My boy Kusha, is a true health “FREAK!”
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Aside from being the creator of Exerscribe, the most comprehensive virtual personal trainer in existence, 7 days a week, he wakes up at about 5am and does a neural reset workout first thing to start his day! This neural reset consists of about 20-30 minutes of joint mobility, vision, and inner ear balance (vestibular) drills! Talk about commitment to you health.
This keeps his structure robust and state of mind sharp. Then he intermittently fasts by having a cup of coffee blended with raw cream, stevia, and a pinch of Himalayan sea salt. At noon he “breaks the fast” and has some type of grass fed or free-range animal meat with at least 1 cup of steamed veggies (with raw butter and Celtic Sea Salt on it) and one serving of fruit.
He works out usually around 2pm which consists of weight training only, and focused on tempo (explosive lift and slow deceleration). After his workouts is generally when he has some starchy carbs. Then he grazes on the same stuff he had for lunch (or I guess you could call that breakfast) until he gets home for dinner around 7pm which usually consists of the same mix of macronutrients.
Kusha has a reminder to go to bed and turn off all electronics at 9:30pm! I love this guys systematic approach to a healthy life, which is probably why we hit it off.
Table of Contents
Kusha Karvandi – Superhuman Health Without The Hassle
Quick Fire Questions
Book You’re Currently Reading?
Be Unreasonable by Paul Lemberg
Best Health Purchase?
Favorite Health Resource?
Favorite Health Website?
How I started
When I was 16 yrs I worked with a trainer for a few sessions and became fascinated with the gym, and the whole concept of fitness & nutrition. A few years later I attended University of Oregon, then transferred to UC-San Diego for the pre-med track.
Serendipitously, I found myself working part-time as a personal trainer while going to school. Before I knew it I was completely immersed in the idea of holistic health, nutrition, and exercise as medicine, and less interested in becoming a traditional MD.
When I did the research for my book Nutriscribe, I discovered so many truth bombs about the food industry and how they (and the government) don’t always have our best interest. After several epiphanies, I knew I had to help make things clearer for everyone else too. With so much noise and obscurity in the health & fitness space, I wanted to personally make it my mission to spread the highest level of truth to the public.
There’s A Healthier Way
The main things are nutrition and progression. Diet really is 80% of results, and after a ton of research, experimentation, and trial & error I found the right recipe (no pun intended) that works. And progression because your workout program and diet must adapt and evolve as your body adapts.
Early on I fell into the same trap as everyone else, where I was doing the same arbitrary routine but expecting different results (isn’t that the definition of insanity?). Ever since I started progressing my diet and workouts every 30 days I’ve seen consistent improvements in my health & fitness.
Most Important Daily Health Habit
Sleep. Recovery is where all the change happens and most people underestimate that. Like most busy working professionals I was often finding myself getting 4 hours of sleep per night. But this completely sabotages and stifles your progress.
The best thing I ever did was set a reminder in my phone to go to bed by 9:30pm. By getting 6 to 7.5 hours of sleep (your body sleeps in 90 min intervals, so 7.5 hours is actually better than 8) I’ve been able to optimize my strength, metabolism, memory, and overall well-being.
Nutrition Is Key For Superhuman Health
It really began with the research for the Nutriscribe® Diet book. This combined with my own trial & error of finding what worked best really proved to me how powerful nutrition was. I noticed the results especially in the gym. I was not only getting significantly stronger, but my endurance and “cardio” capacity was improving even though I wasn’t doing any aerobic work.
I Would’ve Be Super Healthy Sooner If…
The only thing I could think of would be to read more. Early on I got most of my information from the people around me. This was adequate at the time because these individuals were so far ahead that it was like drinking out of a fire hose of information, but reading more could have definitely augmented that faster.
What YOU Should Be Focusing On
The best thing is to streamline and hyper-focus. Set one habit-based goal you want to achieve every two weeks and make sure you successfully complete your habit every day for those two weeks before moving on to the next. This will ensure mastery and true lifestyle change to ferment your endeavors into real automated behaviors.
Difference Between Healthy And Unhealthy People
The desire. You have to have to desire to get better. That really applies to anything in life. You have to want to improve, and it has to be a high priority for you.
My #1 Health Tip
My number one health tip is to focus on behaviors not outcomes.
If you get hung up on outcome-based metrics like weight and bodyfat you’ll continue to perpetuate negative self-talk when the results are anything less than stellar. Since your subconscious mind governs 99.9% of your behaviors and habits, you don’t want to crystallize negativity into your subconscious. Instead, focus on the things you actually can control like your habits and behavioral-based metrics.
Things like working out 5 days per week or eating 1 cup of veggies at every meal. Seemingly small, these behavioral-based measures will have a profound effect on how you look and feel relative quickly, not to mention you’re generating small wins to keep your brain working for you instead of against you.