episode #296

Fat Accumulation & Female Metabolism with Dr. Benjamin Bikman



In this episode, we’re joined by Dr. Benjamin Bikman, a renowned metabolic research scientist, Professor at Brigham Young University, and author. In this episode, we’ll dive into the complexities of insulin resistance and sensitivity during the menstrual cycle, and also discuss the importance of protein and the best types to include in your diet, as well as take a fresh look at fat and how to think about it in a positive light. Join us for a lively and informative chat with Dr. Bikman, and walk away with a brand new perspective on fat.


0:00 – Intro

3:45 – What is fat & the differences between brown and white fat

14:47 – How ketosis affects fat

17:50 – Is it possible to change white fat to brown fat?

22:43 – Fat storage location is determined by sex hormones

31:23 – How insulin sensitivity changes over the course of a menstrual cycle

37:47 – Differences in fat between male and females

44:51 – How fat changes during menopause

51:58 – What is glucagon & what does it do

54:27 – How protein affects glucose levels

1:00:36 – The ideal sources of protein

1:04:09 – Challenges for women with the vegan diet

1:06:30 – Plant vs animal protein

1:09:37 – Protein intake as you age

1:17:13 – How to augment the disposal of glucose

1:24:20 – Dr. Bikman’s meal replacement

1:30:30 – The importance of how you end a fast


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Last episode with Ben: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/ben-bikman-on-why-we-get-sick-insulin-resistance-and/id1479074542?i=1000507284064

Ben Bikman glucagon talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3fO5aTD6JU&ab_channel=LowCarbDownUnder

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