Lyle McDonald: Fat Loss

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Lyle McDonald has been interested in all aspects of human performance physiology since becoming involved in competitive sports as a teenager. Pursuing a degree in Physiological Sciences from UCLA, he has spent almost 20 years of his life studying human physiology and the science, art and practice of human performance, muscle gain, fat loss and body recomposition. Over the years, in addition to working with the general public, Lyle has worked primarily with endurance athletes, a few powerlifters, and some bodybuilders. Through his books, articles and his forum, he has helped thousands lose fat, gain muscle and get stronger or perform better. 

Lyle is also author of several in depth books that I highly recommend, especially “A guide to flexible dieting” which is one of the best books I have ever read. He also have a website where he reguarly posts articles about fat loss, muscle gain, nutrition, training and research reviews.

In this podcast, Lyle and I discussed fat loss . Topics that are covered:

1. What genetic and environmental factors can contribute to making fat loss more difficult for some people?

2. What is the difference between fat set points and fat settling points?

3. When combining high activity and low calories without seeing progress, what might be causing the stall?

4. How does leptin, ghrelin and cortisol affect bodyweight regulation?

5. Metabolic adaptations seem to affect some people more than others. What are strategies that one can use during a fat loss period to reverse some of this adaptations to some extent?

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