I regularly hack health metrics that mark for my metabolic longevity. I subjected myself to a VO2 Max study with lactate threshold last spring and I regularly do my own Blood Code blood test results. I also take my Heart Rate Variability, which by the way has continued to improve with more short, strenuous, metabolic exercise. You’d think when I was running more, I’d have a healthier heart, but no, apparently not. I recently wrote about one of many studies that points to the reason.
If I just take a few metrics from my Blood Code results: You’ll see that my TG:HDL ratio has gone from >1 to less than 1 in the past years a move from a metabolism that tends toward storage to one that tends toward burning. Now many of you know, I have never been heavy, but ironically, I gained nearly ten pounds from 2010 to 2015—it was the right kind of weight—muscular strength. And with a TG:HDL between 0.5-1, I have energy available whenever I need it. It conforms with better energy, better fitness and better mental function. Oh yeah, it marks for lower than usual risk of heart disease compared to a high TG:HDL ratio, such as one that is >2.5.
You will see in my test results graph above, my TG:HDL ratio is the best ever now – and I have records twenty five years back. While I realize I am only in my late-forties, I see people reverse their metabolic age all the time. Personally, I couldn’t’ have done it continuing to exercise the way I learned twenty years ago. And yes, I admit, I have honed a better low-carb-high-fat diet more in accordance with my ancestral traits and blood code.
There is a silver lining on the type of exercise that works for us—it doesn’t take a lot of time. Research, rightly points to 7-minute, 4-minute, 10-minute routines that, when interval-style and strenuous, work better than gentle aerobic exercise. Many years ago, I was told that strenuous exercise with weights could thicken and weaken the heart – to the contrary, in short doses, there are benefits galore. Jeff Eckhouse and I assembled the kinds of exercises that create the bang for the buck metabolic effect in a short period of time and put them in an instructional video. You can check out the trailer and purchase the video right here.
Go ahead on the Facebook.com/bloodcode page and post your comments about your TG:HDL. Let’s get the conversation going.