Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hack Your Wardrobe, Hack Your Decision-Making Powers

Did you ever notice that the more powerful decision makers in the world wear the same outfit every day, or every other day? Mark Zuckerberg wears a gray t-shirt and jeans every day. Steve Jobs wore a black turtle neck and jeans every day and may other famous people have made similar wardrobe choices according to this Forbes Magazine article.

Why would they do this?

They are hacking their brains, specifically their decision-making banks. Everyone has a limited supply of decision-making power. When this runs low, people have trouble making good decisions about just about anything, including what to wear.

The solution? Plan what you will wear well in advance and be consistent. I found Mark's and Steve's color palettes a little drab, so I have elected to wear a different color shirt every week day, but relatively the same color shirt on that particular day of the week. Ever forget what day it is? Some people look at there phones; I look at the shirt that I am wearing.

Worried that people will notice? It is call "the spotlight effect". One study had a person wear a Barry Manilow t-shirt in a room of their peers. Less than 50% of the peers noticed. In my own experience, only a couple coworkers have ever mentioned that I always wear a black shirt and jeans on Fridays, and they are certainly the most observant few.

So do yourself a favor, save up your decision making reserves for the important stuff.

Stay well engineered,

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Intermittent Fasting

Eat Less, Move More?

As I touched on in my Burn Fat with Science post, there is more to the "Eat Less, Move More" theory of weight loss. Dr. Jason Fung does a great job of explaining how "Calories In Must Equal Calories Out" is an oversimplification of a two part problem in this YouTube video. Eating less causes your bodies metabolism to slow down and your basal insulin levels to rise. The result? Every single calorie you eat over your energy expenditure is stored as fat. The solution?

Eat Less Often, Move More!

Eating less often gives your body a chance to deplete the glycogen stores in your liver and turn to your fat stores to get between meals. A novel concept, right? But the concept of "fasting" scares some people, even though some religions practice it periodically during the year and everyone does it for several hours every night.

Bulletproof Coffee is the cornerstone of Dave Asprey's Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting. Consuming a little butyric acid and caprylic acid in your coffee keeps you satisfied, while extending the fast from insulin stimulating proteins and carbohydrates that you initiated a few hours prior to sleep. When your insulin levels normalize, you will naturally eat less.

Soon, I will be writing about a specific source of carbohydrate that I have been adding to my diet to help normalize my insulin response and keep me in Ketosis.

Stay well engineered,

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These statements or products referenced are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.