Exercise and Dieting Make You Need More Riboflavin | Chris Masterjohn Lite #147

This is how exercise and dieting increase your need for riboflavin. Hi. I’m Dr. Chris Masterjohn of chrismasterjohnphd.com. And this is Chris Masterjohn Lite, where the name of the game is “Details? Shmeetails. Just tell me what works!” And today we’re going to talk about how exercise and dieting both increase your riboflavin requirement. When you exercise, you’re burning more fat, and this is especially true if you’re engaging in low to moderate exercise, what people tend to think of as endurance or cardio exercise. You also are going to burn more fat when you’re dieting because you’re losing fat. In order to get rid of the fat tissue that’s on your body, you’ve got to burn it somewhere. So you’re burning more fat. In both those cases, your riboflavin requirement is going to go up. And what we see is that exercise regimens that are on the order of 20 to 50 minutes a day for six days a week that are focused on cardio exercises like bicycling or jogging are going to increase the riboflavin requirement somewhere between 40% and 60%. In fact, dieting to lose weight does the same thing, and when you combine dieting and exercise together like that, you are more than doubling the riboflavin requirement. Now, on the flip side, what we don’t see is that you need more riboflavin to get better performance out of your exercise. What we don’t see is that if you are a competitive athlete, you need to take high-dose riboflavin supplements so that by getting ten times the requirement for riboflavin, you can burn ten times more fat and get ten times more performance. We don’t see anything like that. What we also don’t see is that when you’re dieting, you need to take ten times more riboflavin than you would otherwise need so that you can burn ten times more fat and you can lose ten times more weight. So what we’re not seeing is that extra riboflavin improves performance at exercise or improves weight loss. What we are seeing is that when you exercise or lose weight, the increased demand to that is diverting riboflavin into fat burning. So, you’re plenty capable of fat burning. But that diversion of riboflavin into fat burning comes at the expense of using riboflavin to support your antioxidant defense and protect your tissues from wear and tear. In other words, your body knows that right now it is immediately important to support fat burning. And that means that because protecting your tissues from long-term wear and tear is not an immediate concern, that’s in the interest of your long-term health, you’re taking riboflavin away from that and putting it into what is most immediately necessary. So if you are an athlete or if you’re losing weight, your primary concern in your mind might be on your performance or on your weight loss, but if you’re frequently engaging in dieting or exercise, you need to think about your riboflavin requirement going up because that’s what’s going to matter for your long-term health. In the case of dieting, it’s particularly important to remember that when we’re dieting, we’re eating less food. That means that we have fewer opportunities to get the riboflavin that we need, and yet dieting itself increases the amount of riboflavin that we do need. In the next episode, I’m going to talk about how to meet these riboflavin requirements by eating good food. 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