This August 20, 2009 free audio episode features the latest research on: whether heart rate monitors are actually accurate when predicting calorie burn, listener Q&A's about yeast infections in the gut, naturally fighting your age-related decrease in metabolism, whey protein allergies, a high heart rate during exercise, salt cravings, gymsticks and low back pain, and finally a featured topic with a double-interview about swimming nutrition and swimming form.
The featured topic begins with an interview of John Kenny, a pro triathlete, one of the world's fastest open water swimmers and a recognized expert when it comes to marathon swimming, open water tactics and, in this case, eating while you swim! John talks about:
-Tactics and strategies in open water swimming…
-How a distance open water swimmer actually eats while racing…
-When to feed in a swim pack if you don't want to “get dropped”…
-What John uses to get over 350 calories of carbohydrate in a single 12 ounce serving…
-How John recommends Ironman triathletes eat if they need to fuel during the swim…
-And many other tips, tricks and open water swim secrets!
After interviewing John, we move on to a visit with Paul, from Swim Smooth. Paul is a swim and triathlon coach based in Perth, Western Australia, and for the past several years has been developing a unique and incredibly helpful visualization tool to allow swimmers to see what aspects of the freestyle stroke they need to work on, and for coaches to be able to communicate this easily and effectively with their swimmers. Paul introduces us to Mr. Smooth, and Paul, John and I talk about exactly what Mr. Smooth is and how he can make you a better swimmer and swim coach. Swimmers can download the free interactive application by visiting http://www.swimsmooth.com/console.php , and a premium version for enthusiasts and coaches with even more features is available at http://www.swimsmooth.com/proconsole.html .
Christine Asks: “I believe (in Podcast Episode #53) that Dr. Cohen mentioned something about him finding that most of his patients have too much yeast, even without symptoms. I don't have any outright symptoms, but it sounds like there's a good chance I could have too much. Should I be doing anything, taking anything to combat a possible overabundance of yeast?”
Carol Asks: “I'm a 69 yr. old female and having all kinds of trouble with weight since I stopped smoking 6 yrs. ago. I eat a sensible diet and walk 2 miles a day, 4 days a week. My metabolism is very poor according to my doc who ran blood tests. But when I asked him if I could increase my metabolism, he said no and that the situation was due to the aging process. Somehow, I find that answer unacceptable. So, I'm asking you the same question as a trainer who specializes in such matters. No, I cannot afford a trainer, but would really appreciate your opinion and a few tips. I feel hopeless.”
In addition to implementing my suggestions in the podcast, go to http://www.100waystoboostyourmetabolism.com!
George Asks: “Ben, Love the podcast. You break health and fitness down to an understandable topic. I've been a listener for about six weeks and have started taking APC time release protein and whey protein, also training much harder. Lately I've had persistent itchy skin, especially around my armpits and scrotum. Yes, I wash well. I know you're not a doc. But could this be diet or exercise related?”
In my response to George, I mention my allergy-free meal plan and exercise book, Shape21, which can be found by clicking here.
Kathryn Asks: “I am a fairly recent newsletter/podcast subscriber and have become a fan. I am a triathlete and have a question on salt craving. I train daily for the olympic distance averaging 10-12 hours per week. Have been training and racing for over 10 years. I eat a clean diet, especially since giving up gluten 8 months ago and in general feel great. I do crave salt however and my question is, what am I missing? I am a long time Hammer nutrition user, and use their endurolytes while training, and for recovery and on a sweaty day. I could walk by a cookie without a problem but..salt is a different story. Long question…have any tips? Should I give into it?”
Eric Asks: “Over the spring and summer, I have been diligently following a training schedule that I developed with the help of Derek Garcia and Dee Frasier of the OhNoH20 and FCA endurance groups. The schedule is based on the classic 3 week build, one week recovery, second phase of build that is a little more than the last first week of three ( a “a, b, c, recover, a.3, b.3 c.3, recover, a.7 b.7. c.7, recover etc.). This weekend I was coming my final recovery week and am heading into my final build – and I admit that I am ‘giving it my all” in my workouts – especially on the bike. I did the ride this weekend with Kristen Armstrong…which I monitored with my old Garmin. Heading out there was a decent hill (upper river drive) where the group began to fracture…I was the only person on a tri bike. I pushed harder than ever to keep with the lead group (which was being lead by Kristen). I stuck with the group and had a great ride. I downloaded the info and had a look, and I spiked my HR at 218 up the hill. I have never managed to get my HR over 180ish before. I chalked it up to a glitch on the watch. Today I rode my bike into work, and did a few intervals on the way in, and back (and stopped at the football field to get 15 x 100 barefoot sprints in on the way home). I downloaded that info (new Garmin this time), and I noticed on one of my intervals I spiked my HR again at 212 this time (at 34 mph flat ground). I feel great, and have been upping my magnesium baths and massaging my legs w/ magnesium oil every 3 days or so – and I feel fantastic… I have not experienced any chest pains, or anything like that. Even on my 1.2 mile swim (32 min) I felt fantastic, relaxed, and my hr did not even get past 120 (I need to swim harder apparently!). So, my question is this; in your opinion, is this a ‘break through’ or something I need to see a doc about?”
In my response to both Kathryn and Eric, I mention what I have found to be a reliable source of magnesium chloride: Magnetic Clay Ancient Minerals Ultra Pure Magnesium Oil.
Lynda Asks: “I just ordered the light green Gymstick to help build my core area. I have DDD with slight disc out of place with causes me alot of nerve pain daily. I have weak abdominal areas because it hurts to walk or stand alot. I'm hoping this will help me. I wanted something light to start. I don't want to harm myself. Do you have any input on this? Do you think it will help?”
Do you have a question? Remember, you can now ask your questions via *audio* to me via the free Skype software by simply “Skyping” me at username “pacificfit“. You can also call toll free to 1-877-209-9439 and leave a voicemail for Ben Greenfield.
Finally, check out this comment and response to Ben Greenfield's recent article in Triathlete magazine:
“My gripe is only about the obsessed tri athlete – what really gets me is that the ‘tri obsessed' don't understand that they are killing all their personal relationships with their obsessive selfish need to train and compete in a sport that is not social, has no real spectator interest and produces very tired, skinny and gaunt people that are kind of scary to be with as they are truly boring and dull (well the obsessed ones I have met are!) and whilst people say they are impressed that you do triathlons they are equally impressed with skiers, tennis players, sailors and other sports people, those committed and good at a sport is always impressive! Especially when they are working with others and learning that team work is o much better than selfish sports such as triathlons. In fact triathlons are only an endurance sport that test the individual against him/herself and has little social interaction – so no team building or mental tactics to winning better, just a personal PB. which for the partners of obsessive tri athletes gets a little warring. in fact we just pretend to be interested after a while as we are keen for you to exercise and enjoy yourself but obsessive tri people become dull- so what you have shaved off your PB just a few seconds here and now you then get depressed if your PB is slower, difficult to live with someone so pre occupied and self indulgent that a slower PB can affect their whole mood and alter their behaviour. Families get fed up and begin to think the obsessive tri athletes is sort of odd – I think it’s a type of depression they are dealing with an emotional need. The obsessive tri athlete is pushing themselves to the limits I have been told by experts, from a fear of facing their inner problems -wrapped up in lack of self confidence and low self esteem. This is the only way that they can feel good about themselves and can pretend they are amazing instead ofbalancing their lives to enjoy triathlons and other pursuits and be a normal person. They are kidding themselves and destroying their relationships – their kids would rather they had quality time with their Mom or Dad not just counting the T-shirts or Medals.”
What do you think of this comment? Do you agree that triathletes are obsessed? Feel free to leave your feedback in a comment of your own!
That’s all for this week. Coming soon in future podcasts: Weight Loss & Hypnosis and The Paleo Diet for Athletes. Be sure to leave our podcast a rating in iTunes – just click here to go to our iTunes page and leave feedback! Finally, remember all the time put into producing this podcast for you, and consider donating to our show (we’ll throw in a free T-shirt)!