092 – Q&A: More thoughts on longevity and what we should be focusing on for optimal health

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This week’s Q&A is an international one, with Ben reporting from his villa in Bali and Ashleigh back in icy Canada! We get to hear about where Ben is staying, the beautiful time he has been having and his hopes for further trips and camps in Bali in the near future! Ben and Ash then dive into some questions from social media, with Ben sharing his favorite holiday spot to take his kids, skepticism on the debate around protein, and why thinking about food too much is a waste of time and energy. The idea of optimal note-taking is also covered, with Ash and Ben sharing their strategies for best learning practices while listening to podcasts.

Ben makes a strong argument for a good life being reliant on muscle and strength and the three different parts of exercise that need attention. The episode ends off with some thoughts on fasting and caloric deficits, and why stressing your body can lead to greater failure.

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  • The amazing time Ben has been having in Bali for the last week! [0:47]
  • Possible retreats and Muscle Camps in Bali in the future! [4:18]
  • The best place Ben has taken his kids on vacation and what made it so great. [5:26]
  • Ideas for note-taking while listening to this and other interesting podcasts! [7:14]
  • Ben’s skepticism around the current debates on mTOR and AMPK. [12:20]
  • How muscle and quality of life are intimately linked, and three approaches to exercise. [15:55]
  • Perspectives that wasting time and energy on food can hold you back. [19:33]
  • Cookie-cutter behaviors and why sexier always sells more, even when less healthy. [22:41]
  • The multiple-level effects of living in a caloric deficit and the importance of sleep. [23:35]

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Ben Pakulski

Ben Pakulski

Since first lifting weights as a teenager, Ben has been on a mission to do whatever it takes… …to become the most muscular man on the planet! On the eve of The Arnold Classic, he confronts the dark realities of bodybuilding… And his own future! Follow him on his journey…

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