Protein — The most important nutrient for health – Diet Doctor Podcast

Protein — The most important nutrient for health – Diet Doctor Podcast

Protein may be the most important nutrient for health and weight loss. In this episode, we discuss the importance and practical aspects of eating enough protein with three of our experts at Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, Adele Hite, PhD, RD, and Franziska Spritzler, RD.

0:00 Introduction to the protein podcast
1:28 Adele Hite, PhD, RD
2:26 The role of protein on a well formulated keto diet
4:23 RDA and adequate protein intake
8:28 The role of fat (and the pitfalls) on a low-carb high-fat diet
16:31 The concern of eating too much protein
19:29 The concept of optimal ketosis
25:54 Franziska Spritzler, RD
26:19 Satiety according to Franziska
30:21 Protein and fat percentages, according to Franziska
34:06 The struggle of increasing the protein intake
37:38 The role of whey protein powder
41:10 Different protein percentages in different foods
47:36 Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt
48:37 Higher protein on
51:46 First order principle of why we eat
57:01 Role of protein in healthy weight loss
1:00:04 Concerns of too much protein for longevity
1:09:06 Andreas’ experience on a higher protein diet
1:12:59 The broadening of Diet Doctor
1:21:33 Conclusion

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  1. Michel Couture on August 24, 2022 at 5:43 am

    What are your recommandation on foods selection with the effect of present inflation?

  2. Max Martin on August 24, 2022 at 5:44 am

    Brilliant podcast! I’m heading to Carnivore lifestyle, I need energy and satiety and so far this ticks the boxes .

  3. Geshe Epistemology on August 24, 2022 at 5:44 am

    70/30 beef is 80% calories from fat…Ya get told protein has medium insulin spike/rise and every week there is a new boffin flogging some new theory

  4. Jack Wardrop on August 24, 2022 at 5:46 am

    She is just another person banging on about calories. We in LCHF don’t count calories. We eat to satiety.

  5. Adi Adichie on August 24, 2022 at 5:46 am

    This was a good talk, but in terms of keto diets, I didn’t hear much about doing keto in a plant-based fashion. There’s evidence in the literature that prolonged ketogenic diets that are meat based can lead to acidity in the blood.

  6. Fright F0000 on August 24, 2022 at 5:47 am

    Im sorry but maybe she doesnt understand how LCHF works. People get their other necessary calorieees from Body fat.

  7. Adi Adichie on August 24, 2022 at 5:49 am

    Great points, as I have modified my diet from high complex carb to higher high biological value protein and healthy fats. Definitely have noticed I eat fewer calories and feel fuller eating LESS. I have lost 20 pounds since last summer. About 16 minutes in, what about omegas 3 and 6?! Fats aren’t just empty calories, nutritionally speaking, depending on the source. Around 23 minutes in, prolonged keto can lead to acidic blood. Or be diabetogenic (especially if one is eating a lot of red meat).

  8. Afrobomination on August 24, 2022 at 5:49 am

    ehh too much cico-pathy here….and fiber…lol…waste product.

  9. Rtan Barter on August 24, 2022 at 5:53 am

    Wrong about the cows it’s called graining the cow last 3 months because grains makes cow sick and marbles the meat similar to what it does to humans grains and vegetables are destroying humans today so sad

  10. GianniVHL on August 24, 2022 at 5:55 am

    Whomever wants to chime in here: Simplistic question here but the most simple things get lost in the conversation sometime, and I may just have not heard it in this fantastic videocast but when Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt said keep protein to evolutionary 20 -50% protein are they suggesting this to be total calories or grams?

  11. Fright F0000 on August 24, 2022 at 5:56 am

    No we are not drawn to doughnuts etc lol They are just stuffed in our faces because they are convenience foods…

  12. Aurelian Dumitru on August 24, 2022 at 5:57 am

    Dr Robert Cywes would disagree regarding fibers intake overall 🙂 36:10 Since when breakfast is important?

  13. Fantastically Fit on August 24, 2022 at 5:57 am

    Moderate to high fat and high protein 1 gram per pound of lean tissue and less than 10 carbs per day increased my A1C to 6. Though my body comp went down to 7% during this time. I am usually around 12 % all year and for that matter all my life.
    I had to drop the protein to 50grams and increase my fat to about 80 % to increase my ketones and drop the A1C. My A1C dropped to 5.5. My fasted insulin, and I have tested 3xs during the past year, is always less than 2.4.

  14. Stefan Weilhartner on August 24, 2022 at 5:58 am

    the whey protein drives up gluconeogenesis crazy high. a lot of that protein is then destroyed by converting it into sugar. for bodybuilders it is probably fine because they can take up some sugar in the muscle glycogen stores, but if you want to lose body fat, then it is probably not that good.
    better to eat real food.

  15. Umesh G on August 24, 2022 at 6:01 am

    you seem to be saying that if you are say 1% protein or less they will lose muscle mass and have weaker bones. what is the basis of that. if one can exercise without fatigue that will increase muscle mass and strengthen bones .
    what makes you say that high protein is mandatory for that???

  16. Colin Massulik on August 24, 2022 at 6:03 am

    I’m sorry but this was not informative. She is obviously still biased in the CICO Paradigm and filling the gaps with hyperbole. If you don’t get nutrition from fat, then why are fats and proteins "essential"?

  17. cheryl gabriel on August 24, 2022 at 6:03 am


  18. Patrick Pfrimmer on August 24, 2022 at 6:05 am

    This podcast was very encouraging. I have been with diet doctor since May 30, 2021. The tip about being careful about too much fat and utilizing more protein was vey helpful!!! Thank you!!!

  19. Hortense Mason on August 24, 2022 at 6:06 am

    I do not get the protein I need, I believe. Eating pizza then two hot apple pies and two hash browns with a large Dr. Pepper from McDonald’s then more Dr. Pepper’s throughout the day seems low protein to me, even though the pizza has some cheese and pepperoni on it – don’t eat the whole pizza. Soda’s and candy bars can cause satiety for me quickly. Where’s the beef. Not cooking, eating fast food, dollar store quick meals to feed addiction can let a person lose weight and be unhealthy.

  20. Adi Adichie on August 24, 2022 at 6:06 am

    Around 55 minutes in, what about omega-6 from soy? Even in enteral and parenteral nutrition for acute care, this nutrient becomes medically relevant. We need some omega-6, but TOO much activates inflammatory pathways. This is why omega-3 wins.

  21. Karen F on August 24, 2022 at 6:08 am

    Doesn’t fat help with protein digestion?

  22. Free Spirit on August 24, 2022 at 6:08 am

    Definitely a great interviewer as well. Thank you so much for this long video!

  23. Odo Bloch on August 24, 2022 at 6:08 am

    wonderful – very good new aspects for me to think about 🙂

  24. Gopalakrishna Baliga on August 24, 2022 at 6:10 am

    Very interesting and informative

  25. Nik Siever on August 24, 2022 at 6:10 am

    Is it just me but doesn’t Franziska looks a bit like Jennifer Aniston?

  26. Free Spirit on August 24, 2022 at 6:11 am

    Fantastic first guest!

  27. Wendy Carter on August 24, 2022 at 6:11 am

    Satiety should come from the brain not from the gut !!

  28. Tarmahomed Joosub on August 24, 2022 at 6:12 am

    Would a higher protein intake help higher glucose levels in the morning due to Dawn Effect while on Keto in low term Type 2 Diabetic?

  29. Gongcha on August 24, 2022 at 6:16 am

    12:40 insuline will store that fat to energy , even if that insuline is from fat not carb

    13:35 loss muscle mass over the year,

    Long run for protein

    15:10 fat could be empty carlories /butter have vitamin a

    29:50 fiber protein little bit of fat

    30:21 percentage of protein

    40:12 protein powder ; hungry soon; better in whole food
    43:47 over 100g fish cannde wild cut salmon , salad avocado

  30. Vladislav Roytapel on August 24, 2022 at 6:17 am

    What about Fat? It is very confusing …every one say differently …eat protein based diet or eat fat based meal…NOOO you must eat whole food plant based carbs ..carbs not the problem for diabetes ..where fat is :}}} It is like corona vires ..depend who you asked? please let everyone know your honest opinion

  31. Ronald Keay on August 24, 2022 at 6:19 am

    Bret Scher has clearly hijacked this Group. I am DM2 and I have been a member for some years. Please leave, Dr. Eenfeldt and form a new Group!

  32. Aurelian Dumitru on August 24, 2022 at 6:20 am

    Me watching this podcast while eating 10% fat Greek yogurt with chocolate whey protein, macadamia nuts and strawberry! 40:00 👍💪

  33. cheryl gabriel on August 24, 2022 at 6:21 am


  34. Nancy Roop on August 24, 2022 at 6:22 am

    What is2 grams per kilogram in the US measurements?

  35. Daryl Townsley on August 24, 2022 at 6:22 am

    I’m older and female…and I seem to be just fine with plenty of fat. The intermittent fasting seems to be the key for me plus getting enough protien.

  36. Wellness Coaching with MAR on August 24, 2022 at 6:22 am

    I come from the calories in and out high protein diet. I’ve changed to high fat and I eat up to 3000 calories a day and I have not gained a pound in the last 10 years. I also only exercise 5 min a day ( high intensity bodyweight training) and lift once a week. I also eat carbs. I do get 1 Gram of protein per kilogram of my bodyweight, but I am commenting here because I hate stirring people away from HEALTHY fat. Fat is so important for our hormones and cell membranes and if it’s healthy fats, it will not go into your waist. I’ve added healthy fats to many of my clients and they have all lost weight without worrying about calories. Adding fat to even carbs will lower insulin and glucose. It’s not about the calories but what your body does with them.

  37. Laura Sexton on August 24, 2022 at 6:24 am

    I started Keto by accident and had to research what this was as most carbs made me sick to my stomach all of a sudden. I lost 20# right away and another 30# doing keto. Then I switched to keto-carnivore, but mostly carnivore and am amazed at how well I feel, the increase of metabolic health, and the muscle I am able to build as I am soon to be 67. This has completely modified my tastebuds. I do not crave anything and love the ease of cooking. Glad to hear DD is increasing protein with good results and look forward to where this leads. Great job.

  38. Laura Ezeani's healthy living on August 24, 2022 at 6:25 am

    Yes totally agree… protein is the most important essential macronutrients for our body to survive as well as vitamins. Regarding the fats I like the fact that you made the most important point about it as there has been a lot of misunderstanding regarding the quantity of fats brought out by the keto "experts" that made people believe that doesn’t metter how much fats you eat as it is allowed in keto without telling them that they still need to ve accountable for their calories intake and expenditure if they want to loose weight.

  39. Kathy Owens on August 24, 2022 at 6:25 am

    This was an awesome podcast! Kept me focused the whole time. I think this podcast is in my top 5 of all-time-favs. Great interviews and such useful information. Thank you 😊

  40. Mary on August 24, 2022 at 6:26 am

    Upping proteins is difficult sometimes for reasons such as: getting worn out on steak, chicken, pork, eggs. Yes, it IS possible to eventually lose hunger for that next steak salad. Also, generally protein is very expensive. That is mattering more and more because of inflation.

  41. Stefan Weilhartner on August 24, 2022 at 6:26 am

    the axis about SCFAs ==> GLP-1,PYY ==> gluconeogenesis is a missing key in nutrition. and this is influenced by the microbiome. and that microbiome is influenced by certain things. food, antibiotics, probiotics, prebiotics,…

  42. Nathaniel Swan on August 24, 2022 at 6:27 am

    What I got out of this was one needs to experiment with many varieties of consumption. There are so many ideas I am bombarded with that I would need to center way too much time figuring it out. I personally have been trying for 20 years to lose 20 pounds. The only thing I have prevented is gaining weight. It just seems so hard. to believe that losing weight is so difficult.

  43. Gwen on August 24, 2022 at 6:28 am

    Great video. Very comprehensive discussions. I’m saving it to watch again.

  44. Sunny Girl on August 24, 2022 at 6:30 am

    I am a fairly lean individual but I don’t find any foods specifically satiating unless it’s of a significant quantity. I’m VERY hungry all day when trying to drop body fat even at a very small calorie deficit (250 cal). 😖

  45. Dave Witcher on August 24, 2022 at 6:35 am

    As I was working on fixing my insulin resistance, I had to keep my protein consumption relatively low and I did have to focus on as close to zero carbs as possible and high fat along with episodes of prolonged fasting. At first I did eat a lot of protein but I wasn’t losing weight and I was getting sleepy after eating (on zero carbs) which was a symptom of the protein spiking my insulin. Fix your insulin resistance first, then focus on getting more protein.

  46. Rtan Barter on August 24, 2022 at 6:35 am

    You guys are talking about protein as if protein is protein so I guess a car is a car so I guess soy protein is same as beef protein this should be the pod cast oatmeal is high in protein but it poison for body sooooooo….hmmmmm more doctors that don’t have a clue

  47. B Wild on August 24, 2022 at 6:37 am

    I worry sometimes about what is said about whey protein. I have a whey shake with 2 raw eggs and homemade kefir as my first meal every day. I eat around 100g protein everyday-around 1.7g/kg. I am a 68 year old female. I just can’t chew my way through 100g of protein, my teeth aren’t good enough. My shake gives me a good 42g protein in my first meal. So it worries me to hear it said whey should only be used occasionally. I rely on it.

  48. Jay on August 24, 2022 at 6:37 am

    Strongly disagree that fat is empty calories. If we’re talking about plant based fat then she is correct but flat wrong when it comes to animal fats. Especially with truly pastured animals.

  49. ria zaal on August 24, 2022 at 6:39 am

    Thank you for a very interesting discussion.

  50. Free Spirit on August 24, 2022 at 6:41 am

    Second guest also very good.