Flexible dieting with Alan Aragon

This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to one of the OGs in the nutrition education space, Dr Alan Aragon. Mikki and Alan discuss his background in training and nutrition, before moving on to his book ‘flexible dieting’ which is written for anyone wanting to optimise their body composition.
This week on the podcast Mikki speaks to one of the OGs in the nutrition education space, Dr Alan Aragon. To say that he has been around a long while would be an understatement, and this isn’t said in reflection of his age, more the years that he has spent creating and sharing nutrition content, in both the gym/fitness space and also in the academic space. 

In this interview, Mikki and Alan discuss his background in training and nutrition, before moving on to his book ‘flexible dieting’ which is written for anyone wanting to optimise their body composition. They talk about a range of different concepts around weight loss, including his method of figuring out energy requirements for fat loss, what his protein recommendations are, how to track calories in a way that doesn’t drive someone insane, how to calorie cycle appropriately and what ‘safe’ weight loss is. And much more. Enjoy.

Alan Aragon is a nutrition researcher and educator with over 30 years of success in the field. He is known as one of the most influential figures in the fitness industry’s movement towards evidence-based information. His notable clients include Stone Cold Steve Austin, Derek Fisher, and Pete Sampras. Alan writes a monthly research review (AARR) providing cutting-edge theoretical and practical information. Alan’s work has been published in popular magazines as well as the peer-reviewed scientific literature (list of publications here). He co-authored Nutrient Timing Revisited, the most-viewed article in the history of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN). He also is the lead author of the ISSN Position Stand on Diets & Body Composition. Alan maintains a private practice designing programs for recreational & professional athletes — and of course regular people striving to be their best.

Alan can be found at: alanaragon.com IG: @thealanaragon Tw: @TheAlanAragon Book: alanaragon.com/flexibledietingbook

Some articles that Alan discusses:
Clark, J. E. (2018). Periodization of exercise induces long-term weight loss while focusing strictly on improvements in cardiovascular and musculoskeletal fitness for individuals who are overfat. Sport Sciences for Health, 14(3), 517-530

Devries, M. C., Sithamparapillai, A., Brimble, K. S., Banfield, L., Morton, R. W., & Phillips, S. M. (2018). Changes in Kidney Function Do Not Differ between Healthy Adults Consuming Higher- Compared with Lower- or Normal-Protein Diets: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. The Journal of nutrition, 148(11), 1760–1775. https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxy197

Ott, B., Skurk, T., Lagkouvardos, L., Fischer, S., Büttner, J., Lichtenegger, M., ... & Hauner, H. (2018). Short-term overfeeding with dairy cream does not modify gut permeability, the fecal microbiota, or glucose metabolism in young healthy men. The Journal of Nutrition, 148(1), 77-85.