Shrinking Your Waist Forever with HumanOS and Dan Pardi, #64

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Show Notes

In this episode of Food, Success & Life for the Modern Woman, Dan Pardi discusses how he and his team help people make behavior changes, leading to their ultimate goal.

They focus on food, movement, and sleep as fundamental domains of your health practice. They provide lifestyle guidance and help you track key behaviors so you know if you’re living within your ‘Zone of HealthTM’ on a daily-to-weekly basis.


What is the Human Operating System?Shrinking Your Waist Forever with HumanOS and Dan Pardi

An application to help people implement ideas about how to affect behavior in a positive way.

In order to be able to adopt this knowledge and change behavior, you need to be able to answer these 4 questions:

Why you should do it?

How do you do it?

Are you doing it?

Is it working?

Many people have all the best intentions of making a change, maybe even have a plan, but never quite seem to follow through.

With HumanOS, you gain the ability to understand why we change our behavior, one way or another. With the HumanOS model, you have the ability to pull through, and make the change in behavior.

We have to did-convenience ourselves to make change. Like not eating donuts for breakfast every morning. Change can happen in the moment.


Who can use HumanOS?

People that are not trying to solve a specific problem right now. These are better-agers. Trying to age gracefully and keep the performance they currently have. There’s motivation to do well.

They are optimizers- these are people that care to perform well in activity or mentally or both. They are trying to optimize their experience with new techniques.

And then there’s people that want to make a change, like lose weight. They are not at the weight they want to be and have a motivation to make change. And people who have been diagnosed with something and have an immediate pain. For example someone who has diabetes and wants to find a way to eliminate that pain.


Create Lasting Behavior Change

There are great direction followers. People who are like that, are very good at following direction and getting something done. They’ll get results, but results will not last because they didn’t’ develop a habit, they followed direction.

The other group of people are those who learned along the way. They took a good understanding of the subject they were covering. Those people become independent and knowledgeable.

This is what we all want.

In Dan’s courses, they try to persuade people to understand the subject and believe that it is the right way. And then give people a clear path to get the results. As well as getting feedback from the users. They also take into account failure, because failure is a part of everything and it needs to be built in.


Food, Movement and Sleep

For Sleep:

Dan encourages people to aim to get complete sleep. Means you’re waking naturally, because you’re getting enough sleep. That’s a goal.

Maintain lights off at night because it determines our circadium rhythm. How much light we get will determine how much sleep we get and how restorative it is. Dimming nights in the evening will help.


For Exercise:

The best guidance to determine what level of physical activity we need is from the Department of Health and Human Services which put out a weekly exercise recommendation. They’re created by an advisory committee of experts every 8 years. They analyze all the literature that has come out. The next time the committee gets together there will be a whole slew of new information.

We also know that just sitting too much is not good. We need to get up and move, low intensity. If it’s easy and simple, more people will do it.

We do need to incorporate intensity to maintain muscle.


For nutrition:

This is challenging. But we do know a lot has to do with eating whole, fresh foods, and portion control. You will go a long way by consuming the fewest items out of a package. We want to avoid refined and over processed foods.

And to have plant substances, fiber, and phytonutrients, the compounds that come out of these plants. They help cure our bodies in very complex ways.

Dan’s 3 Habits to Ensure His Health Journey:

  1. InTune training: integrative and opportunistic training. Movement can happen anywhere.
  2. 10-20 minute sunlight exposure on skin.
  3. Sleep routine, including using his chilipad. The ChiliPad™ Cube is a mattress pad with  a cooling and heating temperature control system. It improves sleep, memory, weight loss, overall health and immunity, physical strength and reduces stress.


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About Dan Pardi:

Dan’s life’s work centers on how to help people live healthfully. He is the CEO of which leverages a novel behavior model to promote health fluency, skill development, and lifestyle insights to help people master their health practice. He does research with the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford, and the Departments of Neurology and Endocrinology at Leiden University in the Netherlands where he investigates how lifestyle factors, like sleep, influence decision making, cognitive performance, and metabolism. Dan also works with Naval Special Warfare to help the most elite fighters in the world maintain alertness and capable mental performance under challenging circumstances. He currently serves as Board Member for, as a Council Director for the True Health Initiative, and Advisor to several health-oriented companies (Ample Meals, Fitstar, Splendid Spoon, Validic), an Editor for the Journal of Evolution and Health, and formerly, as Board Chairman for the Investigator Initiated Sponsored Research Association. @humanOS

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