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Dr. Phil Maffetone
Clinician. Coach. Innovator.

“Dr. Maffetone’s system goes beyond dealing with symptoms; he looks at health and fitness as an integrated balance. He deals with the whole picture clearly and directly. Fascinating and illuminating . . . and I feel great!”

    — James Taylor, singer, recording artist


Dr. Phil Maffetone’s credo is that “everyone is an athlete.” As a health and fitness trendsetter he has perhaps had more positive impact on a wider variety of people than anyone in modern history. From professional and Olympic athletes in virtually every sport, to average people from all walks of life, his system for achieving optimum human performance by tapping into the human body’s fat-burning system has helped millions of people achieve their goals in sports, business and life.

During his two decades in private practice and beyond, Dr. Maffetone has been a respected pioneer in the field of complementary medicine, bringing the latest advances to health-care professionals around the world. He is an internationally recognized researcher, educator, clinician and author in the field of nutrition, exercise and sports medicine, and biofeedback.


Over the course of his career, Dr. Maffetone has worked with some of the world’s finest athletes in a variety of sports, most notably Mark Allen, six-time Hawaii Ironman Triathlon Champion. Dr. Maffetone has also worked with other endurance athletes of all types, professional baseball and football players, adventurers, NASCAR drivers, and Olympic medalists in a variety of sports. While his work with top-level athletes reads like “Who’s Who,” perhaps more notable, Dr. Maffetone has helped thousands of weekend warriors achieve personal-best performances in their chosen sports.

Outside the sports arena, Dr. Maffetone has coached a variety of people in the entertainment field, including musicians James Taylor and Johnny Cash, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and producer Rick Rubin, and has also provided a system of success for some of the world’s top business executives as well as the United States military.


Dr. Maffetone’s research has been reported in newspapers, magazines and other media around the world, including Huffington Post, The Today Show, Men’s Health, CNN, Readers Digest and The Atlantic magazine.

Schooled in the fields of human biology, kinesiology, physiotherapy and Chinese medicine, Dr. Maffetone is a pioneer in the field of biofeedback. He is an internationally-acclaimed author, having published more than 20 books including the first on heart-rate monitoring in the early 1980s, and the first on the benefits of barefoot running in the 1990s. His “Big Book of Health and Fitness” serves as a bible for the healthy and active lifestyle, and his textbook, “Complementary Sports Medicine” is published in four languages. He continues to write extensively and lecture worldwide on health and human performance.

In 2003, Dr. Maffetone was presented with the prestigious Statuette award by the International Academy for Child Brain Development. He was named Triathlete Magazine’s coach of the year in 1995, and in 2000 was honored by Inside Triathlon magazine as one of the top-20 most influential people in endurance sports worldwide.

A pioneer

Since the 1970s, Dr. Phil Maffetone has warned against sugar addiction and carbohydrate intolerance along with pioneering the use of biofeedback via heart-rate monitoring devices. His approach has been proven successful by thousands of MAF devotees. Dr. Phil is committed to making the Maffetone Method available to everyone.

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The MAF method

The point is not to see how fast your body can move. The point is to change the way your body gets energy. You want to burn more fat and less sugar.

To burn fat as fuel, cut out sugar and lower your heart rate. We store a very limited amount of carbohydrate in our bodies. Compare this with a relatively unlimited supply of fat … 87 percent of your body’s total available calories are fat.

“When you use more fat, you generate more energy and your carbohydrate supply lasts longer. When you teach your body to rely on fat, your combustion of carbs goes down, and so does your carb cravings. Think of your body as a furnace. Fill it with slow-burning logs and it will run smooth and strong for hours. But fill it with paper and it will burn hot, and die out until it’s fed again.”

Excerpts taken From:
Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall