#53: Matt Stranberg – Habits, Goals, & Gurus

Matt Stranberg

This is episode 53 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we’re interviewing Matt Stranberg. Matt is finishing his Masters in Applied Exercise Physiology and Nutrition at Columbia University with plans to become a Registered Dietician.

Matt has good ideas on habit formation, goal setting, and an insider’s perspective of the diet industry.

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[This episode has been removed at the interviewee’s request.]

Episode 53 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • 1:40 – So you just finished your degree?
  • 2:25 – What are you planning to do with your degree?
  • 4:30 – What type of people are you hoping to work with (athletes, general population, hospitals, etc)?
  • 7:20 – Are people on SNAP/WIC just lazy, fat people milking the system?
  • 10:00 – Morality, American Exceptionalism, and Diet Culture
  • 11:20 – When we look at the complexity of obesity, would you say that “eat less, move more” is useful?
  • 17:45 – Thoughts on discipline, willpower and the Cult of Self-Improvement.
  • 23:00 – How do you deal with the issue of motivation and willpower? How do you help people build better habits?
  • 26:20 – How do you help people set manageable goals in a world of “get results immediately”?
  • 29:40 – Its popular now to say ‘calories don’t matter and quality is what matters’. What do you think of that?
  • 34:30 – What is your take on If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM)?
  • 36:30 – What do you think of the dogmatic, absolutist stance of many in the diet industry?
  • 39:55 – What’s missing in the Feminist vs MRA debate?
  • 53:35 – Is there a difference between a Registered Dietician and a Nutritionist?
  • 55:30 – What do you say to people that say “dieticians don’t know anything about nutrition”?
  • 1:08:30 – What’s the deal with the GMO debate?
  • 1:15:15 – If you could reform or upgrade the diet industry, what two improvements would you make?

Reading Suggestions

Thinking Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman ( http://amzn.to/1qkNtap )

Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath ( http://amzn.to/1nTSkMG )

Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich ( http://amzn.to/1njIbtB )

Music Credit

Intro music from Baba Brinkman’s Revenge of the Somatic. Purchase any of Baba’s music at http://bababrinkman.bandcamp.com/


  1. Great Show! I really enjoyed the realness and honesty on these topics.

    • Matthew Stranberg says:

      Thanks bro! Glad you enjoyed it feel free to add me on facebook if you want to continue the conversation 🙂