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170: Everything we know about metabolism is WRONG

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By now, you probably know I’m obsessed with ENERGY.

So this episode is really exciting to me. My guest and I take a deep dive into our energy production by taking a close look at one of the last true hunter-gatherer societies on Earth — the Hadza. 

I’m joined by Dr. Herman Pontzer, an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Duke University and author of the book Burn: New Research Blows the Lid Off How We Really Burn Calories, Lose Weight, and Stay Healthy

Dr. Pontzer was also recently featured in The New York Times for his incredible research on metabolism and longevity.  

On this episode, he and I reveal the TRUTH about your metabolism, explain why exercising WON’T necessarily lead to more fat-burning, and why the 2,000 calorie a day diet might be all WRONG.

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On this episode you’ll learn:  

  • What most people get WRONG about metabolism – and how understanding the true workings of your metabolism can help you live a healthier, longer life (2:00) 
  • Why more exercise does NOT mean more calories burned – and what REALLY matters for weight loss (3:30)
  • Why smaller animals live shorter lives (it’s not what you think) – and what your metabolism reveals about YOUR lifespan (8:00) 
  • Why your “energy budget” is SO important – and how to “spend calories wisely” for better health (10:00) 
  • Why I practice “exercise snacking” instead of going to the gym – and how YOU can adopt this technique for better health (it’s a total game changer for busy people) (18:00) 
  • What the Hadza society has taught us about diet and gut health – and why you should NOT eliminate certain food groups from your diet altogether (20:00)
  • What exciting new research says about the connection between exercise and your brain health (this will make you WANT to workout) (25:00)
  • Why women who do THIS are 80% less likely to develop alzhiemer’z and dementia – and how YOU can start investing in your brain health today (26:30)

Mentioned on this episode:

The Pontzer Lab

More Information on the Hazda community (click here!)

Burn By Dr. Herman Pontzer 

The Energy Paradox: What to Do When Your Get‑Up‑and‑Go Has Got up and Gone  – (order here!)  

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Episode Transcript:

Herman Pontzer Transcript

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Dr. Steven Gundry is a renowned heart surgeon and New York Times bestselling author of “The Plant Paradox” and “The Plant Paradox Cookbook.”

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