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Podcast #315: Diet Cults!

Matt Fitzgerald

Guest: Matt Fitzgerald

This was not easy.

I’ve been interviewing health experts and authors for a little over 6 years now.

I’ll be honest, for most of those years I’d been pretty squeamish about disagreeing with my guests on the air. I figured it wasn’t my job to debate with them. Plus, I never wanted to have one of those “This interview is over!” moments. Yikes!

But lately I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone and really challenging my interviewees with tougher questions and even some respectful disagreement.

Yet nothing quite prepared me for today’s episode…

I first heard of Matt Fitzgerald while listening to one of my favorite satellite radio programs, The All Out Show with Rude Jude. Matt and Jude were discussing how today’s “fad diets” — low-carb, paleo, south beach, etc. — have zero scientific merit and have a striking resemblance to cults.

Yes, cults.

Then Matt said something that blew my mind…

“Gluten-free diets are bull*#@!.”

Say what?!

I had to get this guy on the podcast.

So I read his Diet Cults book (which I found to be quite the compelling page-turner) and then got together with him last week for what had to be one of the most controversial and “difficult” conversations I’ve had in my 6 years hosting the podcast.

I say “difficult” because I found myself disagreeing with a lot of what Matt said but had to toe that fine line between going full debate-mode and respectfully disagreeing.

Again, this was not easy. And I feel like I could have done a MUCH better job. But it was certainly a learning experience and will make me a better interviewer in the future.

Here are a few of the topics Matt and I discussed:

* How, according to Matt, the ancestral paleo diet is the “newest diet” around.

* Why Matt thinks gluten-free is bull…

* 3 surprising things successful weight losers have in common.

* Why “dieting without exercise is rather pointless”.

Click the PLAY button below to listen to today’s episode with Matt Fitzgerald.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

See you next week with new interviews with B-School founder Marie Forleo and Jake Ducey, author of The Purpose Principles.

Happy Friday!

Sean

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