There are many conflicting viewpoints on what drives weight gain. Excess calories? High insulin levels? Unwavering hunger? Dhru has been on a quest for answers to learn exactly how to shift body composition to lose fat and build muscle.
Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru welcomes Dr. Ben Bikman on the show to continue his summer weight loss series. In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Bikman dive deep into insulin’s critical role in weight gain, obesity, and cardiometabolic disease.
Dr. Bikman explains how high fasting insulin creates insulin resistance, grows fat tissue, and makes it more challenging to achieve sustainable weight loss. He also touches on how our genetics influence weight gain, the power of protein and resistance training, and why we should focus on lowering our insulin levels first for weight loss before worrying about calories.
Dr. Ben Bikman is a renowned metabolic research scientist and a popular speaker on human metabolism and nutrition. Dr. Bikman has a Doctor of Philosophy in bioenergetics and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in metabolic disorders with the Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School. He is the author of the book Why We Get Sick, which offers a thought-provoking yet real solution to insulin resistance and reversing prediabetes, improving brain function, shedding fat, and preventing diabetes. Currently, Dr. Bikman is an associate professor at Brigham Young University with the mission to better understand the role of elevated insulin in obesity and diabetes and the relevance of ketones in mitochondrial function.
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