125: Dr. Jason Fung — Author of The Obesity Code

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Dr. Jason Fung is a Canadian nephrologist and a world-leading expert on intermittent fasting and LCHF (low carb, high fat), especially for treating people with, or at risk for, type 2 diabetes. Dr. Jason Fung earned his medical degree and did his residency at the University of Toronto before heading to UCLA for his fellowship in nephrology. In addition to his practice as a kidney specialist, Dr. Fung is currently the scientific editor of the Journal of Insulin Resistance.

After treating thousands of patients, it became clear to Dr. Fung that we are losing the battle against the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and obesity. The traditional dietary recommendations - to reduce dietary fat and calories - were clearly ineffective, so he founded the Intensive Dietary Management Program (IDM Program) to provide a unique treatment focus for type 2 diabetes and obesity. Dr. Fung believes that, rather than focusing on medications, the focus needs to be on simple, effective dietary changes.

In Dr. Fung’s first book, The Obesity Code, he explores the underlying causes of obesity and recommends effective strategies that target the root causes of weight gain. His second book, The Complete Guide to Fasting, is a practical guide to fasting, including fasting regimens, what to expect, and how to deal with problems.

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Without any plan to have Dr. Fung on the podcast, I got a copy of his book. After getting half-way in, I was so compelled by his research, expertise, and recommendations, I reached out to invite him to be a guest on the podcast. He's a traditional doctor with a non-traditional message - give your body a break from insulin by getting off the carbs and not eating so frequently. It's a message many, many more of us need to hear.

Take out your pen and piece of paper, take notes, and share his message with others. Then give it a whirl to see if and how it works for you. I'll bet in looking back on it that you'll be thankful you did!

- Andy Petranek

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