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The LLVLC Show (Episode 824): Why Matt Fitzgerald Describes Paleo And Low-Carb Diets As ‘Cults’

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In Episode 824 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we’ve got an endurance sports writer, certified sports nutritionist, and author named Matt Fitzgerald joining us as our interview guest. With the rise in popularity of the concept of dieting from every angle, including Paleo and low-carb, there is growing skepticism by some people about whether any of them are viable requiring what they think is the unnecessary restriction of some food, ingredient, or macronutrient. This is something that concerned endurance sports writer and certified sports nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald so much that he decided to address what he describes as the failure of the “one-size-fits-all” nutritional approach in his provocatively-titled 2014 book Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of US. This book has already been quite controversial in the health community which is why I wanted to speak with Matt about the premise of his new book.

Listen in as Matt and I have an engaging conversation about how the diet industry has gotten it all wrong, the belief that every diet is predicated on being the “single right way” to health, why the most prudent approach is the one that is customized to the individual (the philosophy that Jimmy has long held about diet–find the proven plan that works for you and do it for the rest of your life making appropriate tweaks along the way), why nutritional science is pretty much bogus, how even the Paleo and low-carb diet can be wrongly promoted as the only way, how an agnostic belief in diet may or may not necessarily be a good idea, how to customize the diet plan that will work for you, and so much more. This was one of the most engaging interviews I’ve had in a while which always makes for great podcasting. ENJOY!

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What did you think about the ideas that Matt Fitzgerald had to share about the popularized diet industry and the way they market their chosen nutrition plan? Give us your feedback about what he had to share in the show notes section of Episode 824. Pick up your own copy of Matt’s Diet Cults and keep up with him at MattFitzgerald.org. Coming up on Wednesday, naturopathic physician and functional medicine practitioner Dr. Richard Maurer will outline his six steps to health from his book The Blood Code: Unlock the Secrets of Your Metabolism. We’re back rolling again with BRAND NEW EPISODES and we’re so happy to have you here with us.

Here’s the upcoming LLVLC Show episode schedule:

6-4-14: Dr. Richard Maurer
6-9-14: Ben Greenfield
6-10-14: Terry Shanahan
6-11-14: Dr. KellyAnn Petrucci
6-16-14: Tony Federico
6-17-14: Brent Pottenger/Karen Phelps
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6-23-14: Hank Garner
6-24-14: Dr. Mike Roussell
6-25-14: Sarah Wilson
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7-1-14: Christopher Kelly/Dr. Jamie Busch
7-2-14: Ashley Tudor
7-7-14: Ayub Khattak
7-8-14: George & Tina Pauley
7-9-14: Dr. Ronesh Sinha
7-14-14: Dr. Joe Leonardi
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  • Tim Litzinger

    Jimmy,
    I finally got around to catching up on a few podcasts including this one. I found Matt to be rather likable, which is different than what I had been expecting. I have to say that I’m still not a fan of him using the cult word but from a selling the book perspective, I understand. I also feel that he was a little bit nicer or laid back in his views with you then he may be otherwise? Am I wrong? What impression did you get from reading the book? Was the way he acted on the podcast in line with what he wrote in the book?
    Either way, good interview and good message. It’s worth being out there despite my slightly neurotic view of his intentions! ;-)

    • LLVLCBlog

      I found Matt to be incredibly likeable and with a message of sincerity in what he believes. I challenged him where I thought he got it wrong (the “diet cult” people think their way is the only way) and corrected him when applicable. All in all, I think he does a great service by reminding us not to get too dogmatic about what we are sharing.

      • Tim Litzinger

        Glad to hear it. Thanks for interviewing him.