Ep. 83: How Nutrient Partitioning Affects Eating Behavior and Fat Loss 

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In this episode we discuss:

  • How our bodies partition nutrients and why this matters for optimizing our health
  • Why hyperpalatable food and stress-eating are not the primary drivers of overeating
  • How being sedentary can mimic starvation and excess stress
  • How excessive fat-burning causes metabolic derangement and overeating
  • Why an energetic deficit is not required for fat loss and instead causes fat gain

2:48 – overview of the study we’ll be discussing 

6:21 – why excess energy and overeating don’t cause fat gain 

13:59 – the flow of energy through our metabolic systems determines health 

18:25 – insulin resistance is an adaptive process that allows for nutrient partitioning 

22:31 – insulin resistance occurs in stress states, such as caloric restriction, fasting, and low-carb diets, to divert fuel to the most essential tissues 

29:24 – hunger and appetite are determined by the amount of energy available, not number of calories taken in 

47:46 – physical inactivity results in the same harmful metabolic effects as starvation and excess exercise 

56:31 – hyperpalatable sugar- and fat-containing foods do not cause obesity 

1:00:26 – other factors that affect nutrient partitioning 

1:09:46 – considerations to keep in mind when reading and evaluating research 

1:13:35 – why an energetic deficit is not required for fat loss 

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