Metabolic Flexibility & Flexibile Dieting for Health & Performance with Dr. Mike T. Nelson [Podcast Episode #66]

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Our metabolism controls our body’s ability to utilize food for fuel.

As our energy demands change - from sedentary to high intensity exercises - our bodies preferential fuel sources shift, from fat to carbohydrates.

In today’s show, Dr. Mike T. Nelson discusses the inherent flexibility required to effectively utilize both fat and carbohydrates in both healthy and unhealthy people, as well as the various factors that can both positively and negatively influence these pathways, including:

  • Poor Sleep
  • Ketogenic Dieting
  • Fasting Cardio
  • Aerobic Exercise
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Flexible Dieting
  • And More…

Most importantly, we talk about realistic options for people who want to know how to improve their health and performance WITHOUT subscribing to some fad or restrictive based dieting:

“If you look at flexible dieting compared to rigid dieting, there’s pretty good research saying that flexible is better. Most of the population if you give them more options they do better.” - Mike T. Nelson

Mike T. Nelson, PhD, MSME, CSCS, CISSN, is a research fanatic who specializes in metabolic flexibility and heart rate variability, as well as an online trainer, adjunct professor, faculty member at the Carrick Institute, presenter, creator of the Flex Diet Cert, kiteboarder, and (somewhat incongruously) heavy-metal enthusiast. The techniques he's developed, and the results Mike gets for his clients have been featured in international magazines, in scientific publications, and on websites across the globe. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, lifting odd objects, reading research, and kiteboarding as much as possible.

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