In this episode of the MTA Podcast we bring you an in-depth and fascinating conversation with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella on the subject of nutrition for runners. And in the quick tip segment we share a mantra for your first marathon that takes the pressure off your finishing time. Continue Reading →
Professor Tim Noakes is still exploding minds! In this interview we ask him about the biggest “aha” moments over his 40 years of studying runners.
You will learn about the dangers of over-hydration (hyponatremia), the brain’s Central Governor, the real reason we slow down in the marathon, and how the Banting Diet (low carb eating) caught fire in South Africa. Continue Reading →
In 1980, the year I was born (thought you might want to know that), the USDA published dietary guidelines that warned Americans to stay away from fats and cholesterol in order to reduce the risk of heart disease.
They advised Americans to cut back on meat consumption, stop drinking whole milk, and replace our traditional eggs and bacon with “healthy” grain-based cereals and low-fat milk.
Cholesterol was blamed for heart disease and foods high in fat were put on the hit list. Notice this Time Magazine cover from 1984.
But not everyone was convinced. Philip Handler is quoted as being skeptical about these guidelines from the very beginning calling it “a vast nutritional experiment”.
Well, this experiment has gone very badly.
According to Walsh the prevalace of Type 2 diabetes increased 166% from 1980 to 2012. More than a third of Americans are obese which makes us one of the fattest countries in the world (which country is fatter?).
And what’s ironic is that conventional wisdom told us that cutting fats out of our diet would help us lose weight. Cut fat to lose fat, they thought. Continue Reading →
Here’s another recipe straight from Angie’s Fat Adapted Eating Plan where you learn to burn your fat as fuel!
Just because you cut out grains and added sugars doesn’t mean you can’t eat the foods you love.
These protein crepes are delicious at breakfast or any meal (especially topped with strawberries and fat adapted whipped cream) . . .
And once you teach your body to live without added sugar, these crepes make an excellent treat for dessert.
Here’s a recipe straight from Angie’s Fat Adapted Eating Plan where you learn to burn your fat as fuel!
This fat adapted pizza is so good 1/3 of it was gobbled before I could get my camera ready!
Just because you cut out grains doesn’t mean you can’t eat the foods you love. A cheese based crust can be used for pizza with delicious results. See the ingredients below! Continue Reading →
Yes!!! Angie’s Fat Adapted Eating Plan is live!
Here’s a video that shows you what it means to become a fat adapted runner; three huge benefits to cutting sugars and grains out of your diet.
Angie shares the breakthrough she and I have had in our health and fitness and how you too can enjoy more energy for running and doing the activities you love, fewer sugar cravings, fewer mid-day energy crashes, and the secret to losing fat without counting calories or exercising your butt off.
We are getting ready to launch Angie’s Fat Adapted Eating Plan -Burn Fat as Fuel. This plan has revolutionized the way fuel for marathons and eat in our every day lives. (I’ve had to get new pants because I went from a size 36 to a 32!)
Here’s a quick look at the healthy fats you will want to keep on hand if you want to become a fat adapted runner. Continue Reading →
You can see it here. Amazingly, this little post has continued to generate high numbers of visitors every month.
Well ladies and gentleman, I have broken the 4:00 barrier again! (spontaneous cheering ignites all over the world wide web).
I ran 3:56:35 in Myrtle Beach.
I’m not setting any speed records to be sure. I’m just a middle of the pack runner. At my age I would need to clock a 3:05 to qualify for Boston! Ha, ha, ha . . .
Nevertheless, breaking 4 hours for the second time feels really good. Especially after running a miserable 4:53:23 at the Rocket City Marathon in December. (Let’s not talk about that race).
The cool part about running sub-four this time is that I did not carry a boat load of fuel. What did I carry? Nothing but my fat baby! (sort of).
In this episode we talk with nutrition expert and triathlete Ben Greenfield about going beyond training to master your endurance.
Ben talks with us about being a fat adapted runner and answers nutrition questions from the listening audience.
You will hear questions and answers about his new book Beyond Training, the benefit of fat adaption for endurance athletes, the best way to become fat-adapted, what to do about an under active thyroid, snacks that fill you up without causing weight gain, what type of diet his kids eat, preventing heart & coronary disease, and the question of whether supplements provide a clear benefit.
But Wait There’s More!
We got exclusive permission to post content from chapter 13 of Beyond Training -the chapter entitled “How Much Carbohydrate, Protein, and Fat You Need to Stay Lean, Stay Sexy, and Perform Like a Beast”.
I asked him for this chapter because it deals specifically with high fat low-carb diets. As far as I know, we are the only website on the internet where you can read this content for free! (yes, we feel special) Continue Reading →
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Many runners have experienced this frustration . . . no matter how much you run it doesn’t seem to have a dramatic effect on your weight loss.
Speaking from his personal experience of having completed over 70 marathons and ultra marathons Dr. Noakes writes,
“In forty-one years of running I have learnt that the numerous benefits of exercise do not include any sustained effects on weight loss.” -Challenging Beliefs, Kindle version
We have all heard the conventional formula for losing weight: (1) eat less (2) exercise more.
But when you step back and think about this model a cruel irony settles in . . . Continue Reading →
I began running again 2 ½ years ago after taking a 14 year vacation from marathon running. I just let life happen and gave in to the pressures of going full speed without proper nutrition. Since starting back to living a healthy lifestyle – I have dropped 75 lbs! I am leaner now than I have ever been in my life. I have run 3 marathons so far this year and I have PR’ed all my records from the mid-90s (when I was in my 20s).
Plant-powered nutrition has had a very positive effect on my running. It has provided a foundation of health to support faster and longer distances, AND I have not experienced any injuries as an endurance athlete.
So what does plant-powered mean?
In the purest sense, it means not consuming any animal products (no meat, no dairy, no cheese, etc.). Many people would call this vegan, but I don’t use that label because vegan is much more than not eating animal products.
So why plant-powered? I have followed many athletes who are plant-powered and they have all inspired me to change to this lifestyle – athletes like Scott Jurek, Rich Roll, Matt Frazier, and many others. For me personally, I have found that this lifestyle has allowed me to go from a 245 lb. coach potato to an ultra-runner in two years! Continue Reading →
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Vinnie Tortorich is the author of the book Fitness Confidential – adventures in the weight loss game. *Quick heads up, the book does contain adult language and content.
He is the go to guy for celebrities and athletes who need to get fit fast. He hosts the Angriest Trainer Podcast and is an ultra-endurance cyclist. He has also battled Leukemia, a struggle he chronicles in the book.
Vinnie calls himself America’s angriest trainer but he’s actually a really nice guy. As a personal trainer he doesn’t scream “feel the burn!” when making his clients do push ups. He says that’s only what made-for-T.V. trainers do.
He is angry because of the misinformation that exists in the fitness industry -an industry he’s been working in since the 80s. Vinnie’s contention is that the calorie in calorie out weight loss model is a bunch of bull.
“Your good intentions have been stolen, and I’m here to help you get ’em back!”
The book opens with a situation where movie execs from Disney need him to take 35 pounds off an actress in six weeks.
When you see an actress on the red carpet and you know she just had a baby three weeks ago but she looks fabulous; she either has me or someone like me working with her. -Vinnie Tortorich
He will be the first to tell you that these celebrities types are not genetically perfect. What works for them will work for us. The secret sauce of Fitness Confidential is called NSNG (no sugars no grains). Continue Reading →