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Welcome to Gulf Coast Youth and Strength.

 

Here you can learn the secrets and strategies of reversing aging, and gaining strength in your life.

 

My primary focus is to provide you with the most effective strategies for reversing aging, and gaining strength, so you can enjoy your life to the fullest.

 

I offer you my best thoughts and insights, based on research, testing and experience in articles and videos that I hope you will find to be entertaining, informative, and enjoyable.

Overtraining and Advanced Recovery Methods

by Matthew Caton on July 24, 2014

Boring Chart

In your quest for awesomeness, you may find that your body will stagnate and even grow weaker as you work harder with more tenacity and intensity.  Welcome to confounding frustration. Even if you exercise casually you may still see some of the negative effects of overtraining put a damper on the life you are trying to enjoy, and you would benefit from the recovery methods I will give you later on.

 

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Five Common Paleo Problems and Solutions

by Matthew Caton on May 28, 2012

Hunter Gatherer's of Australia Displaying Six-Packs

You've been Paleo or Primal for a while now, and you have seen great changes in your life.  You never want to go back to the way you lived life before.  It's like night and day, except the sun will never set on your new lifestyle.  Although you feel better than ever, you are not completely satisfied.  You feel as though you have everything dialed in, but you don't feel quite as optimal as you think you should be, or maybe you don't have the physique you have been after.  You may be thinking, "I'm Paleo, why don't I look like the ripped hunter-gatherers of Australia?"  After talking with many people in the Paleo community who have found themselves at a plateau they can't overcome, this is what I've found to be the major issues, that have been infrequently addressed.

 

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True Antioxidants

by Matthew Caton on May 12, 2012

Vitamin E Crystals

In our lives, there exists a fundamental paradox.  The oxygen we breathe, that is necessary at every moment for life, will also cause our demise.  By oxidative damage our cells age, and they stop functioning normally.  We begin to experience the signs of aging and age-related diseases.  Antioxidants, can prevent oxidative damage, but do some antioxidants dubbed as "superfoods" fall short of our expectations?  With all the hype focussed on some obscure berry from the Far East one week, and on a magical plant from South America the next, we often overlook the most powerful and basic antioxidants.

 

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Bio-Hacking Glycogen Synthesis

by Matthew Caton on May 10, 2012

I ran into an interesting study while researching an upcoming article on anti-oxidants I am writing.  Believe me, these studies aren't all so interesting, but this one was.  A certain anti-oxidant in the flavanoid family, named Kaempferol, more than doubled glycogen synthesis in the rat.  In fact, glycogen synthesis was 2.38 times higher.  This study also points out that serum glucose was lowered, and insulin was stimulated, which means that insulin sensitivity is enhanced when this nutrient/anti-oxidant is consumed.

 

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The Starvation Hormone

by Matthew Caton on April 30, 2012

Tom Hanks Is Starving And Can't Eat Ice Skates

You are starving.  Or, at least your body "thinks" you are starving.  As a result, the body's production of sex hormones drop off, your immune function drops off, fat metabolism is nearly halted, the stress hormone cortisol is released, stubborn bodyfat is being stored, dopamine (the feel good/reward neurotransmitter) levels in the CNS drop, motivation and overall energy is low, and you are feeling especially irritable.  Your body thinks it's starving, even though you definetely are not starving, because you have low levels of leptin or you are leptin resistant. Unfortunately, for most people, they either have chronically low levels of leptin, or they are leptin resistant.  Dieting and exercise can easily cause low levels of leptin if they are not monitored carefully, and if you are obese and you are not losing weight, you are likely leptin resistant.

 

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Potato Starch Buttermilk Pancakes

by Matthew Caton on April 24, 2012

Potato Starch Buttermilk Pancakes with Organic Maple Syrup

In the spirit of low-fat carbohydrate refeeds in the form of tubers I had buttermilk pancakes made from potato starch with organic maple syrup today after my workout.  Of course I also had my protein in the form of 2 large chicken breasts with a delicious low-cal red wine reduction, but this post is all about the pancakes. These turned out amazing, and I had four thick pancakes about 7-8" in diameter with loads of maple syrup, so I was pretty content after eating. However, this is just a normal diet day for me.  This isn't even close to what I feast on with my Eat a Cheeseburger to Burn Fat protocol.

 

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What is Strength?

by Matthew Caton on April 23, 2012

Samson Wrestles a Lion

Samson was granted supernatural strength by God.  He wrestled a lion, and won I'm assuming, wiped out an army with the jawbone of an ass, and destroyed the Temple of Dagon.  These are legendary feats of strength that required, first and foremost, muscular strength, but also dexterity, speed, skill, cunning, bravado, and great hair.

 

The most extraordinary feat of strength he displayed was the one that ended his life.  The destruction of the Temple of Dagon best explempfies the definition of strength.  That is, the ability to exert force on an object using the muscles.



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BCAA Supplementation Hinders the Benefits of Truly Fasted Training

by Matthew Caton on April 16, 2012

So you have read all about the benefits of working out in the fasted state, and now you want to try it out for yourself.  There is a very popular protocol that recommends supplementing with 10 grams of branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) pre-workout to prevent the catabolic breakdown of protein during fasted training.  I respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree with using BCAA pre-workout as a supplement to fasted training. If anyone is going to train fasted, then you should actually train fasted.

 

I left part of this as a comment on Marks Daily Apple, but the comment was so long I decided to expound on it more, and make it an article.



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What is Youth?

by Matthew Caton on April 15, 2012

Immortal Stem Cells

We all know youth when we see it.  But if you feel youthful, and if you are stronger than the average young person, you may actually be younger than someone born ten or twenty years after you were born.

 

Chronological age, as we will see, will not always correspond with cellular age.  Cellular aging is not determined by the cell's number of years in existence, so why should our bodies be bound by this number?



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Know your Sugars

by Matthew Caton on April 13, 2012

We've all seen the latest High-Fructose Corn Syrup commercial that claims, "Whether it's corn sugar or cane sugar, your body can't tell the difference. Sugar is sugar."  Something about that commercial smells a little fishy, perhaps even corny.  Does it feel like they are trying to pull one over on you?

 

I can tell you that when they claim that cane sugar, or sucrose, is the same as corn sugar, they are correct.  But as you know there are more than just two types of sugar.  Whether it be lactose, maltose, galactose, fructose or glucose, your body digests these types of sugar in a very different way.



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Biological Immortality

by Matthew Caton on April 4, 2012

Have you ever wondered why lobsters scream as they are being boiled? 

 

With their last breath they are trying to share the secrets of immortality. Obviously not invincibility, only immortality.

 

The lobster, among other animals, shows no signs of aging with the passing of time.  Is this a phenomenon that can also occur in some humans?



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How to Deadlift With Proper Form

by Matthew Caton on April 2, 2012

A deadly strong grip, powerful traps, a rock solid back, extreme posterior chain development, and overall strength.  Why wouldn't you deadlift?

 

Because of the popularity of the exercise, and the massive benefits it brings, many people have written or demonstrated how to deadlift with proper form.  However, I find that most videos or tutorials are less than comprehensive, and can leave you in the gym habitually putting yourself at risk for injury.  I want to clarify exactly how to deadlift with good form, so that keep yourself safe and so that you can build a strong deadlift and a strong body.

 

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Youth, Growth Hormone, and Autophagy

by Matthew Caton on March 30, 2012

Intercellular Autophagy

As we all know, our bodies produce less and less growth hormone as we age.   A rebellious few, who dare to fight aging with medicine, have experimented with growth hormone as way of reversing aging.  Unfortunately, it is now known this has been unsuccessful.

 

However, the role of growth hormone in anti-aging is more complicated than just these facts.  In fact, naturally producing more GH is associated with one of the most beneficial anti-aging processes know to man. Autophagy.

 

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Insulin Spikes

by Matthew Caton on March 28, 2012

Merely the title strikes fear into the hearts of many of you.  Spiking insulin?  I don't imagine that much in the world could be worse, save nuclear holocaust.

 

But do white potatoes and other tubers like it get a bad rep for crimes they did not commit?

 

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Relieve Shoulder Pain in Minutes

by Matthew Caton on March 27, 2012

If you have had a nagging shoulder pain for some time, or an old impingement syndrome flare up again, you very likely have tightness, stiffness, or even adhesions in your infraspinatus.  The infraspinatus is a muscle that externally rotates the arm and is one of the four muscles of the rotator cuff. 

 

As you can see, this muscle is right below the spine of the scapula.  So, you can simply reach back and feel the muscle just below the spine of your scapula.  Lightly massage the entire muscle and try to identify any pressure points or tight spots.  Increase the pressure on the area if you are having trouble indentifying tight spots. 

 

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Eat a Cheeseburger to Burn Fat

Every week I eat a one pound cheeseburger, a large side of french fries, and a large milkshake, totalling more than 5,000 calories.  On top of that I make all this food work for me to burn fat, build muscle and get lean with no cardio, stimulants, or steroids.

 

Learn how you can Eat a Cheeseburger to Burn Fat and get lean right now.