The Scientific Landscape of Healthy Eating | Dr. Mike Israetel | TEDxSpringfield

  • Published on Dec 1, 2017
  • When your health is a top priority, trying to make sense of all the information on nutrition can be quite confusing.In this talk, Dr. Mike Israetel summarizes the scientific findings on diet and health and lays out the simple rules of diet design that can be used by nearly everyone to get the most out of their health without the confusion and contradiction of typical diet advice. Dr. Mike Israetel holds a PhD in Sport Physiology and is currently the Head Science Consultant for Renaissance Periodiization. Mike was formerly a professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the School of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he taught several courses, including Nutrition for Public Health, Advanced Sports Nutrition, and Exercise, Nutrition and Behavior. He has worked as a consultant on sports nutrition to the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Johnson City, TN and has been an invited speaker at numerous scientific and performance/health conferences, including nutritional seminars at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. A co-founder of Renaissance Periodization, Mike has coached numerous athletes and busy professionals in both diet and weight training. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Mike is a competitive bodybuilder and Brazilian JiuJitsu grappler. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 195

  • shizua12
    shizua12 4 days ago

    Why is that all ppl talking about healthy eating almost always have a sullen face. There is always some loose skin under their eye.

  • Lynn Steblecki
    Lynn Steblecki 6 days ago

    Bravo 👏

  • Paul DOYLE
    Paul DOYLE 13 days ago

    when ever i hear the words healthy eating i know they know not what they speak!

  • abs at sixty
    abs at sixty 19 days ago

    what about all the carcinogens from the meat Mike.

  • Anthony Reyes
    Anthony Reyes 27 days ago

    Next Ted Talk, can Mike fully extend his arms?

  • Satish Rengarajan
    Satish Rengarajan Month ago

    Probably the best talk I listened to about nutrition

  • Yoonha Lee
    Yoonha Lee Month ago

    respect to you, sir!!

  • Frank Miller
    Frank Miller 2 months ago

    Vegans healthy?? Ok😂

  • Dare Artes
    Dare Artes 4 months ago

    "Go back to bed America."

  • Spring Hill Fitness
    Spring Hill Fitness 5 months ago +6

    Finally a scientific talk on nutrition that aligns with common sense. Well done.

  • Rudy Melo
    Rudy Melo 5 months ago

    Whole food plant-based diet with no oil, no sugar added, and low sodium. No competition

  • That German Guy
    That German Guy 5 months ago

    Highly informative and highly entertaining!

  • Khashon Haselrig
    Khashon Haselrig 5 months ago +2

    Does he do the projectile diarrhea analogy at this TedTalk? If not, not interested.

  • A VB Content
    A VB Content 5 months ago +26

    *Hi guys, I am dr Mike Israetel from Renaissance Periodization and Juggernaut Training Systems*

  • A
    A 6 months ago

    USAW approves of anything coming outta this man’s mouth.

  • lehninger
    lehninger 6 months ago

    nothing he said here was new to me. and yet i keep coming back to this talk again and again, share it on my social media, and recommend to people whenever i talk nutrition.

  • Tony
    Tony 7 months ago +1

    Meanwhile Athlean X gets millions of views. Sad.

  • Iron Built Fitness
    Iron Built Fitness 8 months ago +4

    Dr. Mike! Please make a Netflix health documentary! 😀😋

  • Jeff Loupe
    Jeff Loupe 9 months ago

    I will never pass up a Dr. Mike Isratel talk. Ever.

  • cajundaddy64
    cajundaddy64 9 months ago +5

    I have discovered that eating 5 pieces of Popeyes chicken an he before you go to bed is a bad idea.

  • SSchithFoo
    SSchithFoo 10 months ago +3

    Err... he made a huge mistake in the video. It's not elves that come at night, it's fairies. Those are the same ones that tangle all your cables and wires.

  • german axl
    german axl 10 months ago

    so I can eat whatever I want. good talk

  • cxa011500
    cxa011500 11 months ago

    Soooo...did he use any supplements to get that big?

  • Irakli T
    Irakli T 11 months ago

    Dr. Mike is a demigod!

  • Jeff Lamica
    Jeff Lamica 11 months ago +30

    All the bro, all the science, but none of the bro science. Sadly, it will most likely fall on deaf ears, due to people wanting a quick fix for health and physical fitness.

  • 12345678abracadabra
    12345678abracadabra 11 months ago +1

    Apparently he's Dr. Mike Israetel.

  • Van Litespeed
    Van Litespeed 11 months ago

    I wouldnt say bodybuilders are healthy, a lot of the strongest died pretty early

  • Van Litespeed
    Van Litespeed 11 months ago

    Dr Mike Buffratel

  • Lithuania Ball
    Lithuania Ball Year ago

    Most important thing to mention. EAT.

  • Idse Val
    Idse Val Year ago

    What is the name of the book?


    sorry but bodybuilders are not healthy ( on the Olympia level ) or completion

  • Petr Šaněk
    Petr Šaněk Year ago

    You are GOD Mike!

  • dwyl HQ
    dwyl HQ Year ago

    Feels like this talk was cut shor... 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • British Entertainment

    Guy is on steroids and that will offset most of his healthy eating benefits unfortunately.

    • Gary Flores
      Gary Flores 7 months ago +1

      @Kim Jong Un I just typed in his name and body building show and I see why he says he isn't successful in body building. No separation in the legs. There also photos where you see gyno on him. Which is a sign of drugs. And to OP , Mike in podcasts with ReviveStronger calls his supplements "special supplements". He's semi open about it.

    • Kim Jong Un
      Kim Jong Un 7 months ago

      @Gary Flores the only thing is he is in no way close to being lean ,no vascularity just pure bulk like a powerlifter

    • Gary Flores
      Gary Flores 8 months ago +1

      @David IDK man Mike is a big guy he competes in body building and looks big I guess I would need to look at his Ffmi score. Only one way for me to find out is to work out as long as he has 20+ years

    • David
      David Year ago

      British Entertainment if you think that dude is on steroids you haven't lifted a weight in your whole life

  • chucky chucky
    chucky chucky Year ago +3

    What about healthy steroids does he talk about that

  • Ryan Yang
    Ryan Yang Year ago

    Bobybuilders are some of the healthiest people in the world?

  • rhoharane
    rhoharane Year ago +11

    It's a shame the microphone/recording is terrible.

  • Seth Pearson
    Seth Pearson Year ago +1

    Great talk! Normally I put these at 1.25x speed but you did it for me! (Seriously tho, liked that it was straight to the point 💪👏)

  • David
    David Year ago +2

    Everyone should watch this video.

  • Seth Boehm
    Seth Boehm Year ago +1

    wow this is life changing, thanks bro

  • Quitschi
    Quitschi Year ago

    That was surprisingly good for a tedx talk. Nice.

  • SA M
    SA M Year ago +1

    Worst missinformation ever.
    „You can be healthy, no matter what you“

    • VKG147
      VKG147 Year ago +5

      SA M when did he say that?

  • SteveUrlz
    SteveUrlz Year ago

    dayum he's even funny

  • TheMASDrummer
    TheMASDrummer Year ago

    Big dude

  • yatin awaal
    yatin awaal Year ago

    The best guy in the world of fitness & nutrition to learn from. Another gem from Dr Mike Israetel.

  • Mike  Martin
    Mike Martin Year ago +1

    Excellent talk!

  • nate
    nate Year ago

    Mike's awesome

  • imlee888
    imlee888 Year ago +8

    Dr mike is the best person to go to for this AND scientific principles of hypertrophy and strength training

    KOBD 613 BODYBUILDING Year ago +12

    Thank you, best TED talk on diet I have seen.

  • Dixon V Fitness
    Dixon V Fitness Year ago

    I have been trying to say this for the longest time. You don't have to do a crazy restrictive diet, just eat decently and exercise.

  • Oussama Belkhiri
    Oussama Belkhiri Year ago


  • Michael Riess
    Michael Riess Year ago

    Credits earned back for dispelling the hyperhydration myth.

  • Michael Riess
    Michael Riess Year ago

    Asshat number four for suggesting that on alternate day fasting one feels like a zombie on fasting days. What is he a doctor of again, asshattery?

  • Michael Riess
    Michael Riess Year ago

    "Most of your food is from healthy sources". What was that again a few minutes before, something like "*What* you eat is not really important"? Asshat number three.

  • Michael Riess
    Michael Riess Year ago

    Good luck thriving with those muscles on 10% protein. Once again: asshat.

    • Kim Jong Un
      Kim Jong Un 7 months ago +1

      Your clearly are on the autism spectrum

    • Joe Gilmore
      Joe Gilmore Year ago +4

      taking singular statements without putting it in context. You sound like the asshat. Just saying.

  • Michael Riess
    Michael Riess Year ago

    "what you eat matters only like 20% compared to how much you eat". Ok, donuts then. What an asshat.

  • Padraig O Broin
    Padraig O Broin Year ago +2

    Dr. Juice head turkey Israel

  • Ariel Valenzuela
    Ariel Valenzuela Year ago +16

    This was a huge red pill talk

  • capoman1
    capoman1 Year ago +5

    I love how if you look at "the most thorough and scientific" advice on any one topic, the conclusion is underwhelming. How much should you eat... til you're pretty much full. How much water should you drink... til you're not thirsty. How much should you sleep... til you're not tired. How much should you lift... a moderate amount. How heavy should you lift... moderately heavy. Etc.... You will find that the truth ends up being intuitive, and the most impressive doctors and sports doctors will just confirm intuition, and tell you that you basically never needed to watch this video or any video on these topics, the answers are common sense and not extreme.

  • Poached Womb
    Poached Womb Year ago +6

    great talk, apart from claiming bodybuilders are some of the healthiest people in the world. natural bodybuilders maybe, but roided-up steak monsters aren't healthy, and often have health complications and die young. otherwise cool video.

    • David Bakker
      David Bakker 6 months ago

      Yeah I think he meant natural bodybuilders, on his podcasts he talks about how unhealthy steroids are

    • Bipolar Capybara
      Bipolar Capybara 7 months ago

      That is mainly a PED issue though

    • Wrex Wrecks
      Wrex Wrecks Year ago +16

      That is 0% diet or training related however, so the point stands.

  • Daniel S
    Daniel S Year ago +13

    Plant based

    • Spoder Gibbs
      Spoder Gibbs 8 months ago

      Gary Flores true... that’s true... but meat is better than plants.

    • Gary Flores
      Gary Flores 8 months ago

      @Spoder Gibbs I double responded from another comment thread. My bad. But yes eating plant based doesn't mean you'll live longer than the next guy who eats meat. But you can't say the opposite either.

    • Spoder Gibbs
      Spoder Gibbs 8 months ago

      Gary Flores ..brah what are you talking about. I didn’t say anything about testosterone brah. I said plants will not make you live longer. Fact.

    • Gary Flores
      Gary Flores 8 months ago

      @Spoder Gibbs His total testosterone was 237. Why do you think it's low?

    • Spoder Gibbs
      Spoder Gibbs 8 months ago +2

      Gary Flores..vegan kunts are cooked but. They believe plants will make you live longer than animal product. Fact is, they don’t. Period.

  • Rachel Randant
    Rachel Randant Year ago

    I am afraid his sources are either paid by big corporations or cherry picked to support old “science”. Show me a calorie under a microscope. I want to see this so-called evidence. Where is the calorie receptor in the cell? There’s not one. The body is a complex chemical reaction. It requires various parts to make it go. It’s not quite as simple as “calories in, calories out.” But yes, starve yourself, and you lose weight... it’s just some ways of doing it are easier on the body than others.

    • Kim Jong Un
      Kim Jong Un 7 months ago

      You clearly have autism if you think calories can be shown

    • SSchithFoo
      SSchithFoo 10 months ago +1

      You are either a troll or one of those hippy science denying conspiracy theorists.

    • Daytona Says What?!
      Daytona Says What?! 11 months ago +2

      I hope this is a troll.

  • fuze59
    fuze59 Year ago +2

    I love how carnivore diet is totally throwing all this stuff out the window

    • Chokwe
      Chokwe 2 months ago +1

      @Spoder Gibbs Imagine buying into the low-carb dogma 🤦

    • Spoder Gibbs
      Spoder Gibbs 8 months ago

      Gary Flores ..nah bro, I don’t. I don’t think it has anything to do with it. You eat meat or nah?

    • Gary Flores
      Gary Flores 8 months ago

      @Spoder Gibbs But like you said , imagine if he had normal testosterone levels he would be even better physically. Maybe he is genetically gifted and surpassed his limiting test levels But I still don't know why it's so low. Do you think the meat has to do with it?

    • Spoder Gibbs
      Spoder Gibbs 8 months ago

      Gary Flores ..brah I dunno, does it matter. He broke the rowing record for 500m for 50yr old division. He did it in 1min 14. The absolute record is 1min 10 by a 30yr old. Who cares what his test is. He’s 4 seconds off being an all time world record holder competing with guys 20yrs younger.

    • Gary Flores
      Gary Flores 8 months ago

      @Spoder Gibbs But why is it low? Why isn't it at a normal range for his age?

  • Sunny Harris
    Sunny Harris Year ago +1

    Scientific? possibly in his research but he only provided poor strawman counter arguments. What about autophagy, hyperinsulinemia from chronic glucose uptake, chronic mTOR stimulation?...

    • Joe Gilmore
      Joe Gilmore Year ago +2

      He didn't go into anything you've presented, so why ask about it? I'm sure if you contacted him, he would be more than happy to explain his take on it. However - chronic conditions you're discussing are based on personal lifestyle (in the majority) if im not mistaken, and Dr Israetel was discussing nutritional preferences in regards to a scientific definition of 'healthy.' Not specific conditions with a wide array of variables.

    • Sunny Harris
      Sunny Harris Year ago

      Dime 666 there are many people athletes that can start developing metabolic syndrome despite hours of daily exercise.

    • Dime
      Dime Year ago +1

      hyperinsulinema from chronic glucose uptake, only if you are sedentary. Not if you keep depleting your glycogens.

    • Ben Simson
      Ben Simson Year ago +6

      He knows more than you.

  • Corneliu Fitness
    Corneliu Fitness Year ago +1


  • kona328WH
    kona328WH Year ago

    Great talk. Mike lays it down with pinache.

  • Justin Mellor
    Justin Mellor Year ago +2

    oil as a health food is extremely outdated. contributes to hyperlipidemia , omega 3/6 ratio imbalances. not healthy , not scientific, not logical

  • IW Nunn
    IW Nunn Year ago +1

    Have you noticed that he can barely turn his head without turning his body? hmmm

    • Tilman Rotational Invariant
      Tilman Rotational Invariant Year ago

      Well that has absolutely nothing to do with anything... athletes have overall a pretty short peak and unhealthy execution of movement can nevertheless be very powerful. Especially if your'e taking steroids...

    • Tilman Rotational Invariant
      Tilman Rotational Invariant Year ago

      and you're mad because...? you own the patent for the passive agressive attitude?

    • JuliusCaesar
      JuliusCaesar Year ago +3

      He's secretly Batman in Batman Begins.

    • Von Kaiser
      Von Kaiser Year ago +7

      IW Nunn Lol at this passive aggressive attitude toward people who are bigger/stronger than you. Yeah might be the workout, you skinny cardio bunny. Go to the gym and hop on a treadmill which doesn’t physically prepare you for anything in life or even “fitness” at all.

  • the guy
    the guy Year ago

    WHAT SUPPLEMENTS?! it's a ridiculous statement. Most people DONT get all their micronutrients. Most people don't eat fish most people don't eat fruits. In the northern hemisphere MOST people are deficient in vitamin d, potassium and omega 3. What studies say 'supplements' do 'nothing'?

    • Darth Ghitza
      Darth Ghitza Year ago

      He already said you should be eating 70% good food and 30% junk food. If you eat 70% of your calories from decent food... then multivitamins will be useless for you. If you eat pizza and cheeseburgers for 90% of your total calories... then yeah... maybe a multivitamin might help a little.

    • Ben Simson
      Ben Simson Year ago +6

      the guy looks like you've got a lot of research to do.

    • the guy
      the guy Year ago

      bobo which multivitamins? What studies? What were they testing? Subjective well-being? Power output aerobic capacity? Or just heart disease and obesity? Who was in the study? Obese people who drink 2 litres of coke a day

    • Ian
      Ian Year ago

      lots on multivitamins, for example, show that they don't seem beneficial for the average person.

  • Holly Van Hart
    Holly Van Hart Year ago

    😍 Awesome, thanks for this! 😻 ✔️ ✌

  • ham sarris
    ham sarris Year ago

    i follow mike a lot but never saw this

  • ebateru
    ebateru Year ago +10

    Bacon and eggs baby!!

  • Basillio11
    Basillio11 Year ago

    Pissed I missed this!

  • D Monkey
    D Monkey Year ago +22

    Finally an unbiased opinion on diet

  • Francisco Navarro
    Francisco Navarro Year ago +1

    Mike is the best!

  • Gerti Patria
    Gerti Patria Year ago

    He looks like an astronaut

  • Daniel Kanewske
    Daniel Kanewske Year ago +49

    Wish more people would apply an evidence based approach to their perspectives.

    • ThePiscesgirl318
      ThePiscesgirl318 4 months ago

      Science unfortunately is mostly perspective and is only the study of... very little is fact most is still experiment eval and educated guess. If you know what you believe to be true then narrow down the science that supports that so it's practiced safely then come to your own conclusions it's prob best.

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      Luca Busch 11 months ago


  • Sergio Otero
    Sergio Otero Year ago +75

    I didn't know Israetel was so funny. Or tall.

    • SzuesS
      SzuesS 6 months ago +1

      @jarto10 it's sarcasm. he said funny cuz of the dry witty humor most casual people don't enjoy and tall because he says he's 5'4 in the video for what weight he should ideally be

    • jarto10
      jarto10 Year ago +4

      how do you know if he's tall or short when he's just there by himself?

    • yatin awaal
      yatin awaal Year ago

      Ya he’s clearly 6’ tall 😂

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  • kingdavey87
    kingdavey87 Year ago +1

    Good job doc.

  • Max Dooley
    Max Dooley Year ago +1

    I read you links for fun Mike

  • KaoWins
    KaoWins Year ago

    Ayyyyy Dr. Mike

  • Cas Groentjes
    Cas Groentjes Year ago +20

    Veganism all the way

    • Spoder Gibbs
      Spoder Gibbs 9 months ago +2

      Hahaha the longest living people have always eaten meat. No vegan has broken that record chief.

    • SSchithFoo
      SSchithFoo 10 months ago +5

      It's not a diet it's a lifestyle made for ethical reasons. For health, almost any diet works.

  • Frankie Wotton
    Frankie Wotton Year ago +9

    I love this man.

  • Joshua Hietala
    Joshua Hietala Year ago +20

    This makes me moist.

    • D Monkey
      D Monkey Year ago


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      josh vizi Year ago


  • The Trip Trap
    The Trip Trap Year ago +4

    This is a very helpfull person with a lot of background but most important with proof and study behind his knowledge!

  • Janzq13
    Janzq13 Year ago +43

    I had to log in to leave a thumbs up and comment. I could listen to Dr. Israetel talking about nutrition and training all day. He's so passionate and I love the way he talks: no rambling, he's funny and knows his stuff.

  • Akshay Kulkarni
    Akshay Kulkarni Year ago +3

    Wow, way to go man. So many views already!
    Had a great time at the event, your talk was awesome. Hope to see you there next year! :)

  • Tushar Mehta
    Tushar Mehta Year ago

    Awesome presentation Dr Mik Israetel.

  • Cheesesteaked
    Cheesesteaked Year ago +3

    Dr. Mike is awesome. Very happy he gave this talk on TEDx. Thank you.

  • Lawrence Neal
    Lawrence Neal Year ago

    Good talk. My issue is that isn’t even “what has the most evidence” not a very good heuristic since there is enormous funding bias to show certain outcomes therefore it’s always going to be biased until there is a larger body of high quality science for all dietary approaches?

  • christina shaw
    christina shaw Year ago +2

    Let's eat

  • TheAcrobaticNinja
    TheAcrobaticNinja Year ago +1

    Amazing Mike!

  • Alex
    Alex Year ago +1

    Mike is the king. Great talk

  • Greek_Spartan
    Greek_Spartan Year ago +37

    Next you need to have Alan Aragon on Ted

  • Owen Madaeen
    Owen Madaeen Year ago +235

    You know He's credible when he mentions how all he says is not gospel but just "highly likely"

    • Logan Hankins
      Logan Hankins 2 months ago +5

      That's Dr. Mike Israetel...
      He literally heads TONS of research for the human body.
      We've advanced health and athleticism because of him

    • Mohamed Nooh
      Mohamed Nooh Year ago +16

      Oh, there's no doubt Dr Mike knows his stuff..especially about building muscle.

    • The Sageless Ranger
      The Sageless Ranger Year ago +1

      I thought the exact same thing

  • Thomas Boyle
    Thomas Boyle Year ago +21

    ...He skipped the part where he tells you which cereal really has the most minerals. Which is it, Mike?

    • Awkward Gecko
      Awkward Gecko 10 months ago

      Choco krispies

    • Parabellum
      Parabellum Year ago +2

      count chocula will always be my love.

    • Savage
      Savage Year ago +17

      Thomas Boyle coco pops

  • Isak
    Isak Year ago +13

    Fantastic presentation, Mike!

  • Elsie Alkurabi
    Elsie Alkurabi Year ago +30


    • Gulherme Pereira
      Gulherme Pereira 11 months ago

      Elsie Alkurabi just like the woman in your photo

  • m krm
    m krm Year ago +28

    After watching this I wished i forgot everything I saw. Just so I could watch it again. Great great content as always Dr. Mike!

    • Caden Schoffelman
      Caden Schoffelman 3 months ago

      m krm I forgot it so I could have an excuse to ignore everything he said and not eat healthy at all

  • MacreelNL
    MacreelNL Year ago +1

    Amazing talk Mike. Well done!