Ever since I began my journey towards better fitness, I tried to surround myself with useful information. Listening to podcasts during my commute to and from work has become a great way for me to learn the latest information regarding nutrition, exercise, weight loss and other health-related information. Here is a quick list of some of my favorite podcasts. Click on the images to go to the podcast home page, or information on how to listen without an Apple device. If you do have an Apple device, the easiest way to find the shows is to go into the podcast app and search for the show title.
The Model Health Show
This show is consistently good, with interesting subjects and relevant topics. Hosted by Shawn Stevenson, a bestselling author and featured as the #1 Nutrition and Fitness podcast in the world on iTunes. With a university background in biology and kinesiology, Shawn went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides wellness services for both individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn is also a dynamic keynote speaker who has spoken for TEDx, universities, and numerous organizations with outstanding reviews.
Ben Greenfield Fitness
I'll admit that trying to understand Ben sometimes is like a baby trying to understand a PHD, but the subjects are always fascinating. Author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training“, Ben Greenfield’s balanced approach to fitness, nutrition and health comes from his extensive experience in the fitness and wellness industry as one of the country’s leading personal trainers and wellness consultants. In 2008, Ben was nominated by the NSCA as America’s top personal trainer, and in 2013, Ben was voted as one of the top 100 most influential individuals in health and fitness.
The Fat-Burning Man Show
Hosted by Abel James. Another good podcast with many old episodes you can listen to. For some reason new episodes are fewer and far between, probably because Abel is getting more popular and building up a business. The subjects and guests he interviews are interesting, he has a definite Paleo-leaning.
Get Fit Guy: Quick and Dirty Tips
The Get Fit Guy also happens to be Ben Greenfield. On this podcast, however, he limits the subjects to smaller, more digestible pieces of information presented in a very clear and straightforward manner. They are typically under 10 minutes, and he doesn't have any guests. The information is all good and interesting.
The Nutrition Diva's Quick and Dirty Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Fabulous
Like the Get Fit Guy, the Nutrition Diva keeps these podcast episodes down to under 10 minutes on a specific subject. Well written, clearly presented and easy to understand, this podcast centers around food and nutrition.
Half Size Me
Hosted by Heather Robinson. She lost 170 pounds, starting at 313 pounds. Her journey was long and arduous, but ultimately successful. She has started a whole community of people who have been interested and also successful in losing weight. Her podcasts typically include community members who have successfully lost weight and want to share their stories. It is helpful and inspiring. It seems to be connected to Weight Watchers, as most of the guests have participated in that program.
Hosted by John Bosse, a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer who lives the bodybuilding lifestyle, always striving for personal records and progression in the gym and helping others to do the same. This is definitely for people who want to know the science behind gaining muscle. Each episode features a summary of a published scientific study and then goes into how it applies to you. John rambles a lot, but there is good information to be found by listening.
Body Do Over
Hosted by John Shaefer, a professional personal trainer with a degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University. He has trained and counseled hundreds of people over the last 15 years in fitness and nutrition. Co-hosted by Matt Theriault, a United States Marine Corps veteran, an entrepreneur and author in the field of personal development and host of Your Do Over. Their gimmick is that John has helped hundreds of people get lean and lose weight, and Matt has tried "hundreds" of diets and programs to get lean and lose weight. So they approach the subject on a practical level, what John has prescribed for Matt, and honest feedback on how it works. They have guests on from time to time as well that are interesting and informative.
Cut the Fat Weight Loss Blog
Hosted by Dr. Ray Hinish and Blythe Alberg. This podcast isn't actively adding new episodes, but there are many older episodes to listen to with tons of great, basic and useful information about eating and exercising.
There are many, many other podcasts related to health, nutrition, weight loss, and muscle building. The ones above are just my favorites because they aren't typically pushing a particular agenda and include good, practical information that anyone could benefit from. I do listen to quite a few others - just do a "Top Charts" podcast search on the "Fitness and Nutrition" category and you'll see the most popular ones. Listen to a few and see which ones you like. If you'd like to add comments below on podcasts you have found useful, please do!