#552: The Midlife Muscle Crisis: Why Maintaining Muscle Is Necessary For Fat Loss, Strength and Longevity with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon

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Episode Summary

Can losing muscle mass be more dangerous than gaining body fat? 

All of us are on a mission to rid our bodies of excess fat… but how often have you considered the importance of gaining more muscle instead?

I invited Dr. Gabrielle Lyon on the podcast today to dive into muscle-centric medicine and to educate you on gaining muscle to support your entire body system. 

Gaining and maintaining muscle mass can be the key to a healthy aging process. Contracting skeletal muscle can be wildly beneficial for your hormones, immune response, blood sugar levels, and more. 

And it doesn’t have to be a challenge!

Join Dr. Lyon and me as we unlock the tools you need to optimize your nutrition and exercise regimen. So you can feel good in your body, and even start to reverse your biological age. 

Dr. Gabrielle Lyon

Dr. Gabrielle Lyon is a functional medicine practitioner and founder of the Institute for Muscle-Centric Medicine®. Dr. Lyon is a nationally recognized speaker and media contributor specializing in brain and thyroid health, lean body mass support, and longevity. Her clinical practice serves leaders, innovators, and executives in their field, and she services her patients worldwide.


“By getting the foundation of nutrition right, you’re grabbing the lowest hanging fruit and moving forward with a plan that can be executed and a plan that can and has been shown to protect skeletal muscle mass as you age.”

“A large majority of PCOS is a skeletal muscle issue. First, there are skeletal muscle defects and there are some really pivotal studies that looked at skeletal muscle as the primary deficit.”

“You can leverage contracting skeletal muscle to mitigate significant inflammation and immune responses.”

“You literally can contract skeletal muscle, which makes up 40% of the body to release, through exercise, release myokines, release glutamine, move glucose out of the bloodstream. By the way, exercising skeletal muscle does not require insulin. And one bout of exercise will improve insulin sensitivity anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. It’s incredible.”

In This Episode

  1. About Dr. Lyon and her journey into functional medicine 
  2. Tips for maintaining and gaining muscle mass 
  3. Metabolic and hormonal shifts throughout aging 
  4. Nutrition and training to build a skeletal muscle reserve 
  5. Effective protein and carbohydrate intake for results 
  6. Exercise through strength and resistance training to gain muscle 
  7. Indication for GLPs and possible side effects of taking them 
  8. All about Dr. Gabrielle Lyon’s New Book: Forever Strong

Resources Mentioned

Order Forever Strong on Dr. Lyon’s Website 

Order Forever Strong on Amazon 

The Dr. Gabrielle Lyon Show Podcast

Dr. Gabrielle Lyon’s YouTube Channel
Follow Dr. Lyon on socials: Instagram & Facebook

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