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(AUDIO) Metabolic slow down (and more)

Metabolic AdaptationI think my coffee intake has been too low lately as I totally forgot to let you know about the f.ree audio podcast I did a awhle back when I was on the Modern Musclehead podcast with physique coaches Scott Tousignant and Bryan “Dude Brah’ Krahn.

Listen in for more on:
• metabolic flexibility
• how to use more fat as a fuel
• does your metabolic rate slow down (aka metabolic adaptation)?
• low carb diet (and why they suck)
• IIFYM (can you just eat crap?)
• exercise testing (biofeedback) for picking your lifts
• and much more

This episode begins with Bryan and Scott sharing their current split routines followed by me revealing my passion for odd object lifting and strong man type training.

Listen in at >> Modern Musclehead podcast <<

Turning research into results,
Dr Mike

PS – if you want to learn more about metabolic flexibility, I wrote a full ebook all about it for ETP at http://www.miketnelson.com/metflex

RANT – Why the 3,500 calorie rule is wrong for weight loss

People like to argue about “is a calorie a calorie.” One of the rare things that we actually know in nutrition due to physics and stuff.

Yes, calories matter. They matter a lot.

Are calories EVERYTHING then? Nope. Far from it.

Most of this resulted from the “3,500 calorie rule”

Burn more than 3,500 calories and you will lose 1 lb of weight.

This is ok for rough estimates, but the equation breaks down over many months.

What you actually learn…gasp….is that it is really nonlinear, just like almost every freaking thing in physiology.

The error goes all the way back to the 1950s from” Wishnofsky M. Caloric equivalents of gained or lost weight. Am J Clin Nutr. 1958;6:542–546.”

The Calculus of Calories: Quantitative Obesity Research

A great talk on this by Dr Hall

Which is why I always laugh at the simple linear thinking.

Plus if it was that simple, I would be out of a job and I would not see obese people everywhere.

The amount of people who argue over the physics of this who have never taken a math class beyond HS geometry. Which is totally fine but don’t argue about math then.

Take Away

Calories are important but they are not everything.

3,500 calories to lose one pound is at best, a rough estimate.

Obesity is not a simple linear problem, If it was, we would have it all figured out by now.

Ranting off
Dr Mike T Nelson

Can I Pick Your Brain?

I am sure you have received this question before:

“Can I pick your brain?”

How do you answer?

This one has been hard for me since I LOVE helping people. I WANT to help everyone.

Above my desire to help is a bigger desire to make a freaking difference. That is what changes things.

My little rule of thumb for this is :

if I am talking to you already, pick all you want since I love this stuff. I also don’t expect you to carry threw on any of it. I know you will have the best intentions in the world, but in my experience only about 1% will do anything. If you are that 1% I will help you for free since I care about the changes you are making. Action > words

If you want me to take time out of my schedule and put on hold other things that I am doing to help others, you need to pay. It is not about the $$ it is about the commitment that involves paying money.

The above applies to people I don’t know. If I know you and we are friends, I will do whatever I can to help you as much as possible since there is a history there.

You know how to reach me

Are You Mad At Your Body?



I know I have been mad at my body in the past.

I do believe that all of our bodies are doing the best they can too, given the circumstances that they have been dealt.

Some will have an easier time than others. Life is not fair.

However, it does not matter how easy or hard it was for X person since that does not change you (or me).

Comparisons are always tricky. Look for someone doing better and you will find them, but they will not change you directly. You can view it as something that is possible or be mad that they have it easy and you don’t. Either way you are still where you are.

In hindsight I know I spent a few too many years being bitter that I had so many issues to work through from eye issues (technically stereo-blind aka I don’t see in 3D), massive midline scar, old injuries like a separated shoulder, dislocated shoulder, busted up ankle, sprained, strains, to goofy things like stupid long femurs, small bone structure, etc.

What I came to realize is that all of that made me who I am.

Had I not had open heart surgery at age 4, I would not be here. Heck, I would have been dead 22 years ago. I am thankful for that scar. It literally saved my life. It is part of who I am and I know had a massive effect pushing toward the med tech industry for 14 years and physiology for 20 years.

If I had normal vision, I would not have learned what I know now by seeking out more and more info and testing it.

I would not have had a drive to figure it out.

Same thing for old injuries. I hope I don’t have another one but given that I love to kiteboard, snowboard, mountain bike, etc the probably is greater than the average bear. And I will heal from it and learn then too.

New Body Under Construction Next28

New Body Under Construction Next28

It was interesting that once I made peace with my body and what it had been through, I made faster progress.

I am no longer mad at it. I can now say I honestly feel blessed and thankful.

Do I have days where I wish progress was faster? Yep. The flipside is would I ever think progress is fast enough? Nope. Might as well enjoy the journey then and keep chipping away at better.

2 Hour Seminar w Dr. Mike T Nelson: Biofeedback and HRV in Vancouver Sat Feb 6

2 Hour Seminar w Dr. Mike T Nelson: Biofeedback and HRV

At Executive Lifestyles studio – group training room. Suite 105 – 575 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver


Overall Expansion based Party w Maynard from Tool

Stress Expansion = Increase Ability To Handle Stress

HRV = method to measure response to stress (systemic level)

Biofeedback = method to test for biomechanical stressors (lifting form)

Heart Rate Variability (HRV)

Why HRV?

Helps solve the problem of recovery Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)

What is it?

How to get it?

How do you use it?

Method to get the data (3 minutes once a day)

Average vs daily Trending over time

Mesocycle (over months)

Biofeedback (ROM)

Testing Why ?

What is it?

How to you do it? (protocol)

Each person will do it there

How do you use it?

Lift selection


Monday AM protocol

How to make it super practical and clear

Better ability to handle and modify stress = faster results and be more awesome

Where: At Executive Lifestyles studio – group training room. Suite 105 – 575 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

When:  Sat Feb 6 at 11 am, 2016

Info?  Email me at DrMike@miketnelson.com

Payment – crazy low price to never be seen again!

Hit the paypal link below here


Any questions at all, drop me an email.  Hope to see you there!

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