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You Should Focus on Muscle Not Fat Loss | Tommy Wood PhD

Episode 37, duration 1 hr 24 mins
Episode 37

You Should Focus on Muscle Not Fat Loss | Tommy Wood PhD

Tommy Wood MD, PhD is a neuroscientist and elite-level professional nerd who has coached world class athletes in a dozen sports. He received an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, a medical degree from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in physiology and neuroscience from the University of Oslo. Tommy is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience at the University of Washington, where his research interests include determining how early brain injury impacts brain health across the lifespan, as well as developing easily-accessible and equitable methods with which to track health, performance, and longevity in both professional athletes and the general population. Tommy serves as associate editor of the Wiley Journal Lifestyle Medicine, is a Director of the British Society for Lifestyle Medicine, and consults for a number of digital health companies and charities that focus on how lifestyle and the environment can affect long-term health and chronic disease.

In this episode we discuss:
– Does muscle mass matter?
– How exercise makes you smarter.
– The ideal amount of protein for maintaining good health and preventing disease.
– Should you be lifting weights?

00:00:00 Introduction

00:01:45 Muscle Health & Brain Function

00:14:20 The Optimal Levels of Muscle Mass

00:28:00 The Aha Moment

00:44:45 Improving Health of Skeletal Muscle

00:56:00 Functional Medicine for Athletes

01:03:00 Muscle Has to be Active

01:11:00 What Should You Eat?

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