Want to fill up your podcast player with awesome health podcasts, but don’t want to wade through the endless list of garbage and dogma that’s out there? These are my picks for the Top 10 best health podcasts that don’t spew a bunch of nonsense advice.
As you probably know, the world of health and fitness is chock full of dogmatic thinking, crazy theories, bad science, and dishonest agendas.
If you’re not careful you can go from searching for practical health tips one day, to eating vegan and buying health crystals on Amazon the next (don’t underestimate the power of audio).
To keep you and your eardrums safe, I’ve made a list of the 10 best health podcasts that don’t spew a bunch of nonsense advice. These 10 podcasts should be plenty to fill up your podcast player and keep you busy for months.
With that said, the podcasts below are not 100% vetted (not that I ever will/should agree with everyone on everything, nor will I ever listen to every episode of anyone’s podcast). I’m not endorsing everything they’ve ever produced or every guest they’ve ever had on.
As always, the comment section is open. If you want to mention a show that didn’t make the list, go for it. If you want to criticize one of my picks, go for it (as long as its constructive). The point of all this isn’t to create an echo-chamber, it’s to help guide your search for great listening material that will hopefully benefit your life.
The Paleo Solution Podcast
He’s a very down to Earth guy who tends to be non-dogmatic in his thinking and approach to health and fitness (one of the keys to being on this list).
He’s a big name in the Paleo world, but he’s much more robust in his analysis than a lot of the people in that space (in my experience).
I’ve met him in person and he seems very genuine. It also helps that, like me, he’s big into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Found My Fitness Podcast
Dr. Rhonda Patrick has a Ph.D. in biomedical science from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis TN and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis TN. She also has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biochemistry/chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.
I first heard about Dr. Rhonda Patrick on the Joe Rogan Experience. She’s a frequent guest on that show because of the insights she’s able to bring from the perspective of being neck-deep in scientific research.
If you listen to her for any length of time, you’ll quickly realize that she isn’t afraid to admit when she doesn’t know something, isn’t sure, or the research isn’t definitive. This is an important trait for someone who can easily talk 30,000 feet over most people’s heads.
If you’re interested in the latest in health, fitness, and nutrition research combined with Rhonda’s practical tips, the Found My Fitness Podcast is a great choice.
Rebooted Body Podcast
Yes, this is obviously a shameless plug, but it’s not totally without merit. I mean, I’ve worked hard to climb in the iTunes rankings, showing up consistently in the Top 10 in “Alternative Health” and the Top 50 in all of “Health.” And I have over 225 five-star reviews to show for it across almost 200 episodes. In other words, it’s not just me saying you should listen to me.
If you’re not familiar with my focus, it’s best defined as the intersection of human health and human psychology. I’m most interested in studying why people behave the way that they do when it comes to food and lifestyle habits.
The collective health problem we face has nothing to do with a lack of knowledge, so why are most people hell bent on collecting more facts and research? The real problem we’re facing is a lack of understanding of our own behavior and how our experiences and the environment shape and manipulate our decisions.
When you combine the core pillars of human health with the psychology of human behavior, that’s when real, lasting success happens.
If you’re well-intentioned and well-informed, but still can’t consistently align your habits with your intentions, then the Rebooted Body Podcast is the perfect health podcast for you.
Revolution Health Radio Podcast
Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac is a globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional and integrative medicine. He’s also the 2nd of the two people on this list who I’ve met in person, albeit very briefly.
It’s been a minute since I’ve listened to Chris’ show, but I used to love the Q&A episodes he would do. He’s fantastic at debunking myths while also promoting things that are very important.
I honestly wasn’t a fan of him entertaining Dr. Oz with an appearance a while back, but what can you say – everyone makes their own decisions on how to achieve greater visibility and Chris has done a fantastic job getting himself out there and getting his message into the hands of people who truly need it. And I guess if there’s one audience that really needs to hear what Chris has to say, It’s Dr. Oz’s audience, right?
Primal Potential Podcast
The Primal Potential Podcast is described as an “anti-diet” podcast aimed at “mastering fat loss naturally.”
I love the overall message on the “About” page for Primal Potential as it mentions things like, “We’ve fallen into the trap of paying more attention to other people’s bodies, other people’s instructions and other people’s strategies than we do to ourselves” and “I’m not here to teach you my rules, I’m here to help you develop tools that work for your body.”
With over 400 episodes and 1200 five-star ratings on iTunes, there’s a pretty good chance that Primal Potential is consistent with its messaging and focus and is worthy of a listen.
In the Foodist podcast, Darya Rose, Ph.D. introduces you to real people on the journey of becoming foodists, learning how to get healthy and lose weight without dieting.
I first found the Foodist podcast last year and I really enjoy Darya’s style and overall tone. Instead of doing the traditional “let me interview experts” thing, she tends to have on real people just like you who are struggling. You get to hear their story and hear the advice that Darya offers them.
Like me, Darya focuses a lot on the psychology of behavior. That’s fantastic since it’s the real problem most people are facing.
The Model Health Show
The Model Health Show is described as “a fun, entertaining, and enlightening look at health and fitness.” It’s hosted by Shawn Stevenson, whose message is, “I believe that we all are amazing people being exactly the way we are right now. But I also believe that there is a “greater” version of us that can be accessed through the right nutrition, exercise, and transformational mindset.”
The first thing you’ll notice when you listen to The Model Health Show is that Shawn has a sexy radio voice. I’m jealous. But, beyond that, he’s a natural interviewer and it’s easy to see why his show has been so successful.
There’s no denying almost 2000 five-star reviews across almost 300 episodes. Shawn is killing it and I think you’ll get a lot out of listening to his show.
Mastering Nutrition Podcast
Chris Masterjohn PhD formerly served as a postdoctoral research associate in the Comparative Biosciences department of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and as Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York.
He’s a well-respected researcher, speaker, and presenter in the ancestral health space and a great listen if you prefer more of an academic approach to these topics.
Fat Burning Man Podcast
Abel James’ Fat Burning Man Show has been the winner of 4 awards and is often ranked #1 in Health (there are a few shows that bounce in and out of that spot).
Like Shawn, he has a killer voice for podcasting and what feels to be like a super cheery style (it always feels like he’s talking through a smile or something).
Edit: I’ve since confirmed that this is absolute fact by watching some of his videos on YouTube.
What really made me a fan of Abel James (isn’t that an awesome name, too, by the way? So unfair.) was his appearance on this silly television show that I heavily criticized on my own podcast called “My Diet is Better Than Yours.” Abel really came off as genuine and one of the only sane coaches/trainers of the bunch.
Well-Fed Women Podcast
Noelle Tarr and Stefani Ruper host this show focused on authentic, unfiltered conversations about health, nutrition, fitness, mindset, and body image.
This is a show that I just recently came across. I’m not their target market, but I like to stay in touch with the market in general so I subscribed and listened to a few episodes.
I think listeners will appreciate their casual, conversational style. I’m familiar with some of Stefani’s work and I’m confident that this podcast is going to deliver the goods for you. Their 500+ five-star reviews helps confirm that, too.
That’s it! Your Turn.
Well, those are my picks for the top 10 best health podcasts that don’t spew a bunch of nonsense.
As I mentioned in the intro, feel free to drop a link to any podcast you think should have made the cut. Don’t just drop a link, though, tell us the “why” behind your recommendation.
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