Podcast Interview #10 – Dr. Spencer Nadolsky on How You Can Win the Battle with Obesity

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Spencer is an American family physician who specializes in helping people with obesity. He helps his patients with lifestyle interventions first, via diet and exercise, before using to his prescription pad wherever possible.

We talk about many topics: why obesity has been recently classified as a disease, why calories in vs calories out is what determines weight loss, but telling someone to eat less and move more doesn’t generally work, how spencer gets buy in from his patients, how certain medicines can cause side effects that hamper weight loss, how to look at and interpret your cholesterol numbers, and the potential dangers of bulletproof coffee.

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Show notes

  1. Why Spencer puts diet and exercise first. [0’30]
  2. The reasons why doctors don’t generally put diet and exercise as medicine first. [3’00]
  3. How Spencer gets ‘buy in’ from patients. [6’30]
  4. Why obesity has been classified as a disease [10’30]
  5. “Is it not just about calories in, calories out?” – “Yes but not entirely.” [13’30]
  6. The importance of controlling your food environment. [19’00]
  7. “I don’t feel that fixing one habit at a time is the best way for people.” [22’00]
  8. “The data shows that people who lose weight rapidly in the beginning tend to do the best.” [23’30]
  9. Is a donut less delicious to some people? [26’00]
  10. Why Spencer wrote The Fat Loss Prescription [29’00]
  11. There was no book out there that I could give to my patients.
  12. Spencer talks about how medicines can cause side effects that hamper weight loss. [34’00]
  13. In the current system I can’t do what I want to do for my patients. [39’00]
  14. Cholesterol talk. How to look at and interpret your cholesterol numbers. [41’00]
  15. Bulletproof coffee and the damage it can cause. [47’00]

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Thank you for listening! – Andy and Spencer

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Andy Morgan

I'm an online nutritional and training coach living in Tokyo, Japan. After seeing one too many people get ripped off by supplement and training industry lies I decided to try and do something about it. The site you see here is the result of a lot of Starbucks-fuelled, two-fingered typing. It's had a lot of love poured into it, and I hope you find the guides to the diet and training methods I use on this site useful. When I'm not helping clients you'll likely find me crashing down a mountain on a snowboard, racing around Suzuka circuit, or staring at watches I can't afford. (Read more about me →)

3 Comments on “Podcast Interview #10 – Dr. Spencer Nadolsky on How You Can Win the Battle with Obesity”

  1. FYI for those who are interested: Dr. Spencer (“The Doc Who Lifts”), featured in this podcast episode, is now taking patients ONLINE. He’s working to create a new type of medical care where he can take-on patients anywhere in the country.

    Great for folks who are passionate about weight training and are interested in a doctor for long-term, ongoing, PREVENTATIVE care (e.g. like a financial advisor or an accountant, sticking with you for many years to come).

    Learn more here: https://www.SteadyMD.com/drspencer

  2. Hi Andy

    We have spoken before and I am always grateful for your advice.

    My question is this: I generally eat about 1500-1600 calories a day and have done for a very long time , I’m 5’10, male and fairly broad but still have approx 10 lbs of fat to lose…would you say I need to drop my calories even further to shift this fat? And, if I eat 2000 calories a day (I did this recently) I always gain fat. Is it feasible that I only need 1600 calories for normal daily function?

    Many thanks


    1. Is it feasible that I only need 1600 calories for normal daily function?
      No, but it’s definitely feasible that your body will function on that after having been in a prolonged caloric deficit. Whether you need to reduce further depends on whether you have stopped losing weight. I think you’ll find this course useful:

      The Diet Adjustment Mastery Mini Course

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