Heartiste: Lift Weights, Cut Carbs, Intermittently Fast

Part of preparing for the Coming Unpleasantness is optimizing health.

One whole-body concept; h/t Maggie’s.

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Routine care, such as physicals, dental work, and eye exams, goes without saying.

Doesn’t it?

PS: You are stockpiling maintenance medications, right?

15 responses to “Heartiste: Lift Weights, Cut Carbs, Intermittently Fast

  1. Generally physicians are trained to treat symptoms with drugs or surgery, which are sometimes necessary. But they are not trained to keep you healthy. Example: They prescribe blood pressure drugs ( all drugs cause bad side effects)when a deficiency in magnesium is a very common reason for elevated blood pressure. Supplement with magnesium or make sure to eat more spinach and nuts–very simple and conducive to good health in many ways. Reminds me of a favorite quote:

    “He truly lives dangerously who trusts his health to a doctor, his rights to a lawyer, his money to a banker or his soul to a preacher”– Anonymous

    • “He truly lives dangerously who trusts his health to a doctor,…”

      That is sage advice. I remember asking my grandfather in the mid-70s, when he had been a physician for over 40 years, including a stint in WW2 in Europe, “what is the secret to long life?” His response was a classic:

      “Stay away from doctors, and stay away from hospitals.”

      I made him explain it further, and it came down to avoiding the risks of surgery (including getting an otherwise unrelated infection – yes, that was a problem 40 or so years ago, and probably always will be.)and other quick fixes (like drugs). He told me that God had given us a magnificent machine, capable of self-repair and many other things that we mere humans couldn’t even imagine how to do, let alone do as well. He advised 4 things to live to be about 85:

      1) Eat a balanced diet;
      2) Get a moderate amount of exercise, both strength and aerobic in nature;
      3) Get enough sleep; and
      4) Look both ways when you cross the street (i.e. avoid accidents by using your eyes, ears and brain).

      I commented to him that it sounded like something out of “The Old Farmers Almanac,” and he said, “It pretty much is just common sense…don’t tell the A.M.A.”

      So you, and others here, are on to something.

  2. Lift Weights, Cut Carbs, Intermittently Fast

    all good advice

    better yet, cut out one meal a day. i’m down to 1 full meal, usually dinner

    and switch up what you ‘normally’ eat for breakfast lunch or dinner

    your gut will get ‘used” to the same shit and not work as hard digesting and absorbing the nutrients. digestion burns calories too…

  3. Check out Mangan’s Rogue Health and Fitness site for more research and details..

  4. Do this: https://startingstrength.com/get-started

    After you run out your novice phase gains, switch to an intermediate program while adding high-intensity interval training (HITT). You’ll put on some extra fat with the muscle during the novice phase, but it will come off easily later.

    Get the diet under control. Count macros for protein, carbs and fat. Here is a good place to start: https://www.barbellmedicine.com/584-2/

  5. I just had stent #6 installed. Does that count?

  6. If you’re lifting weights hard fasting won’t be on the table. Also don’t waste time, do squats and deadlifts not bodybuilders’ stuff.

    • Yes! “Old School” heavy basics, deadlifts, squats…maybe add some bent over rows and overhead press.

  7. I think physical fitness training needs to use these following components:
    1. Aerobics (“cardio”), 15-20 minutes per session.
    2. Range of motion, agility exercises. (10-15 mins.)
    3. Core training, the more varied the better. (10-15 mins.)
    4. Weight training, not body building. (no time specs.)
    5. Stretching, yoga works great for me. Dynamic stretching works better for
    some people. (10-15 mins.) YMMV

    This also requires a good night’s sleep. I can’t comment on nutrition, I am a big rig driver and have limited opportunities for proper nutrition and time for PT. I try as best I can.
    I have an outline PT plan I try to use when I have the opportunity to have the time to do it. I break it up into 3-4 sessions throughout the day.

    I do upper body three days a week, lower body three days a week. My lower body is also my aerobics heavy day. For lower body, do the aerobics/running before lifting or you will pull a wicked chollie horse.

    • Detail on yoga, please.

      • Certainly, Boss.
        Yoga is a dynamic static stretching exercise using postures for a period of time, 20-45 seconds per posture. I do the “plough” for the lower back/lumbar, certain lunge postures for hips, etc.

        I don’t do the routines of Sun Salutations or things like that because I stretch the muscles I used for training.

        Nell Weaver book on yoga, Rodale Press, Hatha yoga is best because one can do the postures in freezing weather without risk of injury.

        Seated calf and hamstring stretches, tailor posture, etc. for legs.

        Does this cover your inquiry?

  8. Eating less is not the same as fasting. Fasting causes needful body reactions we are anthropologically designed to maximize.


  9. I used one of these back in the 1980’s and still have it, another book has the same photos and text but under a different author.