Information, statistics, and recommendations on Bachelor.Fitness originates from a variety of sources. Outside of the literature and expert sources below, we leverage plenty of NIH/PubMed studies as well as scientific and nutritional podcasts/blogs to compile the latest on optimizing biological fitness.
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Carbs & Sugar
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
Written by Justin & Erica Sonnenburg PhDs, the Good Gut was one of the first works that opened my eyes to how my everyday life choices, diet, genetics, and experiences (sometimes through no fault of my own) affected so many different aspects of my life and wellbeing. A true "second-brain". I suggest it as a starter read/listen for anyone new to the whole "belief in the gut" you may be hearing so much about.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (a.d. 121–180) succeeded his adoptive father as emperor of Rome in a.d. 161—and Meditations remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written. With a profound understanding of human behavior, Marcus provides insights, wisdom, and practical guidance on everything from living in the world to coping with adversity to interacting with others. Consequently, the Meditations have become required reading for statesmen and philosophers alike, while generations of ordinary readers have responded to the straightforward intimacy of his style. In Gregory Hays’s new translation—the first in a generation—Marcus’s thoughts speak with a new immediacy: never before have they been so directly and powerfully presented.
Jocko Willink's methods for success were born in the SEAL Teams, where he spent most of his adult life, enlisting after high school and rising through the ranks to become the commander of the most highly decorated special operations unit of the war in Iraq. In Discipline Equals Freedom, he describes how he lives that mantra: the mental and physical disciplines he imposes on himself in order to achieve freedom in all aspects of life. Many books offer advice on how to overcome obstacles and reach your goals―but that advice often misses the most critical ingredient: discipline. Without discipline, there will be no real progress. Discipline Equals Freedom covers it all, including strategies and tactics for conquering weakness, procrastination, and fear, and specific physical training presented in workouts for beginner, intermediate, and advanced athletes, and even the best sleep habits and food intake recommended to optimize performance.
Written by James J. DiNicolantonio, Pharm. D., a respected cardiovascular research scientist, and doctor of pharmacy. The Salt Fix elegantly and accessibly weaves the research into a fascinating new understanding of salt’s essential role in your health and what happens when you aren’t getting enough—with far-reaching, even heart-stopping, implications.
We’ve all heard the recommendation: eat no more than a teaspoon of salt a day for a healthy heart. But there’s one big problem with this: the vast majority of us don’t need to eat low-salt diets. In fact, for most of us, more salt would be better for our health, rather than less. (Not to mention, much tastier.) Now, Dr. James DiNicolantonio reveals the incredible, often baffling story of how salt became unfairly demonized—a never-before-told, century-spanning drama of competing egos and interests. Not only have we gotten it wrong, we’ve gotten it exactly backwards: eating more salt can help protect you from a host of ailments, including internal starvation, insulin resistance, diabetes, and even heart disease. (The real culprit? Another white crystal—sugar.)
Dr. DiNicolantonio in The Salt Fix shows how eating the right amount of this essential mineral will help you beat sugar cravings, achieve weight loss, improve athletic performance, increase fertility, and thrive with a healthy heart.
I first stumbled upon Dr. Rhonda Patrick while listening to the Joe Rogan Podcast a few years back. I was hooked ... combining her amazing intellect and motivation to find the best ways to increase health and lifespan through diet and life choices. Follow her through her blog FoundMyFitness or her YouTube channel where she has great in-depth discussions and the latest on improving longevity and healthy living thru nutrition and epigenetics.
Keto master, Dom first grabbed my attention when he was featured on Rhonda's podcast. They discussed the growing medically proven benefits of the low-carb & keto lifestyle Dom's research covers. Not only has Dom been studying health benefits of ketosis since 2009, but he lives and breathes what he teaches. Follow Dom at his website to find more about keto diet and the latest on his keto research.
I was drawn to Dr. Peter Attia for his vast knowledge, experience and most notably his self-experimentation. For instance, he rigorously tracks the glucose in the body to interpret the correct amount of sugar the body requires to operate at 100% efficiency. Safe to say, the conclusion is too many people are consuming high-glycemic and sugar-packed foods. Follow him at his website where he covers his personal journey, reviews, and a deep nerd safari on a new topic each week.
Professor in the Regulatory Biology Department at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of the biological clock with the natural light-dark and feeding cycles. His laboratory uses genetic, genomics, biochemical, and behavioral approaches to identify genes under circadian regulation in different organs and to understand the mechanism of such regulation. He and his team designed the myCircadianClock app to get an understanding of our society’s lifestyle: when, what, and how much we eat, sleep, and move. With enough subjects, he hopes to test the benefits of time-restricted feeding under different conditions of sleep, activity, and disease.