#546: How to Stay Lean, Energized and Strong By Working With Your Physiology, Not Against It with Dr. Stacy Sims

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Episode Summary

With each passing day, our bodies change as women. And you may start feeling disconnected from your body– like it’s not the one you know and love anymore. 

You’re battling new symptoms. You may be experiencing stubborn weight gain. You may feel your endurance and strength declining. And it may be harder for you to bounce back from workouts that used to feel easy. 

Now, of course, you’re not alone in these feelings. But this doesn’t have to be a normal part of aging. There are ways you can support and energize your body to help you feel youthful and strong again. 

In this podcast, I sit down with the remarkable Dr. Stacy Sims– who fully embodies feeling energized at any age. 

For almost all women– even active women– perimenopause and menopause can hit hard. And goodness knows I’ve felt that overnight.

But today, we discuss how menopause doesn’t have to be the end of you building muscle, maintaining a healthy metabolism, or feeling energized. Dr. Sims teaches us that once you understand your physiology, you can work with it– not against it. And you can optimize your health to reverse your inner age. 

We’ll dive deep into her cutting-edge research on women’s physiology and how we can adopt crucial lifestyle strategies so we don’t have to become a statistic– because we’re so much more than that.

A strong metabolic foundation lets me show up as my best self for my family and myself. And to get metabolically healthy, you need to support your body with nourishment, movement, stress management, and quality sleep. 

Lucky for you, Dr. Sims and I discuss all of this– and so much more in this podcast!

So join Dr. Sims and me to learn how to thrive as women. She’ll give you the tools you need to exercise for strength and enhance your metabolic health– at any age. 

Plus, if you love all the knowledge she shares and are interested in learning even more, I highly recommend her book Next Level. I’ve read it twice so far, and it’s a valuable guide that will span decades. 

Because even throughout these 40+ years, we’re going to constantly evolve and change. So having this kind of research can help us navigate our body’s changes with ease and grace. 

Press play on this podcast now to learn how to enhance your metabolic health– and feel like yourself in your body again! 

Dr. Stacy Sims 

Dr. Stacey Sims is an international exercise physiologist and nutritional scientist. She aims to revolutionize exercise, nutrition, and performance for women.

While at Stanford, she had the chance to translate her early research into consumer products and a science-based book called Roar. Roar was written to explain sex differences in training and nutrition across the health span and lifespan of women. Both the consumer products and the book challenge the existing dogma for women in exercise, nutrition, and health. 

Her newest book, Next Level, focuses on how women can navigate menopause with strength, endurance, and energy.


“It’s important to note that the average woman can expect to spend approximately 50% of her life in perimenopause and postmenopause.”

“Not only sex differences from birth but then we go through all these hormonal changes, puberty, we go through our reproductive years, we go through pregnancy. We go through perimenopause. We get to menopause. And we don’t age in a linear algorithm like men do.”

“If we’re looking at how to optimize and change body composition– which drives a lot of women aside from general health purposes– you need to fuel for what you are doing.”

“I would say the other symptom I see the most in women, especially as they’re navigating early perimenopause, is going to be less stress resilience. They find themselves feeling less resilient in a lot of ways in their mental bandwidth and capacity.”

“When I think about improving our metabolism and increasing better metabolic health, it’s always gut-focused.”

In This Episode

  1. How Dr. Stacy Sims began her research on women in fitness 
  2. The launch of Dr. Sims’s sports and nutrition company 
  3. Recognizing the difference between men and women in health 
  4. Breaking the sociocultural norms around the menstrual cycle 
  5. About Dr. Sims’s newest book– Next Level 
  6. Acknowledging how overtraining impacts the body 
  7. Fueling and nutrition for your body 
  8. Promoting gut health for optimal metabolism 
  9. Navigating hormones and stress responses 
  10. Recommendations for an optimal sleep schedule 
  11. Strength training, heavy lifting, and sprint training for women 
  12. How testosterone plays a role in women’s health

Resources Mentioned

Dr. Sims’s book– Next Level: Your Guide to Kicking Ass, Feeling Great, and Crushing Goals Through Menopause and Beyond

Dr. Stacy Sims’s Website | Dr. Stacy Sims’s Instagram 

Dr. Sims’s book– ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology 

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One Response to #546: How to Stay Lean, Energized and Strong By Working With Your Physiology, Not Against It with Dr. Stacy Sims

  1. Mandeep Minhas September 17, 2023 at 5:49 pm #

    Loved the name. I always listened to Dr mariza. As usual I always get feel energized afterward.

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