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Ben Greenfield’s Top Two Recommended Ways To Fast For Longevity

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This is a guest post from WellnessFX practitioner, Ben Greenfield. Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life.” Ben blogs and podcasts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and resides in Spokane, WA with his wife and twin boys. To learn more about Ben’s practice, education, and specialties, skip to the bottom! 

While they are unlikely to be familiar with popular fasting acronyms such as CR, IF, DTRF, ADF or FMD, centenarians in Blue Zones like Nicoya, Sardinia and Okinawa tend to eat relatively small portions of whole foods, consuming a low to moderate calorie diet by being mindful of their hunger and avoiding calorie-dense, fat- and sugar-laden processed and packaged foods.

Okinawans practice the traditional cultural rule of hara hachi bu, which means eating only until they are about 80% full. Typically, most meals are consumed within an 8- to 12-hour feeding window throughout the day, referred to by researchers as a “compressed feeding window.” This is the same window observed in many of the new, Westernized forms of fasting- or caloric-restriction-based diets, most of which involve at least 12 to 16 hours of not consuming calories during a given 24-hour period.

So why do all these different forms of fasting seem to work so well? You’re about to discover why, along with a quick primer on fasting and the two methods of fasting that I’ve personally found to be most effective for me and my clients. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

The Big Fitness Disconnect – How Your Bars, Shakes and “Go Big” Attitude May Be Hurting You

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There’s a disconnect between health and fitness. Observe trends like the explosion of fitspo, proliferation of obstacle course races, and flocks of jocks eyeing a chiseled physique; Many products, foods and philosophies are focused on achieving this look at any cost, leaving health and long-term health to the wayside. What makes you fit isn’t always what contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Weight Loss Balloons, Surgery Risks, and Managing Weight Loss Without Surgery

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A new weight loss surgery has been approved to fight obesity.

The new procedure places a balloon into the stomach using an endoscope, after which the balloon is then filled with saline solution. The entire procedure takes fewer than thirty minutes during which patients are sedated.  The balloon is intended to be temporary Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

2 Things You Can Do That Actually Impact Your Weight Loss Goals – And the Myth Holding You Back

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[This is a guest blog post contribution by WellnessFX practitioner Dr. Warren Willey. More information on Dr. Willey is below.]

How are your New Year’s Resolutioners are still going – strong? Given the size of the crowd in the health club I go to, my guess is that the masses are diminishing. Why is that?

I am sure your efforts were good. Your schedule bowed to make room for exercise. Your diet changed in one way or another, but your goals are just not being reached as quickly as you hoped, if at all.

It’s easy to blame yourself when thinking about the M&M’s you grabbed at work, or that evening you were just too pooped to make food from your healthy menu and instead settled for something from a box. Maybe you are telling yourself you did not exercise hard enough?  Maybe you were excited at first because the scale started to change with your efforts, but then that #$%@ scale stalled or even started climbing again?

By now, you have either thrown in the towel or are seriously considering it. If you have, go grab it and get back in the fight.  If you are thinking of quitting, don’t! Let me give you some reasons you should continue, and why things have stalled. Most importantly – what you can actually do about it. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

7 Low-Budget Hacks to Encourage Healthier Food Choices at Work

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Many companies have been snapping up the latest wearables and platforms in the name of corporate wellness. While the efforts are admirable and have good intention behind them, it’s important to give thought to whether or not these point solutions are being launched within an actual culture of health within the workplace. According to a survey done by AON Hewitt, employees in companies with strong cultures of health, 75% feel they have control over their health, with 77% having participated in a wellness program.

Consider the common areas within a workplace – namely, the cafeteria and break rooms. These places are not only a central hub for chit chat and down time, but they’re a welcome pause in the day, a place to get nourishment, and refresh haven before tackling a new project.

With these communal, high traffic areas in mind, it’s time to ask a few questions: Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Why You Should Question the FDA’s New Nutrition Labeling Mandate 

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Miriella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its final rules for nationwide nutrition labeling on menus and vending machines. Calorie counts will now be required to be labeled on food and alcoholic beverages that are menu-listed. The guidelines are stricter than expected, as alcoholic beverages, which were not mentioned in earlier drafts, were added to the final guidelines.The FDA’s goal is to combat the obesity epidemic by making Americans more aware of how many calories are actually in their food. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.