(Breather) Yes this title sounds familiar to the 2019 show titled, The Fatty Popcorn Boy Saga. I’m alternatively embarrassed but also pleased to report that I have succeeded with a focused effort of fat reduction, and have some insights about mindset and practical tips to share with you. The Part 1 show wrestles with the philosophical aspects of taking on this challenge, while Part 2 covers five helpful tips to make it happen in real life.

It’s very easy to slip a bit from your A-game with unbridled celebrations that become too commonplace, as well as mindless eating habits that aren’t aligned with your stated goals. It’s much more difficult to recalibrate and get rid of body fat that was unwanted in the first place. I gained a fresh perspective about the content I communicate in books, podcasts, and videos from fighting a personal battle instead of just being theoretical. The best starting point for a fat reduction effort is to get your mindset right ― do you really want this goal, or are you deep down okay being just okay? Perhaps you are giving yourself permission to celebrate life and use food as a release valve against all the pressure and expectation we face in other areas of daily life? That’s perfectly okay, but you have to have some honest self-assessment so you don’t set yourself up for disappointment.

As you embark on the difficult task of dropping excess body fat, it’s important to strike a balance between harnessing the focus, discipline and competitive intensity to kick butt while not attaching your self-esteem or self-image to the outcome. Insights from shows with Mark Manson and Andrew MacNaughton apply here. You also have to recognize the strong influence of environmental factors, as revealed by Framingham Study data that identified social “clusters” for things like obesity, or happiness, that are contagious to three degrees. If one is obese, one’s friend and the friend’s friend are more likely to obese. If you are kickin’ it in Austin with thousands of people visible every morning cruising around the Town Lake trail, the fitness ethos of a community is most definitely contagious.

You also need to be able to accept honest feedback from others, while remembering that it’s also a balancing act: you don’t want to let self-limiting beliefs and negative childhood associations run (and ruin) your life, but you still need to let enough constructive criticism in that you can make the necessary changes you need to make. Do your best to align yourself with a beneficial sense of self, or at the very least, a more positive one than you’ve had in the past. This is key when it comes to weight loss because your thoughts really do affect your cellular function, at all times. If this is a new concept to you, check out the book, The Biology of Belief, and the episodes (part 1 and part 2) where I discuss this concept and the power your thoughts (positive and negative) truly have on your body.

Getting routine blood work done can potentially aid you immensely throughout your weight loss journey, because truthfully, even if you think you are doing well and are feeling quite healthy, a blood test might change everything. It could expose you to things you had no idea were happening in your body. Here are the top things to look out for when you get bloodwork done:

    • Triglyceride levels: High triglycerides are not a good sign as they indicate the amount of fat circulating in your blood. Dr. Sinha says get this number under 100.
    • HDL (aka good cholesterol): Aim for at least over 40.
    • Triglyceride to HDL ratio: Dr. Cate Shanahan and Dr. Sinha both suggest striving for a 1:1 ratio
    • Vitamin D: Most people are chronically deficient in Vitamin D due to our modern, indoor lifestyles, but it is more important than ever in these times that you boost your immunity by exposing large skin surface areas to sunlight. Sure you can take a supplement, but nothing will be as potent or efficient as the real thing.
    • Inflammatory markers
    • HBA1C

If any of these show up irregular in your blood work, take their presence as a sign (and a powerful motivator) that it’s time to lose some weight. Learn from the Fatty Popcorn Boy’s journey and stay focused and positive. Try not to let yourself get too discouraged, don’t be too hard on yourself, and stay tuned for part 2!

TIMESTAMPS:

Brad understands the weight gain problem. He was not living in a manner that is aligned with his goals as an athlete.  [05:44]

A tiny bit of unbridled celebration and mindless habits can really quickly send you off your A-game. [07:43]

Dropping excess body fat is the number one diet, fitness, and health goal that we share in modern life. [09:42]

What are you sacrificing when you give up the pizza and ice cream? [10:50]

Don’t attach your self-esteem or your identity to the outcome. [15:38]

Your social group, your community have a huge impact on how you live your life. [18:48]

Sometimes we need direct unfiltered feedback. [22:17]

We form these self-limiting beliefs and negative associations early in childhood that get programmed into our subconscious and we play them out for the rest of our lives. [25:02]

It’s important to have your routine blood work done. [26:42]

We have a widespread deficiency of Vitamin D. [31:08]

Visceral fat that concentrates around the abdominal area is extremely unhealthy. [34:28]

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Brad (05:44):
Let’s go into a fun show. How to lose eight pounds of body fat in six weeks. Sound familiar. Yes. That was the subtitle of a previous show that I called the fatty popcorn. Boys’ saga talking about how things got out of hand for me a little bit. This was back in 2019, stepped on the scale one day saw the big number of 172 pounds that I’d never seen before. Couldn’t believe it. What the heck? I identify myself as an athlete weighing in the mid a hundred and sixties for many years and decades. What’s going on here? So I had to recalibrate, tighten up the strings, learn a lot about myself and the power of habits and, uh, celebratory events like enjoying an evening bowl of popcorn and how it goes from a celebratory event. For example, gathering with family and making a gourmet bowl of popcorn.

Brad (06:47):
And then I enjoyed it so much because this stuff is really not part of my life or my diet that has started to leak into the picture every single day. So I went after it and I had some success, uh, took some pictures, attach those to the show. You can find that on the, get over yourself podcast channel and got back into the realm that I’m comfortable with. So I am alternatively pleased to report and also embarrassed to report that I have gone through the cycle again here in 2020, not going to blame the quarantine. Absolutely not, but in tandem with the lifestyle changes that occurred, I have to admit that the scale number creeped up again to that 172, where it’s concrete evidence, that I am living in a manner, not aligned with my identity as an athlete or my state of goals to be a peak performer.

Brad (07:43):
How about that? Ooh, we’re going to talk about the danger of attaching your identity to things like that a little bit later in this show. So it came time to try and turn things around again. So I offer you some reflections and tips and tricks about dropping that pesky unwanted, excess body fat. That has a way of creeping in a much more easily than the other way around of dropping a few pounds high. Isn’t that funny? So that’s my first reflection as especially at the advanced age groups, I’m a tiny bit of unbridled celebration and mindless habits can really quickly send you off your A game and create a visible representation that you’re off your A game, such as the six pack going and gone hiding.

New Speaker (08:37):
That reminds me of one of the great quotes in Olympic history from old times swimmer Steve Lunquist. He was a star in the eighties. I think he bagged some gold medals and he was coming back from a layoff and he informed the media at a press conference that, uh, he’s, you know, getting back into shape, he’s gonna keep be contending for the upcoming Olympics. Uh, but he was recovering from Dunlop’s disease and things are going well. And of course what’s Dunlop disease and that’s his answer was, uh, that’s when my belly done lapped over my belt buckle. Okay. So the insight that it’s much more difficult to recalibrate and drop excess body fat than it is to add it on gives me personally a lot of empathy and perspective about the challenges that, uh, so many of us face, particularly the readers of my books and other content that I’ve been putting out for many years, where much of the commentary was theory instead of me personally fighting the battle directly.

Brad (09:42):
So I feel like I have a fresh perspective and appreciation for the challenges and the need to pretty much constantly be aware of lifestyle habits and the effects that they have. I was talking to Mark Sisson about this recently, and I was asking him, you know, do you have to check and balance your food intake frequently? Or are you pretty much locked into your metabolic flexibility? And he says, Oh no, I have to all the time constantly be aware of limits and a reasonability rather than just being a machine that doesn’t think anything about it. So that was interesting insight from the six pack king himself. All right. So I would probably, uh, be comfortable declaring that dropping excess body fat is the number one diet fitness and health goal that we share in modern life. And you can take off on this journey in many different directions, a dietary transformation, buying a book, signing up for a program, signing up for a personal trainer experience and taking the fitness route as your prominent one.

Brad (10:50):
But I think the true starting point is a personal decision and asking yourself, is this really worth it? Do I really care enough to change my values, beliefs, my habit patterns, my mindset, and my behaviors? Is this going to make you more stressed or add any negativity to your life by throwing in this goal of changing your body composition? Are you deep down okay with just being okay or looking okay? Not your ideal, right. Do you have a fallback of any kind deep down in your subconscious because if you do, you’re probably going to take it, especially because it seems to me that food indulgence, celebration of life seems like a very popular release valve from all the pressure, the stress, the expectations that are piled upon us in so many ways, shapes and forms in modern life. So we formed this habit probably psychologically healthy in many ways to say to ourselves, Hey, fuck it.

Brad (12:00):
I deserve this. I work hard all day or in many cases, I did a great workout earlier today. So I deserve this big giant bowl of popcorn. Andrew McNaughton had some interesting comments on this during one of our podcasts together. And he argued that what you deserve is nothing less than optimal health and anything outside of that is where the actual sacrifice occurs. And he was talking about a conversation. He had, uh, at a dinner gathering with a family friend where the person was relating to him that, uh, he loves pizza so much, but it does balloon him up. He’s definitely got some gas, bloating, digestive discomfort, obvious signs of gluten intolerance. But the person said to Andrew that the, the taste of pizza is so great that he doesn’t want to make the sacrifice even though he knows it’s healthier to not eat the pizza.

Brad (12:55):
And Andrew said, wait a second. Isn’t the sacrifice, the fact that you’re eating the pizza other than enjoying optimal health and not suffering from those digestive problems. So if you flip this concept on its ear, everything outside of optimal health and also looking and feeling your best, right, uh, having the appreciation and the enjoyment in that realm, uh, anything less than that as a sacrifice. So the, uh, consuming the popcorn, uh, the, the ice cream, the whatever is making sacrifices each time away from your stated goals and your values and belief systems. So that’s an interesting way to approach it. And if you agree, if you’re building up the, the energy, the vibe, the commitment you want it bad enough to make whatever changes are necessary, you have some momentum in place you’re ready to go next.

New Speaker (13:51):
I think it’s time to strike this really delicate balance between, uh, an easy breezy, psychologically healthy process oriented approach and putting into place those accountability factors. A lot of times we see those as in a negative realm where you look in the mirror, you look on the scale, you’re disgusted, and finally, you’re going to do something about it. So at least you’re throwing in some accountability might not be psychologically healthy to have negative motivators, but if we can have some positive accountability, uh, both Sisson and Andre Obradovic my Australian friend, life coach endurance training coach, uh, like to tout the L G N goal. Yes, that stands for looking good naked. And Mark likes to use that line at live presentations. And it gets a giggle every time from the audience, but I think it can be off putting in certain ways. I, the giggle might be a nervous giggle cause usually we don’t come out and say such things, but of course it’s, uh, immersed and infiltrated our culture in every way, especially social media, right? It’s what it’s all about. But it’s kind of a secret goal. Uh, William Shewfeldt said on our podcast interview, uh, that he called BS on this a little bit where he said, you know, most people say their fitness or their health goal is I want to be stronger, or I want to, uh, promote longevity. I want to have more energy during the day, but he said, Hey, look really what it comes down to is most people just want to look better. Uh, I’ll give him a little acknowledgement there, right? So deep down, if we can bring that to the surface and say, Hey, LGN is one of my prominent motivators. Okay?

New Speaker (15:38):
But the balance I’m talking about is having this strong desire to achieve tangible goals, but not attaching yourself esteem or your identity to the outcome because this arguably brings too much stress and pressure and expectation and potential for negativity getting discouraged, uh, falling out and giving up.

Brad (16:01):
And Mark Manson talked about this really nicely on our show, best selling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck and his new book. Everything is Fucked. A book about hope. And one of the sections of his book has this, headline changed your actions, not yourself, an easier way to achieve goals he’s talking about. And here’s his quote, the trick to quitting smoking or changing any other habit is to recognize that your identity, that elaborate mental framework, you devised in your mind and labeled as “me,” doesn’t actually exist. It’s arbitrary. It’s a facade. It can be raised or dropped at will. You are not a smoker. You’re not a lazy person who doesn’t go to the gym. You’re just a person who chooses to smoke. Your identity is this made up thing that you’re emotionally attached to. It’s a mirage in the desert.

Brad (16:59):
So his most important takeaway message from this passage and the many links to the articles he writes about this concept a lot is that you should think of your life as a long series of actions and decisions. That’s it. Don’t attach your character to things you do again, if you do so you risk yourself, setting yourself up for disappointment failure, backsliding. Whew. Okay. So that’s a really tricky balance, right? You want to look good naked, but you don’t want to attach your self esteem, your identity to looking good naked. Can you do both? Oh, I should say so. And in fact, that’s pretty much describes the theme of the get over yourself podcast and the rationale for titling at that, that is to get over yourself while you’re pursuing these intense competitive goals and trying to be the best you can be and make a contribution to society, all that great stuff, but you don’t have to do it in that way, where you’re attaching your identity to it.

Brad (18:03):
It’s very possible to have this, to cultivate this healthy alternative approach, where you’re just doing things for the sake of appreciation, enjoyment and being the best that you can be because we only live once we only got today, we’ll never have it again, might as well eat the healthiest food possible and so on and so forth and make progress toward a tangible goals, which are allowed if you have a healthy, fresh perspective. So we’re going to cultivate that wonderful balance of having ambitious peak performance goals without attaching our self esteem or identity to the outcome. Then we’re in our position of power. We’re ready to kick some butt cause we don’t care. We’re just going to go for it. Cause we know we can do it.

New Speaker (18:48):
Ooh, there’s another element that we should mention another variable. And that is the influence of your environment, your social group, your community. They have a hugely important indirect contribution to how you live your life, what goals you set, whether you achieve them, et cetera. So the Framingham study has a famous insight, uh, that people have pulled and studied extensively about the identification of clusters. So there are these so-called social clusters where attributes are actually contagious to three degrees, like six degrees of Kevin Bacon, but we have three degrees of things like obesity, things like happiness. And these are independent studies looking at that awesome Framingham data. If you haven’t heard of the Framingham study, it’s one of the most respected, longest largest longitudinal studies of lifestyle diet on health ever conducted. And it goes to the residents of Framingham, Massachusetts starting from, uh, I believe 1948. They started tracking data extensively and continuing to this day. So they’ve identified these clusters of obesity, where if you are obese, your friend and your friend’s friend are more likely to be obese.

Brad (20:10):
There’s also clusters for everything else. The positive stuff like happiness, another study revealed. So if you are surrounded by a health conscious, healthy eating fitness minded people, it’s going to have a profound influence on your progress on your success rate. And you go and look at towns like Austin, Texas, Boulder, Colorado, even Lake Tahoe, the fitness pervades, the community such that it’s normal routine. And you just kind of go into that vibe and you become more fit and active as a consequence of living around all kinds of people that share similar interests. Not even the direct association like, yeah, there’s a great running group in Austin. They meet every morning and run around town Lake. That’s great. But even the indirect, the vibe and the osmosis that occurs is really profound. So, uh, surround yourself with people who support your goals and you know, the best you can right?

Brad (21:06):
Within reason, but people who directly counter, uh, the momentum that you’re trying to build for yourself, you have to be really careful and watch out for that and just shut that stuff down in its tracks. And I’ve referenced the, uh, the negativity and the pot shots and the crab in the bucket behavior patterns, right? Like M and M said, who must have show to bus my flow where Mustang go, who must die? No. Or am I just another crab in the bucket? Okay. So surround yourself with positive people, supportive people do the best you can on all those levels. And then onward, we go with the show and I will identify that my driving force to make this stuff happen besides my identity as an athlete for better or for worse, sorry, Mark Manson. Uh, my other driving force is that I’ve set a compelling peak performance goal of excelling in the high jump and sprinting and doing the speed golf world record and all that stuff that requires a comprehensive approach of dedication and passion.

Brad (22:17):
And one of those things is your body composition has a huge influence on your performance, right? Especially when you’re trying to jump over a bar, that’s put in the air. And so in my passion and dedication to trying to excel on the high jump, I found a wonderful local coach online. He’s a former Russian Olympic triple jumper named Victor. He took ninth place in the Olympics, way back when in 96. And Oh my gosh, what a wonderful connection that this guy is going to help coach me one-on-one and improve my HighJump technique. And I remember the first in person meeting with him, we met at the track at the high jump pit and we’re about two minutes into the conversation. And he says, so are you going to reduce your weight? And that was my checkpoint. That was my slap in the face. Just like I mentioned, the previous year where I stepped on the scale and looked at the 172, like who’s that what’s wrong with this scale.

Brad (23:16):
Right? And I thought it was really funny because he turned out to be such a wonderful guy, really nice supportive coach, but he’s also very strict. So at the same time, he doesn’t sugar coat things like we have a tendency to do in America, especially when we’re coaching the youth sports and everybody’s doing great. And your age, you guys were all wonderful and we don’t get challenged in that way. That brings out the best in us. So, you know, I would do, uh, I would execute a, uh, a technique pointer that he’d say, like, try, uh, keep your drive your knee higher and preserve that vertical position before you bend over the bar, something like that. And then I’d go try it out and I’d be like, Ooh, that feels great. I feel so much more explosive. Thank you. Great tip. And he’d be shaking his head.

Brad (24:00):
Like, no, you didn’t do it. Try it again. So, uh, it’s you know, that that’s what an athlete needs more than anything is just that, uh, direct unfiltered feedback, uh, starting with my, uh, early comment that I received. Am I going to reduce my weight? That’ll help me jump higher. So boom, off and running. I was, uh, and I’ll also reference that self-identity, that I’ve formed over time where I see myself as an athlete, I feel like you should be able to see your abdominal muscles, right. The vaunted six pack. That’s what all the statutes look like. David looked like that 2000 years ago. Why can’t we look like that now? Yeah, for sure. Oh, sorry, David. Uh, how old is David? 500, maybe 500 and some years old. Uh, DaVinci, right. Okay. Fact check are coming later. Uh, I also remember a conversation with a former coworker named Amy, actress in Hollywood, as well as a great member of our writing staff.

Brad (25:02):
And we were talking about weight loss. I think a new book was coming out that she was editing whatever. And she made this passing comment that stayed with me, uh, even many years later. And so she was very slender, a healthy person, right. Trying to get in the mix in Hollywood. And she said, you know, I’m just positive that I’m never going to get fat because I see myself as a slender person. And so anything that happens to depart from that, I immediately correct automatically. I don’t even think about it. And her comment was so nonchalant, but I thought it was profound that she is a skinny person period, and anything that’s misaligned with that is going to be corrected without even thinking about it at the sub conscious level. So can you imagine the opposite of that, where you’ve developed a negative self image you’ve had, self-esteem hits a core because you’ve had a negative feedback about whether it’s your appearance, your body composition, or anything else that you’ve absorbed in life.And that’s where we’re talking about the insights from Bruce Lipton’s book. I had a whole show about that, where we form these self limiting beliefs and negative associations early in childhood, they get programmed into our subconscious and we play them out for the rest of our lives. So to kind of wake those up and challenge them, or at least turn them into something positive. Right. I think it’s okay that Amy sees herself as a skinny person who will never get fat. All right. Uh, so that’s, uh, you know, aligning with a positive or beneficial self identity, I guess you could say.

New Speaker (26:42):
And then finally, uh, I hope all y’all listening are interested enough in your health that you’re getting routine blood work done because you can feel okay on the outside. Maybe not perfect, but you could have some bad stuff going on inside. So the window, the snapshot that your blood work reveals a potential problems brewing inside. And this should be a big time motivator because if you got problems going on, you are entering into, or you’re heading down a path of tremendous pain and suffering an accelerated demise of things that you can write so quickly. I mean, metabolic syndrome, which by many accounts, medical experts agree is the number one public health problem facing, uh, modern citizens across the globe is a collection of risk factors. Five of them that are identified as leading to big trouble, uh, type two diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease. And those markers are off the top of my head, fasting glucose, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, a waist measurement, and one other one. But the point being that these risk factors, if you have been identified is metabolic syndrome, risk factor, or prediabetic, or what have you can be corrected in a few weeks of dietary transformation. Wow. So a lifetime of pain and suffering, decades of suffering from type two diabetes can be corrected with a throwing a few things out of your diet for a few weeks.

Brad (28:20):
That’s incredible, very empowering. Uh, so some of the things to look for in your blood work, you’ve heard of triglycerides. That’s a hugely important factor. It’s the amount of blood, the amount of fat circulating in your blood. And that’s not a good thing. Fat in your diet is a good thing. Burning fat is a good thing, but if you’re circulating a lot of fat in the blood, it has the potential to do bad stuff and initiate the heart disease process that we’re so familiar with, the clot on the artery and so forth. So you want to have minimal fat circulating in your blood because that means you’re burning it rather than, uh, being overwhelmed and in the direction of storing it because you eat too many carbohydrates, does that make sense? High carbohydrate intake equals high insulin production. The insulin is a storage hormone. So it’s taking the fat, transporting it through the bloodstream into fat stores.

Brad (29:14):
And so high triglycerides is a huge risk factor for heart disease and many other conditions. You might’ve heard the benchmark of 150 as a safe or normal triglyceride level. And if you’re over that, the doctor’s going to be very alarmed, possibly write you a prescription, encourage you to exercise more, change your diet, Dr. Ron Sinha, who I’ve had on the show and is a great expert to resource for all stuff. He wants to see your triglycerides under a hundred. So I’m going to trust him over the boiler plate, uh, numbers that are representing a very unhealthy population as a whole. So we don’t want to be normal in a lot of ways with our blood work, because we’re talking about the sickest and fattest population in the history of the human race. So Sinha says, get your triglycerides under a hundred. We definitely want to shoot for that.

Brad (30:07):
Uh, HDL the good cholesterol. We want to see that at least over 40. And as Sinha and also Dr. Cate Shanahan note, the ideal and possibly the number one best blood marker to track your heart disease risk or your heart disease prevention is the triglycerides to HDL ratio, the trigs to HDL ratio. And you want to strive to get that at one to one. So I said, triglycerides under a hundred HDL over 40, and the more we can get those guys close together. So if you can come up with a, a 77 and a 77 or a 56 and a 56, that is the gold standard. If you’re worse than 3.5 to one, such as a triglyceride number of two 50 and an HDL of 30 you’re in big trouble. And that requires an immediate dietary transformation to get out of that high risk of heart disease, cancer type two diabetes.

Brad (31:08):
Okay. So look at your trigs under a hundred, your HDL over 40, you want your vitamin D to be up and over 50. I believe the quote unquote normal on the blood report is 30 and anything over 30, your doctor’s not going to bat an eye, but the vitamin D advocates, the experts like Dr. Michael Holick author of The Vitamin D Solution, uh, putting his life’s work into this matter. We definitely have a widespread chronic deficiency in vitamin D because of our indoor dominant lifestyles and many other reasons, especially a fear of the sun, thanks to a irrational fear of the sun and being told to sunscreen the heck out of our bodies all the time. But vitamin D is, is mostly obtained from sun exposure. So at those times of the day and the times of the year, that you’re able to manufacture vitamin D as evidenced, by being able to tan that’s when you want to get outside and expose large skin surface areas all over your body to sunlight and try to get that vitamin D number much higher.

Brad (32:14):
Yeah, yeah. Whatever .who’s this guy? Well, this stuff has become, uh, vastly more important these days because vitamin D has been associated with immune response to, for example, global pandemic viruses. And you can listen to dr. Rhonda Patrick talk for a couple hours on Joe Rogan podcasts about the tremendous importance of a healthy vitamin D level. So it’s no joke. You’ve got to get out there in the sun, expose large skin surface areas of your body to direct sunlight at times when you are capable of tanning. So if you go out there in December, on a sunny day and attempt to sunbathe, but you can’t tan. If you were out there for five hours, that’s not going to work for vitamin D. And if you have a sun challenged lifestyle, of course you can supplement with the high quality vitamin D3 product. As far as the inflammatory markers, you also want to be checking those in your bloodstream.

Brad (33:06):
The most prominent one, probably high sensitivity, C reactive protein, or your C reactive protein number CRP. And you want to get down below one for that. If you have a high number, there, it’s a sign of an acute inflammatory condition in your body. And you got to go looking further. If you have a problem there. And then the HB A1C, the hemoglobin, a one C is a representation of the average amount of glucose in your bloodstream over a longer period of time than the fasting blood glucose, which of course is another extremely important marker. But you want to combine those two insights together because you can get fasting blood glucose down, uh, by fasting for a day. And if you’ve been eating a junk food diet for the previous six months, you’re going to have an adverse value for the HBA, one C. So fasting glucose.

Brad (33:54):
We want to see that under a hundred, some of the real ancestral living experts will even want to see you in the nineties or the eighties, uh, with the HBA 1C uh, somewhere around 5.5 or below is what they want to see. And definitely not over six. Cause that’s an, an idea that you’ve been consuming too many carbohydrates, not exercising enough and are in that fat storage disease pattern rather than health. So if any of that stuff comes up for you, those should serve as incredible motivators to try and drop excess body fat.

New Speaker (34:28):
Dr. Phil, Maffetone another great podcast guest. listen to all these, uh, uh, joint joint, uh, marketing pitches here during the show. Um, he identifies this condition called the over fat pandemic and reports that, uh, over 75% of adults across the world, uh, can be classified as over fat. And that means, uh, possessing excess body fat, such that it affects your fitness and your health. And in particular, this visceral fat, this is the fat that concentrates around the abdominal area, around the organs, as well as around the heart is extremely unhealthy and operates differently than the normal body fat that collects all over your body. So the visceral fat in the abdominal area is far more health destructive because it has inflammatory properties. It’s actually classified as its own organ. Your belly fat is its own organ because it secretes these inflammatory cytokines that put you in a state of systemic inflammation and notably hamper your ability to burn body fat. So if you accumulate a little bit of belly fat males and females listening here are relevant to here. If you accumulate a little bit of belly fat, it begets the accumulation of more belly fat because you’re in this inflammatory state with fat burning, interrupted and disturbed by these cytokine chemicals.

Brad (36:03):
So it’s a slippery slope downward to accumulate a little bit because it’ll affect your hormone levels. Males, especially interested that a visceral fat is known to suppress testosterone. So if you get a little bit of spare tire, you will start producing less testosterone, getting a bigger spare tire. And, Oh my gosh, it’s like a fork in the dang road where you’re either going to experience accelerated aging, physical fitness, demise, body composition demise. Or if you can keep that belly fat off, you will boost testosterone, delay the aging process have more energy, motivation, and focus to go and perform the workouts that you need to do to stay in shape, all kinds of good things. Okay. So keep the belly fat off. If there’s a little bit on there, boy, another top motivator here to get something done about it. And now I’m going to tease you and tantalize you by making you wait until part two to tell you how I did it all. This was just the setup to get your mind, right, your motivation, right? And then we’re going to go out there and we’re going to drop excess body fat quickly and easily when you listen to the next show. Thanks for listening to this one.

Brad (37:45):
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