Social Media has set back decades of progress in health science and information – Dr. Gabrielle Lyon has made it her mission to fix that
Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, an osteopathic physician and an expert in health, aging, weight loss, joins hosts Mike O’Hearn and Mona Muresan on The Mike O’Hearn Show to discuss her new book, “Forever Strong.” In a world bombarded by an overload of health information and advice on social media, it’s essential to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to topics like health, aging, and weight loss. Presented by Generation Iron and Barbend, this episode delves into the critical concepts presented in her book and the need for a more responsible approach to health and nutrition in the age of social media.
Dr. Gabrielle Lyon has spent over 20 years becoming an expert in her field – focusing on topics such as nutrition, health, and fitness. So it came as somewhat of a shock and a huge worry to her when social media took a wrecking ball to the progress made in health and fitness. More specifically, in the public’s perception on correct health and fitness practices.
That’s why she decided to write the book “Forever Strong.” She felt that if she did not put effort into correcting the misinformation spread online, she would be part of the problem instead of the solution.
The sad truth is that obesity rates are at an all time high in the United States – despite health science becoming more attuned into how to live longer and healthier. Dr. Gabrielle Lyon wants to change the conversation and put the right information out into the public consciences. Let’s dive into Mike and Mona’s conversation with Dr. Lyon below!
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The Problem of Misinformation
Dr. Lyon opens the discussion by highlighting the concerning issue of misinformation online. With the rise of social media, it has become increasingly challenging to separate credible information from the unreliable. Misinformation can quickly gain traction, leaving individuals with potentially harmful beliefs about their health. Predatory tactics are used by brands looking to make a quick buck – or influencers simply looking for more media attention.
Dr. Lyon, driven by her 20 years of expertise in these fields, saw the need to address this problem head-on and be part of the solution rather than the problem. She understands that the more something is repeated, the more people believe in it. But that doesn’t make that thing true. “Forever Strong” is aimed to cut through the crap – and change the public’s perception as to what is actually best health practices as we age.
Over the last five decades, health has been on a downward spiral, with people becoming less healthy and gaining weight. Dr. Lyon stresses the importance of taking a step back and reevaluating the direction of our nutrition and health practices to understand why this decline is happening.
The Role of Protein in Health
“Forever Strong” is founded on the principle of a protein-centric diet. Dr. Gabrielle Lyon emphasizes that protein is the fundamental building block of life, playing a crucial role in creating the infrastructure of our bodies.
Contrary to the common misconception that all proteins are alike, there are at least 20 different amino acids, with nine being essential. These essential amino acids are not interchangeable, highlighting the importance of a balanced and well-rounded protein intake.
Plant-only diets have grown increasingly in popularity over the years. And while there are understandable merits morally behind cutting out meat from your diet – Dr. Lyon stresses that denying yourself protein will only harm your health.
Carbohydrates and Nutrition
In today’s day and age, many people see carbohydrates as the enemy. But Dr. Gabrielle Lyon believes that this has had a negative impact on overall nurition and health. The pendulum has swung too far the other way, with individuals cutting out carbs completely.
While Dr. Lyon is not against carbohydrates, she advises that those not engaging in regular training should consume minimal carbohydrates, ideally 50 grams or less. This recommendation aims to avoid insulin spikes that can lead to constant hunger throughout the day.
This “chasing the hunger” cycle is what has caused an outcry against carbohydrates. It is a very real thing – but for those who are physically active, carbs can be a beneficial part of a balanced diet. If you are engaged in regular exercise, you can incorporate more carbohydrates into your diet, as they will be utilized as an energy source during workouts.
Childhood Training and Nutrition
Dr. Lyon addresses the misconception that training at a young age can stunt growth. She emphasizes that, within reason, training during childhood can maximize a child’s potential and development. Proper nutrition is vital for supporting a child’s growth and development, particularly during the critical phase of puberty.
This is especially important in the modern world, where it is more common for individuals, including children, to lead a sedentary life. As children grow, they need exercise (even if it is through play) to help their growing and developing bodies. With smart phones, video games, YouTube, and convenient subscription services – less kids are naturally finding that kind of exercise.
That’s why Dr. Lyon stresses parents to not fear exercise for children. Weightlifting and aerobic activities will not hurt a growing child. It will be a beneficial part of their development.
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“Forever Strong” by Dr. Gabrielle Lyon is a game-changing resource in the realm of health, aging, and weight loss. In a world rife with misinformation, this book offers a clear path to better health and fitness. It emphasizes the importance of a protein-centric diet, personalized nutrition, and proper training and nutrition for children. Through “Forever Strong,” Dr. Lyon equips readers with the knowledge and tools to take control of their health and well-being, ultimately leading them towards a lifetime of strength and vitality.
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