Episode 171 – #AuthenticAF P1: Metabolic Damage & Adaptation, Is It Real?

Episode 171 – #AuthenticAF P1: Metabolic Damage & Adaptation, Is It Real?

Today we are kicking off a new series where we’ll dive into all the industry myths out there and break through them one at a time.

With the initial goal to get through five topics today, we instead spent an hour dissecting metabolism, specifically talking about metabolic damage, whether it’s real, what really happens physiologically and psychologically, and the realities of metabolism during dieting.

This is a deep dive that will continue to evolve in more episodes, and I can’t wait for you to hear the first of many myths getting slayed.

“We know what works, and it’s hard work and consistency. But it’s a lot easier to blame metabolism.”

Ed Pilkington


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[00:00] – Intro

[01:58] – Metabolic myths

[06:35] – Age and hormones

[08:05] – Muscle gaining myths

[12:05] – The facts on cardio

[20:46] – Spiking metabolism and refeeds

[25:25] – Taking yourself to the extreme

[27:27] – The benefits of being lean

[31:11] – The importance of pushing yourself

[33:50] – Bodyweights and calories

[39:16] – Fat cells and rebounding

[40:33] – Emotional and psychological weight gain

[43:51] – The origin of metabolic rumours

[47:06] – Down regulation

[49:48] – BMR and expenditure myths


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Akash Vaghela is the Founder of RNT Fitness, where his mission is to see a world where everyone experiences the power of a physical body transformation to act as a vehicle for the greater good in their lives. Akash has produced 200+ blogs, 100+ videos and hosts the RNT Fitness Radio podcast, which has amassed over 110,000 downloads in 90+ countries across 100+ episodes. Alongside this, he's been seen in Men's Health, BBC, T-Nation, Elite FTS and the PTDC, while also regularly speaking nationally and internationally on all things transformation.