Maintenance Phase

By Aubrey Gordon & Michael Hobbes

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Subscribers: 1346
Reviews: 11

Elizabeth
 Jul 21, 2021
Both hosts are funny and provide well research info that's easy to follow while driving or working.


 Jul 6, 2021

Lisa
 Jun 15, 2021
A snarky well-researched takedown of wellness woowoo myths. The one pod everyone should listen to.

T
 Jun 12, 2021
This speaks to me where I live. Eye-opening.

Sarah K
 Jun 10, 2021
One of my new favourite podcasts, just absolutely so smart, funny and informative. Thank you Aubrey and Mike.

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Debunking the junk science behind health fads, wellness scams and nonsensical nutrition advice.

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School Lunches, P-Hacking and the Original "Pizzagate"
4628

This week we're diving into one of the biggest-ever scandals in nutrition research. For nearly two decades, Brian Wansink's Food and Brand Lab told Americans that lower weights, healthier workplaces and better school lunches were just a few small tweaks away. Then, in 2015, he wrote a blog post and it all came crashing down. 

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Jul 20, 2021
The Keto Diet
3340

So long, root vegetables! This week, we dive into the strange and surprising history of the 100-year-old ketogenic diet. Along the way, we encounter a Victorian bodybuilder, an infamous podcast bro and the possibility of a bad Meryl Streep performance (!). Get in, loser, we're counting macros!

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Jul 06, 2021
Oprah Winfrey & "John of God"
3461

Special guest Kimberly Springer joins us to talk about an infamous, dangerous faith healer and his two — two! — appearances on Oprah's talk show. This episode contains, we're sorry to say, detailed descriptions of sexual assault. 

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Jun 22, 2021
Oprah Winfrey & The “Wagon of Fat”
2995

Do you have weird feelings about Oprah? So do we, and so does our guest! Kimberly Springer, co-editor of "Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture," joins us to talk about the rise of Oprah Winfrey and her infamous "wagon of fat" weight loss episode.

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Jun 08, 2021
Celery Juice
3039

Do you have viruses? Cysts? Cancer? Are you tired sometimes? According to Instagram, the  problem might be a lack of liquefied vegetables! This week, Mike and Aubrey take on a troubling taste test, meet a ghost with bad intentions and encounter the longest list of problematic celebrities we've ever seen.

Plus, we start the show with an announcement: We're doing Patreon-only bonus episodes! Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/maintenancephase

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May 25, 2021
The Wellness to QAnon Pipeline
2697

Special guest Mike Rothschild tells us how the road to wellness can be an on-ramp to a conspiracy theory. Along the way we debunk oil pulling, explore Instagram aesthetics and bemoan anti-vaxx argumentation tactics . Mike gets the date of the January 6th insurrection wrong and he is sorry.

Mike Rothschild is on Twitter and you can pre-order his book here!

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Thanks to Ashley Smith for editing assistance and Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!




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May 11, 2021
Diet Book Deep Dive: Ed McMahon’s “Slimming Down”
2440

This week is our first  Diet Book Deep Dive, where we dig into some of the worst and wildest weight loss advice we can find.  First up: Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon's pun, alcohol and misogyny-fueled diet plan from the 1970s. Hope you like broiled steak and Sanka!

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Thanks to Lynn Barbera for editing assistance and Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!

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Apr 27, 2021
Olestra
3945
Apr 13, 2021
Eating Disorders
3330

Fat people have them too! This week, special guest Erin Harrop tells us about one of America's most under-diagnosed and misunderstood problems. Along the way we talk about elbow bumps, Twitter etiquette and '90s sweatpants. Our content warnings are becoming increasingly threatening.

Here's Erin's faculty page and a bunch of her research!

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Thanks to Mitra Kaboli for production support and Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!

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Mar 30, 2021
Weight Watchers
3043
Mar 16, 2021
The Master Cleanse
2853

Are your moods too stable? Is your face free of cold sores? Get your lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper ready, because this week we're talking about celebrity favorite THE MASTER CLEANSE!

Along the way we roast New Atheism, praise Gwyneth Paltrow (!) and endorse garbanzo bean salads. Mike wishes to clarify that he adores Kate Bush and quips with the utmost affection.

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Mar 02, 2021
Dr. Oz
3352

This week we're dissecting "America's Doctor." How did a smart, hardworking surgeon become one of TV's leading purveyors of junk science?  Along the way we debunk green coffee bean extract, raspberry ketones, conversion therapy (!) and a salad dressing skincare regimen.

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Feb 16, 2021
Snake Oil
2932

The world of dieting and wellness is full of so-called snake oil salesmen—but what IS snake oil? This week, we take a wild ride through the history of health scams and discover a startling twist about an everyday idiom. Along the way, Aubrey delivers fun facts about sanitation from memory and Mike roasts the state where most of his family lives. 

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Feb 02, 2021
The Biggest Loser
3275
Jan 19, 2021
Halo Top Ice Cream
2695

WE’RE BACK! A new diet ice cream is taking your grocery store by storm. But what even is it? This week, Mike and Aubrey talk biohacking, dieting for straight dudes and the extremely ill-advised "Halo Top diet."

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Thanks to Ashley Smith for editing assistance and Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!

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Jan 05, 2021
Anti-Fat Bias
3279

To celebrate the release of her new book, Aubrey takes Mike on a tour through the statistics and debates surrounding weight bias. Anyone interested in body positivity, airline seats, 'skinny shaming' or the sugar content of melons is legally obligated to join us.

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Nov 24, 2020
The Twinkie Defense
2960
Nov 17, 2020
Moon Juice
3479

What's that Gwyneth Paltrow's drinking? It's MOON JUICE! This week, we're talking adaptogens, brain dust, hot sex milk and the wellness company that's taken L.A. by storm. Be sure to take your quinton shots before you listen to this one.

Thanks to Ashley Smith for editing assistance and Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!

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Nov 10, 2020
Snackwell's Cookies
3396

They hit the market in 1992. Three years later, they were the best-selling cookie in America. This week, Mike and Aubrey dive into the low-fat craze of the 1990s and sample the snack that became the symbol of its rise and fall.  

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Nov 03, 2020
Fen Phen & Redux
3088

Fen-Phen & Redux were "the next miracle drugs" in the '90s, claiming to help people lose dramatic amounts of weight in just three months.  But within a few short years, they'd been pulled from the market.  They were just too effective! (Just kidding, they killed some people.)

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Oct 27, 2020
The President's Physical Fitness Test
3501
Oct 20, 2020
What's Our Deal?
3418

Welcome to Maintenance Phase! In our first episode, we tell our origin stories and talk about some of the basic ideas behind the show.

Here's where to find us:
Aubrey: https://www.yourfatfriend.com/
Mike: https://rottenindenmark.org/

Thanks to Ashley Smith for editing assistance and Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!

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Oct 11, 2020