Adequate Protein Intake for Maximum Muscle Gain, Challenging Protein Satiety & Myth of Damaged Metabolism || Menno Henselmans

A year in the making, this podcast delves into and challenges some of the hard concepts of health, nutrition and fitness: is protein really more satiating than fats and carbs? Is there something as "damaged metabolism"? How do you go beyond the abstract and conflict of interest in nutrition studies and gather relevant and practical data? Gather your notebooks as this one is loaded!


Menno Henselmans is a scientist, fitness model and online physique coach. He was once a business consultant specializing in advanced statistical data analysis but he traded his company car to follow his true passion in fitness. His background is in science and statistics which inspired him to form the Henselmans PT course. He helps serious trainees attain their ideal physique. He is a published scientific author in Sports Medicine, the highest impact factor journal in exercise science, and peer-reviewer for the Journal of Human Kinetics. Experienced world class coach and speaker. In other words, he knows what he is talking about and backs it up with solid science and numbers.


0:15 - Ketogeek housecleaning, new flavor announcement & design updates

12:11 - How to understand a scientific paper

15:54 - Who are "Intermediatories", "synthesizers" and "revolutionaries"

18:00 - How to figure out which educator, writer or influencer is credible or not

20:10 - Uncertainty of nutrition science & how you can tell if a nutrition study is bunk

30:58 - What is the optimal protein intake for humans?

33:16 - Pros and cons of nitrogen balance and measuring muscle protein synthesis

36:47 - Does food processing impact the thermic effect of food?

39:40 - What does "protein" in scientific literature mean?

42:44 - Factors that drive maximum protein synthesis

47:21 - Why do you lose muscles so quickly when you take a break from gym?

50:45 - Protein intake, gluconeogenesis and nutritional ketosis

54:31 - Discussion about food satiety & why protein is not more satiating than carbs and fats

1:07:09 - Why consuming liquid calories isn't a smart idea

1:10:49 - How to gather correct information from studies that have conflict of interest

1:18:18 - Why doesn't all of the extra calories you eat turn immediately into stored fat?

1:23:41 - Why there is no such thing as "metabolic damage"?



Fahad is the founder of Ketogeek and hosts the Ketogeek Podcast, a world class health show about food, nutrition and health. He is into resistance training, Ashtanga yoga, calisthenics and various forms of training styles. Armed with a idealistic goals distilled in a world of realism, his goal is to help the world make a better place. He leads a life of extreme generalism or as he describes it, 'The Renaissance Lifestyle'.