How Not To Diet With Michael Greger, MD


“I continue to be amazed by our bodies’ ability for self-repair. It’s never too late to start exercising and never too late to start eating healthier.

Michael Greger, MD


When it comes to reliable nutrition information, the internet is a warn-torn, metastasizing mushroom cloud of toxic half-truths and misinformation.

How do we sort through the tribal wars? How do we separate fact from fiction?

Let’s start with seeking out the experts. And the best, most objective science available.

This is the life’s work of today’s guest and my friend, Dr. Michael Greger.

Long time listeners are well acquainted with Dr. Greger, one of my very first guests back in 2012 (RRP #007). But it’s been almost five years since his second appearance in 2015 (RRP #199). So let’s put matters to rights.

A graduate of Cornell and Tufts University School of Medicine as well as a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is a nutrition science wizard with a library of scientific journal publications to his name. He has testified before Congress; lectured at countless symposiums and institutions; and was an expert witness in the infamous Oprah Winfrey meat defamation lawsuit.

Appearing everywhere from the Dr. Oz show to The Colbert Report, his books: How Not to Die, the How Not To Die Cookbook, and How Not To Diet the focus of today’s conversation all became instant New York Times Best Sellers.

When Dr. Greger isn’t speaking, crafting high-level policy initiatives or penning bestsellers, he scours thousands of medical journals in search of the world’s best, most objective nutrition research to bring you free videos and articles every single day at NutritionFacts.org the world’s most authoritative, non-profit, science-based public service destination for all things nutrition, health and disease prevention.

Finally, it’s worth noting that 100% of all fees and proceeds he receives from speaking and book sales are donated to charity his effort to avoid all conflicts of interest.

Today’s conversation pivots on the optimal criteria to enable weight loss and the actionable steps required to create and sustain healthy lifestyle practices.

In addition, we explore how commercial influence corrodes nutrition science. How to parse the incredibly conflicting information we are spoon-fed daily by the media and celebrities alike.

And finally, it’s about separating evidence-based science from confirmation bias.

Note: This conversation was recorded in February, so it’s coronavirus free zone. For Dr. G’s take on our current state of affairs, check out his new audiobook released this week, How To Survive A Pandemic a breakdown on the origins of zoonotic disease, how to protect ourselves, and what we must rectify to reduce the likelihood of future catastrophes.

Dr. Greger is truly one of the most delightful, relentless, passionate, and service-minded humans I have ever met.

It’s an honor to share this conversation. My hope is that it catalyzes a new perspective on nutrition for yourself and your loved ones.

Peace + Plants,

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