QTD: Weight Loss Resistance

Season 4 Episode 2 of Quiet the Diet Podcast with Michelle Shapiro, RD and Alexis Cowan PhD

Weight Loss Resistance: The Interplay of Stress, Gut Health, Circadian Rhythms, and Nutrition On Our Overall Health with Dr. Alexis Cowan, PhD

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In this week’s episode of Quiet the Diet, Michelle sat down with the brilliant Dr. Alexis Cowan, PhD, a molecular biologist specializing in nutrition and metabolism. They discuss the sophisticated relationship between our microbiome, stress, dietary choices, and the environments that we occupy (both internal and external) when it comes to our overall health.

They discuss:

  • How Alexis’ journey with weight loss, body dysmorphia and disordered eating led her to the study of biochemistry, metabolism and food systems
  • The long lasting impact of antibiotics on our microbiomes
  • Alexis’ specific recommendations for someone wanting to improve their gut health
  • How connecting with nature can enhance our overall well-being
  • The overarching role that stress plays in our health
  • Why our light environment is crucial for overall health and weight
  • Why weight loss is far more nuanced than just “calories in, calories out”
  • How our brain controls energy expenditure and what that means for weight gain/loss
  • The ancestral vs. modern omega-6 to omega-3 ratio and why this matters

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