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

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‘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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I Can’t Get Rid of Fat from My Midsection No Matter How Hard I Try! What’s the Missing Piece?

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, DHEA, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, Estrogen, fatigue, HCG, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Image, Melatonin, Progesterone, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, Uncategorized, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

The spare tire, the muffin top, unlovable handles: you’ve heard all the horrible names for those pudgy pinch-able inches that are often the most stubborn to get rid of. In fact midsection weight-gain is one of the most common complaints I get from patients. Often someone tells me they’re trying harder than ever with their workouts, killing themselves doing abs, and eating a “cleaner” diet, but none of it seems to be working. They’re doing two or three times the work they did in their teens and twenties, with diminishing results. This extra-work-for-less-payoff is a huge clue that belly fat is being caused by an overlooked factor: Hormonal imbalance. Hormones and Aging Some of this is an effect of aging. As we get into our late twenties and early thirties, many of our fat-burning hormone levels — including levels of testosterone, DHEA, growth hormone, and thyroid hormone — start falling. In addition, the hormones we like nice and low, the fat-storing hormones — including insulin and cortisol — start going up. Because people often don’t associate hormone levels with weight gain, they employ all sorts of unsuccessful strategies to solve the problem. They start dieting or doing juice cleanses. They’ll … Read More

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Do Women Need Testosterone Too?

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, Image, Libido, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, Sex, Testosterone, The Body Well, Uncategorized, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

Dr. Jill Stocker specializes in Age Management Medicine at The Body Well in Los Angeles. Q. Lately, I feel like I just can’t keep up with life the way I used to. I’m not sure if this is a normal part of getting older or if there’s something else going on. I’ve heard a lot about how low testosterone can cause this feeling in men, but as a woman, is this something I should check into? A. Yes!  Most people don’t recognize that women naturally produce testosterone. In women, testosterone is produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands. The term “Low T” stands for Low Testosterone. It’s not a term that only applies to men, despite the popular male-based portrayal of it in magazines, advertisements, and more. Hormonal decline in women, particularly testosterone, can start as early as the mid 30’s and can cause a multitude of symptoms.  Here are some of the most common ones: Fatigue.  This can be an overwhelming sense of exhaustion or a feeling you can’t make it through the day without exceeding the daily recommended dose of caffeine.  It can also feel like an overall heaviness in your body.  You might experience an extraordinary … Read More

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