The Whole View, Season 3 Ep 55: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Dietary IV Advice & the Science of Metabolism and Hormones w/ Lauren Papanos, RD

Welcome Registered Dietician Lauren Papanos to The Whole View! This week, Stacy and Lauren discuss Gwyneth Paltrow’s recent interview about her wellness routine, how metabolic health affects your hormones beyond weight, and why having a midday snack may be more important than you think.

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Key Takeaways


  • Lauren is a Registered Dietician, Published Hormone Health Researcher, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, and Founder of Functional Fueling Nutrition
  • She’s also as a lifelong athlete. Furthermore, she has Masters Degree in Integrative Nutrition, as well as more than ten advanced educational trainings on hormone health and root cause medicine.
  • She also did all the wellness things while struggling with cystic acne, inexplicable fatigue, hormonal weight gain and ongoing stomach issues. After spending years bouncing between Western doctors and integrative practitioners, she became a Registered Dietician so she could provide women with the research-backed yet empathic & holistic support that she was looking for herself.  
  • Lauren now runs her nutrition coaching practice. She deciphers the real data on our hormones and implement tangible, holistic lifestyle shifts so we can go from frustrated to high-functioning.
  • Her work has been featured in top publications including Shape, PopSugar, Daily Mail, Today’s Dietician and the International Journal of Exercise Science – yes, PubMed! She is the host of the Strength in Hormones Podcast.

Gwenyth Paltrow’s interview, Metabolism, & Hormones

  • For those not familiar, the interview went viral when Gwyneth Paltrow discussed eating very limited food – substituting, instead, broth and a nutrient IV during the interview itself. She later stated this protocol was recommended to her by Dr. Cole because of Long Covid inflammation.
  • So, much like Gwyneth Paltrow and celebrities, as an athlete, Lauren says there was a ton a pressure to look a certain way. Unfortunately, short term goals are often prioritized over long term health. Lauren co-authored a study, “the purpose of this study was to extend our understanding by examining the differential associations between the fear of fat (an avoidance motivation) and drive for thinness (an approach motivation) with self-views of body dissatisfaction, dietary intake, and supplement- and physique-related behaviors, in a sample of competitive athletes.”
  • Fasting, dietary restriction and undereating macronutrients really do a lot of damage on how neuropeptides in the brain are communitcating with the endocrine system. Becuase it can dismantle how sex hormones, adreanal hormones, like coritsol and adrenoline, and thyroid hormones are functioning.
  • Also all of our hormones are very much wired on internal clocks. We know that the body works really well with consistent routine. So one of the things that really impacts how our metabolism functions is big shifts in when you eat, when you wake up, when you go to sleep. So we want to eat with our circadian rhythms. This ensures that our digestion, metabolic and hormonal processes are working at the times they should be.

Next Steps

  • Lauren says one of the biggest things that she does that helps women is “give them permission”. So she encourages that they can and should have a midday snack, so they shouldn’t go 7 hours between lunch and dinner.
  • So to improve metabolism or hormone health, ask yourself how do you want to feel today? What are the current things you do on a daily basis that make you feel your best?
  • It’s important to understand that just because someone looks a certain way means nothing about their labs or how their body is functionally internally.

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