Dr. Sara Gottfried: How to Hack Your Cortisol, When Low-Carb Can Make You Fat and Hormone Mastery

Returning to the show today is a fan favorite, Dr. Sara Gottfried, NYT Bestselling Author of The Hormone Cure. On this show, Dr. Sara talks about carbs! Why low-carb can sometimes be too low, and why most of the fatloss information out there is wrong.

Quickie Update

This week, I’ll be speaking at PaleoFX, one of America’s largest and most notable wellness symposiums that promotes the ancestral approach to eating and health.

This convention is jam-packed with speakers and rockstars like Jonathan Bailor, Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser, Mark Sisson, Dr. Terry Wahls, Stefani Ruper, and loads more.

It’s a bona fide Paleo who’s who.

I’ll be hosting a panel with Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf, Jonathan Bailor is coming over to my place to film and feast, and there will be more than a few “surprises.”

If you’re coming to PaleoFX in person, please swing by and say hello!

Jonathan Bailor, bestselling author of The Calorie Myth, is coming by the house and we’re going to have a feast. We’re also going to be filming even more cuts for our upcoming video course called “Fat Loss Masterclass.” We’re launching soon- get a sneak peek at FatLossMasterClass.com.

Onto the Show

In this show with Dr. Sara, you will learn:

  • Why most fat loss information you hear is wrong
  • What you need to know about going “too low carb”
  • Why 150 carbs a day might make you fat OR skinny
  • How Sara is hacking her cortisol that came from writing too many awesome books

Enjoy the show.



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      Hey Jeff, it is a very custom design that Abel and I worked on based off of the Salient theme. Thanks for the tech question, I never get to chime in, haha!

  1. Great podcast- I listen to them all and this is one I’m going to have to listen to a few more times. BIG question- alarms went off in my head when she said that writing a book is the worst thing you can do for your health. I’m a lawyer- the desk kind, no courtroom theatrics in my practice- and spend 10+ hours a day sitting and writing. My brain is active, but nothing else is. I really value my health but am in a pinch. I would really appreciate some detailed follow up on that topic if at all possible. Thanks Abel!

  2. Love the information, but she’s mentioning lots of “Levels” How does a regular person monitor those? I’d love to know my cortisol and other hormone levels and how they are changing, is there any way for those of us who don’t have access to a lab to get that information? Without knowing those things it seems like her information isn’t very applicable.

  3. Can you give some references where we might get OTC testing for cortisol, etc. levels? Preferably not expensive! Mahalo.

  4. I am a big fan of Dave Asprey but I am becoming less a fan of the “bio-hacker” term. The main reason is that the term focuses on the quick fix instead of careful, diliberate and sustained practice. I would like to change it to “bio-mastery”or “self mastery” as these practices require a commitment to self improvement that goes way beyong simple hacking.

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  6. love your podcast!! And I really love Dr. Sara!!!! She really adds a female voice to your show! Would love for you to have her on again!

  7. Hey Abel and Dr. Sara. Great episode.

    I was interested to hear that you both feel that while writing a book, its the worst time for you health wise as far as sitting all day, being hyper-busy, etc.

    I was wondering if you’ve tried a stand up desk? I’m a web-developer and often spend a LONG TIME in from of my computer. I switched to a stand up desk about 2 years ago and wow do I love it! I would never go back to sitting. I haven’t had any back pain since I began standing. I’m way more energetic especially on long days.

    It does take about 3 months or so to get acclimated, but its well worth it. I recently modified a treadmill to fit under my standing desk, and now some days I’ll walk slowly up to 4 miles all while working. Great way to fit in some low-impact exercise while working.

    Just wondering if you’ve tried a standing desk and what your thoughts are.



  8. Awesome show! I’ve been listening to a couple other podcasts with Dr. Sara on them aas well and she’s mentioned fiber end probably having to take a supplement to get up to 35+g a day. Wondering what you suggest for that?

  9. Awesome podcast. IMO, theres alot of athletes that have problems with Paleo. When they make the switch athletes tend to go TOO low carb. A lot of the Paleo info out there is geared towards low carb, not all but most. IMO its a big mistake to go too low carb for many of the reasons mentioned in the podcast. High cortisol, low thyroid, disrupted sleep, altered anabolic hormones, etc. I actually did a video on this, http://goo.gl/hiQA92

  10. Did Sara really have to keep using the word “fat” in such a derogatory manner? Ok, writing a book makes you put on a few pounds, but oh my God, no, she was getting “fat!” How awful. At one point she used it in combo with another word, like, “fat and lazy” or “fat and slow” as though
    I would think there are listeners who may consider themselves fat, and use FBM shows for inspiration, NOT to feel worse.
    OK, talking to Abel is like talking to your friend, but in a public place, I wouldn’t say to my friend “Fat is the last thing I’d want to be.”
    But… I listen to the shows, I’m not fat, I like most of them, and am forever waiting for one that discusses the fitness challenges for people over the age of 40 or 50.

  11. Loved this podcast. So much I can identify with. Definitely agree with the comments re writing books and launching. Have spent the last 2 years developing products with a couple of launches. So hard to find the time and energy when you’re working flat out on your business… Now that the madness of all that is over am finding it so easy to stay fit and healthy.

    Re. alcohol – yes I agree with the comments. I am 25 years old so can probs push my body harder and get away with it – but I recently had a month with virtually no alcohol – probs not more than 2 or 3 drinks for the whole month. Trimmed down quite a bit during that time, and the thing I noticed most was my mood was incredible and my productivity through the roof. They’re the two things I also notice drop if I’ve drank too much on the weekend…

    Finally, love the comments re. individuality – very true. And we all have to find out what the correct balance is for us – in whatever stage we are in – it def changes over time.

    Another great podcast – thanks once again!


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