Lose Weight By Flipping A Coin: Try This Weight Loss Life Hack Now – by Rene Von Gunten, NTP

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, belly fat, Dr. Carragher, Hormone Optimization, René von Gunten, The Body Well, weight gainLeave a Comment

One of the most daunting things about trying to lose weight or gain muscle is that it’s a long-term commitment. If you want to have and keep a new kind of body, you have to live a new kind of life. After all, the way you were living before didn’t get you the body you wanted. That means your dedication will need to be ongoing and long lasting. Since losing weight and gaining muscle often involves giving up the level of carbohydrates and sugar you’re used to, as well as making new decisions about other types of food, it can be a big shift in your daily life. That can be an overwhelming thought for people just starting their journey to a better and healthier body. Life is stressful enough without adding healthy eating to the list of things you’ve got to be constantly responsible for. To make things worse, when you do set out on your journey and mess up, you can experience feelings of guilt and shame that make you want to give up all together. What can you do to make the whole process easier? Easy: flip a coin. The Coin Toss Solution The Coin Toss Solution … Read More

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4 Last Stretch Life Hacks: How To Achieve The Final Phase of Your Fitness Goal – A Guest Post By Dr. Jill Stocker

Mike CarragherAge Management, belly fat, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, Hormone Optimization, Image, The Body Well, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

Does this sound like you? “I eat clean, I exercise 4 times a week, I’m doing everything I can! But… I still have belly fat! I’m not as toned as I want to be! I can’t seem to gain those last few pounds of muscle!” The last stretch of any fitness goal can be the most frustrating leg of the journey. Often, achieving it takes as much work as going the first 90% of the way! What’s worse, when you hit a wall in the progress you’re used to seeing, you can lose all motivation to keep your new routines. Here are my 4 easy tips for getting you through that last intense phase of your fitness goal and feeling you’re at “peak awesomeness”. 1 Be honest with yourself. Sounds pretty simple, but now is the time to reassess: “Am I doing the best I can?” I’ve got to tell you, the answer is probably “no!” There’s always something else that can be done (the next three points on this list, for example!), and amping up your accountability is a great place to start. Where are the little places you let your vision fall by the wayside in favor of comfort? … Read More

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Nutrition: It’s Simpler Than You Think

Mike Carragherbelly fat, diet, inflammation, low energy, René von Gunten, Skin Care, The Body Well, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

One of the biggest barriers to good nutrition is…all the information about what constitutes good nutrition! Patients come into my office all the time expressing how confused they are by the sheer volume of information about nutrition out there, much of it contradictory: “Eat fat!” vs. “Don’t eat fat!” “Eat carbs!” vs. “Carbs are bad for you!” “Be vegan!” vs. “Veganism will mess up your body!” Unfortunately, a typical response to this feeling of being overwhelmed is just giving up. If there’s too much information, and if the advice is all over the place, what’s the use of following any of it? With the amount of nutritional information out there rising every day, it’s become very difficult for the average person to sort it all out. But nutrition is much simpler than people think. It can be broken down into two basic principles. The First Principle of Nutrition: Eat Real Food and Drink Real Water This is the foundation of nutrition, and it’s a no-brainer. Eat real food. Drink real water. If it’s a food found in nature in the form you eat it in, go for it. That’s real food. In other words, if you can grow it, you … Read More

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4 Pathways To Fat Loss (Including 2 You Might Have Overlooked!)

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, cortisol, DHEA, diet, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Estrogen, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

One of the top reasons people schedule evaluations with me is because they’re having a hard time losing body fat. It’s a classic problem of aging: For men and women fat typically gathers around the midsection. Not only is it unsightly, but it increases risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. And the extra fat isn’t there for lack of trying to burn it off! Patients come in baffled, telling me they’re meeting with a trainer four or more days a week, doing everything “right,” or working harder than they’ve ever worked before to lose it. What they’re often forgetting is that as we get older we have a harder time keeping body fat off and lean muscle mass on. Different periods in our lives require different approaches to our health. To help, below are four fat loss strategies. The first two will be familiar (but the details may be different than the ones you’re used to). The second two are commonly overlooked. Diet & Exercise: The Two Obvious Solutions (That Are Usually Done Wrong) No surprises here: Diet and exercise are major factors in how much fat you’re putting on or taking off. When it comes to diet, … Read More

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‘Tis the Season Too Be Stuffed: How To Deal with Overeating on the Holidays

Mike Carragherbelly fat, diet, Image, René von Gunten, The Body WellLeave a Comment

‘Tis the Season To Be Stuffed: How To Deal with Overeating on the Holidays People overeat on holidays for many reasons: out of a sense of comfort, tradition, habit, and, of course, because holiday food tastes so good! Unfortunately, while our bodies can distinguish between fats, carbs, and proteins, they don’t have an in-built control mechanism to tell us to stop eating, other than the discomfort of feeling full. By the time you’ve undone the top button of your pants to make room for your newly-expanded holiday belly, it’s too late. Too much food in your belly means your gastric juices won’t be able to digest fast enough. When that happens, the food you ate starts to ferment and rot, which creates gas, acid reflux, and pain. In spite of that unpleasant picture, I’m going to guess many of you have already overeaten on the holidays and will again in the future. So what can you do? There’s really no way to completely avoid the pain of overeating once you’ve done it. And there’s a price to pay for putting this stress on your body. But here are some tips to help keep you in balance before, after, and during … Read More

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Extra Belly Fat? Stop Running and Lift a Weight! Weight Training for Healthy Aging

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, cardiovascular health, Dr. Carragher, heart, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Testosterone, The Body Well, weight gainLeave a Comment

When it comes to healthy aging and exercise, most people think of jogging, endless steps on the elliptical, or hopping on a stationary bike and riding to nowhere. But if cardio is all you’re doing, you’re missing out on a critical component for healthy aging and disease prevention: weight training. Weight training stimulates increased production and recruitment of key anabolic hormones – namely human growth hormone (HGH), testosterone, and DHEA – that are essential for optimal aging processes and health. Who’s Doing What at the Gym Take a look around when you go to the gym: Typically, the older folks are the ones doing most of the cardio, while the younger people are the ones in the weight room pumping iron. If you’re becoming one of the cardio only people, I’ll let you in on a little secret: if you want a better body as you age, and better health overall, you should do the opposite! As you age, weight training becomes more, not less, important. Here’s Why: The Hormonal Effect of Exercise Cardio, for the most part, is aerobic exercise, which means it requires oxygen to get done.  But weight training, especially heavier weight training, is largely anaerobic, meaning … Read More

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Why Should I Care About DHEA?

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, DHEA, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Estrogen, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, Libido, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, Progesterone, Testosterone, The Body Well, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

What is DHEA? DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is the most abundant anabolic steroid (protein-building hormone) in the body, produced mainly by the adrenal glands, but also by the brain, the gonads, and the skin. Despite the fact that we have so much of it in our bodies, it’s often overlooked, and has long been undervalued and misunderstood. We’ve know for a long time that DHEA is a precursor (basically, an ingredient) of other hormones, including testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. But we’ve only recently discovered that it has its own benefits, and quite a few of them, at that. So what does DHEA do? DHEA is an immune system stimulator, it helps elevate mood, energy, it has anti-cancer properties. It increases insulin sensitivity, which means it allows your body to integrate sugar into its cells more easily and prevents diabetes. It helps increase joint flexibility, strength and muscle mass, as well as a healthy sex drive. In other words, it’s no minor player; it’s a critical hormone! Symptoms of low DHEA are pretty much indicated by the absence of all the above: fluctuating mood, stiffness, low sex drive, and so on. Unfortunately, most people experience drops in DHEA levels beginning at around age … Read More

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Why Can’t I Fall (or Stay) Asleep?

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, loss of energy, low energy, Melatonin, stress, The Body Well, weight gainLeave a Comment

When a patient comes in saying that they’re having trouble falling (or staying) asleep, the first thing I do is check in with their sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene is everything you do before bed; good sleep hygiene helps you fall asleep, stay asleep, and sleep deeply. Much of sleep hygiene relates to your exposure to light before and during sleep. Here’s a quick breakdown of some good sleep hygiene vs. bad sleep hygiene habits for you, as they relate to light exposure: The common factor: light You’ll notice a common factor here: light. It could be the lights in the bedroom, the glow of a laptop screen, or the green blip of a computer charger. Light is one of the most significant factors for being able to have a restful night’s sleep. Why? Both light and the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted from devices affect the pineal gland and stimulate brainwaves, respectively. If you reach up and touch between your eyes, you’ve located your pineal gland; it’s right between the eyes, in the brain. The gland perceives light right through the skin and skull, which is why it’s sometimes referred to as the “third eye.” The “goodnight hormone” When the sun … Read More

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