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Monday, August 26, 2013

"5 Hormones That Determine How You Look and How to Control Them"

This is actually a great summary of the most recent research on how to influence the hormones which determine your body composition.

It's written for men, but some of the principles apply to women as well.


Anonymous said...

Hi John,

I actually buy into this stuff hook, line, and sinker. I've even spent most of my life experimenting with various diets and exercise programs and have concluded that high intensity exercise, not long duration, leads to excellent health and long life. Reminds me of the pics you showed of the olympic athletes who ran short distances vs. marathons. The sprinters had beautiful sculpted physique's and the marathoners looked wasted and emaciated. People who exercise too much for too long are like high milage automobiles. And for what it's worth, I had my testosterone levels checked over the years, and mine, strangely, correlated to a person in their teens and 20's--which might explain why I'm so thin. (I haven't had them checked recently, however). Best, Brian PS--just caught up on all the blogs having taken a hiatus

John Craig said...

Brian --
I'm a believer too. When you think about it, there's been so much misinformation diffused over the years, and certain diets go in and out of fashion. It wasn't that long ago people used to talk of "carbo loading," as if you would have more energy for your event if you stuffed yourself with pasta the night before. Then they told us to have eight tall glasses of water a day; all that did was make us lose nutrients. Before that we were told low salt diets were key; but the body in fact needs salt....

And you're completely right about overtraining. I've seen a lot of swimmers who do very high yardage and a lot of them look undernourished and weak.

Congratulations on your high testosterone levels. I haven't had mine tested, but I suspect mine are, unfortunately, closer to age appropriate.

Thanks for catching up.