Episode 302

Why Calories Aren’t the Full Story and How Fructose Drives Weight Gain

With Dr. Robert Lustig

A calorie is a calorie, right? Wrong. This myth that refuses to die keeps people from getting and staying healthy, as well as losing weight and keeping it off.

The current thinking is as long as we burn more calories than we consume, we will lose weight. But thinking that losing weight is all about energy balance or calories in/calories out vastly oversimplifies the truth. To make matters worse, the food industry and government agencies perpetuate this lie and actually rely on you believing it to stay afloat. 

On today’s mini-episode, I sit down with Dr. Robert Lustig to talk about why calories aren’t the full story when it comes to weight loss, the real dangers of eating too much sugar, and how to take better care of our metabolic health.

Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition. He’s the Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. He is also one of the leaders of the current “anti-sugar” movement that is changing the food industry, in part through his game-changing books. His latest work is Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine. 

In this episode we dive into:

  • The calorie myth 
  • The connection between fructose and metabolic disease
  • The biggest sources of fructose in our diet 
  • The four substrates in our food supply that damage mitochondria 

Listen to the full episode here.

For more on Dr. Robert Lustig, follow him on Facebook @drrobertlustig, Twitter @robertlustigmd, YouTube @robertlustig, and through his website, robertlustig.com. Get his book, Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine, here.

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

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. Robert Lustig

Dr. Robert Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition. He’s the Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. He is also one of the leaders of the current “anti-sugar” movement that is changing the food industry, in part through his game-changing books. His latest work is Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine.

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