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MetFlex and Chill

Nov 12, 2021

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Listeners can find Brandon DaCruz at his website, and on Instagram @brandondacruz_

Brandon DaCruz is an online nutrition and physique coach, sports nutritionist as well as the National sales manager of an internationally carried supplement brand. He’s also a National Level NPC physique competitor and an internationally published fitness model who’s written articles and filmed educational content for publications like Men’s Fitness Magazine and 

Brandon has spent the past 12 years working within the sports nutrition and fitness industries and has coached every type of client including Olympia Level professional men’s physique competitors, college athletes, MMA fighters, CrossFit competitors, and lifestyle clients. 

He believes in blending what’s been proven in the research with his own anecdotal and first hand "in the trenches'' experience to improve body composition, optimize performance and enhance health in order to help his clients achieve their goals whether that be building muscle, losing body fat, increasing performance and/or optimizing health and longevity. This is what he refers to as his health-centric coaching model as he believes that improving one's health is the cornerstone to optimizing their physical goals. 

In this episode, we chat about the four components that make up your metabolism, the power of mindset in any transformation journey, three components affected by metabolic adaptation, tips on how to manage adaptations, and much more!

“We have to realize that metabolic adaptations are part of the process, and we can’t completely avoid them, this is a natural response. However, we can minimize some of the factors that are downregulated to make the process of dieting easier, more efficient, and successful.” Brandon DaCruz

Top Takeaways:

  • Four components of your metabolism explained 
  • One key component to elicit any type of adaptation 
  • 3 main components affected by metabolic adaptation
  • How to manage metabolic adaptation to have more effective fat loss phases

Show Notes:

  • [0:00] Trailor introduction to the episode. Brandon discusses the importance of sleep in recovery
  • [1:00] Rachel gives a brief bio about guest Brandon DaCruz to the listeners
  • [2:00] Welcome back to MetFlex and Chill! Rachel welcomes repeat guest Brandon DaCruz to the listeners
  • [2:30] Episode 129: Metabolic Flexibility: A Lifestyle Approach with Brandon DaCruz, Episode 112: Energy Flux: The Missing Piece To Your Fitness Journey with Brandon DaCruz
  • [3:00] Brandon gives a brief bio of his journey within the health, nutrition, and supplement space 
  • [5:00] “We all hit plateaus, and no process, especially the process of fat loss, is a linear one.” Brandon DaCruz
  • [5:30] Question: What is metabolism? Can you break it down in layman’s terms for everyone?
  • [6:00] What is metabolism
  • [8:00] Question: What are the components of your metabolism?
  • [12:30] “When it comes to ‘what factors of our metabolism are within our control in terms of increasing energy expenditure,’ NEAT is going to be the golden ticket.” Brandon DaCruz
  • [18:00] Question: What is metabolic adaptation?
  • [23:30] Question: What are the 3 main components affected by metabolic adaptation?
  • [26:30] Nonexercise activity thermogenesis – liberating the life-force
  • [43:30] Third component of metabolic adaptation: mitochondrial changes
  • [45:00] Question: What are some practical tips that you would recommend to your clients for managing some of these adaptations that are inevitably going to occur?
  • [45:30] “We have to realize that metabolic adaptations are part of the process, and we can’t completely avoid them, this is a natural response. However, we can minimize some of the factors that are downregulated, to make the process of dieting easier, more efficient, and successful.”  
  • [1:02:30] To check out more from Brandon DaCruz you can find him on IG @brandondacruz_ and for fitness inquiries at 
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Rachel Gregory is a Board-Certified Nutritionist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Podcaster, and founder of MetFlex Life. She is also the author of the international best-selling book, "21-Day Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Challenge."

Rachel received her Master’s Degree in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology from James Madison University and Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Miami. Rachel completed the first-ever human clinical trial looking at the effects of the Ketogenic Diet in non-elite CrossFit athletes, which is published in the International Journal of Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Currently, in her day-to-day coaching business, Rachel guides her clients to becoming the best, most confident version of themselves. She has a passion for educating those dedicated to optimizing their physical and mental well-being while improving long-term health and fitness goals. Her most popular course, Keto for Women, has helped women all across the world learn how to ditch the restrictive, all-or-nothing mindset associated with keto and instead thrive through the power of metabolic flexibility.

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