Metabolic Flexibility, The Best Way to Regulate Fat Loss & Choosing the Right Dieting Strategy w/Benjamin Brown


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So many people are jumping on the low calorie bandwagon, without knowing that they are sabotaging their metabolism and general health. What factor causes a huge amount of diet failure? What is metabolic flexibility, and why is it what we should be implementing into our health and nutrition? Why is jumping into an aggressive diet and exercise program one of the worst things you can do?

On this episode, Bob Brown is back to share on why we shouldn’t become focused on only one method for weight loss and fitness, and why we need to be flexible in our calorie intake.

Four Takeaways

  • Metabolic flexibility is just the ability to jump between high calories and low calories depending on the energy demands, environmental demands and stress demands.
  • When you go low in calories, you create a massive discrepancy between your calorie intake and hormonal output. This leads to problems in energy, appetite, libido, cognitive function, sleep, and digestion.
  • Metabolism is this adaptive and reactive mechanism the body has in place, it’s our brain communicating with other parts of the body to facilitate certain responses.
  • Hormones matter as much as calories when it comes to weight loss.

At the start of the show, Ben shared on why he transitioned out of the supplement space and his issues with the supplement industry. We talked about the importance of establishing your values and non-negotiables in your life, and working on being the most functional version of yourself. We also talked about why it’s difficult to find a diet and nutritional method that’s going to work consistently.

We also talked about;

  • The causes of diet failure
  • Signs that your metabolic output is out of sync and balance
  • How your body utilizes different fuel sources

The problem with a lot of the diet and nutrition programs we use is that they lack flexibility and balance meaning that the metabolism swings too far, and that’s when people start to experience difficulties in energy, hunger, libido, cognitive function, sleep, and digestion. Instead of focusing on jumping into an aggressive exercise program, it’s better to focus on your nutritional and lifestyle behaviour and the things that help manage their hormonal output because that’s what will create a caloric deficit in a healthier way. We have to maintain balance within a flexible environment so we don’t go too far down one path because that doesn’t do anything for our bodies.

Guest Bio-

Ben is the owner of BSL Nutrition, an online nutrition & fitness consulting business specializing in designing individualized nutrition, lifestyle, and strength training programs for highly driven men (and a few brave women). Go to for more information or follow @bslnutrition for more information.

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