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Podcast – Following the Path that Turns Carbs into Fat with Chris Masterjohn, PhD.

Description: Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health today so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place.


I’m joined today by Chris Masterjohn, PhD to examine the pathway that turns carbs into fat. I admire Chris as someone who is consistently putting out good data and cutting through the hype that too often confuses too many of us. Like me, Chris does not fully endorse a low-carb or ketogenic diet, and he explains why. We talk about the circumstances under which anyone might receive high levels of of their fat from carbohydrate intake, the importance of eliminating the risk of fatty liver and the number one way you can assist your body in the decision of whether to burn carbs or fat for energy. Chris has great insights into the effectiveness of the many micronutrient testing options that are available today, and he also shares his resource for understanding and utilizing those micronutrient tests. Chris has an incredible wealth of knowledge about this topic, and I know you’ll find our conversation insightful as you continue on your journey to discover the healthiest version of you possible.


Key Takeaways:

[1:10] Today we’re taking a journey down the pathway that turns carbs into fat.

[2:00] Introducing Chris Masterjohn, PhD., who dives right into the science and numbers behind the fat and carbs that contribute to a healthy diet.

[5:15] Considerations of various disease states including insulin resistance and an altered glucose pathway.

[8:30] The one circumstance that regularly contributes to lipogenesis hitting unhealthy levels is associated with eating more carbohydrates that your total caloric needs.

[11:57] The most effective way to help your body decide whether to burn carbs or fat for energy.

[14:58] A look at fatty liver disease, the most effective way to clear fat from the liver, and the assortment of levels in your body that change when substituting carbs with animal proteins.

[23:27] An easy way to understand the pathway fuel storage and how it cycles through the body.

[25:57] Specific micronutrients that are relevant to the body’s capacity to utilize and break down fats.

[29:40] Dr. C. shares his experience with assays and the effectiveness and ability to replicate various testing for nutrients.

[38:14] Chris offers specific insights into running the controlled tests that offer the most reliable results.

[43:43] Factors you need to consider when deciding whether to take advantage of specific tests that are being offered by pharmaceutical companies.

[47:37] Chris details the information you can expect to gain from his micronutrient testing cheat sheet.

[52:10] Do you have a topic you’d like me to cover? Contact me on Facebook or Instagram using #medicalmyths.


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“Even in a healthy person in a maximum scenario, you’re never getting more than 25% of the fat you eat from carbohydrates.” — Chris Masterjohn


“When you’re on a high carbohydrate diet the insulin just makes you burn the carbs for energy in place of everything else.” — Chris Masterjohn


“Your body has to decide to burn carbs for energy or burn fat for energy, but you can burn both if you’re below your caloric needs.” — Chris Masterjohn


“The people who are getting fat are not getting fat from eating carbs, they’re getting fat by eating excess calories in any form, some of which is carbohydrates.” — Chris Masterjohn


“There’s nothing more strongly associated with fatty liver than obesity. Nothing.” — Chris Masterjohn