Tim Ferriss on Dr Oz – Jumpstart your body (videos)

Tim Ferriss recently appeared on the Dr Oz show – get his latest tips, his updated morning routine, his fix for bad moods, poor sleep, and losing pounds right here, summarized for your convenience!

The show was aimed at people looking to really kickstart a part of their life, and Tim was a guest for a few body jumpstarts:

  1. Losing the last 5 – 20 pounds of fat by supercharging your metabolism
  2. Supercharging your mood
  3. Fixing sleeping issues to feel great
  4. Reshaping your body – the 3 things to do within 30 minutes of waking

1. Losing the last 5 – 20 pounds of fat

  • Cold shower for 5-30 minutes, focusing on the upper back area
  • This helps the body engage ‘brown fat’ which burns the fat you want to lose (brown fat uses energy to create for the body and is found mostly around the neck/upper back region)
  • Water must be under 60 degrees (F)

2. Supercharging your mood

  • Enjoy some kimchi (kim chi), which is Korean pickled cabbage every day
  • Can use any other lacto-fermented food like plain yogurt or sauerkraut (if following slow carb avoid yogurt)
  • 90% of serotonin is in the gut
  • Probiotic bacteria helps serotonin move to the brain

3. Fixing sleeping issues to feel great

  • Eat 2 tablespoons raw almond butter before bed
  • Low GI almond butter helps balance blood sugar overnight
  • Can make 6 hours sleep feel like much more
  • Use sleep ‘power position’ – lie face down, left arm down by side, left leg straight, bend right hip out at 90 degrees from body, bend right knee 90 degrees, position right arm at 90 degrees to body, set elbow at 90 degrees.

4. 3 things to do within 30 minutes of waking up

  • Only ever use all-fat creamer in your hot drinks – 2 tablespoons
  • No skim/whole milk – spikes insulin and leaves the door open for fat gain through the day
  • Drink yerba mate tea every morning instead of coffee
  • Speeds digestion all day
  • Yerba mate reduces fat absorption (decreases pancreatic lipase enzyme)
  • More stable energy than coffee
  • Use cinnamon in your hot drink – 1 teaspoon
  • Helps control blood sugar levels – like insulin insurance
  • Use cassia cinnamon if you can get it – looks like bark
  • Ceylon cinnamon ok too, but not as good
  • Sprinkle in hot drink, or on cottage cheese
So there you have it! The summary of the tips Tim provided Dr Oz and his audience for really kickstarting and supercharging your body.
Many of these will be familiar to readers of his book, however the recommendation for Yerba Mate is a new addition, and the suggestion of cinnamon every day is also new. Recommending kim chi for mood is a great addition, as this was recommend primarily for gut health previously.
What do you think? Will these ideas change your routine??
If you’d like to check out his videos, here they are:

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20 Responses to Tim Ferriss on Dr Oz – Jumpstart your body (videos)

  • Susan Pratt says:

    Hello Luke,

    What about soya milk in coffee??

    Smiles,
    Susan

    • Luke says:

      Hi Susan,
      Soy milk is best avoided for a couple of reasons – generally it has some sweetness to it, and through that, the sugar will prompt an insulin response, which is what we’re trying to avoid. Also, soy itself is best avoided as it can disrupt the regular hormone levels in the body.
      All the best!
      Luke

  • Theresa says:

    coconut cream in your coffee?

    • Luke says:

      Hey Theresa,
      I’d avoid coconut cream, as nutritionally is packs a lot more fat, more calories and some extra carbohydrate, compared to half-n-half cream.
      All the best!
      Luke

      • Kirsten says:

        I thought the type of cream Tim was referring to in this segment was 35% cream, which has more carbohydrate, more saturated fat and equal protein to coconut cream, ounce for ounce.
        ~Kirsten

        • Luke says:

          Hi Kirsten, the cream I recommend, and I have heard Tim talk about is pure cream – in some places this is called heavy cream – and it has the highest content of fat, and the lowest carbohydrates. The key with cream is that you use it instead of milk, because any carbohydrate may spike insulin. Consuming only fat will not spike insulin, hence Tim’s recommendation for using cream and not milk – insulin is the ‘key’ that opens the door to fat storage, and blocking fat burning. For reference – http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-cream-fluid-heavy-whipping-i1053
          All the best,
          Luke

          • Kirsten says:

            Yes, that is what I was referring to, but you were comparing coconut cream to half-n-half in reply to Theresa’s comment, which is only usually 10% cream, as compared to “heavy” or 35% cream. Just asking for you to clarify an inconsistency in your rationale.

          • Luke says:

            Hey Kirsten,
            Half n half cream is a better alternative to milk, or coconut cream, and heavy cream is then lower in carbohydrate still. Either is a better choice thank milk.
            Cheers,
            Luke

    • Gabrieo says:

      Ugly forever, no surrgey, but with an average bodyOr obese forever, no loosing weight, with an average face?And lets say that you are healthy either way, so this is all about the way you look.And what about a partner, if they had the same personality either way, which would you choose?

      • Luke says:

        Hey thanks for your comment.

        Not quite sure if I understand – but to your point, being obese is generally considered something that would preclude someone from being healthy. So, its a good idea for people to reduce their weight if they are in the ‘obese’ category.
        I think health is the foundation for people being able to enjoy their lifestyle and have many happy moments. It’s difficult to enjoy things if you’re always in pain, or reminded of certain ailments. For that reason, I also think that people who are healthy on the inside tend to exude more positive energy, and people like being around them more.

        All the best,
        Luke

  • Leanne says:

    I don’t really enjoy the cinnamon in the tea thing. I do, however, have an encapsulation machine. What about encapsulating cinnamon? Would that provide the same benefits?

    • Luke says:

      Hey Leanne, definitely an option! Should have the same result – as cinnamon slow down release of food from the stomach. Eaten, or taken in a gel cap, it’ll be in the stomach and acting this way.
      All the best!
      Luke

  • Abhimanyu Ardagh says:

    Hey Luke,
    Ive been doing the cold water showers for some time now with good results
    Ive just moved from 10 min to 20 min of the cold shower before bed.
    But ive also noticed that i keep waking up with a sore thought after.
    I think that its because ive been moving to fast from hot to cold.

    i was also wondering if it is ok to slowly move back up to warm water after the 20 min.

    thanks
    abhi

    • Luke says:

      Hi Abhi,

      That’s an interesting result, having a sore throat. I guess it could be related to your immune system kicking into overdrive from the cold exposure.
      Could it be dehydration? Or a lack of humidity in your room? Either way, consider drinking some water before bed, and perhaps getting a humidity controlling device for your room.

      It’s better to just step out of the shower after the cold exposure, to keep the effect going for a while longer. If you warm up again with warm water, then your total exposure is 20 minutes, if you step out and gradually warm up thanks to your brown fat burning calories, then your total time could be longer, like 30 or 40 minutes.

      All the best,
      Luke

  • Abhimanyu Ardagh says:

    Thats what i thought
    But in the past ive just stepped out freezing and went to bed freezing, would end up going to bed with a sweater and two pair of socks (usually just wear shorts)

    then tried with having the water warm up my body and i found it much easier to go to bed and woke up with still slight sore throat but believe that it was just from the previous day still.

    thanks for replying Luke!
    abhi

    • Luke says:

      You’re welcome Abhi! Sounds like that cold shower really lowers your core temperature! Perhaps a longer cold one in the morning would be better, with a shorter cold one in the evening? I’ve always wondered how Tim warmed up after his ice baths. My appetite goes out of control when I get very cold!
      All the best,
      Luke

  • Lisa says:

    Hello

    Quick question if you don’t mind answering . advising to adding Cassia cinnamon instead of regular cinnamon I went out and bought it but now i am hearing how it can damage my liver if taken everyday. Is this correct or can you elaborate on those studies.

    Thank you
    Lisa

    • Luke says:

      Hi Lisa,

      I’m not sure which studies you mean because you didn’t include any links, but the cinnamon I recommend is Cinnamomum loureiroi (Vietnamese cinnamon or ‘Saigon cinnamon’) – which is different to regular cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum) though it is of the cassia family. At any rate, there are many varieties around. Saigon cinnamon has the highest compounds of blood thinning agents, but also has the strongest flavor and is delicious. Due to blood thinning, the book recommends no more than around 2 teaspoons per day are consumed, and to be careful if you take blood thinners (including aspirin).
      I have found mentions of “cassia cinnamons may cause liver disease when consumed in high doses” – but what is suggested in the book is not a high dose. I also found “The risk to most people is small, but noteworthy for a small number of people with coumarin sensitivity” (http://www.emaxhealth.com/1020/cinnamon-could-cause-liver-damage-some-individuals).

      I also found this – “Should a consumer who regularly eats larger amounts of cinnamon biscuits expect damage to his health?
      Consumers who have eaten large amounts of cinnamon in the past have no reason to worry that their liver has suffered permanent damage. The liver of patients who developed minor to moderate liver inflammation caused by the administration of coumarin recovered fully just a few weeks after the medication was discontinued.” at http://www.bfr.bund.de/en/frequently_asked_questions_about_coumarin_in_cinnamon_and_other_foods-8487.html#topic_8498

      Hopefully that gives you enough information to make a decision about using cinnamon!

      All the best,
      Luke

  • Triv pursuit says:

    I can strongly recommend Tim’s suggestion of two tablespoons of almond butter at bedtime. I’ve always had a hard time getting up in the morning for several hours. I started this 3 weeks ago, and I feel completely, normally awake now in the morning. I would never have believed the effect this small change would have.

    • Luke says:

      Great tip! Thanks for posting it.
      Quite possibly, if your total calories for the day are quite low, this can result in a sluggish feeling in the morning. The almond butter ensures there’s some extra fuel to use, other than your own fat, overnight, and this could be a good fix for some people.
      All the best!
      Luke

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