When it comes to fitness, figuring out what kind of diet to follow can get really confusing, really fast.

There are so many plans out there to choose from: Paleo, slow-carb, carb-backloading, intermittent fasting, if it fits your macros, etc. Compounding the confusion is all the information out there about about timing your nutrition so that you can get maximal muscle gains while reducing fat accumulation.

The choices can be so overwhelming that some men just give up altogether and go back to eating whatever it is they feel like. Mainly cheesy poofs.

Today on the show, we cut through all the confusion when it comes to nutrition and fitness by talking to an actual Doctor of Gains. His name is Jordan Feigenbaum. He’s a Starting Strength Coach, diet consultant for some of the best competitive powerlifters and CrossFit athletes in the world, and a medical doctor currently doing his residency at UCLA.

Jordan I discuss why barbell training is the best medicine for overall fitness, the best way to approach diet for strength training, and why you can’t gain strength and muscle while simultaneously losing fat. We also discuss which supplements are the biggest waste of money and which ones are actually scientifically proven to work. This episode is jam-packed with actionable information, so be sure to take notes.

Show Highlights

  • Why Jordan became a doctor (hint: to spread the gospel of barbell training)
  • The myths that physicians have about barbell training
  • Why weight lifting is safer than soccer
  • Why you’ll likely gain back all the weight you lost five years after starting a diet
  • Why barbell training is the best medicine for your body
  • Why your strength will determine how long you live
  • The myths physicians have about diet (no, lots of protein won’t hurt your kidneys)
  • Why accountability is so important in nutrition
  • Jordan’s favorite approach to diet and nutrition
  • How your diet should change for strength and training
  • Why you can’t gain muscle and lose fat at the same time (even if you’re on steroids)
  • Why you’ll lose a bit of strength when trying to “cut”
  • Why you should focus on getting stronger before you think about losing weight
  • Why psychological stress is more taxing on strength performance than physical stress
  • Can you do intermittent fasting while strength training?
  • Jordan’s pre- and post-workout nutrition stack
  • The supplements you’re wasting your money on
  • And much more!

Resources/Studies/People Mentioned in Podcast


If you’re looking for more rock-solid advice on diet and strength training, be sure to check out Jordan’s website Barbell Medicine. He’s got a lot of great free content there and you can find out more information about his diet consulting services. Also, check out Jordan’s Instagram feed to see the Doctor of Gains in action.

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