Chuck shed 265 pounds by conquering food addiction and devoting himself to a healthier lifestyle! Eight years later, he’s maintaining the weight loss by eating a plant-based diet. Going vegan once seemed unthinkable to Chuck, but now it’s going back to eating processed meat and dairy that would be inconceivable.
Neal Barnard, M.D.
Dr. Neal Barnard, a real-life rock star and authority on plant-based living, motivates and inspires both new vegans and those who have been plant-powered for life.
A Podcast Examining Vegan Nutrition and Medical News
The Exam Room™ is the ultimate vegan podcast from the Physicians Committee. Dr. Neal Barnard, a real-life rock star and authority on plant-based living, motivates and inspires the vegan-curious and those who have been plant-powered for life. Learn the secrets to radically improving your health as show host “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll, who lost 265 pounds and kept it off, goes one-on-one with others who have transformed their lives. Then dive into the science of a vegan diet! What can eating just one hamburger do to the body? Is cheese really addictive? Plus, recipes and breaking medical news from the Physicians Committee.
October 17, 2018
An apple can be ideal snack when you’re trying to lose weight, but its health benefits go way beyond keeping a slim waist. In fact, apples are packed with tons of nutrients that can help improve your health and keep the doctor away.
In this episode, “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll sits down with Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., to discover everything that makes up an apple and how each of those vitamins and minerals can affect your health. We’re talking about everything from fiber to calcium to amino acids to vitamins A-K! Full Episode Details >
October 10, 2018
Cooking without oil may be a new practice for many of us. Who hasn’t been taught to add a splash of it to the pan before turning on the stove? And what about adding a spoonful to boiling water when making pasta? Indeed, whether it’s olive, vegetable, or any other type of oil, it just seems to be in every recipe in the book.
Since all oils are high in fat (one gram of fat has nine calories), they can be a problem for those trying to lose weight and maintain their overall health. Research also shows oil poses a significant risk to those with diabetes, as it interferes with insulin’s ability to move glucose into the cells. Full Episode Details >
September 26, 2018
Should you be eating nuts? Many people don’t include nuts in their diets because of their high fat and caloric content. Others are just nutty about them and claim they are the key to living a longer life. So who is right?
In this episode, you will learn which types of nuts are the healthiest and how they can play a pivotal role in combating heart disease, cancer and diabetes. For such a small food, they can pack a mighty nutrition punch! Full Episode Details >
September 26, 2018
Two of the nation’s top cardiologists on the forefront of plant-based nutrition join “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll! Dr. Kim Williams and Dr. Andrew Freeman share their unique approach to helping patients understand the link between what they eat and their heart health.
Their revolutionary approach to medicine came only after they improved their own health by switching to a plant-based diet. Now, they’re witnessing countless patients experience the same drastic change. Many of them have even reversed heart disease.
Dr. Williams is the former president of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Freeman is the founder and co-chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Nutrition and Lifestyle workgroup. Full Episode Details >
September 20, 2018
Austin Aries is a plant-based phenom! He's wrestled for WWE. He’s been in a match at WrestleMania, won championships across the world, and become one of the most well-known professional wrestlers today. But his biggest accomplishment is adopting a plant-based diet after growing up in the dairy capital of the United States. He was born in Wisconsin, where people are so devoted to dairy they put cheese wedges on top of their head! Full Episode Details >
September 12, 2018
What a student eats affects everything from their health to their academic performance! Research shows that students may even earn lower grades because of unhealthy high-fat, low nutrient diets. Yet, school lunch menus are still overflowing with pizza, burgers, chicken nuggets, and milk every day.
That is why an increasing number of parents are learning that healthy, plant-based school lunches can be a powerful way to boost their child’s health and confidence.
In this episode, “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll sits down with registered dietitian and parent Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., to find solutions to combat rising childhood obesity rates and get plant-based options on the lunch line! Full Episode Details >
September 5, 2018
You know that saying about eating your feelings? Well, it’s truer than you could ever imagine. Our mood is affected by every bite we take!
In this episode, “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll sits down Lee Crosby, R.D., L.D., who reveals how to turn that frown upside down with food! Happiness can be linked to what’s in your stomach, but you might be surprised by what foods should be in there.
You’ll also learn whether “comfort food” is really comforting. Full Episode Details >
August 29, 2018
You are about to learn the secret to living a long life!
“The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll sits down with longevity expert Dan Buettner to unlock the keys to not just longevity, but living healthier into old age. Buettner has devoted his life to exploring Blue Zones™, which are the regions on Earth where people have the longest average lifespan. And nutrition plays a critical role in outliving the typical person, often by a decade or longer, despite genetics. Full Episode Details >
August 21, 2018
It isn’t just about what you eat, when you eat is just as important!
Meal timing and the foods on your plate are big factors in keeping your body clock in sync. But what does that mean, and why is it important?
In this episode, Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D., joins “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll to explain everything you need to know about your body clock and how to reset it to optimize your health. Learn how your metabolism is affected when your clock doesn’t sync with natural circadian rhythms and how that can be detrimental to your well-being. You’ll also hear how you can reset it by changing how you eat and sleep every day! Full Episode Details >
August 15, 2018
This is how not to die!
The number one cause of death and disease in the United States is diet, but life and death decisions should not be a lottery! Michael Greger, M.D., of NutritionFacts.org, joins “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll to show you how to change your fortunes by changing your diet and lowering your risk of death from preventable, diet-related conditions.
Dr. Greger also discusses how you can break your food addiction and what got you hooked on food to begin with!
Plus, Dr. Greger takes your questions on nutrition. Full Episode Details >
August 8, 2018
This episode is all about foods that help prevent cancer.
In 2018, a staggering 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States alone, according to National Cancer Institute estimates. And many of those cases will be linked directly to what is on the patient’s plate.
Neal Barnard, M.D., and “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll fight back by revealing foods that help fight cancer and exploring the undeniable link between diet and disease. Full Episode Details >
August 1, 2018
Did you know that your body already produces all the cholesterol it needs? You don’t need any in your diet!
In this episode, you’ll find out how the body acts as its own cholesterol factory and the many risks that come with consuming dietary cholesterol. Men will also discover that cholesterol-related blockages aren’t just limited to the arteries around the heart. In fact, blockages in other parts of the body can lead to erectile dysfunction. Full Episode Details >
July 25, 2018
We are tackling the most explosive topic in nutrition, the keto diet! Some say it’s the best diet ever, but others are concerned about its long-term effects.
You will hear the key data available about the short-term promise of a ketogenic diet, as well as the risks it could pose to your health in the future.
July 20, 2018
The Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, a bill proposed in the California State Legislature, could save the lives of millions of animals. The legislation would ban the sale of all cosmetic products statewide that have been tested on animals. If passed, the bill could have a big impact on all cosmetics and cosmetics ingredients for sale in the United States.
Actress Kristin Bauer van Straten from the hit HBO series True Blood joins “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll to talk about the difficulties of having exclusively nonanimal tested makeup on set and her time lobbying at the state capitol. She emotionally recalls becoming aware of the conditions animals are kept in during lab testing.
Chuck is also joined by Elizabeth Baker, Esq., who is the regulatory policy director for the Physicians Committee. She details the massive effect the legislation would have and the overwhelming support it has received so far. But she also points out that it is a long way from becoming law and that more help is needed to get it passed. Full Episode Details >
July 9, 2018
Hot dog! We have a new record!
Millions are celebrating Joey Chestnut’s record-setting performance at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, where he gobbled down 74 franks in just 10 minutes. But their cheers are misguided.
The World Health Organization classifies hot dogs and other processed meats as Group 1 carcinogens, meaning there is sufficient evidence linking them to cancer. In fact, studies have shown that eating just 50 grams of processed meat—roughly the size of one hot dog—each day can increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer by 21 percent. That particular form of cancer claims the lives of more than 50,000 Americans every year.
But what happens in the immediate aftermath of a competitive eater’s feast on franks? Join “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll and Karen Smith, R.D., to find out. But be warned, the answer isn’t pretty. Full Episode Details >
June 27, 2018
Where do you get your protein? If you’re vegan, no doubt you’ve been asked that more than once. Our protein-obsessed culture prides itself on eating mountains of chicken and beef to make sure we’re getting enough of it. But the truth is most of us are already eating way too much protein. And you don’t need meat to get it anyway!
Join “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll along with James Loomis, M.D., and registered dietitian Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., as they debunk “the protein myth.” You’ll learn what exactly protein is, what your body does with it, which proteins your body makes and which you need to eat, and the best plant-based sources to get them.
Plus, plant-powered professional wrestling star Austin Aries checks in! The multi-time world champion defied his dairy-rich Wisconsin upbringing by going vegan. After eliminating meat and dairy from his diet, his career took off and the title belts began piling up. Now, the longtime wrestler attributes the vegan diet for helping him perform like he’s still in his 20s. Full Episode Details >
June 20, 2018
Tracye and Mary McQuirter are living proof that the “fountain of youth” does exist and can be found right in your kitchen. The mother and daughter adopted a whole-food plant-based diet 30 years ago, and it doesn’t look like they’ve aged a day since then. Clean eating and a regular dose of exercise are helping them keep Father Time at bay.
Their new cookbook, The Ageless Vegan, is packed with 100 recipes promising to unlock “the secret to living a long and healthy plant-based life.” They highly recommend the pecan pie! Full Episode Details >
June 13, 2018
A hospital is supposed to be a place of healing and a pillar of health. Yet, many serve the foods that may have helped land patients in the hospital in the first place.
In this episode, “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll sits down with Leslie Rudloff, Esq., director of legal affairs at The Physicians Committee, to talk about the big money contracts between hospitals and fast food restaurants that generate millions of dollars every year.
Perhaps most troubling is the fact that the unhealthy food epidemic extends into children’s hospitals where young patients are being served food proven to have links to colorectal cancer. Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., joins the show to discuss the #HazardousHotDogs campaign. Full Episode Details >
June 6, 2018
Fiber is the Clark Kent of the nutrition world. Hiding in there is Superman with amazing super powers! This disease-fighting powerhouse can reduce your risk of developing cancer and diabetes, cut food cravings, lower cholesterol, and reduce arthritis risk. And it can help you live longer, too!
But what keeps fiber flying high is its ability to help you lose weight!
Unfortunately, the standard American diet is anything but heroic. In fact, it’s just plain SAD. So, in this episode, “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll is joined by Stephen Neabore, M.D., and Lee Crosby, R.D., L.D., from the Barnard Medical Center to teach you everything you need to know about fiber… and then some! Full Episode Details >
May 30, 2018
Is a plant-based diet healthy for kids? Yes! Eating a plant-based diet can give your child—and your whole family—the opportunity to learn to enjoy a variety of wonderful, nutritious foods.
The reality is that the current standard American diet is failing our children, and the rate of childhood obesity has skyrocketed over the last half-century. On the other hand, plant-based diets have repeatedly proven to be an effective tool for weight loss. Full Episode Details >
May 25, 2018
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. Many pools will be opening, and beaches will be crowded with swimmers and sunbathers for the first time this year. Unfortunately, it also means that millions of hamburgers and hot dogs will tossed on the grill turning an otherwise fun-filled day into a potential health disaster.
Stephen Neabore, M.D., joins “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll to discuss the cancer-causing compounds that are produced when meat is cooked over an open flame. Plus, you’ll discover which meats contain the highest levels of carcinogens.
May 22, 2018
Josh LaJaunie is a man who no longer believes in the word “impossible.” He no longer thinks he can achieve a goal; he knows that he will. It’s a critical distinction that the Louisiana native discovered while doing what he believed to be impossible at the time. Josh achieved a lifelong dream of dropping more than 200 pounds and becoming the person he always believed he could be, inside and out. Full Episode Details >
May 16, 2018
According to an increasing amount of research, reports of the health benefits of eggs have been greatly exaggerated.
On this show, “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll and Barnard Medical Center dietitian Maggie Neola, R.D., L.D., get to the bottom of the egg myth. What truly happens to your body when you break the shell? And does it matter how the egg is cooked?
You’ll also learn more than a dozen ways to replace eggs in all sorts of dishes, whether baked or scrambled, from Sierra Coppage, M.A.
Chuck also sits down with Kris Markarian, who shares her inspirational journey that began with an ordinary commuter train ride and led to her transformed health. Full Episode Details >
May 11, 2018
You don’t have to go broke eating a vegan diet! We’ve already proven that two people can eat a plant-based diet for a full week for just $40. Now, “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll and the Physicians Committee’s Lee Crosby, R.D., share even more ways to save that can be fun and adventurous. You’ll learn about a produce auction — it’s like Sotheby's for fruits and vegetables!
Plus, there is a big benefit to unit pricing. Think about a watermelon. If the store is charging $5 per watermelon, one might be four pounds, while another might be six pounds. Which are you going to buy? Go for the larger melon and get your money’s worth! Full Episode Details >
May 9, 2018
Is it possible to be vegan without breaking the bank? Yes! In fact, on this week’s show “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll and Lee Crosby, R.D., will show you how you to buy a week’s worth of groceries for two people for less than $41! We went to the store and filled our cart for on a budget, and all it took was a little planning. Lee also shares her top tips to save money on fruits and vegetables!
SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) has been in the news as of late. Physicians Committee dietitian Susan Levin, R.D., joins the show to talk about the SNAP program and barriers participants face when it comes to choosing healthful foods. We discuss changes the program could make to emphasize healthier options. Full Episode Details >
May 3, 2018
One of the positive “side effects” of switching to a plant-based diet is that the pounds often melt away. Many people even slim down without spending hours in the gym or counting calories.
Join “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll, who lost 275 pounds, and Barnard Medical Center doctor Steve Neabore, M.D., to learn how plant-based diets help trim unwanted weight. You’ll learn how the digestive process changes on a plant-based diet to stimulate weight loss and why calorie-counting becomes a thing of the past! Plus, is there such a thing as a fat gene? Find out!
Aly Luning, R.D., joins the show to share her “Top 5 Weight Loss Tips.” You’ll also learn the shocking number of chickens Americans eat every hour and the role that plays in skyrocketing obesity rates.
Plus, Neal Barnard, M.D., is back from Europe to talk about his lecture at the Vatican! He’s bringing the power of a plant-based diet to religious leaders and medical heavyweights from around the world. Full Episode Details >
Apr 25, 2018
Oils are often portrayed as health foods that can provide all sorts of benefits to your body. You may have even heard that they can improve heart health and cognitive function. But an increasing amount of research contradicts these claims. Join “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll, Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D., and Steve Neabore, M.D., as they examine these claims. Plus, you’ll learn how doctors can tell what you ate for breakfast just by examining your blood! Full Episode Details >
Apr 18, 2018
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! Dairy is hazardous for your health!
It has been said that milk does a body good, but nothing could be further from the truth. Studies have repeatedly shown that dairy consumption has been tied to obesity, heart disease, and cancer! But we’re taught from an early age that milk and cheese are part of a healthy diet. How could that be?
Mark Kennedy, vice president of legal affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, joins “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll and reveals the staggering truth behind government ties to the dairy industry. What his team has unearthed in court is not a conspiracy theory—it’s a fact! You’ll learn how government-funded employees are working with companies like McDonald’s to find ways to get you to eat more cheese! It’s HUGE business. Full Episode Details >
Apr 12, 2018
If you thought the best way to lose weight and get healthy was to avoid carbohydrates, think again! Carbs play a vital role in keeping us healthy and can even help us stay slim and trim. But beware! Some carbs are healthier than others. Complex carbohydrates, found mostly in whole plant foods, maintain their natural fiber and fuel your body with the energy it needs. But simple carbs—which are made of one or two sugar molecules—are often stripped of their fiber, vitamins, and minerals. In this episode, Chuck Carroll and the Physicians Committee’s Susan Levin, R.D., will teach you everything you need to know about choosing your carbs wisely! Full Episode Details >
Apr 5, 2018
There are foods and then there are SUPERfoods! Learn about the 12 healthiest plant-based superfoods as "The Weight Loss Champion" Chuck Carroll is joined by Barnard Medical Center dietitian Lee Crosby.
Vegan Olympic cyclist Dotsie Bausch also calls in to share her inspirational story. It’s a journey that includes a long battle with eating disorders, an attempted suicide, a life resurgence, and an improbable trip to the podium at the Olympics. And with a silver medal proudly in her possession, her journey continues today.
Plus, be inspired by Neal Barnard M.D.'s words of wisdom. Full Episode Details >
Mar 22, 2018
Type 2 diabetes is preventable, manageable, and in many cases, even reversible! Neal Barnard, M.D., explains the science behind how a low-fat, plant-based diet works to address the root cause of type 2 diabetes by reducing fat buildup in the cells.
He sits down with “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll for a wide-ranging conversation about the nation’s seventh-leading killer and outlines his program which has been shown to be three times more effective than the American Diabetes Association’s dietary guidelines at controlling blood sugar. Full Episode Details >
Mar 22, 2018
Every year tens of thousands of people living with morbid obesity turn to weight loss surgery in hopes of finding a solution to a problem that is not only threatening their quality of life, but life itself. Regardless of the type of bariatric procedure they elect to undergo, each patient is tasked with navigating a new nutritional course. Their journey will extend beyond simply making healthier food choices. Most will be tasked with rediscovering their body’s relationship with food—how it is tolerated and more importantly, how it is digested. Full Episode Details >
Feb 21, 2018
At 300 pounds and 6 feet 5 inches tall, David Carter towers over almost everyone he meets. Indeed, Carter is no ordinary vegan. He’s a former NFL player who is using his athletic build and celebrity to erase the stigma that many have about plant-based diets. Full Episode Details >
Feb 21, 2018
Fresh off capturing a gold medal at the Olympics, devout vegan Meagan Duhamel joins the show from the Olympic Village in PyeongChang, South Korea. The figure skater is taking extreme measures to keep a plant-based diet at the games, but she tells “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll that they’re working! And who could argue? The Physicians Committee’s own Olympic correspondent is coming home with two medals! Find out what a gold medal meal tastes like and about the vegan options for Olympians competing at the winter games in this bonus episode. Full Episode Details >
Feb 14, 2018
For your heart, every day is Valentine’s Day when you’re eating a plant-based diet. While heart disease kills more Americans every year than accidents, strokes, and diabetes combined, a vegan diet has repeatedly been proven to dramatically decrease your risk of developing the condition. And in some cases, a plant-based diet has even been shown to reverse heart disease. In this episode, you will learn how a vegan diet can help you achieve optimum heart health and how small changes to your diet can make a major positive impact. Join “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll as he welcomes Gretchen Housel, M.S.N., N.P.-C., and registered dietitian Aly Luning from the Barnard Medical Center to hold court on plant-based heart health. Full Episode Details >
Feb 7, 2018
The eyes of the world are focusing on Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the Winter Olympics. The best athletes on the planet are descending on the city for two weeks of intense competition following years of grueling training. Among them is vegan figure skater Meagan Duhamel! The defending silver medalist has a leg up on her rivals thanks to a strict plant-based diet. She joins “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll to chronicle the extreme lengths she’s going to maintain a perfect vegan diet while competing. Full Episode Details >
Feb 2, 2018
Tom Brady is defying the odds! The New England Patriots superstar quarterback remains at the top of his game despite turning 40 years old and has no plans to retire anytime soon. Heck, he’s in the Super Bowl again! In the NFL, that level of success at that age is unheard of. Full Episode Details >
Jan 31, 2018
A growing number of athletes are turning to plant-based diets to fuel their performance. Everyone from DJ Swearinger of the Washington's football team and some of his NFL brethren to NBA star Kyrie Irving to NASCAR driver Landon Cassill are making the change to take their game to the next level. This episode is dedicated to explaining why athletes are going vegan in droves. Plus, “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll sits down with Swearinger to talk about his decision. Of course, he also had the NFL star make a smoothie. Full Episode Details >
Jan 26, 2018
Music can heal your mind and body. Dr. Barnard and “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll examine the medicinal effects of music, including promising research involving Alzheimer’s patients. Find out why everyone can reap the benefits of song no matter what type of music it is. Also, hear the inspirational story of a woman whose meat-heavy diet nearly proved deadly and how she’s trying to save lives. Full Episode Details >
Jan 24, 2018
It’s one of the unhealthiest foods in the Standard American Diet (SAD). Sadly, it’s also one of the foods that average American consumes the most. That really should come as no surprise, because cheese is super addictive. In fact, the cravings can be so severe that Dr. Neal Barnard refers to it as “dairy crack.” Full Episode Details >
Jan 17, 2018
“The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll along with dietitian Lee Crosby and Dr. Steve Neabore from the Barnard Medical Center are devoting this episode to bringing the dangers of meat consumption to light. Lee will also share her own emotional story of finding not one, but two lumps in her breast. It was only then that she learned about the risk of the Standard American Diet. Full Episode Details >
Jan 8, 2018
It’s not the most glamorous of subjects, and yet gut bacteria is one of the most talked about health topics online. In fact, our page on the subject is one of the most viewed on the website. So what do you need to know?
Jan. 3, 2018
What effect does a vegan diet have on the immune system? Good question!
We’ll explain how fruits and vegetables not only help to fight off a cold, but also how they can help lower your risk of cancer. Full Episode Details >
Jan. 2, 2018
So you’re ready to go vegan? Now what?
That question is exactly why we’re calling this episode “How to Vegan.” Consider it your guide for the healthiest journey you’ll ever take.
Jan. 1, 2018
This is the time to hit the reset button on your health. The slate has been wiped clean, and you can make 2018 the year that you truly thrive!
That’s why we’re calling this episode New Year, New You.
Cliché? Yes. But it’s also so very true. Full Episode Details >
Dec. 13, 2017
The end of the year is drawing closer and it’s time to start thinking about 2018. How will you take control of your health on January 1? This episode is dedicated to those considering transitioning to a plant-based diet.
Nov. 15, 2017
It’s a vegan Thanksgiving! “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll finds out the ill effects and what really happens to your body when you eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, gravy, cheese and more!