#55: Mike Howard on “Talking Back To Gurus”

Mike Howard of Core Concepts Wellness

This is episode 55 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we’re interviewing Mike Howard, author of “Talking Back to Diet Gurus: An Un-revolutionary and Un-sexy Guide to Fat Loss”. Mike also runs his personal training business at Core Concepts Wellness.

This interview has great information on logical fallacies, interpreting studies, dealing with diet industry propaganda, and determining who has good information.

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Episode 55 Overview

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

  • 1:15 – Who are you? What do you do?
  • 2:30 – Why do you call your book “An Un-revolutionary and Un-sexy Guide to Fat Loss”?
  • 4:45 – Do you talk about nutrition topics and/or symptoms of dieting in your book?
  • 6:10 – Why do you suppose that people don’t listen to their bodies?
  • 11:50 – What about people being influenced by celebrities? Is it human nature? Are celebrities putting one over on people?
  • 13:20 – Gluten is a popular topic in the diet world. What do you think is going on with gluten?
  • 15:55 – Who can eat gluten? How do people know if it’s okay to eat it?
  • 20:30 – In your book, you teach people how to differentiate between a diet guru and an unbiased professional. How do people do that?
  • 24:15 – Who in the health and fitness industry would you recommend people pay attention to?
  • 25:15 – What does “scientific objectivity” mean? How do people know?
  • 28:10 – How are religion and diet similar?
  • 28:45 – What are some of the more common logical fallacies and how can we prevent them in ourselves?
  • 33:30 – Should people become more interested in reading studies? What problems are there for people trying to learn to interpret studies?
  • 37:40 – How do we deal with the “get results now” mentality of the health and fitness industry?
  • 41:25 – Let’s talk about the basics. What do people need to know, in layman’s terms? What are the key factors? Is it just “eat less, move more”?
  • 46:00 – What is the main lesson from your book?
  • 47:20 – If you could reform or upgrade the fitness industry, what two improvements would you make?
  • 50:20 – Where can people get your book?

Show Notes

Talking Back To Diet Gurus ( http://amzn.to/1qT8adH )

Core Concepts Wellness

Music Credit

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


  1. Matt Welch says:

    I don’t usually leave a comment but today’s talk was just too good not to. This was an incredibly useful discussion. Keep up the good work!

  2. I agree with Matt, this was a really good interview. And it made me start to think about my own biasis and thoughts regarding what I beleive to be true (with no formal education) about nutrition.

    I am currently reading an e-book call Carbnite; the basis is that you eat ultra-low carb for 6 1/2 days. At around 3 pm of the 7th day, you can eat anything you want as long as you include lots of carbs. This is suppposed to mitigate the negative effects of super low carb dieting.

    I’m not sure if you are familiar with this but am really interested in your opinion.

  3. Teresa Noblett says:

    It is refreshing to hear intelligent people discussing the business of diet in a frank and honest manner. No bullshit, no product-pushing – just well informed and very helpful. It is very hard for the average person to cut through the information out there and feel confident that they are on the right path. Thank you for this wonderful program.