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286: Is Muscle Loss The REAL Health Crisis?

by | Jan 9, 2024 | 0 comments

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In this episode, we’re challenging the conventional view of obesity as America’s primary health issue. My guest joins us to argue that the real problem isn’t that we’re overfat – but undermuscled. 

And that society’s obsession with losing fat, instead of gaining muscle, is one of the reasons so many of us struggle with achieving weight loss and optimal health. 

She’s Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, a board-certified, fellowship-trained physician, and author of the new book, Forever Strong: A New, Science-Based Strategy for Aging Well.

We explore this perspective further and explain why the benefits of having muscle go WAY beyond physical strength and appearance. 

Then, we’ll have a friendly debate about how much protein you should REALLY be getting and the RIGHT way to exercise for your health. 

On this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why you should stop focusing on losing FAT (and start focusing on gaining THIS instead (3:25)
  • The surprising truth about when diseases actually kick in – it’s much earlier than you might expect! (5:05)
  • If Dr. Lyon believes increasing protein intake equals gaining more muscle (and what it means for your diet) (11:55)
  • The real story behind daily protein requirements, why Dr. Lyon says the recommended amount falls short, and how it plays a crucial role in aging gracefully (17:25)
  • How FASTING can = MORE muscle (22:00)
  • One of the WORST diets for your body (and what to do instead) (23:30)
  • The fascinating possibility of producing your OWN essential amino acids (and how it could be beneficial) (28:30)
  • Valuable tips on how to slow down aging (34:50)
  • The critical distinctions between plant and animal protein (and why your choice matters) (35:37)

Mentioned on this episode:

Gut Check: Unleash the Power of Your Microbiome to Reverse Disease and Transform Your Mental, Physical, and Emotional Health by Dr. Steven Gundry

Forever Strong: A New, Science-Based Strategy for Aging Well by Dr. Gabrielle Lyon

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Episode Transcript:

Dr. Lyon Transcript

Watch on YouTube:

Want to gain muscle? Ditch the protein shake, and do THIS

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About Dr. Gundry

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