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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 012. | January 26, 2023
012: The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss with Chef AJ
012: The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss with Chef AJ

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Growing up in the fifties and sixties, being overweight as a child was unusual.

Yet, for Chef AJ, her struggle with weight was something that started in her youth.

Reaching close to 200 pounds, it wasn’t until she dealt with a health challenge, that she even considered changing the way she ate.

It took someone helping her to understand the connection between what she ate and her health crisis that she was willing to make the change.

During this episode of the Health Science Podcast, Dr. Frank Sabatino and Chef AJ talk about healthy weight, food addictions, water-fasting, eating delicious foods and benefits of a plant-based, S.O.S. free diet.

Episode Highlights

[02:20]             It started for the animals

[08:00]             A health crisis shifts perception

[09:10]             Discovering the power of an SOS free diet

[11:20]             De-villainizing healthy starch-based foods

[15:00]             Conquering food addiction

[20:00]             Being a preachy vegan didn’t work

[23:00]             Finding what works for you

[28:30]             When you do it right, you don’t have to do it over

[31:00]             Caloric density vs counting calories

[37:00}             The dopamine pleasure trap in foods

[40:00]             Final thoughts

About Chef AJ

Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-exclusive diet for over 45 years. She was the host of the television series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ which aired on Foody TV.

A chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is the author of three bestselling books, The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss:  A Revolutionary Approach to Conquer Cravings, Overcome Food Addiction and Lose Weight Without Going Hungry, Own Your Health and The 10th Anniversary Edition of Unprocessed, all which have received glowing endorsement by many luminaries in the plant based movement.

Chef AJ was the Executive Pastry Chef at Santé Restaurant in Los Angeles where she was famous for her vegan, sugar, oil, salt and gluten free desserts which use the fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the whole fruit.

She broadcasts CHEF AJ LIVE! on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter daily.  She is the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss Program, which has helped hundreds of people achieve the health and the body that they deserve and is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol.  

In 2018 she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation, stress

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

More information:


A one-of-a-kind experience, the annual NHA Conference features top leaders in the plant-based movement. Attendees of the in-person event enjoy 100% no SOS plant-exclusive meals.

To learn more and reserve your spot, visit


A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.

Contact Wanda Huberman for more information on how to apply for the scholarship. [email protected]

NHA membership

For a very nominal investment, you can enjoy incredible benefits of the NHA membership.

Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.

Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States.

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