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PMR #243: There's More to Fitness Than Exercise — with Dr. Mike T. Nelson

Paleo Magazine Radio

Release Date: 12/04/2018

This week, we welcome Dr. Mike T. Nelson. Dr. Nelson has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, a BA in Natural Science, and an MS in Biomechanics. He’s also an adjunct professor and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. We chat about all sorts of good stuff, including metabolic flexibility, non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), and the crossover effect. Dr. Nelson also gives us some insight into how he fits all his different commitments into a work week while still finding time for fun and healthy activities. To hear a truly inspiring and grounded interview with an industry giant, be sure to tune in!


Key Points From This Episode:

  • Mike’s background, positions, and work.
  • How Mike splits his time during a typical week.
  • The type of clients Mike works with.
  • An introduction the NEAT concept and its difference from regulated exercise.  
  • The non-linear nature of exercise's efficacy and pushing our boundaries.
  • Increasing strength versus maintaining fitness. 
  • The centrality of sleep and stress relief in any fitness pursuit.
  • Metabolic flexibility and how and why to use it. 
  • Weighing the benefits of different diets for different goals.
  • Using carbs and fasting to increase your ability to deal with each end of the spectrum. 
  • The possibility of permanently damaging your metabolism through extreme measures.
  • Taking the longer and slower road to where you want to be. 
  • And much more! 


“To me, arguing about what the best fuel is is the wrong question. When do you want to be using each type of fuel?” — @MikeTNelson [0:35:50.3]

“It depends on what you are trying to do and for what reason, but you do not have to do a ketogenic diet to increase metabolic flexibility.” — @MikeTNelson [0:39:15.1]

Links Mentioned in This Episode: 

Bonafide Provisions — https://www.bonafideprovisions.com/

Dr. Mike T. Nelson — https://miketnelson.com/

Flex Diet — http://flexdiet.com/

Dr. Mike T. Nelson on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikenelson4

Paleo f(x) — https://www.paleofx.com/

American College of Sports Medicine — https://www.acsm.org/

Jeff Volek — https://www.virtahealth.com/about/jeffvolek

Brooks and Mercier — https://msu.edu/course/kin/812/essay2.htm

Crossover Effect — https://www.researchgate.net/publication/15270081_Balance_of_carbohydrate_and_lipid_utilization_during_exercise_The_'crossover'_concept

Eat Stop Eat — http://eat-stopeat.com

Brad Pilon — https://bradpilon.com/

Marni Wasserman — https://www.marniwasserman.com/

The Ultimate Health Podcast — https://ultimatehealthpodcast.com/

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