Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist and the 2X New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast, books and seminars.
Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (Biomed Central) and as a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for: Specialty Health Inc, The Chickasaw Nation’s “Unconquered Life” initiative and a number of innovative start ups with a focus on health and sustainability.
Robb holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, is a former California State Powerlifting Champion, and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. He has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to a number of entities including NASA, Naval Special Warfare, the Canadian Light Infantry and the United States Marine Corps.
Robb joins us to talk about the Paleo Diet and the science behind his nutrition choices and recommendations.
People, Papers, and Quotes mentioned in the episode:
03:31 Robb recent move to Texas came with an instant run in with wildlife
05:01 Robb is the first person in the Starrett’s life to float the idea that food quality matters, rather than simply looking at macros
05:49 Robb’s background – research biochemist to nutrition expert by way of a significant health crisis
07:51 Arthur Devaney; Loren Cordain; “Cereal Grains: Humanity’s Double Edged Sword”
11:27 “The Triple Point” as an analogy for Performance, Health, and Longevity
12:21 You can eat what Lance Armstrong eats, but that doesn’t mean you will perform like him
13:01 Zach Bitter is primarily Carnivore, but introduces carbs for bigger training days
16:12 Robb’s second book, Wired to Eat, was inspired by work that came out of the Weizmann Institute in Israel
19:11 There’s a pretty good case to be made that the primary precipitator of coronary events is blood sugar excursions rather than lipid dynamics
19:42 Going from high blood sugar to low blood sugar is a great way to make you feel hungry. All the time.
19:58 Layne Norton
21:54 Barry Sears
20:17 Calories definitely matter, but finding a appropriate glycemic load for the individual is very important
24:32 What works for one person may not work for another
25:32 The Paleo Diet defined
26:17 The Keto Diet defined
27:10 Atkins Diet; Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution
29:14 Robb’s first book, The Paleo Solution
31:34 Around 2010 a CBO projects that around 2030 or 2035, the US would be bankrupt from diabesity-related healthcare costs
38:15 Only 12% of the Americans over 20 are considered metabolically healthy
39:14 What is the deal with the health experts we talk to moving to a 2 meal a day model?
44:22 Daily exercise improves longevity by 2-6 years. Which ironically, you spend exercising.
44:52 Daily reasonable UV exposure is important for health, basically validating Kelly’s one man attack on the sun
46:07 “The Grandmother Paradox”
47:57 Kelly gushes about LMNT
48:25 When switching to a more whole food diet, you need to add some salt back in
49:13 The backstory on LMNT
49:34 Tyler Cartwright; Luis Villasenor – founder of Keto Gains
50:53 The body needs a bare minimum 5g of sodium per day to maintain the Sodium/Potassium ratio among other things
54:06 Juliet has to interrupt Kelly and Robb’s terrible marketing skills to point out the most important thing about LMNT: it tastes goddamn good.
55:57 Robb and Nicki invent the NorCal Margarita which has now turned into the NorCal LMNT Margarita
57:22 Greg Glassman was worried about the lack of salt in the Paleo diet way back in 2005
59:07 Robb’s websites
60:42 Dan John quote, “the coach who trains himself has an idiot for a client.”
61:17 Juliet discusses her love of popcorn in the 48th consecutive episode
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