1. [1:38] Dark Circles under Eyes
2. [4:19] Cannot Lose Bodyfat
3. [10:20] Paleo Diet Ranked Last by Expert Panel
4. [19:59] Eating Less when Hot
5. [22:41] Melatonin and Natural Production
6. [28:31] Creatine and Tight Pants Don’t Make Babies?
7. [33:35] Clean Deadlifts
8. [42:14] Hypertrophy for the Love Struck Hardgainer
1. Dark Circles under Eyes
Jeanni Says: Hey Guys! I don’t think you’ve talked about this yet, and it’s something I would love to have answered! I am 29 years old and have had dark under eye circles for as long as I can remember! They seem to get progressively worse the older I get. My father has them too really bad, guess I seem to take after him. Is this hereditary, nutritional, or what? Just wondering if you know any more than me and might be able to shed a little light on this issue. I would love to not have to wear so much make-up, and also to not look as though I stay up all night every night! Thanks so much!!!
2. Cannot Lose Bodyfat
Adriana Says: I’m a personal Fitness Trainer. I work out 6 days a week, everything from Oly lifts to “Crossfit” workouts to stair running and all sorts of high intensity craziness in between. I’ve been Paleo for 1.5 years and never really cut much weight. I might have lost 5lbs at the beginning but not much more than that. I’m 5’2″ and right now probably around 118-120, YIKES. I’m stuck at a point I hate, feel much better at 112-115. I cut out all fruit except Coconut (milk, raw) during the week and try to limit it to 1 serving during the weekend. I also cut out nuts (I think I was a little to liberal with that for too long), only eat Macadamia nuts on the weekend in small amounts. I really don’t know what else to do. I am 98% strict, biggest cheat is a gluten free baked good every other month or so. I’m annoyed that I can’t cut more weight. I am wondering if I should start counting calories or if there is another way. I tried to up my fat (Avocados and Coconut) to test the outcome but 3 weeks later I’m still the same. Getting annoyed and aggro over the whole thing. Either I lose some stomach fat or I have to go back to running Marathons (please no). Help!
3. Paleo Diet Ranked Last by Expert Panel
John Says: Dear R & G, G’DAy from Australia mate!
I’ve been a faithful 7th or 8th listener of the podcast since episode 1 (I listened to 40something back episodes in a row to catch up). I’m also a doctor and practice in Orthopaedic Surgery. I have adopted the Paleo lifestyle and lost my little belly that would persist no matter how good shape I thought I was (I guess I’m not insulin resistant anymore)..
This is the first time I write so I’ll keep it simple.. I don’t mind if I make it into the podcast or not but I needed to share this with you and ask you to break it down for us listeners.
A panel of Experts has decided that the Paleo Diet is the worst diet there is for losing weight, promoting health and for lacking scientific evidence and long-term weight loss maintenance. Some panel of experts!
4. Eating Less when Hot
Justin Says: I live in Illinois and already we are having days with a heat index of 105 degrees and 90% humidity. On these days, I don’t feel like eating much. Before, I was eating three square Paleo meals a day, but now breakfast and lunch have become almost non-existant. By the time dinner rolls around, I can usually muster up some kind of an appetite, but I’m still not eating like I was. I’m not into elite fitness or athletics, I just want to be healthy and live forever. Is there anything wrong with dialing back my food during those hot days?
5. Melatonin and Natural Production
Hi, sorry if my spelling is ill or if this question has already been adressed. I`ve only gotten to episode 40 but I renember you said in one of youre earlier episodes that you do from time to time take melatonin for sleep. Wouldent an intake of a hormone offset the “hormonal balance” in the body (or anything like that)? Should melatonin be an only worst case scenario. The reason im asking Is that my friend is taking melatonin and living like pig while im busting my chops(I know a lot of piggie talk now) to sleep better. I use about 1-2 hours getting to sleep almost always waiking up around 8.30 (ca 8 hours), im sleeping in almost total darkness and I stopp using computer or the tv 1 hour befor bed-time. Much appreciated, yours truly, the prince of Norway
6. Creatine and Tight Pants Don’t Make Babies?
Hey Rob, I am a huge fan of your book and podcast. I am a 27 year old CrossFit coach and athlete at the “Elite” level. I am on a strict Paleo diet and have been for about 8 months. My wife 25 “Also paleo” and I are ready to have a baby. We have been trying for about 5 months with no success. My wife is a nurse and being so she is a product of modern meds and testing. We have both taken tests to see if there is a problem. Her test showed that she’s a prime candidate for pregnancy. My sperms count test came back super human, 4x above average. But my motility was under 50%. The Doc told me to stop wearing compression skins and stop taking Creatine.
My questions are does Creatine lower motility in spurm? And do you have any help for a young couple trying to get pregnant? Thanks for your help
Study Link – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3781011
7. Clean Deadlifts
Dave Says: Hi Greg, I train 2 days/week weightlifting and with 2 days/week of 5/3/1 deadlift/squat/press. Sometimes I mix in some CrossFit when I can’t help myself. I believe that my deadlift (around 200kg) is out of proportion to my clean (around 95kg).
Should a person who is mostly interested in improving their clean only do clean-style deadlifts or clean pulls? Assuming I am able to fix this asymmetry in my lifts, should I just continue doing the clean deadlift in order to keep my 1st pull consistent?
Thanks and good luck with your coaching!
8. Hypertrophy for the Love Struck Hardgainer
Hey guys, I love listening to the podcast, especially when I’m working (I tried to while working out, but my focus needed more focus).
Here’s my sitch. I’m fairly good on the paleo diet, and have been for a couple months now (and I was so-so on it for about a year before that, then motivation really hit–more on that in a sec). Lots of beef, pork, fish, cheese, eggs, mixed nuts, some broc. and cauliflower for veggies (and their alleged anti-xenoestrogenic properties), a sweet potato or two now and then after weightlifting, and maybe a protein shake here and there and/or some whole milk, but only right after weights as well. I supplement with fish oil, creatine, glutamine, and a few vitamins. No sugar, no grains, no legumes, not ever, not even fruit, not even a cheat day.
I weight train three days a week, on a basic push/pull/press/squat split (with a vanity set of bicep curls thrown in every once in a while if I’m feeling moxie), using dumbbells for extra weight (no access to really heavy stuff, so if that’s the answer, I’m SOL). I don’t go for reps so much as timed cycles, since that keeps me from getting lazy, and I’d been doing in cycles of about 45s/15s with a minute in between rounds, for a total between 22-30 mins. This should, by the TUT gospel, be getting me all big and puffy, but so far not so much. It winds up being around 12 reps per exercise, and I’m about to chop it down considerably so it ends up being around 5-6.
My motivation here, by the way, is not that I think being bigger is so awesome. I’m a natural ectomorph, with a low carb tolerance to boot. I can foul up my body composition just looking at sugar, and wind up skinny fat in a hurry. (Gee thanks mom and dad, those genes sure are swell.) And I don’t mind being lean–in fact, I’d like to be even leaner, more into the six pack territory than the four I’m currently drinking.
However, I seem to be stuck at around six feet tall, and one hundred forty five pounds. I don’t know how many kilos that is, but it’s not very many for being six feet tall. Don’t make me try to do meters, I was an English major.
I IF a couple times as week, and eat like a horse on training days. My body comp has improved noticably, I have scads of energy, I’m in great health and *feel* spiffy.
But there’s a girl. A really, really, really ridiculously good-looking girl, who also happens to be brilliant and interesting and has a great personality. And weighs one hundred and forty or so American pounds. A weight that looks better on her, no matter what system its measured in.
So, obviously testosterone isn’t my issue, because I’ve got enough hormones addling me to want to gain muscle. Not a lot, I’m not going on the Jersey Shore here, but enough that there’s that comfortable element of sexual dimorphism. Nothing says ‘keep me in the friend zone’ like being nearly the same size.
I’m willing to eat more (how!?), sleep more (I get plenty) lift more (or less), or follow a totally new plan of deadlifts and kicking puppies. Whatever it takes. But what, of what, is a hard-gainer with a couple years under his weight belt and no more pounds to show for it supposed to do? If I weren’t me, I’d tell me to just pick a new goal, or be happy with what I have–maybe take up parkour or something.
But the heart wants what the heart wants. Ain’t no way this girl (who is herself six-packed out, I might add) is gonna give me another look sans a touch of bulk.