Book Review: The Obesity Code by Dr. Fung

Book Overview

Everything you believe about how to lose weight is wrong. Weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones – in everyone – and only by understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss.

In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps – a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels – Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight – for good.

Book Review

I’m surprised nobody has mentioned this but Dr Jason Fung is a traditional medical doctor in Canada working in the system — where the government won’t pay for a medical intervention if it isn’t effective. He has helped his patients drop thousands of pounds with an unconventional approach. The book covers the reasons he has elected to take this controversial approach. His program, called intensive dietary management, helps people adapt a low carb diet and intermittent or (when appropriate and supervised) prolonged fasts. He knows what he’s talking about when it comes to the connection between what you eat and what you weigh.⠀


Dr Fung makes it clear that the calories in/ calories out model of weight management has proved to be a colossal failure, and explains why, covering the nuanced realities of hormones, fasting, carbohydrates, fats, sugars and sleep and the roles each plays in your health.⠀


Each chapter unfolds into a sensible, well researched, very well-reasoned and sometimes sobering discussion of a health topic.⠀
Topics include:⠀
▪ the heritability of (a tendency for) obesity⠀
▪ The role of insulin in weight gain⠀
▪ Benefits of fiber to gut health and how that translates to faster weight loss⠀
▪ Probiotics—any reader interested in health should be familiar with this new field.⠀
▪ The power of fasting (yes, fasting) and why it’s not so extreme⠀
Dr Fung has tapped into something very important and no doubt the future of nutrition and health discussion is going to be centered around concepts found here in The Obesity Code⠀

About the Author

Dr. Jason Fung is a Canadian nephrologist. He’s a world-leading expert on intermittent fasting and low carb, especially for treating people with type 2 diabetes. He has written three best-selling health books and he co-founded the Intensive Dietary Management program.

Dr. Fung graduated from the University of Toronto and completed his residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Fung works with Team Diet Doctor. Together we want to make it simple for people to understand and implement intermittent fasting, to improve their health. Below is some of the material with Dr. Fung on Diet Doctor.

Author Links

Website: IDMprogram.com
Amazon: Dr. Jason Fung


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