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I've got 5 Powerful ways for you to be a better version of you!
If you've ever wanted a better body and are fed up with the recycled magazine headlines, things friends told you about that didn't work, and pushy trainers trying to get you to do just one more rep, then maybe it's time to try some underground techniques that no one ever told you about.
And they WORK!
YES, I Know if you want to gain muscle you have to eat additional calories. However, we're learning more and more secrets about how hormones influence what your body does with the calories it consumes. We know by feeding animals hormones they gain more weight on the same feed. Let's take a look at some of the missed additives to your routine.
By understanding how human biology works on a deeper level, scientists are unlocking secrets every single year to a better body.
Mostly those secrets go unnoticed.
Scientists get paid to work on big ideas, and usually ideas funded by big pharma and other companies that focus on diseases.
They aren't usually paying attention to how to use the ideas generated for building a better human.
By looking deeper into their studies, a group of people calling themselves biohackers are mining the data for new secrets into human biology.
Biohackers are interested in optimizing their own bodies and minds to look good and live longer while feeling better.
They experiment on themselves and then tell others when they find something that works.
Now, you can benefit from these experiments. In fact, I've tried all these things myself and found that they worked for me.
The first four tactics are built into humans by design so they are [mostly] free, we only have to unlock them by doing the right things.
What? The Sun gives you a better body? YES!
Literally the #1 thing you can do to optimize your health and look you best.
Sunshine reduces obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more.
Sunshine lowers all-cause mortality, that means every disease known to man is lowered with sunshine.
Sunshine does this by providing information to the cells in your body. You can't get this information anywhere else.
Humans and most life on this planet were designed to live under the sun that powers this Earth.
Information from the sun programs our cells to make vitamin D, melatonin and set our body's circadian rhythm.
Most people have no clue how important proper circadian rhythm, and thus Sun, is for a better and healthy body.
To look your best you need
A. The right hormones to be produced at the right time of day.
B. Information transfer to your cells to clean up damaged cells.
Sunlight can provide this information.
One study showed that growth hormone was produced in higher amounts in the summer vs the winter. One more reason to get out in the sun.
Growth hormone has been shown to increase muscle mass and bone density and decrease body fat.
There's a reason this is the #1 tip everyone.
Everyone can access it anywhere on the planet.
Just step outside. With as few clothes on as possible.
In fact, you can pick up one of these swimsuits or t-shirts that allows you to be naked without being naked.
Your best bet is to get 5 minutes minimum of sun within an hour of sunrise. Ideally, you will stay outside from sunrise all the way till UV light makes an appearance. That time changes based on the season.
If you can get out again around noon, do that.
In the winter you have two choices:
1. Head down south as often and for as long as possible.
2. Get outside anyway (yes in the cold) and supplement with healing lights like a Gembared, Joovv and UV tanning type light.
You have to be careful with tanning lights, so do your research, but don't neglect the sun.
We call it Vitamin S. Get some.
Some form of fasting is present in all cultures and religion.
There is a reason.
Nobody wants to tell you to stop eating. But guess what? The truth is that it works!
Fasting is easier and far more effective than you think.
According to Dr. Peter Attia and Dr. Jason Fung, fasting can rest our hormones that code for obesity and optimize them for appropriate body weight.
Fasting once a week for 24 hours or multiple times a week for 16-18 hours (that still allows you two meals a day and is called intermittent fasting) means eating less total calories.
Most people find that they don't even miss the calories when they go back to eating after fasting.
Fasting has also been shown to increase growth hormone, which can increase muscle mass and decrease body fat.
Fasting for 3 days once or twice a year can also be very beneficial. Obviously, consult a qualified medical professional before and during this type of fast.
Personally, I do not do that. The human body is designed to fast. But because our modern world is very far from the way humans were designed to live, many people will require medical professional support.
Fasting once a week for 24 hours is just going from dinner Sunday night till dinner Monday night. You get to eat dinner both nights. In fact, Sunday you eat all three meals, and then just skip breakfast and lunch Monday and now you've made a 24 hour fast. Easy.
Other people choose to do daily intermittent fasting.
You can fast for 14-18 hours daily. That means finishing dinner at 6 pm and not eating again until the next day at 10 am. Really, that's not too bad.
When you fast, your body is using your own body fat for fuel.
Find out what works best for you and incorporate fasting each week.
Getting uncomfortably hot helps with lean muscle gain.
A 20-30 minute sauna session increases growth hormone.
Growth hormone can be increased more by extending the session out to an hour and by doing multiple sauna sessions in one day.
Sauna also has been shown to increase VO2max and cardio performance.
Ideally, you would use the sauna immediately after a workout and do two 1-hour back to back sessions followed by a 30 minute break.
This has been shown to increase growth hormone by 16X.
But who has time for that? And is that even safe?
Stick to a 20-30 minute session immediately following a workout.
Nobody likes to be cold.
Yet cold can reduce inflammation, help
- increase brown fat
- reduce body fat
- improve sleep
- extend your lifespan
- improve athletic performance
- improve brain performance
- allow you to eat more and weigh less
Shivering has been shown to deplete muscle glycogen similar to an intense workout, thus increasing human growth hormone (HGH) which builds lean muscle and burns fat.
You can lose weight without even working out if you get cold.
We have a whole post on getting cold.
Find ways to get colder during the day. You don't have to do it for long.
20 minutes in a tub filled with cold water is a good start.
You can even wear a hat, gloves, and booties in there. I put on scuba boots and a hat and gloves when I do this.
This device goes under your sheet when you sleep and keeps you cooler. It's great for someone who likes to sleep cool while their partner sleeps hot.
Use cryo, walk outside in the winter, get in a cold tub. Find a way to cool your body.
Increase your own levels of growth hormone!
NASA states that growth hormone increases energy levels, increases metabolism, accelerates recovery, and helps rejuvenate the body.
Wouldn't it feel great to get up in the morning feeling great and looking like you work out every day?
Primed is made up of designer peptides formulated to increase your body's production of growth hormone.
Growth hormone releasing peptides have been shown to increase the body's own growth hormone levels.
You can cheat using peptides that help stimulate your body's own growth hormone.