In my mastery over my own physiology, I’ve spent the past few years acquainting myself with the various hormones that dictate human physiology.
I obviously have an interest in testosterone – this has been established and I will continue to establish this interest, cause it’s a fucking awesome hormone, and has been scientifically linked as integral component of human progress, creativity, innovation, and living a fulfilling life as a man.
As you’ll read below, testosterone only half the equation, and it’s potentiated by another hormone – growth hormone.
In order to continue mastering my physiology, I’m interested in defining the benefits of mastering growth hormone, and then mastering my understanding of exactly how to maximize growth hormone.
I’ve taken detailed notes below from the book Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha.
Excerpts from Man 2.0 on the Basics of Growth Hormone
If testosterone is the Batman of masculinity, then you could say GH is your Robin. This powerful yet understated hormone is oftentimes considered the fountain of youth, as doctors and antiaging clinics prescribe it readily to help combat old age. GH and testosterone work best together, meaning that each is very potent individually, but when present together, the impact is decidedly more prominent and beneficial.
GH has been shown to have the greatest physical impact on burning fat and increasing longevity. But what’s even more useful is what GH does to help your body function more efficiently and effectively.
When you have more GH circulating in your system, you’re able to make better use of protein and build more muscle. You’re also able to improve the quality of your sleep and speed healing and recovery. Like the name would imply, GH improves the growth of your cells – it helps grow muscle mass, strengthen your bones, reduce the pressure on your liver, and maybe most understated, protect your immune system. Increasing your GH is one of the best ways to fight off disease and stay healthy.
You’ll learn may ways to improve your GH, the most impactful mechanism being the new style of eating called intermittent fasting that we’ll teach you in part 3. In the meantime, here are some easy ways to boost your GH:
Sleep moreFast during the morningImprove sleep qualityLift heavier weightsSupplement with BCAAsEat big before bedPerform sprints (10-30 seconds are best)Do high-intensity metabolic resistance training (30-40 minutes max)Don’t eat fat before a workoutDon’t eat too many calories before exercise
Growth Hormone and Autophagy: Excerpt from Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha
Listen, we’re not going to call you old and slow. But odds are, your body looks a lot older and moves a lot slower than it should. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a twenty-year-old guy or a sixty-year-old boss; the nutrition advice you’ve received is creating an impending apocalypse within your body.
You’ve probably heard of cleanse diets—most likely from your wife or girlfriend, or if you were trying to pass a drug test. (Yeah, we know why you really visit your favorite supplement store.) These are the juice cleanses or liver and kidney detoxifiers that are supposed to rid your body of toxins, improve the functioning of your internal organs, and help you age better. Or, at the very least, you’ll eat more fruits and vegetables and be a little healthier. But mostly it’s just a marketing scheme to get you to buy a product.
The only real cleanse occurs at the cellular level. It’s called autophagy, and it’s your body’s ability to regenerate and become better. Autophagy helps you repair injuries, makes your brain function a little better, helps with muscle growth and fat loss, and even assists in your ability to walk and breathe.
You see, every day there are millions of cellular reactions occurring in your body. Some of this activity causes damage within your body. As with any equipment that is used a lot, the daily stress causes breakdown. Fortunately, your body is built for such circumstances and can naturally heal anything that isn’t working at an optimal level. This is autophagy.
So what happens when your internal repair is slow and lazy and doesn’t get the job done? That’s when you have a damaged internal environment. More specifically, when your workers don’t repair your mitochondria—the cellular power plant of your body—then your body is basically fucked.
You age faster. You suffer from chronic disease. You lose your hair. And you get fat.
That brings us back to hormones. Your lack of growth hormone (GH) is limiting the natural process of autophagy. And as your GH levels continue to sputter along, your tissue continues to degenerate. It’s why you have more aches and pains. Why food seems to make you fatter than it used to. And why muscle just won’t appear on your body, no matter how many reps and sets you perform.
What’s the best way to pump up your GH and turn the autophagic process into a group of grind-it-out interns that will work when needed? Strategic eating.
This isn’t about specific foods or how many grams of protein, carbs, and fats you eat. It’s simpler than that. This is about when you eat. Or more specifically, when you don’t eat. The more time you spend eating—as in actual hours during the day eating—the less time you spend in the autophagic process.
That’s why we’ll teach you when you should and shouldn’t be eating. It offers you the freedom to still eat the foods you love and follow the diet of your choice—whether it’s low-carb, vegan, or meat-eater’s delight (our personal favorite).
By turning on autophagy at the right time, you’ll be stripping off fat in ways you didn’t think possible and speeding the muscle-gain process. Just as importantly, your brain will work more efficiently, and research shows that you can even fight off diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Autophagy will change your life, your mind, and your body in ways that will have your internal organs working like a machine and your reflection looking like a man.”