Diets for Firefighters – What Works and Why?

Firefighters today are faced with myriad options for diet and nutrition plans. Paleo, vegetarian, keto, intermittent fasting—all have their supporters and detractors. To help digest (see what I did there?) the information and determine what diet is right for you, it helps to first understand why diets work.

In this short video, I explain why any diet can help you lose weight and provide three steps to get started if you’re looking to be more deliberate about what you eat and control calories.


Questions? Contact me at or visit Fire Rescue Fitness.

Aaron Zamzow

AARON ZAMZOW is a firefighter/training officer for Madison (Wisconsin) Fire Department with 20 years of experience as a fitness trainer and host of the Better Every Shift podcast. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health and wellness as well as a Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification. He is an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist, an NASM certified personal trainer and an ACE-certified peer fitness trainer. Zamzow is the founder and owner of and develops programs aimed at getting fire rescue athletes fit for duty. He authored the book "Ladder 2 Workout: A Comprehensive Firefighter Workout Program that will get you 'Fit for Duty' in 28 days." Connect with Zamzow on Twitter at @GetFRFit, on Facebook at Fire Rescue Fitness or at

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