Wellness: Fact vs. Fiction

The Science Behind Metabolism & Weight Loss with Kevin Hall, PhD

April 27, 2022

TW: diet, weight Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, NIH nutrition and metabolism scientist Dr. Kevin Hall. In part one of this fascinating conversation, Kevin and Danielle cover a lot of ground, including Kevin’s brilliant metabolic award studies at the NIH, which are a frequent topic of conversation in the nutrition world. They discuss Kevin’s research in metabolism, energy expenditure, and weight loss and take a deep dive into his research on participants from the reality TV show, The Biggest Loser. Today's episode explores whether or not the myth is true that extreme exercise, like that depicted on the TV show, prevents the a fall in metabolic rate during weight loss, and the possible reasons why physical activity aids in weight maintenance.    Dr. Kevin Hall received his Ph.D. in Physics from McGill University and is now a tenured senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he is the Section Chief of Integrative Physiology. His main research interests are the regulation of food intake, macronutrient metabolism, energy balance, and body weight. Dr. Hall is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the NIH Director’s Award, and his award-winning Body Weight Planner has been used by millions of people.    They discuss myths and misconceptions in regards to:    Metabolic adaptation and vigorous exercise  BMI and adipose (fat) tissue  Weight loss, weight gain, and weight maintenance    Thank you so much for taking the time to contribute to a generation that values fact over fiction! Be sure to rate, review, and follow on your favorite podcast app and let us know which not-so-wellness trend you’d like to hear debunked. Follow your host on Instagram @daniellebelardomd and the podcast @wellnessfactvsfiction. Follow Kevin @kevinh_phd    Thank you to our sponsors for making this episode possible. Check out these deals just for you:  POLICYGENIUS - Head to policygenius.com to get your free life insurance quotes  TALKSPACE - visit talkspace.com and get $100 off your first month when you use promo code drdanielle at sign-up.  DIPSEA - go to dipseastories.com/drdanielle for a free 30 day trial.  COZY EARTH - Go to cozyearth.com and enter WELLNESS at checkout to SAVE thirty-five  percent.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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