The landmark book from New York Times-bestselling author Dr. Jason Fung, one of the world's leading experts on intermittent fasting for weight-loss and longevity, whose 5-step plan has helped thousands of people lose weight and achieve lasting health.
“Not only full of insights but also surprisingly funny. Read it to understand why the world became fat, how to reverse the epidemic—and how to stay thin yourself.”
—Andreas Eenfeldt, MD, Founder of dietdoctor.com
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 readable 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.
About the Author
Dr. Jason Fung is a New York Times-bestselling author whose books include The Obesity Code, The Diabetes Code, The Obesity Code Cookbook, The PCOS Plan, Life in the Fasting Lane, and The Complete Guide to Fasting (co-authored with Jimmy Moore). Dr. Fung completed medical school at the University of Toronto and a fellowship in nephrology at the University of California. Dr. Fung is also the co-founder of The Fasting Method, a program to help people lose weight and reverse Type 2 Diabetes naturally with fasting. He lives in Toronto.
Timothy Noakes is Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Cape Town, a marathon runner, and the author of the bestseller The Lore of Running. After discovering research supporting a high fat, low carb diet as the healthiest option for many people, he started the Noakes Foundation in 2012, and has dedicated his life to opening people's eyes to the myth of low-fat eating and the nutritional and environmental crisis it has led us to.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Epidemic
Chapter 1 How Obesity Became an Epidemic 9
Chapter 2 Inheriting Obesity 21
Part 2 The Calorie Deception
Chapter 3 The Calorie-Reduction Error 29
Chapter 4 The Exercise Myth 48
Chapter 5 The Overfeeding Paradox 57
Part 3 A New Model of Obesity
Chapter 6 A New Hope 69
Chapter 7 Insulin 78
Chapter 8 Cortisol 89
Chapter 9 The Atkins Onslaught 96
Chapter 10 Insulin Resistance: The Major Player 107
Part 4 The Social Phenomenon of Obesity
Chapter 11 Big Food, More Food and the New Science of Diabesity 127
Chapter 12 Poverty and Obesity 136
Chapter 13 Childhood Obesity 145
Part 5 What's Wrong with Our Diet?
Chapter 14 The Deadly Effects of Fructose 157
Chapter 15 The Diet Soda Delusion 168
Chapter 16 Carbohydrates and Protective Fiber 175
Chapter 17 Protein 188
Chapter 18 Fat Phobia 201
Part 6 The Solution
Chapter 19 What to Eat 215
Chapter 20 When to Eat 235
Appendix A Sample Meal Plans (with Fasting Protocols) 252
Appendix B Fasting: A Practical Guide 256
Appendix C Meditation and Sleep Hygiene to Reduce Cortisol 266