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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Suzanne Somers and Dr. Mike Carragher Talk Hormones in Men

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, cortisol, DHEA, Dr. Carragher, fatigue, HCG, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Libido, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, Melatonin, stress, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, Uncategorized, Video, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

I was recently asked to be interviewed by the incomparable Suzanne Somers on the benefits of Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) in men.  Suzanne has done so much to educate women on the benefits of BHRT in women.  But men also suffer from declining hormone levels as they age, and testosterone is usually not the only hormone that needs to be replaced! Men are also frequently told that their hormone levels are “normal” by their physicians, who are all to often unaware that it’s not just a lab number that indicates hormone deficiency or need for replacement. Watch this great interview and learn about the effects that declining hormone levels have in men and what you can do about it. To schedule an Age Management/Hormonal Optimization evaluation, call 1-323-874-9355

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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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Stress Is A Hormone Problem

Mike Carragheradrenal fatigue, Age Management, belly fat, cortisol, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, loss of energy, low energy, stress, The Body Well, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

Are you stressed out? I bet I can guess the answer. The truth is, most people that come to see me are holding an inordinate and unhealthy amount of stress.  I don’t just mean the rushing, nervous, phone-checking, frazzled, distracted patients. They’re obviously stressed out, sure. But stress presents itself in every form imaginable. Stress is the number one health problem of our time. It’s linked to nearly all other health concerns, either causing or exacerbating them. So what is stress? Here’s the short answer: Stress is a cascade of events in the body set off by a thought, an action, emotion, a physical problem, or a life situation (also known as stressors). It can be beneficial or detrimental; stress isn’t bad or good in and of itself. But let’s face it, people rarely say, “I’m so stressed, life is great!” When you’re experiencing stress in a positive way, you call it by other names, like “motivation” or “excitement.” To get into how stress adversely affects your health, we need to differentiate between an acute stress state, which is normal, and an ongoing stress state, which is much more problematic. When people say they’re stressed, they’re usually referring to an ongoing … Read More

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Why Isn’t My Diet Working Anymore?

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

When I was a kid, my Dad went on a diet to care for his heart and lose weight. The entire thing was meticulously planned, and I remember daily checklists of what he could eat (four Saltine crackers, a can of tuna, carrot soup for lunch!) and could not eat, transcribed by him on pieces of paper on the kitchen table. Over the course of a few months, he took off a lot of weight, and everyone was wowed. And then his diet did what every diet does: it lost its effectiveness. Little by little, the returns from all his efforts diminished, and soon, slowly but surely, he was gaining weight again. In the end, he put all the weight back on, and eventually, he weighted more than he did when he started. Do diets work? The short-term answer is yes. Whether it’s a juice cleanse, Weight Watchers, Atkins, or whatever the diet du jour is, if you restrict the amount of calories, sugar, or fat, you’ll lose weight. But then, there’s a problem: the results curve of all diets is almost standardized. People lose weight within the first six weeks, and then they start to regain the pounds again. … 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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