#32: Dick Talens – Setting Expectations & Creating New Habits

Dick Talens of Fitocracy.com

This is episode 32 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we’re going to interview Dick Talens, co-founder of Fitocracy.com. Dick has a really interesting journey, going from an overweight kid to the owner of one of the largest online fitness communities in the world.

Dick has good ideas and insight about how he helps his clients achieve their fitness and weight loss goals, create new habits, set realistic expectations, and generally improve their health.

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Episode 32 Overview

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

  • Where you overweight as a child or teenager?
  • What was your wake-up call?
  • What kind of exercise did you do?
  • Did you go too low in calories?
  • What did you do to build 20lbs of muscle?
  • When did you first compete in bodybuilding?
  • Do you think it’s a good idea to have some type of contest as a motivator?
  • How do you help set your clients’ expectations?
  • Do you tend to push clients to low-carb or low-fat or just let it fall where it may?
  • What do you suggest for protein?
  • How do you get someone to create new habits?
  • Do you see a tendency for some clients to binge eat?
  • Are there some signs that a certain type of client may be prone to binge eating?
  • What is Fitocracy?
  • What made you start Fitocracy?
  • If you could suggest positive advice to the fitness industry, how can the industry do better?
  • Is sugar evil?

Show Notes


Dick Talens.com

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

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  1. Another cool show guys, really enjoying the interviews and looking forward to Tuesday morning for the the downloads!

    Was wondering if you guys could personally cover or find another awesome interviewee in regards to childhood nutrition from infancy through to late adolescence? Loved Dr. Yoni’s chat about childhood obesity and everything else that entailed and thought something regarding kids nutrition could be really cool, given the confusion most parents have these days with what’s right and what’s wrong.

    Keep it up guys and massive props to what Dick Talens is doing over at Fitocracy (and also just listened to the Leigh Peele podcast and that rocked also).