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180 Degree Metabolism: 2011 Edition

Kicking the New Year off right, I’ve added an additional 20% to180 Degree Metabolism: The Smart Strategy for Fat Loss.? The addendum covers topics such as the role of stress in body fat accumulation, a discussion on types of exercise that encourage fat storage vs. the types that discourage fat storage, and more – including going over what I believe to be some mistakes made in the...

2011 New Year’s Resolutions: Lose Weight!

Along the same lines as the last blog post – a long-winded and passionate article on getting beyond the pathological fixation on weight, diet, and body image issues affecting modern humans to an unacceptable degree, here is an audio program encouraging you to not TRY to lose weight as a New Year’s Resolution. The focus of any New Year’s Resolution should be making?a resolution...

Weight Fixation: "Waist" of Time

?The cruel irony is that although we become totally obsessed with the daily measures of how ?good? or ?bad? we are (refused dessert = good; didn’t have time to go to the gym = bad), there is no finish line. This weight preoccupation will never lead us anywhere. It is a maniacal maze that always spits you out at the same point it sucked you up:? wanting. We keep chasing after perfection as...

Inflammation Nation

In the last post we talked about the stress response, and how it seems like the modern human body’s reaction to various stressors is overactive. This overactivation, many believe, is linked to the increasing presence of Arachidonic Acid in our bodies. Arachidonic acid is the precursor to what are known as Series 2 Prostaglandins, a class of predominantly pro-inflammatory (although not all)...

Stress vs. Stress Response

The hot topic at 180 these days is stress. But before we continue with the conversation, I think some important groundwork needs to be laid down. Many of us here have had some various form of stress undermine our health, be it an extreme diet, a traumatic event, poor nutrition, endurance exercise, calorie restriction, sleep loss, a job that we hate, or what have you. Many more of us have had...

Bruising Easily

This came up on the comments section the other day, and since some information I came across was so timely, and I knew rung true with the person’s experience who was claiming to have bruising issues (she originally came to the site complaining of bleeding gums which went away instantly upon pulling a 180 – calling for her to “eliminate the sweets and refined foods in the...

The Twinkie Diet

We’ll get back on track with our stress conversation early next week, but those who know me know that I wouldn’t bite my lip on Kansas professor Mark Haub’s Twinkie Diet forever.  Well of course I have a response – one that’s been in the works for a while.  For those of you who don’t know, Haub’s Twinkie Diet has gone wildly viral on the...

Hans Selye

?Stress is not a specific reaction.? The stress response is, by definition, not specific, since it can be produced by virtually any agent.? -Hans Selye? Long overdue, I finally got my hands on some Hans Selye, recently picking my way through The Stress of Life. I had always heard interesting and positive things said about Selye over the years, and became particularly interested in him after...

Public Talk in Sarasota

Although the sound quality is less than spectacular – I was in a room full of “moo-shine” filled refrigerators, here is a large chunk of a talk I gave to a local group of real foodies in Sarasota on Tuesday.  Nothing earth-shattering, but unlike Uncle Rico’s flippin’ sweet play action QB video in the movie Napolean Dynamite, it...

Refined Coconut Oil

By Matt Stone… It’s funny that with all the information I put out there, I get one question in particular five times for every other question I receive. That question is, ?Why do you recommend refined coconut oil?? I thought it would be good to answer that question once and for all and be able to send a link to people instead of a long-winded response. Refined coconut oil is not...

Paula Owens: The Power of 4

First things first, Chris Sandel mentioned in the last post is doing?a series on RRARF that you guys might be interested in… http://www.seven-health.com/blog/ To find out more about RRARF, which stands for Rehabilitative Rest and Aggressive Re-Feeding, please read DIET RECOVERY!!! Now let’s get down to bidniss. After doing my book review of Rachel Cosgrove’s The Female Body...

Overfeeding Reduces Insulin Resistance?

I had to laugh as the Mayor of Hair Danny Roddy contacted me, wondering if I had heard what was being said about me at this year’s Weston A. Price Foundation conference this past weekend. I had not, but I followed his lead and snooped around on Twitter where there was a tidbit about Stephan Guyenet being asked about overfeeding reducing insulin resistance. ?Ah, you’ve been reading...

The 180 Metabolism Blog

While diet dangers and?weight loss and metabolism-related material will continue to be a hallmark of the 180 blog, I have created a separate blog that will emphasize such topics even more with little deviation into other favorite 180 topics like constipation, overfeeding, heart disease, blood sugar regulation, adrenal health, inflammation, allergenicity (a made up word I think), and so on....

Janie Bowthorpe Fail

Recently I contacted the site host of Stop the Thyroid Madness (and author of a book by the same title) Janie Bowthorpe. I’ve been trying to explain to Janie what’s been taking place at http://180degreehealth.com/ for quite some time, as I’ve seen the diet and lifestyle manipulation outlined in?Diet Recovery?about how to RAISE YOUR METABOLISM,repeatedly outperform thyroid...

Metabolic Damage

Metabolic damage, or ruining your metabolism to the point where your body temperature is low, you can’t lose weight and certainly can’t keep it off?no matter how hard you try, and so forth – is one of the primary areas of focus of 180D. In fact, I’ve gone so far as to write an eBook that is basically a road map for restoring metabolic health FOUND HERE. Scott Abel and...

The Female Body Breakthrough

You know, I love doing book reviews and I hardly ever do ?em. This is perfect seeing that my summer exploration into some of the popular bodybuilder and fitness enthusiast ideas regarding weight loss is coming to a close with a ceremonious ?Eat the Food. This is kind of like asking for a Woot Woot or an Amen. Here, I asketh upon the clergy, ?Can I get an EAT THE FOOD-ah?! Actually, if we are...

Belly Fat, Cortisol, and 11Beta HSD

Oh yeah, nothing like some good old fashioned 11Beta Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase. I know it was on everyone’s mind lately, so I thought I’d bring it up. Thanks to Shawn Talbott (shown left), author of The Cortisol Connection, as well as Jon Gabriel of the The Gabriel Method for turning?me on to this intracellular enzyme that takes inactive corticoids and converts them into cortisol,...

Understanding Belly Fat

?Those subjects who gained the most weight became concerned about their increasing sluggishness, general flabbiness, and the tendency of fat to accumulate in the abdomen and buttocks. -The Biology of Human Starvation? Response to the miraculous healing that took place during re-feeding after 24 weeks of calorie-restriction completely ruined the physical, mental, and emotional health of 32 young...

Podcast with Elizabeth Walling

Yesterday Elizabeth Walling interviewed me on The Nourished Life podcast.  We discussed mostly weight set point while diverging into a few side tangents such as exercise, the Paleo diet, and more.  You can listen to the podcast here…The Nourished LifeI also regret my response to her last question, which was more or less “where does someone start?” when it comes to...

Insulin Resistance as Starvation

From the beginnings of my health nerdfest, I have always made a habit out of thinking through the eyes of the human body. In my experience, the body is a million times smarter than the mind ? even my mind, which is like a holy deity of vast intellectual wisdumb. In other words, I try to make sense of certain physical reactions and hormonal states in context of real life. Like for example,...