"Everyone should control their insulin - step one is controlling carbs"

Many thanks for your emails, reviews and tweets of appreciation of my latest run of episodes on maximising your metabolic health with Prof Tim Noakes, Graham Philliips and Tucker Goodrich.

I’m delighted to spoil you now with none other than Ben Bikman, bioenergetics PhD, superstar scientist.

He is it when it comes to researching the role of insulin and fat cells in what he calls the Plagues of Prosperity“The human race is eating itself into metabolic disarray”.

He has his own obesity and metabolism research lab at Brigham Young University.

We get into all of it – the Prof Ben Bikman motherlode:

  • How insulin resistance is the root cause of modern chronic diseases
  • The key to metabolic flexibility is getting insulin sensitive and allowing the body to shift between [sugar-burning and fat-burning] fuels”
  • Why we all need to care about our insulin levels, even in our 20s and 30s
  • How insulin fertilizes fat cells and those secrete problematic hormones
  • Why hunger always wins”  if your get-healthier strategy is eating lots of carbs and counting calories
  • Glucagon and why protein doesn’t mean trouble if you keep your blood sugar low
  • What fat and leptin have to do with infertility – “Fat is essential to human fertility”
  • We also talk puberty, pregnancy, menopause, estrogen, metabolic rates, vegan ideology – “A purely vegan diet is incompatible with human survival” – and the “absolutely laughable and harmful” push to manufacture protein alternatives from plants and from animal cells – “I grow muscle cells in my lab.. that is a shockingly intensive process that involves a myriad of chemicals, hormones included”

What a guy. So much knowledge shared with so much clarity, charisma and humility. You’ll understand why his students adore him and why you’ll want to listen to this one more than twice. Enjoy!

 

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2 Replies to “Ben Bikman”

  1. Stephen McPhie

    This is a truly interesting and riveting podcast. Ben Bikman is fascinating and imparts his considerable knowledge clearly and understandably while Susan keeps the conversation going smoothly. Her podcasts are all an education for me.

    • Susan Flory

      And me Stephen – the learning never stops; just the way I love it. Ben is a joy and half. Thank you for your kind comment!

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