The Month in Metabolic Health: October 2022

In this monthly article, we sum up our favorite stories, research, podcasts, and videos—from Levels and elsewhere—across metabolic health.



Four Top Stories on Metabolic Insights:






Three Research Studies That Caught Our Eye

Why might eating late increase weight gain risk?

tl;dr: Results of a small study suggest that late-night eating decreases daytime energy expenditure, increases daytime hunger, and modifies gene expression in fat tissue.

(Medical News Today) (Original Study)

Exercise can favorably modify subcutaneous adipose tissue that can improve metabolic health

tl;dr: A study of 36 adults with obesity reveals that exercise can yield positive changes in fat tissue composition, including a decrease in the size of fat cells, even without weight loss. These benefits, researchers observed, reversed after subjects stopped exercising.

(News Medical) (Original Study)

Researcher discovers a muscle that can promote glucose and fat burning to fuel metabolism for hours while sitting

tl;dr: Researchers from the University of Houston propose that performing a simple calf “push-up” can lead to improvements in metabolic health. The exercise, which can be done while seated, activates the soleus muscle and, in doing so, may enhance glucose regulation.

(Medical Xpress) (Original Study)



Four Things to Watch and Listen To

In November, Levels will launch a 5-part cooking series, called“Levels Kitchen,” which will teach viewers the principles of cooking for metabolic health. See below for a sneak peek.


Peter Ballerstedt, PhD, a forage agronomist, argues that focusing on metabolic health may be an impactful way to approach sustainability.


Michael Keller takes a deep dive into elimination diets and how they can help you find your nutritional baseline.

Ben Greenfield and Dr. Casey Means discuss CGM basics, how the technology works, and what it can teach you about your metabolic health.