A few days ago, one of my friends over in the Healthy Girl’s Kitchen Mindset Mastery Support Group and Book Club on Facebook alerted me to an episode of Rich Roll’s podcast that she wanted to make sure I had heard. I’m so grateful that she did, because I was gripped from the minute I started listening to JD Roth.
If you haven’t yet heard, the producer of mega hit weight loss show The Biggest Loser, JD Roth, and his wife, adopted a plant-based diet. Not just that, JD went ahead and produced a new television show, based on his book by the same name, called The Big Fat Truth.
I met JD for a brief moment, many, many years ago in my sorority house in college. His very sweet twin sister Heidi was an Alpha Chi Omega sister of mine at Cornell. He made quite an impression on me with his red hair, but of course I had no idea then what an epic career JD was going to embark on, and for sure I couldn’t have predicted this most recent turn of events.
If you haven’t yet heard the episode, here’s a link.
Some of the notable stuff that I just adored about this episode of Rich Roll’s podcast include:
- Rich really challenging JD on some of the hard questions about the controversy that ended up surrounding The Biggest Loser. You might be shocked to find out that 50% of the contestants from the show have maintained their weight loss over the long haul, because the New York Times certainly painted a much bleaker picture of the story.
- How JD and his wife handle a plant-based diet with their two sons. Spoiler alert–they don’t try to control their children’s behavior and have a far more realistic, and I would argue, healthy perspective on how they can influence their children while still maintaining everyone’s sanity.
- That JD fully acknowledges that the main factor in whether or not someone is living in their right sized body has little to do with exercise, somewhat to do with food choices, and MAINLY to do with emotional issues and habits that the person developed around food and mindset.
- They even made mention of the fact that some people just really are VOLUME eaters (me!) and they are never going to hack it long-term on a diet of restriction and small portion sizes, and therefore you’ve got to give those people large portions of low-calorie food like vegetables to fill them up if you are going to have any chance of success.
And that’s just the beginning. There was SO much great stuff in this interview that I promise you will find yourself gripped by every behind the scenes story from The Biggest Loser to all of the great tips that JD clues us into as far as what he has identified over the years that sets apart the folks that keep their weight off from the ones that gain it all back.
I trust that you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Thanks Rich Roll and JD Roth for not being afraid to be truth tellers!
I’d love to hear your thoughts after you listen. Please come back and let me know your biggest take away in the comments section!
P.s. I haven’t read JD’s book yet, but I full plan on it now that I’ve heard a little of what it’s about. I’ve even contacted JD to see if he’ll agree to be a guest on my podcast, so fingers crossed!