Episode #213: “Healthy Foods” That Cause Belly Fat

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Oct 17, 2012 free podcast: “Healthy Foods” That Cause Belly Fat. Also: is fasting effective for recovery, what to do about degenerative disc disease, how much should you eat to gain 1 pound of muscle, losing weight without becoming amenorrheic, how to be less susceptible to injury as you age, and when to use grape seed oil.

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Audio Question from Graeme @ 00:16:47
For quick recovery between 2 marathons, given some of the benefits of a fasting day (like reduced inflammation), I was pondering the idea of using a fasting day two days after the first marathon. Use Monday as a refuelling day with a focus on good fats and then use Tuesday as a fast supplemented with BCAA’s.

~ In my response, I recommend a greens supplement and amino acids.

Audio Question from Stacy @ 00:25:23
Injured her hip about 1.5 years ago (trochanteric bursitis). This year, her back went out. It hurts on both sides of the spine. Then her stomach started to hurt, very low down. MRI showed early stage degenerative disc disease between L5 and S1. Doctors believe this is the root of her hip and back problems. She is 41 and likely has surgery in her future. Her question is, can this diagnosis be correct and is there anything she can do about it? Can she exercise? Also are there any supplements she can take to help. She is 6’3″ and weighs 150lbs. Her goals are to be fit… and some “mini-guns” would be nice.

~ In my response, I recommend Hyaluronic Acid along with sea salt. Also SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine) and Capraflex.

Audio Question from Anonymous @ 00:36:33
Would like to know how much time you have to accumulate 2500 calories after a workout for it to be effective to gain 1 pound of muscle.

Audio Question from Ben @ 00:41:17
Wants to know what the best way to lose stomach fat is. He was a skinny guy who gained some weight in the stomach and wants to get rid of it.

~ In my response, I mention Get Fit Guy’s Guide To Achieving Your Ideal Body, and 10 Ways To Burn Belly Fat Fast.

Marianne asks @ 00:47:25
I want to loose about 10 pounds so I can carry less weight and hopefully become a bit faster running and biking, but if I decrease caloric intake, I lose weight but I get amenorrheic, I’m constantly hungry, thinking of food all the time and I feel weak and dizzy. When I eat “enough”, I am not hungry, but I gain weight which I attribute to muscle gain because my body fat % does not change much (18%). I’m a 5’8” 140 lbs 35 y/o female, my diet is about 50% vegetables and fruits, 25% proteins (fish, chicken) and 25% whole grains. I train 6 days a week for about 2 hours each day. Do you have any suggestions?

William asks @ 00:54:32
How do I make my muscles less susceptible to strains and pulls; particularly my hamstrings? I am 55 years old and have been competing at skiing and running at a serious level since I was a child. I have a very healthy diet and a low stress lifestyle. I’ve got a good handle on managing my muscle health. I’ve had the best success with GuaSha massage, topical magnesium, EMS Compex Active Recovery Program, and Glutamine for recovery. I have good muscle strength and low body fat of less and 10%. I have been this size my entire adult life. My hormones are still at healthy levels. It just seems my muscles have become more fragile with age. I’ve lost a bit of spring and explosive power, but if I train for that, I tend to tweak things. My running form is fairly efficient and quiet. I’ve tried light (laser) therapy and Chinese adaptogenic herbs but they do not seem to have much noticeable effect. Am I missing something, or as other people have said, I’m doing OK for my age – just be grateful.

~ In my response to William, I recommend the Rumble Roller. I also mention the Agile Eight hip mobility drills.

Brigid says @ 01:02:03
Hi Ben, I just listened to podcast #192. You talked about the different oils and which ones are good for high heat content verses others. There is one that I’ve been using for all my stir frys, sautees, pan-frying fish and anything else that requires high heat. It is called; “Grapeola” or “Grape Seed Oil”. Is this a good choice to use for all that I stated above? I also use it as a salad dressing, mixed with Red Wine Vinegar.

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25 thoughts on “Episode #213: “Healthy Foods” That Cause Belly Fat

    1. So what I did was buy this “album” off iTunes for a couple bucks:3 Hz Binaural Pure Sine Delta Wave And Rain For Deep Sleep 2:00:00 Zen Mindwaves 3And then I put 4 of those tracks above (for a total of 8 hours) on a playlist that started with this free podcast I downloaded:ZZZZZZ . . . 19:50 Stin Meditation Station Fitness & Nutrition And that's it!So it started with 19:50 of meditation and then goes straight into 8 hours of delta waves.Hope that helps,Ben

      1. I was curious about your use of binaural beats for sleep. I am personally familiar with the benefits of binaural beats. It was my understanding that headphones should be worn when listening for optimal benefit. Since I find sleeping with earbuds to be quite painful, my curiosity was peaked if there were benefits without headphones. Thanks!

  1. Ben. Following up on the Fasting after a Marathon. One of my clients ran 2:44:40 at Melbourne Marathon and used a 24 hour fast two days after the run. His comment was "I feel as good now 4 days after the marathon as I did before the run"

  2. You mentioned to stay away from processed carbohydrates including whole wheat, etc. Do you recommend to stay away from Oats also ?

  3. Oats have phytic acid and avenin, a protein in the prolamine family which lumps it in along with gluten from wheat. I've personally been feeling much better since I started cutting them out.

  4. I have tried reducing carbs intake, including oats but when I do that my sleep quality & length gets reduce very much even if I increase magnesium intake. I tried you're high fat low carb that you advocate with very good results until I ran out of magnesium (I guess because of symptoms). Come to find out that high saturated fat depletes or causes poor absorbability of magnesium. I really like Coconut oil (Nutiva brand) but stopped taking it because sleep issues. Please advise me what to do.

  5. Regarding the Female Athlete Triad…Do you have studies supporting the notion of a 2-4 week "re-boot" period? The research I've read suggests a break from exercise is unnecessary as long as the female achieves adequate energy availability.

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  7. Hi Stacy,

    I'm going to add my personal experience too for a different take on things.

    I had a consult with a chiropractor who took some x-rays and told me my L5 S1 disc was half degenerated and that this was likely do to a minor leg length discrepancy. In his opinion it was this discrepancy which was causing the degeneration of my disc. He suggested that I wear corrective orthotics for the rest of my life so that my disc would not get worse. Since I don't like bulky shoes I left to do my own research…

    At first I came across the practice of Rolfing which releases any tension in your fascia and promotes better alignment of your body. This practice explains that leg length discrepancies are often caused by the hip bone being misaligned rather than the actual leg bones being shorter. I had some success with Rolfing, but I still experienced pain in my low back after walking a lot or exercise. My shoulders were not level with each other either.

    Next, I came across the theory that skeletal misalignment often stems from a misalignment of the atlas vertebrae (the one which your skull sits upon). This is explained that above anything your body will want to make sure that your eyes are level so that balance isn't compromised. If your atlas bone is not aligned properly the rest of the skeleton will contort in subtle ways to support the position of the eyes being level.

    I went with the atlasprofilax method, but there are others (like nucca or orthogonal). My results were amazing in that my shoulders are now level with each other and my ears are in alignment over my shoulders (rather than me holding my head outward) and my posture has improved such that my friends were asking me if I'd started doing pilates again (which I hadn't). Further, my leg length had been measured on a table before and after and had shown itself to be equalized. Now, I haven't had any further x-rays on my hips and disc, but I can say that I don't notice any more pain after running or walking my dog. The only time I do notice any discomfort in this disc is if reading when lying on my stomach. Maybe this is because the disc itself hasn't yet regenerated even though the misalignment which caused the pressure on that disc has been taken away.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do :) Be sure to check out Esther Gokhale's work in proper posture techniques too. Her book is called 8 Steps to a Pain Free Back. She teaches ways to sit and sleep and such which take unneeded pressure off of the discs.

    . . . And thanks Ben for the tips on how to help with the disc degeneration. I've just been drinking homemade bone broth for the glycosaminoglycans but I'll add some your tips to hopefully help with that disc regeneration :-D

  8. I teach water aerobics and I have lots of clients with back, hip and/or knee problems. You can get as hard of a workout as you want in the deep water with no impact. Look into your local pool or Y for classes. If nothing else, you can go to the pool during an open swim time and do deep water jogging intervals with some kind of flotation – a floatation belt or a styrofoam noodle will work. Some pools will provide these pieces of equipment. I discovered water aerobics when I had an injury and I couldn't do anything else. If you get the styrofoam weights you can really increase your resistance and get a great upper body workout too. Good Luck!

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