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As a personal trainer and health coach, carrier of a brutal genetic disorder, and busy father of 2 boys, Coach Alex VanHouten knows the struggle of cutting through the garbage of the nutrition and exercise industries. 3 years ago he founded Defining Dad Bod to help busy dads change their bodies from obstacles to assets in the pursuit of manifesting their best. His podcast "Defining Dad Bod" is a listener-supported enterprise that puts out practical content every week to help listeners use cutting-edge science and behavioral psychology to do everything from shedding body fat and choosing the right supplements to increasing testosterone naturally and improving familial health.

Every episode will help you build a stronger self, family, and community through healthy nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle change! Subscribe for a new episode every Sunday!

Defining Dad Bo‪d‬ Alex VanHouten

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    • 5.0 • 55 Ratings

As a personal trainer and health coach, carrier of a brutal genetic disorder, and busy father of 2 boys, Coach Alex VanHouten knows the struggle of cutting through the garbage of the nutrition and exercise industries. 3 years ago he founded Defining Dad Bod to help busy dads change their bodies from obstacles to assets in the pursuit of manifesting their best. His podcast "Defining Dad Bod" is a listener-supported enterprise that puts out practical content every week to help listeners use cutting-edge science and behavioral psychology to do everything from shedding body fat and choosing the right supplements to increasing testosterone naturally and improving familial health.

Every episode will help you build a stronger self, family, and community through healthy nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle change! Subscribe for a new episode every Sunday!

    S3 E34 - Macros For Mommies And Daddies

    S3 E34 - Macros For Mommies And Daddies

    I don’t talk about “energy balance” often (see definingdadbod.com/beyondcalories for more on why), but when I do - I help clients create a personalized macronutrient profile instead.

    Counting calories is not as powerful as quantifying your carbs, fats, and proteins in terms of grams.

    Frankly, this show will not be nearly as helpful as it could be if you haven’t already caught the last few episodes!

    AND if you don’t like math — grab a Jumpstart. I’ll do it all for you!

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    Jumpstart

    definingdadbod.com/jumpstart

    The rest of the TRUFIT series

    https://definingdadbod.com/trufit

    This information is meant to be actionable information to promote health and well-being and not to be used to diagnose or treat medical symptoms or conditions. 

    • 35 min
    S3 E33 - The Skinny On Healthy Fats

    S3 E33 - The Skinny On Healthy Fats

    The most FEARED macronutrient – FATS!

    In this show, we dive into the science of fats and lipids!

    First, the science of fats – how they differ in chemical structure from the other two macronutrients – Carbs and Proteins AND why that makes them SPECIAL.

    Then we’ll talk through why the STRUCTURE of fats you’re eating can lend themselves to HELPING or HINDERING your long term health and fitness goals.

    Next we’ll talk through the unique properties of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids to give you some food for thought in evaluating the fat sources in your life!

    Lastly we’ll tackle the metabolic processes that help us burn fat as a fuel source AND we’ll talk a bit about the role of fats in the production of restorative cholesterol molecules and HORMONES!

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    Better Nutrition Workshop Replay

    Better Nutrition Workshop - YouTube : https://youtu.be/urGN-pGBy3w

    The rest of the TRUFIT series

    https://definingdadbod.com/trufit

    This information is meant to be actionable information to promote health and well-being and not to be used to diagnose or treat medical symptoms or conditions. 

    • 46 min
    S3 E32 - The Power Of Protein

    S3 E32 - The Power Of Protein

    Now my personal favorite macronutrient - PROTEIN!

    Learn why it matters, how much you should eat, and why it’s the most important macro nutrient in your long-term health and fitness!

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    Faithful40 Challenge

    Faithful40 FAQ - https://definingdadbod.squarespace.com/s/faithful40.pdf

    The rest of the TRUFIT series

    definingdadbod.com/trufit

    This information is meant to be actionable information to promote health and well-being and not to be used to diagnose or treat medical symptoms or conditions. 

    • 26 min
    S3 E31 - Carbs Aren't Bad For You

    S3 E31 - Carbs Aren't Bad For You

    The most contentious macronutrient – CARBS!

    In this show, we dive into the science of carbohydrates!

    First, the science of carbohydrates – how they differ in chemical structure from the other two macro nutrients – Fats and Proteins.

    Then we’ll talk through “metabolic flexibility” as it relates to how your body chooses between fats and carbohydrates for fuel.

    Next we’ll talk through the effects that carbs have on your body from energy production to digestion and gut flora!

    Lastly, we’ll get into the biological and psychological reasons that carbs get a bad rap AND practical tips for intelligently regulating carbohydrates in relation to your health and fitness goals!

    Get excited!

    You want to eat some carbs? Let’s earn them :)

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    Faithful40 Challenge

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    Mentioned

    The Chocolate Milk Problem

    Definingdadbod.com/blog/117

    Insulin

    Definingdadbod.com/blog/30

    Cortisol

    Definingdadbod.com/blog/40

    This information is meant to be actionable information to promote health and well-being and not to be used to diagnose or treat medical symptoms or conditions. 

    • 42 min
    S3 E30 - Wake Up Warrior | Cobra Kai

    S3 E30 - Wake Up Warrior | Cobra Kai

    Once upon a time, there was an adolescent boy who didn’t have any confidence in himself. Having been raised by a single mother and his grandmother - without a male rolemodel - he and his friends were being picked on at school regularly. As chance would have it — this boy on the path to manhood gets connected with an ex martial arts guru who’s on the comeback trail - together pupil and sensei grow to manifest their best, to stand up for themselves, and get rid of bad habits that aren’t serving them well…

    In today’s show, the plot of Cobra Kai and a theme from my conversation with David Amerland might inspire the warrior in you to wake up.

    It’s time.

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    Last Week’s Interview With David Amerland

    Definingdadbod.com/blog/179

    Cobra Kai

    Cobra Kai (TV Series 2018– ) - IMDb

    Faithful40 Challenge

    Faithful40 FAQ - https://definingdadbod.squarespace.com/s/faithful40.pdf

    This information is meant to be actionable information to promote health and well-being and not to be used to diagnose or treat medical symptoms or conditions. 

    • 14 min
    S3 E29 - The Sniper Mind | David Amerland

    S3 E29 - The Sniper Mind | David Amerland

    What can snipers teach us about pursuing betterment, weight loss, or health?

    Author and analyst David Amerland has poured 10,000 hours into mining the powerful tactics utilized by snipers to do superhuman things and making them accessible to us normal humans.

    Listen in as he and Coach Alex VanHouten discuss his awesome book!

    David Amerland’s Book | The Sniper Mind
    The Sniper Mind - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1250113679/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1250113679&linkCode=as2&tag=definingdadbo-20&linkId=3a5c3e9860085f453c982f4444ac1ded

    Our Main Sponsor - The Better Daily Group
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    Faithful40 Challenge
    Faithful40 FAQ - https://definingdadbod.squarespace.com/s/faithful40.pdf

    Last Year’s Conversation With David Amerland On Defining Dad Bod
    ‎Defining Dad Bod: 138 - Fitness Is A RIGHT - David Amerland from DAREBEE on Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/138-fitness-is-a-right-david-amerland-from-darebee/id1303273193?i=1000499157122

    This information is meant to be actionable information to promote health and well-being and not to be used to diagnose or treat medical symptoms or conditions.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Ruffdog113 ,

Fantastic podcast about health!

This is one of my favorite go to Podcast to get the latest information about health and fitness from a wide range of topics! Alex does such a great job of breaking down complicated subjects into very simple takeaways that help both me and my clients.

jan af ,

Episode 139- intermittent fasting

Alex is my go-to guy! Whenever I want accurate and intelligent information on health and fitness, he is the first source I consider. His guests and his personal research on topics are always so helpful. I feel blessed to know him personally!

Jeffgt9 ,

Powerful story of passion

Alex’s origin story is an inspiring one where life pushed him into his calling of supporting the world in one of the most valuable wealth’s we can embody. The wealth of health. He is a genuine, compassionate, wise, straight shooter who will walk along side you and sharpen your physical and mental iron along the way. He has his life and health challenges like each of us and can help guide you through those as they come up. I challenge you to connect with Alex and experience why he can and will do more for your health than Anyone or any other program you have tried in the past. 👊💛💪

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