The Obesity Code: unlocking the secrets of weight loss
We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic, but despite being inundated with diet advice we are only getting fatter. We count calories and exercise regularly, yet still the pounds won’t budge. Why?
In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr Jason Fung sets out a groundbreaking new theory: that obesity is caused by our hormones, rather than a lack of self-control....more
Because "emotional eating" only came about as an explanation after the failure of Calories …moreEat more fat? I think that's what Fung or Taubes would say.
Because "emotional eating" only came about as an explanation after the failure of Calories In/Out and the increasing obesity epidemic. Rather than take a critical look at CiCo the moral and behavorial explanations were invented such as emotional eating and the obese are lazy. Neither of which I believe anymore.
It's addiction. And all the ups and downs that come with the drug addiction of sugar. You eat sugar, it feels good. Then you crash. Feel hungry and blue. And eat more. That's the cycle of "emotional eating", but sugar is the problem (and lack of adequate essential fats). Not the emotions.
Fat turns off the switch that craves sugar. Is satisfying. And regulates hormones including those involving mood. Cut out sugar and eat more fat. (less)
The focus is changing your habits to reduce insulin output and insulin resistance in order to eliminate or modulate Type 2 diabetes & metabolic syndrome. Losing weight can play an important role in this.
The author (a physician) provides loads of data and studies that refute the "carbs are great, fat is awful & sugar is OKish" message that we've been hearing since the 1970s. He provides evidence that says the healthiest way to eat is lower carb, higher healthy fat, an ...more
I've read more diet books than I know what to do with here is why this book is the best:
1. It explains why calorie restriction doesn't work.
2. It explains why over eating doesn't cause you to gain weight.
3. It explains in simple terms why we get fat.
4. It's a whole lifestyle approach to losing weight.
5. It doesn't tell you one diet is better than another, but it tells you exactly why most diets work but for only about 6 months.
6. Then, it tells you what to do to avoid pla ...more
The main theory of the book is that the root cause of obesity and weight gain is a complex hormonal imbalance, that stems from high blood insulin levels. High insulin levels are responsible for obesity, and to a smaller degree, so can high cortisol levels ( ...more
This book challenges many of the things I was taught growing up about weight, nutrition, and health. I was a teenager in the late 80s, a time well before we had any activism in regards to fat shaming. At that time, if you were overweight, it was because you were a bad person—slothful, gluttonous, lazy. I was taught that fat in food is evil, ...more
More precisely (as pointed out in the book), all diets work at first and then one plateaus and then the weight comes back. On top of that, now you’ve lowered your metabolism because you pissed off your body, because it was perfectly happy at the weight it was, so it increased your hunger and lowered your metabolism to get back to it’s happy place ...more
Unfortunately, he seems to have hoisted himself on his own petard. He lambastes others for recommending things that are not evidence-based, but then his big advice is to fast, whereas the evidence indicates that fasting doesn't work any better than calorie restriction: " Alternate-day fasting did not produce superior adherence, weight loss, weight maintenance, or cardioprotection ...more
I've read many, many books on weight loss and dieting over the years, mostly to try to get healthier and in order to understand my body better because I'm a science geek. This book outshines them all.
It takes a lot convincing to change your mindset from the ingrained "calories in, calories out," but Dr. Fung is very compelling. Listening to his book changed my whole mindset about food, sugar, and fake sugar (which is my true weakness). It was truly life changing.
An excellent book with lots of ...more
So this review covers like 2/3 of the book. I'm getting kinda lazy at the end here. I got bored so I skimmed the actual weight loss advice at the end. This book is probably the best non-fiction I've read so far. The first 2/3 of the book is mostly about things you shouldn't do to lose weight / weight loss myths and it's like reading plot twist after plot twist because it's all bad news. If you are actually reading this to lose weight the last 1/3 explains how to do it. (Which is by fasting.) ...more
Well, honestly, most of the stuff he talks about in the book is in the videos (which I sort of figured), so you don't really need the book, though it's nice to have a more convenient reference than twitching through YouTube.
I used ...more
Mixed bag. On one hand this is one of the only health books I've ever listened to that actually said "Different people gain weight for different reasons" and "All diets work in the beginning". Basic, but somehow still shocking.
On the other hand, this book is another one of those "Diets don't work, so do my diet". Um, really? Calories in =/= Calories out so let's just not eat for several days and we'll see the weight slide off. And this business of "religions fast, so we should to" ...more
Once we understand that obesity is a hormonal imbalance, we can begin to treat it. If we believe that excess calories cause obesity, then the treatment is to reduce calories. But this method has been a complete failure. However, if too much insulin causes obesity, then it becomes clear we need to lower insulin levels.
My back story, which isn't necessary for this review: (view spoiler)[About a year ago, my sister-in-law invited me to join a “boot camp”-type gym with her at a time when they we ...more
So Jason Fung's book explains this phenomenon--and much else. He explains how a focus on calories misses the important role that insulin plays in weigh ...more
Jason Fung's book "The Obesity Code" is a valuable addition to the library of anyone who is interested in healthy eating, obesity and weight loss. The author is a doctor (nephrologist) who has dedicated himself to fighting obesity and diabetes. He bases his book exclusively on studies done on humans (since humans are not rats and results from rat studies are not directly applicable to humans).
Dr. Fung presents his theory of the causes of obesity, blaming it first ...more
This book was written by a Canadian doctor, a nephrologist in fact, who came to the topic by the way of treating patients for issues related to diabetes. I would highly recommend it for a couple of reasons. First, it gives a really good explanation of the all the hormones that impact blood sugar, hunger, saiety, metabolism, etc. And second it discusses aspects of nutrition that have been used to mislead consumers. Basically, food is big business, and those of us raised in the las ...more
If a review you’ve read doesn’t discuss INSULIN and its affect on your body, then the reviewer obviously has NOT gotten the MAIN POINT of this book.
The cure isn’t ...more
When I read this book 2.5 years ago, I thought that's nice and moved on to the next read. Now? It has transformed my thinking and eating! Intermittent fasting was ridiculous then; today it is normative and effortless.
Oh, Dr. Jason Fung. He's funny, realistic — this will take some time, productive and non-dogmatic. You don't want to fast? Don't fast. It's a tool available to you. He mixes and kneads words like a cinnamon roll dough.
Dr. Fung's Similes, Metaphors, and Analogie ...more
Full disclosure: I have been diagnosed with PCOS (closely correlated with insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome), and although I can easily lose weight through sheer brute force and willpower, I find it hard to maintain it. Finally I have my answer - I have never addressed the underlying problem, INSULIN RESISTANCE, which is caused by ...more
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