EPISODE 42 - The Lore of Running, Hydration & Increasing Longevity w/ Prof. Tim Noakes

In episode 42, Dr. Bubbs interviews world-renowned scientist and researcher, Professor Tim Noakes about his remarkable career. Prof Noakes talks about his start in medicine and how his career path transitioned to sport and exercise science, as well as how the hydration recommendations have dramatically changed over the last 40 years and what the best advice really is. He discusses his proposed Central Governor Model in the late 1990s to explain the brain’s fundamental role in limiting athletic performance, as well as his journey from elite endurance athlete to type-2 diabetes diagnosis and how his health dramatically changed after adopting a low-carb diet. Terrific insights from Professor Noakes and a testament to his remarkable career.

Lay-Ups From This Episode

  1. “Drink to thirst” is an effective strategy for the majority of the population to hydrate.
  2. Your brain is the ultimate governor of “how hard” you can exercise.
  3. For diabetes (type-2), the evidence is mounting in support of a low-carb diet to reverse the condition.

Performance Hacks In This Episode

  1. The brain is the ultimate governor of athletic performance.
  2. The research on hydration loss and decrements in performance is potentially over-stated.

Coffee Talk

Prof Noakes morning coffee + cream (and intermittent fasting until lunch).

About Professor Tim Noakes

Prof Noakes is an Emeritus Professor at University of Cape Town, following his retirement from the Research Unit of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. In 1995, he was a co-founder of the now prestigious Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA). In 2008, he received the Order of Mapungubwe, Silver, from the President of South Africa for his “excellent contribution in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise” and has published more than 750 scientific books and articles. Prof. Noakes has been cited more than 16,000 times in scientific literature, has won numerous awards, and authored many books, including the Lore of Running (4th Edition), considered to be the “Bible” for runners, Waterlogged: The serious problem of over-hydration in endurance sports (in 2012), The Real Meal Revolution (in 2013), Raising Superheroes (in 2015) and since 2011 his autobiography, Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career. He now devotes a majority of his time to promoting the low carbohydrate high fat diet, especially for those with insulin resistance, and on raising funds for research through The Noakes Foundation.

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EPISODE 37 - Low-Carb High-Fat Diets, Public Health and Reversing Type-2 Diabetes & Obesity w/ Sam Feltham

In this episode, Dr. Bubbs interviews the Director of the Public Health Collaboration a charity dedicated to informing and implementing healthy decisions for better public health. Sam has brought together a group of leading doctors and nutritionists in the United Kingdom to tackle obesity and type-2 diabetes, which costs 16 billion UK pounds to treat every year.

Lay-Ups

1)   Pre-diabetes impacts 50% of the population in America and 40% of the population in the United Kingdom.

2)   You can reverse type-2 diabetes via diet, exercise and lifestyle changes

3)   The common breakfast cereals contain roughly 8 teaspoons of sugar per serving. 

Performance Hacks

1)   If weight loss and better health is your goal, and you regularly snack throughout the day…. STOP! (It’s an easy win!)

2)   Low-carb, high-fat diets have NEVER been outperformed by the standard diet recommended by the Diabetes Associations (i.e. low-fat).

3)   Surgeries from complications of diabetes – blindness and foot amputations – are tragic and incredibly costly to the healthcare system.

Coffee Talk

Sam has his morning coffee with full-fat milk (but no breakfast).

About Sam Feltham

Director of the Public Health Collaboration (PHC), a charity dedicated to informing and implementing healthy decisions for better public health. Prior to this, Sam studied at the European Institute of Fitness to qualify as a Master Personal Trainer. From there he became a personal trainer in London, England and launched a national fitness boot camp business called Smash The Fat Fitness & Fat Loss Boot Camps. Sam’s major definite purpose in life is to help as many people as possible obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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