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Episode 125: The Protein to Energy Ratio with Dr. Ted Naiman

podcast Aug 06, 2021

Listeners can find Ted Naiman at his website, on Instagram @tednaiman and, on Twitter @tednaiman 

Dr. Ted Naiman is a board-certified Family Medicine physician in the Department of Primary Care at a leading major medical center in Seattle. His personal research and medical practice are focused on the practical implementation of diet and exercise for health optimization. He is the author of ‘The PE Diet’.

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In this episode, we talk about The PE Diet, How Protein is the Leveraging Macronutrient, the Benefits of Prioritizing Protein for Longevity, How to Achieve Metabolic Flexibility Through Diet & Exercise, Insulin Resistance, and More!

“The ultimate secret to metabolic flexibility is having the highest lean mass you can get at the lowest fat mass.” Ted Naiman

Top Takeaways:

  • Ted’s recommendations on how to calculate your daily protein intake needs 
  • Benefits of a high protein diet
  • How the PE diet works and how any diet approach can incorporate this tool
  • Plant proteins vs. animal proteins
  • Misconceptions around the carbohydrate/insulin hypothesis  
  • Types of foods that cause hedonic eating
  • How to achieve optimal metabolic flexibility 

Show Notes:

  • [0:00] Rachel gives a brief overview of Dr. Ted Naiman to the listeners
  • [1:30] Welcome back to MetFlex and Chill! Rachel introduces guest Dr. Ted Naiman @tednaiman to the listeners 
  • [2:00] Ted dives into a brief overview of his experience with diet and exercise and how it can be applied to primary care in society 
  • [3:00] The P:E Diet 
  • [3:30] Question: Can you start with telling the listeners what The PE diet is and how it came about in your practice?
  • [7:00] Protein to Energy Ratio explained  
  • [9:30] Question: Is there a cap on the amount of protein that you should or can eat in a day for a particular person?
  • [13:30] Protein and Longevity 
  • [17:30] Question: Are there any negatives to protein
  • [19:30] Question: Can you chat about your view of the Carbohydrate/Insulin Hypothesis and how it’s evolved over the years?
  • [21:30] Glycemic excursion explained
  • [28:30] Question: What's your take on the concept of metabolic flexibility and being able to use both fuel sources efficiently and effectively?
  • [30:00] “The ultimate secret to metabolic flexibility is having the highest lean mass you can get at the lowest fat mass.” Ted Naiman
  • [36:30] Question: How would you classify high-intensity training?
  • [42:30] Question: Can you speak to some of the misunderstandings around sugar cravings?
  • [45:30] Question: What’s your take on low carb and keto treats?
  • [47:30] Question: How do you respond to people who say that artificial sweeteners are toxic?
  • [49:30] Question: ​​What's your routine look like when it comes to eating and exercise?
  • [55:30] Question: Is there anything that you've personally changed your mind about in the past year? And why?
  • [57:30] Episode 114: Protein Sparing Modified Fasts (PSMF) with Robert Sikes
  • [59:30] Question: Anything exciting you’re working on or want to share about?
  • [1:00:00] Satiety Per Calorie 
  • [1:01:30] Can you tell our listeners or viewers where they can find you?
  • [1:02:00] You can find Ted on at his website, on Instagram @tednaiman and, on Twitter @tednaiman 
  • [1:02:30] Question: How do you make your protein ice cream?
  • [1:05:00] Thanks for listening to another episode! Check out for additional nutrition and exercise info along with The Friday Flex- a weekly newsletter for free weekly updates! 
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Rachel Gregory (@rachelgregory.cns) is a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Author of the best-selling book, 21-Day Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Challenge. She received her Master’s Degree in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology from James Madison University and Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Miami.

Rachel helps her clients transform their lives by starting with the physical (body), realizing the power of the mental (mindset), and ultimately gaining massive confidence that bleeds into every aspect of their lives (family, relationships, work, etc.).

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