Saturday, September 5, 2015

Brad's Diet, Exercise, and Lifestyle Tips For Peak Performance and Longevity



Following are details of my personal diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits that honor the principles of evolutionary health. In 2008, I started working on The Primal Blueprint book and movement with Mark Sisson. I immediately transitioned away from the Standard American Diet (SAD) high in complex carbs to a primal eating pattern that is comparatively very low carb and high in healthy fats. Concurrently, I ditched my lifelong emphasis on endurance training (especially the destructive chronic cardio patterns I followed as a pro triathlete) to pursue a more primal-style all-around fitness program, featuring more intense, explosive workouts that optimize hormones and delay aging. 

OVERVIEW of primal lifestyle tips (details follow)
  1. Eat Primally: Emphasize colorful, nutrient dense primal foods, especially abundant vegetable consumption and healthy, natural fats from clean animal products.
  2. Go Keto: The ultimate sophistication of low-carb dietary practices is the recently popular ketogenic eating strategy. Great for fat reduction, disease protection, and targeted performance benefits.
  3. Move Frequently: Walk around more (especially taking breaks from prolonged sitting), try a standup desk, engage in brief calisthenics, strength, or mobility exercises during the day, and do structured cardio workouts at a very comfortable pace of 180-minus-age in heart beats per minute (e.g. 180-50 year old = 130 maximum heart rate for an aerobic session.)
  4. Go Hard: Conduct regular brief, high-intensity strength and sprint workouts. Explosive, high intensity efforts help preserve muscle mass, optimize hormone function, reduce body fat, and delay aging.
  5. Sleep/Relax: Minimize artificial light and digital stimulation after dark as this compromises healthy sleep and messes up hormone balance. Prioritize adequate sleep and awaken full of energy. Nap whenever you need to. Discipline yourself to take downtime from constant digital stimulation and hyper-connectivity to just chill. 
DIET
  1. Ditch sugars, grains, and vegetable oils: The "Big-3" most offensive foods in the modern diet promote systemic inflammation, oxidative damage, fat storage, accelerated aging, heart disease, and cancer. Yes, these foods are cultural mainstays but science validates that this stuff will slowly kill ya.
  2. Emphasize primal foods: Meat, fish, fowl, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and their derivative butters, and healthy modern foods like high fat dairy and high cacao percentage dark chocolate. An "ancestral" eating pattern (primal/paleo/keto) is, by comparison to the Standard American Diet (SAD), is very low carb (no sugars or grains) and high in healthy fats.
  3. Flexible: When you become good at fat burning instead of dependent upon regular high carb meals as your main source of energy, your meal habits can become more sporadic. Intermittent Fasting optimizes fat metabolism, enhances cellular repair, and delays aging. 
The Primal Blueprint philosophy counters the "diet" concept of prescribed meals, calorie counting, and a regimented schedule. Caloric intake and meal choices can vary wildly each day, and you become expert at burning stored body fat. Your food choices are driven primarily by personal preference, within the broad guidelines of primal eating. When you cut out processed carbs, you soon lose your habituation to them and it feels liberating and energizing. Meals are predominantly fat and stimulate minimal insulin response, keeping energy, blood sugar, and appetite stable all day, even when meals are skipped/missed.

My eating routine: I either fast until 12 noon or later per ketogenic eating strategy, or prepare a morning super nutrition, macronutrient balanced green smoothie w/full fat coconut or almond milk, Primal Fuel powder or other whey protein, avocado, assorted pre-frozen greens (spinach, kale, celery, beets, chard), a bit of frozen berries and frozen green banana, and assorted supplements for athletic performance and recovery including MCT oil, creatine, glutamine, L-carnitine, sea salt, and probiotics. Check out my smoothie video and get it going!

Sometimes I'll have a late breakfast of hard-boiled eggs and walnuts and Primal Kitchen mayo or just some 85-90% dark chocolate busted out around midday. Afternoon or evening features large salads with vegetables, meat, nuts and olive or avocado oil dressing, giant stir fry's with assorted organic leafy greens and other vegetables, and the highest quality grassfed meats or wild-caught fish, such as Lone Mountain Wagyu beef. 

Total elimination of all grains (wheat, rice, pasta, corn, and all derivatives), sugars/sweets and sweetened beverages. Okay, a little leaking here and there with occasional popcorn fests or corn tortilla fish tacos. If I want extra carbs I make these fabulous sweet potato discs. Beverage of choice is water and tons of homemade kombucha, now that I am an expert kombucha maker. Snacks of assorted nut butters, and lots of 80-90% dark chocolate. Read about how I choose only the highest quality bean-to-bar dark chocolate.

My estimated macronutrient profile:

~66% fat: Naturally raised meat/fish/fowl/eggs, coconut products, avocados, nuts, seeds and their derivative butters, oils of avocado, olive, and coconut, and high cacao percentage dark chocolate
~20% protein: 0.7g/lb of lean body mass is the goal. Easily accomplished from eating primal style with animal foods, nuts and some whey protein powder. 
~14% carb: Under 150 grams/600 calories per day is the critical Primal goal, while under 50 grams per day is the critical keto goal. The 150g standard is easily accomplished when all grains and sugars are eliminated. Keto entails getting your carbs from veggies and putting aside fruit, sweet potatoes, and the like during those focused periods. I estimate my daily carb intake ranges from 20 grams to 150 grams with no specific pattern except for naturally increased carb intake in and around strenuous workouts. This is what Mark Sisson refers to as eating in the "keto zone," where you effortlessly drift into and out of ketosis without worrying about it or noticing.

If you wonder if you are eating too many carbs, chart what you eat on a notepad for a day or two, trying to measure or estimate quantities as best you can, then visit myfitnesspal.com and input your data. It will generate a nice report with macronutrient and caloric breakdowns. 

Re - the Keto Reset: There are outstanding health, disease protection, and fat reduction benefits to be had from becoming highly fat adapted through frequent fasting and adherence to a very low carb intake standard with meals. Personally, I'm don't bother adhering to strict keto guidelines every day, but many days I'm keto-qualified by default. It's an excellent idea for lifelong metabolic health to prepare for and complete an initial focused period of ketogenic eating lasting for six weeks, then recalibrate any time with shorter forays into keto. This journey is presented in detail in The Keto Reset Diet, which reached #4 ranking on the New York Times bestseller list upon its 2017 release. We also offer a comprehensive online course to learn how to go keto the right way. 

EXERCISE
My routine features comfortable aerobic workouts (i.e., slow jogging in the morning or evening on golf course), regular brief, high intensity strength training sessions at home with bodyweight, heavy weight, or resistance cords, a high intensity sprint workout once every 7-10 days, and a general daily effort to move more with walking, bike cruising, flexibility/mobility drills, and mini strength efforts.

My routine:


  1. Morning Flexibility/Mobility Routine: Done in bedroom every single morning, no matter what. It's only 12 minutes but it's pretty challenging and a great way to get energized upon awakening. My competitive fitness goals launch from this higher baseline, which has really helped with injury prevention at my intense workouts. 
  2. Morning Cold Plunge: Immediately following my morning mobility exercises, I plunge into a chest freezer filled with water cooled to 33F-38F (0C-3C). I spending 4-5 minutes in the tub, completing 20 deep, diaphragmatic breath cycles. This is a fabulous experience that puts me into a meditative state and helps strength my focus and resilience for a productive day. Cold therapy delivers an assortment of hormonal, cognitive, and cardiovascular benefits and definitely energizes you when you exit! The movement routine-plus-cold plunge have become habit to the extent that I don't need to apply psychic energy nor will power to make them happen. Developing winning habits begets more winning habits, such as being able to prioritize your work objectives or stick to healthy eating goals. I also plunge for a few minutes right before bed to lower body temperature and facilitate a good night's sleep. Read about the comprehensive benefits of cold therapy
  3. Movement: Many experts believe that this is the next fitness breakthrough: increasing all forms of general everyday movement to counter the many sedentary forces of modern life. This includes morning or evening neighborhood strolls, taking the stairs instead of elevators, hitting a single set of pullups or deadlifts when you pass by the apparatus in your yard, doing air squats while watching the World Cup on TV, or implementing something like my morning routine as a consistent element of your daily routine. Increasing your general daily movement patterns could in many ways be more important than conducting formal workouts, especially if the workouts are too stressful. 
  4. Jogging: Either a short morning jog of 20 min or evening golf course jog for Speedgolf practice. This used to be every day, and now it's not every day. I don't think I've lost any fitness, which strengthens the argument for sporadic, intuitive training patterns and increased emphasis on recovery. The critical component of my running is keeping heart rate at or below 130 beats per minute (per the MAF "180-age" formula). This means a very slow (over 9 min/mile pace), very comfortable exercise session that doesn't stress me. I can easily run faster with minimal strain, but getting into a pattern of medium-to-difficult paced runs, instead of truly easy runs, can lead to fatigue, burnout and hormonal imbalances. Read how I doubled my testosterone from clinically low (after months of too much running at slightly excessive heart rates), to the 99th percentile for males 50+ and 95th percentile for males in their 20s.
  5. Strength Training: These brief, high intensity sessions last 10-20 minutes and happen two days per week. At my advanced age, I've drifted away from formal workouts that last too long and make me too tired in the days afterward. Instead, almost every day I do a bit of strength efforts, whether its 100 decline Spiderman pushups and a set of deep squats and deadlifts (maybe 10 min total time requirement). A couple days a week I'll do a more ambitious workout, such 200 Spidermans along with a few sets of deadlifts, squats, stretch cordz, pullups, or ankle band work. Everything is at home within easy reach so it's no trouble to get a little work in. I go to the gym too, but more often for sauna than for moving iron. The longest I'll be in an actual workout mode is only 20 minutes. Go hard and get it done before you overstimulate stress hormones. In contrast, being in the gym doing machine circuits for an hour is too stressful, making you tired and craving sugar in the aftermath.
  6. Sprinting: Sessions happen a few times per month, consisting of warmup, 10 minutes of quite challenging technique drills that elevate heart rate, and main session of perhaps 1 x 400m, 2 x 200m, and 4 x 100 meters at the running track. Some rare sprinting footage. Sometimes I'll combine (fewer) sprints with high jump practice of 20 x explosive high jumps, or a golf course practice session where I'm running 3 x 500 yard hole all-out while playing (training for the Guinness World Record that I broke June 1st, 2018, for the fastest single hole of golf ever played (minimum length, 500 yards).
LIFESTYLE
Sleep and sufficient rest, recovery and downtime from the hectic pace of modern life could be the number one priority for health and longevity. Research shows that if you are sleep deprived it compromises your ability to burn fat, essentially negating your diligent dietary transformation efforts and fitness accomplishments. 

The number-one priority in this area is to avoid excess artificial light and digital stimulation after dark. Get your screen work and entertainment done early in the evening, and reserve the last hours before bed for winding down in a dark, quiet, mellow setting - socialize, take an evening stroll, read a book, take a cold plunge! Download f.lux if you insist on working on computer after dark. Wear yellow lens sunglasses and use orange "bug light" bulbs to minimize indoor light after dark. Minimizing light exposure will trigger Dim Light Melatonin Onset, a genetically programmed response where we become sleepy soon after dark in alignment with our circadian rhythms and prep ourselves for a good night's sleep. 

Introducing excess artificial light and digital stimulation after dark suppresses melatonin, elevates stress hormones, increases sugar cravings, and compromises optimal cycling through all phases of sleep. This in turn compromises immune function (healthy intestinal flora flourishes at night, while you sleep; as does cell repair and recovery from stress of daily life). Lights Out - Sleep, Sugar, and Survival, a fantastic book on the subject, recommends we all sleep 9.5 hours per night in the winter, and can get away with 8 hours per night in the summer. If you like catching up on email or Netflix at night, remind yourself that excess evening light and digital stimulation = stress hormone spike = sugar cravings = fat storage. 

I'll also take an afternoon nap of around 20 minutes any time I feel my energy and cognitive performance flagging. I wake up feeling refreshed and focused for resuming work. I guarantee any heavy hitter out there that my down time is more than made up for with improved productivity for the rest of the work day. 

My goal in sharing this information is to garner awe from my fan base and national media outlets, as well as inspire and hopefully assist you with achieving personal health and fitness goals. Please contact me if you have any questions or further interest!

28 comments:

  1. I ditched my lifelong emphasis on endurance training to pursue more broad and health-psite
    romoting fitness goals.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I spend a lot of time in airports, including 4 hours Sunday in
      St. Louis. But I always look on the positive side and try to get as
      much magazine reading or article writing done as possible.

      Heck, I even wrote this email to you from Gate A18 while waiting for
      my flight and watching the Patriots-Colts game.

      This reminds me of a time about a year ago when I was stuck in the
      Newark Airport, and I was reading a copy of Men's Fitness that
      contained the legendary TT success story of the Kuhn Triplets (you
      can see the fat loss story on my site at
      http://www.TurbulenceTraining.com).

      Here's some of the tips we used in our plan to help the 3 brothers
      lose that last 5 pounds of fat in the last 10 days of the
      transformation.

      NOTE: These advanced tips were only used for 10-14 days. That's the
      maximum time for this advanced plan.

      1) Start your day with water and fiber. I truly believe drinking
      12 cups of water over the course of the day helps you stay alert and
      stops you from feeling too hungry. As for the fiber, you can get it
      from fruit or nuts. Research shows starting your day with fiber
      helps control your blood sugar until the afternoon.

      2) Eat 1 cup of raw vegetables prior to eating your regular lunch
      and dinner. This will help control your appetite.

      3) Eat only almonds, raw vegetables, & fruit between meals.

      4) Don't eat more than 40g of carbohydrates at any meal.

      5) Don't go to bed full. Eat only a small protein snack in the
      evening to control calorie intake.

      6) Drink 6 cups of green tea per day (3 in AM, 3 after lunch)

      Advanced Exercise Tips

      1) Add 10 seconds to each work interval.

      2) Add in some bodyweight circuits (10-20 minutes per day) done in
      the morning or evening.

      If you do your regular TT workout in the morning, then do your
      bodyweight circuits after dinner. Alternatively, do the bodyweight
      circuits first thing in the morning, and then do your regular
      workout at lunch or later in the afternoon or evening.

      3) Add one set to the first superset you do in each workout.

      Use these strict tips for no more than 2 weeks before returning to
      normal exercise guidelines and carbohydrate intake.

      Go here to get started: ===> Advanced tips to lose inches from your waist <=====

      Train hard but safe,

      CB

      PS - For maximum fat loss...

      If you have dumbbells, a bench, and a ball at home, you can lose
      fat in the comfort of your own home with Turbulence Training.

      "At the end of week one, I lost 3.5 pounds and I was feeling great.
      Yesterday was the end of week two and I lost 3 more pounds! Six and
      a half pounds in two weeks and I feel outstanding. Not the least
      bit tired or weak. I've never been so enthusiastic about each
      workout. I didn't bother to take a 'before' photo, but I may still
      do that. I would have touched base with you sooner, but with work,
      school, training, etc., I'm always pressed for time. And of course,
      that's what makes Turbulence Training such a convenient program."
      Chuck Fager

      Click here to get Turbulence Training: ===> Fast fat loss workouts... <=====

      "As a professional firefighter, personal fitness is very important
      to me. I found the Turbulence Training program to be an excellent
      way to keep my workouts fresh and high paced while achieving my
      desired results. I would recommend this program to anyone who is
      serious about losing weight and reaching their fitness goals."
      Chris Gaylor, Professional Firefighter

      Delete
  2. Nice post!

    Here is the best quality Arganrain Argan Oil with a buy 1 get 1 free offer to prevent aging signs perfectly.
    BUY 1 ARGAN GET 1 FREE

    ORDER NOW

    ReplyDelete
  3. Even if you do everything in your power to restore GI health, it’s still possible to experience some side effects as a result of the antibiotics treatment. Even if you do everything in your power to restore GI health, it’s still possible to experience some side effects as a result of the antibiotics treatment.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Anti Aging and Wellness Clinic provide the best anti aging treatments in Costa Rica.

    Anti Aging California

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great post! Thank you so much for the share. With the assistance of an Ankeny licensed massage lakeway therapist, you can feel better, enjoy a more peaceful presence and enjoy life a little more. look our site: www.spa810.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. The Anti Wrinkle Eye Creams or Serums are one that has convincing components of diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles under eyes. Finding an eye wrinkle cream with and additionally could be relied upon help you to see better results..Anti Aging Serum

    ReplyDelete
  7. I’m so glad I tried Dermogenix after reading its reviews. It has a very smooth texture like nothing I’ve ever used before, I just love the feel of it and I like that it’s fragrance free. I have very sensitive skin so I wasn’t sure if these kinds of Skin Care Products would work for me, but my wrinkles are so less noticeable as soon as I apply! My make up goes on so smooth over it. I just find it to be a very outstanding product and I would like to recommend to all , Just try Once!! Best Skin Moisturizer For Aging Skin

    ReplyDelete
  8. Enjoy a few slices of the delicious fruit in the evening, before going to bed. According to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, pineapple boosts the release of serotonin and melatonin while you are sleeping.

    Melatonin is produced from serotonin and this hormone is responsible for helping humans and other mammals adapt to changing environmental conditions. Its production is also related to higher levels of human growth hormone.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Yes I agree that it is a well-known fact, fish oil has anti-inflammatory properties which sooth the inflammation and improve heart health. There is one more thing which I think you have to know- this oil is very effective to treat the signs of aging. Women spend lots of money to cure the signs of aging but sometimes in some people the treatment don’t work. In that condition you can use this oil to get its benefits. So benefits of fish oil is an ideal remedy which can cure the signs of aging.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Yes I agree that it is a well-known fact, fish oil has anti-inflammatory properties which sooth the inflammation and improve heart health. There is one more thing which I think you have to know- this oil is very effective to treat the signs of aging. Women spend lots of money to cure the signs of aging but sometimes in some people the treatment don’t work. In that condition you can use this oil to get its benefits. So benefits of fish oil is an ideal remedy which can cure the signs of aging.

    ReplyDelete
  11. All fruits and veggies are a good pick, especially if you consume these raw or lightly cooked. Fruits and vegetables contain an array of essential vitamins and nutrients. They’re also rich in antioxidants and fiber. Fiber is beneficial for maintaining healthy weight and it also has a positive impact on cardiovascular health.

    ReplyDelete
  12. In adults, HGH plays the important role of protecting tissues and organs from damage and from the effects of aging. HGH can be used to boost energy levels, to increase bone density, to boost lean muscle mass and to keep skin healthy and youthful.

    Human growth hormone supplements can also improve the results of workout sessions, strengthen the immune response and decrease body fat. full genf20 plus site

    ReplyDelete
  13. I like that this is not just another cream to put on my face but a supplement to work from the inside out.Anti-aging

    ReplyDelete

  14. Thanks for this informative article, I hope you will get most positive response specially for this post. . . .
    โกเด้นสล็อต

    ReplyDelete
  15. Regular cardiovascular exercises improve blood flow to the organs of the body – heart for better stamina, the brain for better sexual desire, and the penis for better erections. You will find that regular exercises will make you last longer in the sack.
    fuller prosolution plus

    ReplyDelete
  16. We are providing Integrative Medical Nutrition Therapy for chronic health problems including diabetes, kidney disease, GI Problems, cancer, food sensitivities and allergies in Florida state. We are offering 25% Discount With Coupon.
    Coupon Code : 4862-8871
    To check the details visit here: Anti-Aging Physicians

    ReplyDelete
  17. Nice to see all these people commenting, especially people selling shit geez

    ReplyDelete
  18. Reclaim Your Flawless Skin!
    Experience the #1 Anti-Aging Cream on the Market!
    http://bit.ly/antiagerev

    ReplyDelete
  19. Growth hormone makes it possible to maintain an ideal physical shape, lose weight effortlessly, enjoy high quality sleep and a more youthful appearance. As its levels begin going down with the passage of time, people start experiencing the first signs of aging. best volume review

    ReplyDelete
  20. HGH is formed in the human body during childhood and adolescence. Produced by the pituitary gland, this hormone is the one responsible for growth and the development of nearly every bodily system.
    full prosolution review here

    ReplyDelete
  21. You may want to talk to your urologist to determine whether going the natural route will be the best option for you. Men suffering from severe ED will probably need to take strong pharmaceuticals in order to restore their erectile function. best volume website

    ReplyDelete