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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books; 1 edition (March 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1771641258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1771641258
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (569 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L Parr TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 21, 2016
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I am a PA with decades of experience with diabetes and it's ill effects. I have watched through my career, type 2 diabetics listen to medical advice and never get any better. When my daughter, who was a gestational diabetic with her first pregnancy had a fasting blood glucose of 288 mg/dl, it became personal for me. They gave her the usual Metformin script and sent her on her way. Knowing that these meds do nothing to cure the disease and that it would only head her to a life on insulin and further weight gain I asked her not to take the meds, stop all carbs for the moment and let me do some research. That was when I came across Dr. Fung's lectures on the internet. As someone who has been studying holistic medicine for 30 years it made complete sense to me.
What makes this book and his lectures so valuable, is that he approaches everything from a medical model and shows why modern medicine is getting it all wrong.
He explains the process of glucose metabolism in a way I feel most lay people can understand. It's important for every overweight or type 2 diabetic to understand this process to better understand what they have been doing to their bodies...and unfortunately what we in medicine have been doing to their bodies.
What was most valuable to me was him quoting studies that are considered standards in the field of medicine...not studies on rats or studies that have 15 subjects...but studies conducted over years with thousands of participants...like the Frammingham study or the NHANES study. I had seen these studies in the most prestigious medical journals like JAMA...funny how some of the aspects of the studies that he cites just weren't included or stressed in the outcomes.
After going over all the metabolism...
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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.

As a doctor myself specializing in weight loss, I too am deeply interested in the disconnect between calories consumed and body weight that seems to trap some people in a metabolic vicious cycle. So I find his focus on this topic fascinating. Particularly interesting are the arguments that lay out why we were wrong about the calories in calories out model and how human physiology seems to defy physics (but actually isn’t, as you’ll see).

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.
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I found Dr. Fung on youtube and found myself mesmerized by his videos about diabetes and obesity ("diabesity"). I had been an avid low carber for more than a decade after developing gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy at age 29. What a total shock it was for me, a super skinny size 2 woman, to be told I'm diabetic! Thankfully I was able to turn it all around with low carb dieting. When I had my second child at the ripe old age of 37, I did not develop gestational diabetes, to the huge surprise of my doctor. Low carb worked.

Fast forward eight years. I fell of the low carb wagon due to work, kids, stress in general and quickly packed on 15 pounds (which is a lot for a 5'4" person). While eating low carb is fantastic, it does require a lot of time and money to prepare appropriate meals from scratch. I thought I could offset the lack of time in the kitchen with more strenuous exercise (HIIT, weights), but it didn't help at all. Then, even when I switched back to hard core low carb, the weight loss was very slow at best, and came to a stall after a few pounds, despite stepping up the exercise regiment. To say I was frustrated is an understatement. I tried to write it off as the inevitable mid-life spread, but was very depressed about it.

Then this happened: I went to see my parents and family who live in Germany for two weeks. During those two weeks, I didn't watch my diet at all, didn't exercise at all (except lots of walking), and I LOST 10 pounds! This frustrated me even more, because I could not make sense of it. I ate high carb, high fat foods and just walked around, and the fat melted off of me. When I returned to the States, I regained all that weight within a few months, and then some. I thought I was going insane.
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