November 18, 2019

Podcast

#80 – Celebrity AMA with Apolo Ohno and Sasha Cohen: Fasting, rapamycin, performance vs. longevity, and more

“I am obsessed with knowing stuff. There's just no denying it.” — Peter Attia

Read Time 15 minutes

In this special celebrity AMA episode, Peter answers questions from former Olympians and past guests, Apolo Ohno and Sasha Cohen, on a wide range of subjects including fasting, learning, training for performance versus longevity, and much more. If you’re not a subscriber and listening on a podcast player, you’ll only be able to hear a preview of the AMA.

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We discuss:

  • Apolo’s questions begin [5:15];
  • Why women may have a harder time fasting, and tips for those who are struggling [5:50];
  • Is there any place for fasting as part of a nutritional strategy in adolescents? [9:45];
  • Tips for learning and retaining large amounts of new information (and the best nutritional approach) [12:45];
  • Must read books of 2019 [18:15];
  • If you could only keep a few watches for the rest of your life which would they be? [20:15];
  • What workout would Peter do inside a hotel room? [25:45];
  • What is Peter’s ultimate gorge meal? [27:15];
  • How do you foresee fasting as a mechanism for performance in athletes? [29:00];
  • What is driving Peter to strive for excellence? [37:00];
  • Sasha’s questions begin [42:10];
  • What are you most excited about in the longevity space? [42:15];
  • At what point do you see enough data or proof that a new drug, or type of fasting is worth trying it out for yourself? [45:00];
  • Is it possible to obsess so much about your health that it becomes a negative stressor? [50:15];
  • Which tests are worth doing if you want to be proactive about your health? [51:45];
  • Are there any supplements Peter things are beneficial to be taking? [58:45];
  • How does Peter’s training differ when optimizing for performance versus longevity? [1:00:00];
  • How does taking testosterone and growth hormone affect performance versus longevity? [1:02:45]; and
  • More.

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Apolo questions begin [1:45]

Why women may have a harder time fasting, and tips for those who are struggling [2:10]

Apolo’s wife

  • Apolo and his wife practicing fasting
  • Apolo can go up to 7 days pretty easily
  • His wife really struggles after 72 hours
  • At that point she basically has no energy to even leave the house
  • She has no ability to do anything even remotely mentally strenuous

Peter’s thoughts:

  • Peter has noticed that his female patients have a tougher time with fasting (and even time restricted feeding)
  • He’s not sure why (maybe some evolutionary reasons)

–For people who struggle, Peter progress his patients as follows:

  • Once someone is able to consistently do 18 hr fasts with 6 hr eating window
  • He then moves them to 1 meal per day
  • Next will be a 36 hour fast

Fasting tips from Peter:

{end of show notes preview}

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  1. This post about longevity supplements is interesting. The human’s longevity depends not on what we eat as healthy food, but what we like to eat as a tasty natural food. Desirable food depends on our life style, and contribute a lot in our longevity that can be extended for very long time, almost indefinitely, as was discovered by Allen Omton and Serge Dobrow.
    John Logger

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