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The Keto Kamp Podcast With Ben Azadi

Jun 2, 2023

Today, I am blessed to have here with me Dr Ian Smith. He is a medical expert, and television personality, known for his incredible achievements in health and wellness. Dr Smith is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling books, SHRED: THE REVOLUTIONARY DIET, and SUPER SHRED: The Big Results Diet, and BLAST THE SUGAR OUT. Dr Smith's highly anticipated newest book, The Clean 20, became an instant New York Times best seller, helping hundreds of thousands of people reduce bad sugars from their diet, lose weight, lower blood sugar levels, and cut cravings.

Dr Smith's educational background is equally impressive, with a degree from Harvard College, a master's in science education from Teachers College of Columbia University and completing his medical education at the renowned University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr Smith's motivation to become a doctor stemmed from a genuine desire to help others. His journey, influenced by his encounters with patients, readers, and the opportunity to address their concerns, led him to develop expertise in nutrition, weight loss, and overall wellness. As a highly sought-after speaker, Dr Ian Smith has been honored by prestigious organizations, including the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He is actively involved in charitable causes and has served on the boards of organizations such as the American Council on Exercise, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity. 

In this episode, Dr Smith speaks about diet with big results. He discusses the experiences that led to him becoming a nutrition expert and how those experiences shaped his perspective. Listen in as Dr Smith discusses how metabolic fasting, cardio workouts, fat-burning, sleep, and other metabolic boosters can be achieved through the practice of intermittent fasting.

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[04:09] Metabolic Flexibility and Macronutrients

  • Carbohydrates and fats are two of the four major fuels for the body and are often referred to as macronutrients.

  • Many people struggle to process and burn carbs and fats efficiently, frequently favoring one fuel source over another.

  • Metabolic inflexibility refers to the body's inability to process both carbs and fats effectively, whereas metabolic flexibility refers to the body's ability to burn both carbs and fats efficiently.

  • The Met Flex Diet is a six-week program that teaches the body how to effectively burn both fuels by exposing it to carbs and fats and incorporating keto and carb-loading elements.

  • According to scientific evidence, cyclical keto cycling (alternating between periods of ketosis and carbohydrate consumption) can help improve metabolic flexibility.

[08:07] Intermittent Fasting: Achieving Metabolic Flexibility

  • Intermittent fasting helps to shift the body into fat-burning mode. Fasting depletes the body of energy from food and glycogen, allowing it to use stored fat as an energy source.

  • By depleting energy from food and glycogen, intermittent fasting attempts to use stored fat as an energy source.

  • A simple approach for beginners or those new to fasting is to wait a few hours after waking up before eating the day's first meal.

  • Sleeping is a form of fasting because no food is consumed during that time. Extending the fasting period after waking up allows for more fat-burning time.

[15:04] How do Fasted Cardio Workouts Enhance Fat Burning

  • Fasted cardio involves working out on an empty stomach, usually without eating before the workout and for about an hour afterwards.

  • Fasted cardio may not be appropriate for everyone, so pay attention to your body's signals and adjust accordingly.

  • With depleted stored glucose (glycogen) and no food energy available during a fast, the body relies on fats for energy during the workout. The energy demand during exercise is significantly increased, prompting the body to draw even more energy from fat stores to meet the increased energy requirements.

[18:51] Balancing Sleep and Workouts for Fat Loss

  • Sleep is necessary for metabolic flexibility, hormonal rhythms, and body restoration.

  • For optimal health and weight management, it is critical to maintain good sleep hygiene and prioritize adequate sleep.

  • Morning workouts are appealing because they provide the benefits of endorphin release and fewer distractions. However, if morning workouts interfere with your sleep, consider switching to an afternoon workout or finding alternative times that work best for your schedule.

  • Eating a high-calorie meal before bedtime causes excess calories stored as fat. Avoiding late-night eating allows the body to draw energy from fat stores while sleeping.

  • The body is more likely to use fat as an energy source overnight if there is a gap between eating and sleeping.

[23:09] Metabolic Boosters: Protein and B12 Consumption

  • Increased protein consumption can boost metabolism due to the increased work required by the body to digest protein. Although lean protein is preferred, plant-based proteins such as beans and legumes are also beneficial.

  • Protein from natural food sources is more bioavailable than protein supplements, ensuring that the body can use a higher percentage of the protein.

  • The difficulty of breaking down protein signals the body to increase metabolic activity.

  • Adequate B12 levels promote optimal metabolism and health. Prioritizing natural, protein-rich foods and getting enough B12 can improve metabolic function and help you lose weight.

[33:17] Focusing on Food-Based Nutrition

  • The desire to obtain nutrients through food stems from the belief that natural nutrients are more bioavailable and safer for the body than synthetic products.

  • Natural nutrients in their natural state contain additional beneficial compounds and a more complete nutrient package than whole foods.

  • While some supplementation may be required, caution should be exercised due to the market's proclivity for over-supplementation.

  • Before beginning any supplementation regimen, individuals should thoroughly read and comprehend product labels.


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