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Podcast #116: Dr. Cate Shanahan on the Power of “Deep Nutrition”

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Podcast #116: Dr. Cate Shanahan on the Power of “Deep Nutrition”

In this episode I interview Dr. Cate Shanahan, who’s an author, physician, and nutritional consultant for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Cate has been studying the relationship between diet and health and well-being for a long time now and recently published a book on the matter called Deep Nutrition, and I wanted to get her on the show because of how many people in the fitness space have little regard for the nutritional quality of their diets.

Thanks to the rising popularity of flexible dieting, more and more people are realizing that they can more or less eat like shit and still be lean and muscular, which is why you see the social mediaz full of such people boasting about how much crap they can “fit into their macros” while still having abs, as if it’s some sort of “lifehack” or dietary achievement.

Well, what they’re failing to realize that our bodies need a lot more than just “macros” to function optimally and stay healthy and, ultimately, disease-free over the long-term. And I don’t know about you, but I’m more interested in making sure that Future Me is healthy and vital than pleasing Current Me with mountains of junk food delights.

So, that’s the topic of the discussion that I had with Dr. Shanahan. In it, she shares quite a few insights on how our food choices affect our physical and mental health and performance for better or worse, including…

    • The two biggest problems with most people’s diets.
    • How eating a lot of vegetable oils and sugar screws up your metabolism (among other things).
    • How you can use flexible dieting in a way that gives you the best of all worlds: a great physique, enjoyable meal plans, and outstanding long-term health and vitality.
    • One simple dietary change everyone can make to immediately improve their health and possibly even body composition.
    • And more…

TIME STAMPS

YouTube:

4:39 – What is the concept of deep nutrition?

5:58 – How much do lifestyle choices contribute to diseases? Can you offset poor dietary choices with exercise?   

8:24 – What are the effects of processed foods on your body? How does it affect your metabolism and energy?

19:38 Can you manipulate your macros for maximum muscle gains?

21:39 – What is epigenetics?

31:27 – Does a high carb diet benefit training?

42:11 – What are the common types of vegetable oils and why are they bad for you?

46:00 – What are some common foods that are rich in vegetable oils?

49:55 – What are some dietary changes people can start on today?

55:31 – How can people connect with you and follow your work?

MP3 Audio:

5:41 – What is the concept of deep nutrition?

7:00 – How much do lifestyle choices contribute to diseases? Can you offset poor dietary choices with exercise?   

9:26 – What are the effects of processed foods on your body? How does it affect your metabolism and energy?

20:40 Can you manipulate your macros for maximum muscle gains?

22:41 – What is epigenetics?

32:29 – Does a high carb diet benefit training?

43:13 – What are the common types of vegetable oils and why are they bad for you?

47:20 – What are some common foods that are rich in vegetable oils?

50:57 – What are some dietary changes people can start on today?

56:33 – How can people connect with you and follow your work?

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  • Ben Castle

    Hey Mike.

    Just finished the podcast with Dr Shanahan and I was wondering if you were planning to do any sort of follow-up on some of the issues she discussed, particularly her advocation of high fat, low carb dieting and fat adaptation. A lot of what she was saying seems to run contrary to the nutritional information in BLS and articles you’ve written. She also didn’t seem all that great at explaining the ideas in places. It felt like she was glossing over things with jargon rather than being able to back up concepts with evidence or data. It would be really interesting to know your thoughts after the interview.

    • Bonnie Jo

      I agree, and her focus on eating a lot of saturated fat goes against health recommendations and can increase prevalence of heart disease. This is the first podcast I haven’t liked, I’m worried some people are going to actually trust this information

      • Hmm I don’t remember her specifically recommending a high level of saturated fat intake? Am I just forgetting?

        • Bonnie Jo

          Yeah when she was talking about breakfast, she emphasized having a high saturated fat breakfast and then listed a whole bunch of sources of it, right after minute 51

          • Ah, right. Yeah, I prefer to keep saturated fat less than 10% of my daily calories.

    • I totally agree and thought it might just make for an interesting discussion.

      I talk about the whole subject in a fair amount of detail here:

      https://legionathletics.com/ketogenic-diet/

      But it might be worth writing an article on “fat adaption” specifically…

  • Travis Bedel

    I found another podcast where Dr. Shanahan discusses the role of carbs in the context of endurance athletes: http://www.enduranceplanet.com/dr-cate-shanahan-deep-nutrition-and-the-human-diet-the-role-of-epigenetics-what-your-ancestors-ate-and-your-activity-levels-to-determine-your-dietary-needs/

    She does say that activity levels determine nutritional needs including the need for more carbohydrate. I think one thing to point out is that bodybuilding sport pushes the body past homeostasis. Likely the low carb general recommendation is due to the fact that majority of the population is sedentary, and those people might benefit from a low carb diet.

    The information she provided on fats was valuable. Saturated fat has got a lot of bad press and finger pointing as a cause to atherosclerosis, when is is actually the PUFAS and the trans fats that are by-products of most vegetable based oils. Vegetable oils are a main source of calorie intake in the modern western diet, and also a calorie source that did not exist 100 years ago. Saturated fats have been in the human diet from the start, coming from a wide variety of plant and animal sources.

    Thanks for this interview Mike, kudos for having guests that sometimes challenge traditional thinking towards nutrition. It’s always best to be objective about all viewpoints because at the end of the day we all want people to be healthier!

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