Episode 381

Two Crucial Things To Focus On If You Care About Longevity, Weight Loss And Metabolic Health

With Dr. Donald Layman

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More and more people are confused about protein intake than ever before. For years, we’ve been told that too much protein in the diet can lead to an increased risk for cancer, metabolic disease, and other chronic illnesses. As more research comes out, however, health experts are beginning to change their tune around dietary protein and now consider it an essential nutrient for muscle health, weight loss, balanced blood sugar, and especially longevity. 

Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Dr. Donald Layman, a pioneer in establishing optimal protein and amino-acid requirements for chronic disease prevention, performance, and longevity. Dhru and Dr. Layman discuss the importance of dietary protein for blood sugar control, building muscle mass, weight loss, and preventing age-related loss of lean tissue. Dr. Layman also shares his groundbreaking research on the effects of the amino acid leucine on muscle protein synthesis, concerns around mTOR, the relationship between resistance training and protein, and so much more. 

Dr. Donald Layman is one of the world’s leading researchers on protein and amino-acid requirements for athletes, adult health, and chronic disease prevention. His research is focused on the impact of diet and exercise on the most troublesome chronic diseases today: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome. With a highly respected academic career spanning over four decades, Dr. Layman has received numerous awards for his research publications in optimal protein intake, glycemic control, and weight loss. He has both a master’s degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in nutrition and biochemistry. 

Dr. Layman is a professor emeritus in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a mentor to some of the most prominent voices in muscle-centric health and brings a wealth of knowledge from his background in clinical research into today’s conversation.

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For more on Dr. Donald Layman, follow him on Twitter @donlayman or through his website, metabolictransformation.com.

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. Misconceptions around protein
    (3:03)
  2. The downsides of not getting adequate dietary protein
    (11:18)
  3. Protein, muscle synthesis, and longevity
    (13:08)
  4. Dhru’s South Asian heritage and risk for cardiovascular disease
    (20:14)
  5. Why dietary protein is important for women
    (32:55)
  6. The history behind the RDA for protein intake
    (36:11)
  7. Fasting and protein intake to prevent muscle wasting
    (41:46)
  8. Early epidemiological research and the deprioritization of animal protein
    (51:29)
  9. Leucine: the rate-limiting amino acid in muscle protein synthesis
    (1:06:46)
  10. Resistance training and protein requirements for weight loss
    (1:17:32)
  11. The pros of industry-funded nutrition research
    (1:31:54)
  12. mTOR, protein intake, muscle synthesis, and cancer risk
    (1:40:50)
  13. Building your diet around protein intake
    (1:54:55)

Guest

 
Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

 
Dr. Donald Layman

Dr. Donald Layman is one of the world’s leading researchers on protein and amino-acid requirements for athletes, adult health, and chronic disease prevention. His research is focused on the impact of diet and exercise on the most troublesome chronic diseases today: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome. With a highly respected academic career spanning over four decades, Dr. Layman has received numerous awards for his research publications in optimal protein intake, glycemic control, and weight loss. He has both a master’s degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in nutrition and biochemistry. 

Dr. Layman is a professor emeritus in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a mentor to some of the most prominent voices in muscle-centric health and brings a wealth of knowledge from his background in clinical research into today’s conversation.

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