This is a rebroadcast. This episode originally aired January 2019.

If you’re like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve likely made it a goal to lose some weight this year. But if you’re also like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve made that goal before, maybe even succeeded with it, but have had to make it again because you gained all the weight back. My guest today argues that losing weight is actually pretty easy. The real trick is keeping it off.

His name is Layne Norton. He’s a professional bodybuilder, powerlifter, and doctor of nutritional science, and today on the show we discuss all things fat loss. We begin our conversation discussing why losing weight is easier than keeping it off, the mechanisms that kick into gear once we shed body fat that cause us to gain all of it, and even more back, and why yo-yo dieting is so terrible for you.

We then dig into whether there’s one diet that’s the most effective in helping you lose fat, the tactics you need to use to keep the weight off in the long run, and the real reason exercise plays a role in helping you do so, which isn’t what you think.

Show Highlights

Separating “bro” science from actual research Why is it so hard to keep weight off after you lose it?What makes processed foods different from natural foods How our obesogenic environment makes getting fat easy The wrong way that most people approach dietingWhy the best diet, bar none, is the one you can stick to Why yo-yo dieting is so bad for you The various fad diets out there, and why what makes them popular is mostly baloneyThe most important element of any diet plan  Exercise’s role in keeping weight off (it doesn’t have anything to do with calorie burn) Why some type of diet constraint is probably necessary for most people Why you should take some breaks when dieting How dieting affects your athletic/fitness pursuits 

Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast

Diet and Nutrition Advice From the Doctor of GainsEverything You Need to Know About Diet and Fat LossBodybuilding.comThe Real Science of Nutrition and SupplementsSniffing your partner’s farts could help ward off diseaseThe Pros and Cons of Intermittent FastingWhat Is An Obesogenic Environment?Why Carbs Don’t Make You Fat & The Benefits of a High-Carb/Low-Fat DietA Proven System for Building and Breaking HabitsHow to Become a Fat-Burning BeastA Primer on Flexible DietingCarnivore dietLayne on Mark Bell’s podcastThe obese man who didn’t eat food for over a yearHow to Gain WeightFat Loss Forever (Layne’s book)

Connect With Layne

Physique Science (Layne’s podcast)

Layne on Instagram & Twitter

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