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We're back with Robb and Nicki for Q&A #13. Listen in as we answer some of your submitted questions!
We'll be switching to doing mostly Q&A episodes from now on, so hope you guys like these!
1. [1:58] Electrolytes the whole time?
Question for you that I can’t seem to find an answer to anywhere else: do I need to continue to consume the high levels of electrolytes entire time I’m on keto? I am still doing it twice a day drink mix with about 2300mg Na, 350mg Mg, 1200mg K.
2. [4:14] Genetic Testing
Robb and Nikki
I was wondering which genetic testing brand you recommend.
3. [6:00] FTO Polymorphism
Hi Robb and Nicki!
My wife and I both did our 23andme years ago but just recently ran it through Dr. Rhonda Patrick's Genome Analysis Tool.
We both have FTO polymorphisms that put us at highest risk of obesity specifically from saturated fat consumption and it looks like high levels of saturated fat by itself even causes insulin dumps with this polymorphism.
I did not even realize this was possible I thought this could only happen with refined carbs. This is something that varies population wide but since we know we in particular have this polymorphism I have some questions about how to tackle this to feed my family of 4 with foods that are right for us.
At current just doing a paleo diet I have lost 40lbs, currently I'm down to 198. I run about 5 miles a week there isn't a particular goal weight or strength level but for my height (5'-10") it seems appropriate to be closer to the 160-175 range. Since we're trying to do this as a family and I have young kids I'm not trying to put anyone on a "diet" just make sure they're eating good foods when we're at home where we have the most control of what's around.
The Paleo template is working very well for us but with this new information I want to make sure we're optimizing our food choices. My question comes in with foods I thought were very healthy and now I feel like may be healthy or benign for the general population but likely should be avoided by my family for example:
-Pastured Beef (85/15)
So three questions,
Should we be avoiding the above mentioned foods and shoot for higher levels of mono and poly unsaturated fats mixed with fish/chicken/turkey/93\7 beef?
What is a good target number of saturated fat in a day with this gene polymorphism for an adult to keep insulin levels healthy?
Since cutting those saturated fat levels down is going to cut a lot of calories should we be increasing carbs, mono/poly unsaturated fats, protein or a mix to make up the difference?
Thank you for your time and the work you do,
4. [12:50] Keto Masterclass/Labs
As a 38 year old male, I was curious your thoughts on a free T3 and Testosterone plummet on a low carb or ketogenic diet. My thoughts were not enough carbs? Or, because of the appetite suppressant effect of the diet, possibly not enough calories? I know tracking might shed light, but curious if there was an obvious solution and common finding here.
PS- all other markers have markedly improved.
5. [19:44] Omega-6 from nuts and avocados
Hey Robb, just wanted to say that I am a huge fan of your work, and I have been following your podcast and blog since 2011. I really appreciate the research and information you are putting out there. Anyways my question is regarding Omega 6 from healthier sources such as nuts, seeds, egg yolks and avocados. I use to consume a large amount of almonds and Olive oil to maintain my weight but stopped after reading Dr. William Lands work on Omega 6 and Omega 3. I started going down the internet rabbit hole and before you know it I am at a Ray Peat forum where everyone claims any amount of Omega 6 will send you to an early grave! Since I am a follower of popular opinion, I switch most of my fat intake to highly saturated and almost instantly felt worse. After about a year on a high saturated fat diet my glucose was constantly higher, cholesterol levels increased and I looked like shit. I wasn't as lean anymore and felt sluggish throughout the day.. I am really tempted to switch back to more of a mono/poly fat type diet, but there seems to be so much biochemical evidence against it. Walter Willet, seems to think it is not a problem, but Dr. Lands, Peatarians, Chris Masterjohn, Jaminet, etc., make such good cases. Although one could argue that most studies vilifying Omega 6 are actually showing the negative impacts of industrial seed oils instead of natural sources of Omega 6. Thoughts?
6. [24:58] Question about evolution to Nicki :)
Hi Nicki and Robb
Always love to listen to QA podcast, I can't stop notice how Robb likes to geek out.
So how did you guys actually meet? What was Robb's pick up line!
I am sure there is story there!
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