Layne Norton is a bodybuilder, owner of BioLayne LLC, and is a two times USAPL 93kg National Champion. He holds a PhD in Nutritional Science.
Dom D’Agostino, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, and a senior research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). Dr. Layne Norton is a renowned prep/physique coach and pro-natural bodybuilder/powerlifter with a PhD in Nutritional Sciences.
Mike and Dr. Drew are joined by Dr Layne Norton.  Such a privilege to discuss the biological complexities of nutrition with a true scientist.  We review controversies around carbohydrate restriction and the religious fervor that seems to have overtaken diet “tribes.” This episode is sponsored by Hydralyte.
In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin put Layne Norton to the test by asking him questions regarding his affair, his divorce, his injuries, his diet and the challenges he has recently faced and what he has learned. Put aside any preconceived ideas you have about Layne and hear him bare his soul for all to hear. When you lift heavy weights long enough, shit happens. Layne talks about his latest set-back that made him drop out of the Arnold Classic. (3:33) Looseness is the enemy of power – Stuart McGill I live for a comeback. How Layne lives to prove people wrong and challenge himself. (11:37) Forgot what I got into this industry for. The fallout from Avatar Nutrition and getting back to his passion projects. (15:22) Something is so painful to remind you not to do that shit again. He opens up about his affair, hard lessons he has learned, going through therapy and the impact it has had on him mentally. (17:45) How you perceive it that makes the difference. How he finds the mental strength to do the things he does, identity crisis and the trickle down effect it has had in his personal life. (47:00) Dogma. Flexible dieting vs. meal planning and his thoughts on diets. (59:51) I’m a pragmatist before all else. The guys discuss highly processed foods and their impact on the brain. (1:04:40) Never say never. The guys grill Layne on fasting and a deep/scientific conversation ensues. (1:16:18) Everyone has a right to an opinion. Layne talks being called out, fake, his integrity and expressing your opinions based on factual evidence. (1:30:30) People can learn from my mistakes. His final thoughts on his affair and why he put the video out. (1:54:00) Links/Products Mentioned: The Gift of Injury – Book by Stuart McGill and Brian Carroll Learning From My Mistakes - My Affair – (YouTube) Moral Truth Child Bullying's Consequence: Adult PTSD | Psychology Today How to Get the Body You Want With Flexible Dieting Wired to Eat: Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You – Book by Robb Wolf Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports Low-carb diets, fasting and euphoria: Is there a link between ketosis and gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB)? Autophagy Fasting-like diet turns the immune system against cancer Understanding the Warburg Effect: The Metabolic Requirements of Cell Proliferation Dunning–Kruger effect The Story of the Jason Blaha/Ice Cream Fitness Ordeal Your Brain on Love: The Neurobiology of Healthy Relationships – Book by Stan Tatkin Featured Guest/People Mentioned: Layne Norton, PhD (@biolayne)  Instagram Biolayne | Official Website of Dr. Layne Norton The Complete Contest Prep Guide – Book by Layne Norton Physique Science Radio | Biolayne Stuart McGill (@backfitpro)  Instagram Brian G Carroll (@briancarroll81) Instagram Holly Baxter (HB Nutrition) (@hollytbaxter) Instagram Eric Thomas (@Ericthomasbtc) Twitter Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt)  Twitter Matt Serra (@MattSerraUFC) Twitter Michael Jordan Suzanne Devkota (@Suzanne_Devkota) Twitter Valter Longo Dominic D'Agostino (@DominicDAgosti2)  Twitter Thomas DeLauer (@ThomasDeLauer)  Twitter Richard Burgess (@VeganGains)  Twitter Jason Blaha (@jasonblahafirearmsandfitness)  Instagram Find more about Layne at and order his new contest prep guide, The Complete Contest Prep Guide, at Would you like to be coached by Sal, Adam & Justin? 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In this episode we interview world renowned coach, pro natural bodybuilder and powerlifter Layne Norton. check out Layne at @biolayne for instagram/twitter/periscope In this weeks episode we cover: 1. Correlation vs causation "Can I eat bacon?" 2. Layne gives back to the fitness industry. 3. The most influential research paper - 4. Listener Q and A – i. The 3 most influential people people that have helped layne become the coach he is today. ii. Layne talks his history with iii. Layne’s opinion on the classic bodybuilding classes vs distended gut. iv. When is Layne competing in bodybuilding next? v. How long do you train for? vi. Being so successful how do you fit everything in? vii. What books would you recommend to read for someone just starting out in training? viii. What would you recommend to improve your mindset? ix. Are cheat meals ok? x. Leading clients into thinking about reverse dieting post show? xi. What is Lanye’s go to “flexible meal”? xii. Denver do you even squat? xiii. POTENTIAL EPIC NEWS FOR AUSTRALIA 5. What’s next for Layne? Thanks for watching be sure to share this video to spread the chasing gains movement.
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Dec 15th, 1981
Tampa, FL, USA
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