Today’s guest is Alan Aragon. Alan is a nutrition researcher and educator with over 30 years of success in the field. He is known as one of the most influential figures in the fitness industry’s movement towards evidence-based information. His notable clients include Stone Cold Steve Austin, Derek Fisher, and Pete Sampras. Alan writes a monthly research review (AARR) providing cutting-edge theoretical and practical information. Alan’s work has been published in popular magazines as well as the peer-reviewed scientific literature (list of publications here). He co-authored Nutrient Timing Revisited, the most-viewed article in the history of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN). He also is the lead author of the ISSN Position Stand on Diets & Body Composition Flexible Dieting: A Science-Based, Reality-Tested Method for Achieving and Maintaining Your Optima l Physique, Performance & Health.  

What to Listen For:


  • 0:00 Intro
  • 1:54 Why Alan is sober (and challenges he faced)
  • 11:50 Abstaining from alcohol has helped him professionally
  • 13:50 Understanding people’s emotional attachments
  • 16:38 Why is our society so unhealthy? (and who’s responsible)
  • 20:05 Biggest nutrition myths
  • 24:49 How to effectively lose weight
  • 29:02 Non-negotiables when it comes to fat loss
  • 32:37 How to figure out how many calories you should be eating 
  • 37:24 What is NEAT? (non-exercise activity thermogenesis)
  • 39:49 Many people miscalculate how much they are eating
  • 45:54 Best way(s) to track your food
  • 53:29 How to adjust your calories after you’ve lost some weight
  • 57:33 Why do people respect Alan so much          

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