking HEREIt starts in just a few days so get signed up soon.  It only takes a few seconds.  Should be a great interview.  I’ll be talking about weight set point and the most likely ways it can be altered downward for the...

Oxygen Debt

In Diet RecoveryI recently added some new content about the importance of stressing exercise intensity more than duration for achieving metabolic adaptations that help with achieving a better ratio of body fat to lean body mass. Strictly from a body composition point of view that’s neato and all, but there’s strong evidence that doing short bursts of hard exercise has very unique,...

Epigenetics

Since the early days I’ve been talking about many of the transgenerational phenomena when it comes to human health. By transgenerational I’m talking about stuff that is not?”genetic” (like how we are coded to have two eyes, two ears, and ten fingers), but outside dietary and lifestyle forces that affect our heredity -?everything from fatty acid imbalances to heavy metal...

Eating Order

In a recent post I promised I would cease poking fun at various dietary cults out there (temporarily of course) and lay some firm ground rules in a post called ?Eating Order. I’ve spent an entire day laboriously chipping away at the idea, but unfortunately, my octopus-like mind has managed to outsmart itself. Originally I had grand ideas ? ideas like having a healthy relationship with food...

180 Kindle Instructions

How to Read a 180 eBook on your handheld eBook reader… Instructions provided by Danyelle… If you have a Kindle (or Nook, or any e-reader that supports pdf files) it’s easy to read any of Matt’s 180 Degree books you may have on your computer. Just take your handy-dandy USB connector cord, connect up your Kindle to your computer, and make sure your computer recognizes the...

The New Eating Disorders

By Matt Stone Not too long ago a new type of eating disorder was added to the big 2, anorexia and bulimia. This new one is referred to as orthorexia, which is, in a nutshell, having an irrational infatuation with healthy eating. Of course all the health authors and bloggers out there cried out as if this were some kind of conspiracy to keep people from making healthy food choices. Maybe that has...

Exercise Rehab

I think this is a pretty glorious concept moving into 2011. That simple concept is that many of us have various forms of?psychological interference?getting in the way of?our bodies’ natural desires and subsequent signals’to move and play. For me personally, exercise?was something I did as a child purely for fun, as exercise is meant to be performed. When your body wants to move, it...

2010 Reading List

Bout this time every year I publish the health related books that I read over the course of the last year.  This has been a practice of mine since the beginning of this blog.  I don’t know why I do it, I just do.  I read slightly fewer books this year than normal, but only because for the first time this year I spent a ton of time perusing other blogs.  In particular,...