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TMHS 807: Shrink Your Fat Cells & Fix Your Metabolism - With Dr. Benjamin Bikman

July 10, 2024

The Model Health Show


Most people understand that metabolism is a key factor in controlling weight and overall health. But the science of how the metabolism actually works can often be confusing or oversimplified. On today’s show, we’ve got one of the world’s leading authorities on metabolism here to break down the inner workings of insulin, blood glucose, and more. 

Metabolic scientist and professor Dr. Benjamin Bikman joins us on this episode of The Model Health Show to unpack the critical role that insulin resistance plays in obesity and chronic illness. You’re going to learn the exact mechanics of how insulin resistance occurs in the body, and realistic lifestyle interventions you can implement for better metabolic health.

This interview contains key insights on fat loss strategies, how dietary factors impact metabolic health, and the interesting details of Dr. Bikman’s research studies. Today’s episode is absolutely packed with the latest science on metabolism, so click play and enjoy the show!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The connection between insulin and type 2 diabetes.
  • Which two markers are important for measuring metabolic health.
  • How Dr. Bikman’s study helped participants reverse diabetes.
  • Why insulin is a unique hormone in terms of how it impacts cells.
  • The connection between insulin resistance and infertility.
  • What the three primary causes of insulin resistance are.
  • How cortisol and adrenaline impact insulin levels.
  • The important role that sleep plays in insulin sensitivity.
  • Which cause of insulin resistance is the most common. 
  • The effect each macronutrient has on insulin levels.
  • How long insulin circulates in the body after eating.
  • The natural rhythm of cortisol levels.
  • How exercise impacts blood glucose levels.
  • The best exercise for metabolic benefits.
  • Why fat cells cannot grow without insulin.
  • How cold water immersion impacts the metabolism.
  • Four main dietary principles for better health.


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