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Mike Farr

Host of 50% Facts
Recent episodes featuring Mike Farr
Is All the Fake Sugar Hate Just Fake News? w/Layne Norton, PhD
Episode of
50% Facts
We get started by talking about what’s becoming a pretty uncommon experience for a lot of people: Actually leaving your house to watch a movie. Wrapping up a run of nutrition and diet-related episodes, we talk about a group of substances that are common in a lot of people’s diets at this time of year: Artificial sweeteners (fake sugar). Is fake sugar’s impact on our gut micro-biome a problem? Does fake sugar cause an insulin response similar to sugar. Is there a legitimate cancer risk? How much is too much? Is all the negativity about them just fake news? Layne Norton joins use to help us sort out the reality from the fiction. Layne holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from University of Illinois, and is an author, bodybuilding/figure/physique coach, and a professional powerlifter. Our ideas about the question start around 10:10. Layne runs down the facts starting at around 17:25. Huge thanks to Layne for being our expert. You can find him at BioLayne.com and on Instagram: @biolayne. Check out his new book, Fat Loss Forever, on his website.  Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd). Produced by Jim McDonald Production assistance by Connor O’Neal. Theme by Aaron Moore. Branding by Joseph Manzo.
What is (Dietary) Fat and Why Does It Make Everything Delicious? with Eric Helms, PhD
Episode of
50% Facts
Our fourth episode takes a look at the final macronutrient: fat. We spend a few minutes discussing the documentary “Transformer” about Janae Marie Kroczaleski…and our small part in it. We also discuss streaming services and how hard it is to get everything we want to watch in one place these days. Then, we jump into fat. We know that fat has the most calories per gram of the three macros, and that people on ketogenic diets eat a lot of it. Beyond that, we have a lot more questions: Why does fat make everything delicious? Is oil just liquid fat? Do you burn more fat when you eat more fat? Are there really good fats and bad fats? Eric Helms, PhD. helps us figure these things out. Our ideas about the question start around 12:45. Eric runs down the facts starting at around 19:13.  Eric has a BS in fitness and wellness, an MS in exercise science, a second masters in sports nutrition, a PhD in strength and conditioning, and is a research fellow for AUT at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand. Huge thanks to Eric for being our expert. You can find him at 3DMuscleJourney.com, muscleandstrengthpyramids.com, and on Instagram: @helms3dmj Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd). Produced by Jim McDonald Production assistance by Connor O’Neal . Theme by Aaron Moore. Branding by Joseph Manzo.
What is the Glycemic Index (and should it make us eat some kinda way)? w/Layne Norton, PhD
Episode of
50% Facts
In our third episode, we take a side step from carbs into the glycemic index – the potential impact of differing amounts of carbs in foods. We kick things off with a quick discussion about the inherent strangeness of making friends with people we’ve never met in person.  Shifting to this week’s question (and some related issues): Is the index accurate for non-diabetics? Does it really have that much of an impact on weight gain or loss? Is brown rice better than white rice? What impacts how fast the body actually processes carbs? Doughnuts are a low GI food? What's the deal with a recent study showing people eating low-carb diets burn more calories?  Layne Norton joins us to help us sort out the reality from the fiction. Layne holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from University of Illinois, and is an author, bodybuilding/figure/physique coach, and a professional powerlifter. Our ideas about the question start around 6:40. Layne runs down the facts starting at around 18:44.  Huge thanks to Layne for being our expert. You can find him at BioLayne.com and on Instagram: @biolayne. Get a free chapter of his forthcoming book, Fat Loss Forever here. Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd). Produced by Jim McDonald Production assistance by Connor O’Neal @connoroneal. Theme by Aaron Moore. Branding by Joseph Manzo.
What Are Carbohydrates (and Why Is Everybody So Mad at Them)? w/Eric Helms
Episode of
50% Facts
Our second episode is a look at a second macronutrient: carbohydrates. After a quick discussion about the fact that we’re probably both HSP (Highly Sensitive People), we talk about some of our goals for the show and ways that you can get involved. We run down some of our basic “knowledge” about carbs, but were left with a few questions: Are some sugars better than others? If all sugars end with “-ose?” Do you sound like a douche if you use the term CHO? Then, we bring in Eric Helms, PhD. to help us get our facts straight. Before it’s over, he also warns of the dangers of “PubMed Ninjas.” Eric has a BS in fitness and wellness, an MS in exercise science, a second masters in sports nutrition, a PhD in strength and conditioning, and is a research fellow for AUT at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand. Our ideas about the question start around 12:47. Eric runs down the facts starting at around 24:27.  Huge thanks to Eric for being our expert. You can find him at 3DMuscleJourney.com, muscleandstrengthpyramids.com, and on Instagram: @helms3dmj Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd). Produced by Jim McDonald Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.
What is (Dietary) Protein Anyway? (with Eric Helms, PhD)
Episode of
50% Facts
We’re kicking this new show off by asking seemingly basic questions about diet and nutrition. First up, “What is (dietary) protein anyway?" After a quick catch up session, we talk through the “facts” of what we think we know about this question – which, of course raises even more questions like... How much protein do you really need? What’s a complete protein? How many essential amino acids are there? Then, we bring in Eric Helms, PhD. to give us the low down. Eric has a BS in fitness and wellness, an MS in exercise science, a second masters in sports nutrition, a PhD in strength and conditioning, and is a research fellow for AUT at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand. Our ideas about the question start around 10:10. Eric runs down the facts starting at around 20:25. Huge thanks to Eric for being our expert. You can find him at 3DMuscleJourney.com and on Instagram: @helms3dmj Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd). Produced by Jim McDonald Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.
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Episode Count
52
Podcast Count
8
Total Airtime
2 days, 12 hours