#233: How To Become A Curvaceous, Lean, Ripped Female Athlete Without Destroying Your Health

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March 13, 2013 free podcast: How To Become A Curvaceous, Lean, Ripped Female Athlete Without Destroying Your Health. Also: what does deer antler velvet spray do, how to use Ucan SuperStarch properly, how to get rid of migraines using your diet, what is the Moxymonitor, and are activity tracking devices (like the Fitbit) useful.

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Zach says @ 00:23:02
He has heard talk about Deer Antler Velvet Spray and wants to know more about it.

Allie asks @ 00:29:06
Is wondering how to use  Generation UCAN Superstarch to fuel for a marathon.

~ In my response I reference Generation Ucan Sports Drink Mix

Tony asks @ 00:29:22
Has been using  UCAN Superstarch and is wondering if Ucan only works if you are in a fat burning state and if he might have taken in too many carbs to use it effectively.

~ In my response I reference this Endurance Supplement Pack.

Jason asks @ 00:43:25
Wants to know how Jessa got rid of her migraines. He heard she did it by altering her alkalosis and acidosis using only food sources.

~ In my response, I mention the How To Get Rid Of Migraine Headaches episode and also transdermal magnesium.

Ken asks @ 00:49:12
Would like to know what you think of the moxymonitor?

Valerie asks @ 00:55:33
Wants to know your opinion of activity trackers like the FitBit. Are they accurate, do they work well, are they worth it?

Jenna asks @ 01:02:16
She is an underweight 19-year-old triathlete and is looking to build muscle mass (her BMI is below healthy level). She would like some specific help putting together a plan that would accelerate the process.

~ In my response I recommend doing 24 hour urine testing. If not available, do a performance panel. Also look at this muscle gain pack. I also recommend www.tri-ripped.com and Dan John's book interventions.

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19 thoughts on “#233: How To Become A Curvaceous, Lean, Ripped Female Athlete Without Destroying Your Health

  1. James says:

    Have you ever wondered how you could help those who are less fortunate than you?

  2. Trish says:

    Hi Ben
    My sister is married to a New Zealand deer farmer that harvests their antlers. I think it was this podcast you were asking about how humane it is, I asked her and this is what she wrote back. I think things have tightened up in this area in the last few years. Thanks for the podcasts!

    Local is used and all the guys on the farm have to sit an annual exam watched by vets and a national vet audits annually we do restrain in a crush and always use anaesthetic I
    Have watched quite a few times and the deer seem ok

  3. Allison says:

    Awesome and helpful as always!
    Question- If it's not the best idea for females to use intermittent fasting, does using something like Bulletproof coffee solve the issues associated with it but still provide the benefits of intermittent fasting.
    Followup to that: Is bulletproof coffee a bad idea if you are NOT fat adapted or in a ketogenic state?

  4. Bree says:

    Can you elaborate on what you meant by saying that you have to take some amount of UCAN before you start your workouts? You suggested mixing with with almond butter, coconut milk, etc.

    1. It takes 30-45 minutes to hit your bloodstream. That's why…

  5. Jordan says:

    Just listened to the diet debate on youtube.. fantastic. But I'm left feeling a little unclear about become 'fat adapted'. I have had bad experiences with bonking in endurance events in the past which I now blame on simple sugar intake during the race. I've been eating very low-carb in the interests of training my body to better utilize fats and often feel guilty about throwing a frozen banana in my morning shake or having some oat bran. is it really necessary to be so nit-picky with carbs in order to make the switch or is it more about limiting carb intake and simple sugars? I generally train in the morning which is also when i consume the most carbs. Thanks! I've learned so much from your podcasts!

    1. Yes, you DO have to be aware of carbs to become fat adapted. Have you seen my package at http://www.lowcarbtriathlete.com/lowcarbpackage ? I walk you through it there…

      1. Jordan says:

        Book purchased! (and almost finished).. exactly the info I was looking for and loving the straight-to-the-point writing style.

  6. Kathy says:

    Hi, Ben,
    About the fragrance in personal care products that should be avoided, what should we look for in particular? Are products that are scented with essential oils OK? What about perfumes that are 'natural,' i.e. that are made from oils and no synthetics (though the oils are dissolved in alcohol)? A pleasant scent can be relaxing, so I'd hate to give that up entirely!

  7. Bill says:

    Hey Ben. Thanks for the podcast…I really enjoy them. I try to eat a lower carb diet (but not real low) on most days, not as low as you…so I would not think I am fat adapted. Without being fat adapted what kind of fueling would you use for longer races/training (half and full ironman)?

    1. You can still use UCAN Superstarch. But other options in terms of stuff that I've found to work if you didn't want to take that approach would be gels or compounds that have branched chain amino acids in them, like GU Roctane, or CarboPro…

  8. Aj Mooney says:

    Hi Ben, I have been uisng UCAN on my long bike rides and races with good success! I do add in some real food every couple of hours i.e. Bonk Breaker bar and Energy 28. I have also been mixing in a powdered Amino Acid supplement as well. You say to stick to fructose and UCAN. So, TWO QUESTIONS?? How about bananas instead of Bonk Breaker bar? Second, how about Peter Rabbit Organic Fruit packs? They are fruit blends with no added sugar.

    1. Yes, all of that is fructose based, and I haven't had any issues with fructose based sources!

  9. caribbeanspice says:

    Hi Ben, How is cassava compared to sweet potatoes in terms of carbs? I know the sweet potatoes is complex carb… i hope you know what cassava is, its the root of a plant and contains alot of starch. Thanks!!!

  10. Ben,
    Thank you for your rundown on how to appropriately use UCAN superstarch for endurance fueling. I tested it out this past weekend on an 80 mile bike race with great results. Was a little nervous just diving in, but was pleasantly surprised. No adverse gut reactions and I felt super charged at mile 60. Maybe a reflection of being fat adapted? I am wondering how I can successfully incorporate UCAN into a much longer endurance event, such as a 24 hour mountain bike solo race. I know that I will be fueling with some real whole foods, but would like to see how far I can go on UCAN. Also, I have found that if I use digestive enzymes with real food intake during exercise that this helps offset digestive stress while in a sympathetic mode and seems to provide fuel quicker. Maybe so, maybe not? Any thoughts or suggestions?

    1. Just be careful that the real foods you combine with UCAN don't have a lot of simple sugars, so that you stay in fat burning mode. You can use UCAN the same way during a mountain bike event – 1-2 per hour, plus amino acids and preferably a bit of MCT or coconut oil. Enzymes MAY help but I haven't personally tried that approach…makes physiologic "sense" though…

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