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u/JackDostoevsky · 22 pointsr/keto

It's not nearly that straight forward, because weight loss is hormonally driven. Therefore, as we all know, a calorie is not actually a calorie, certainly when it comes to weight loss. It's why most of us are on r/keto in the first place.

EDIT: There's also the case of Sam Feltham's 5700 calorie experiment, where he ate over 5700 kcal of food every day for 2 weeks. The first time he ate high fat, low carb, and low protein, and only gained 3lbs. He did a second 2 week run where he did the same number of calories but with high carb and low fat, and he gained 16 lbs in the same period. So it's clear that overeating of certain foods will cause you to gain weight, while overeating of certain other foods (ie high fat, natural whole foods) will not cause the same weight gain.

This experiment was referenced in Dr Jason Fung's book The Obesity Code, which I highly recommend.

u/fatsthlmswede · 13 pointsr/fasting

I would recommend that you read

These books contains links to a lot of the studies that answers your questions in depth.

u/clbrto · 7 pointsr/intermittentfasting

if someone REALLY expresses interest in how I'm losing weight, I send them to or lend them a book

but usually I don't talk about my diet

u/sknick_ · 6 pointsr/intermittentfasting

Dr. Fung doesn’t argue that you can’t lose weight in the short term on a traditional diet of calorie counting.

He does argue that you won’t keep the weight off on a traditional diet of calorie counting long term, once your metabolism slows by up to 40% in response to the weight loss.

Exercise only represents something like 1/4 or 1/5 of the energy expended each day at the most. The main component of energy expenditure is your metabolic rate. If you greatly reduce your metabolic rate along with weight loss, your body is essentially fighting to help you put the weight back on.

He recommends the combination of fasting, reducing overall daily meal frequency, & low carb dieting for long term weight loss without the metabolic slowdown that leads you to regain the lost weight.


Links if you care to learn more:


Free articles by Dr. Jason Fung:

The (Lack of) Evidence for Caloric Restriction in Weight Loss

The Useless Concept of ‘Calories’

The Science of Why Caloric Restriction Fails

Why Fasting Succeeds Where Caloric Restriction Fails

Controlling the Body’s ‘Fat Thermometer’


The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung


Video: Dr. Fung lecture on fasting, calories, weight loss, insulin, etc

u/idlogin21 · 6 pointsr/fasting

I would listen to the audio book or read: The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

Also: The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting

Mutiple studies have shown calories are not the driving force for weight increase, insulin is.

A 2000 calories made up of pizza, pasta, ice cream, cake, doughnuts, chips, bread and juice, is very different than 2000 calories made by steak, chicken, veg, eggs, nuts, seeds, avacado and whole fruit.

Fibre is also a key component of weight management, most western diets do get nearly enough fibre. Fibre protects the body from sugar.

Add chia seeds and flaxseed to your meals.

u/frum1ous · 6 pointsr/fasting

> So what is the key to making that set weight point change? Is sticking to fasting and avoiding carbs the best way to do it?

Basically, yes. Dr. Fung talks about this at greater length in The Obesity Code, but the gist is you have to keep insulin levels low enough for long enough for your body to regain its insulin sensitivity. The longer you've been overweight, the longer this will take.

u/EmergentEcon · 6 pointsr/fasting

Yes it is healthy, but needs to be carefully implemented.
Depending on the severity of diabetes, and range and doses of drugs you take, you would ideally need to be supervised.

For instance, especially if you are following a combination of a Low Carb diet & IF / Fasting, taking too much insulin can be dangerous.

You need to head on over to Dr Jason Fung's website, he is a Toronto based nephrologist who specialises in treating obesity and diabetes. He has a host of resources:

  1. Web site
  2. Video Lecture Series
  3. His book "The Obesity Code"

    He has reported phenomenal results with diabetics, many reaching the point where they no longer require insulin. I'm currently in talks with him to consult with my father's physician.
u/Iowa_Dave · 5 pointsr/intermittentfasting

Here is the good news - /r/Keto and IF are powerful for controlling blood sugar and managing diabetes.

Two years ago my A1C was 13.4 and I was in losing toes/kidney-damage territory. I went hardcore Keto 18:6 IF and frequently OMAD. MY doctor put me on Metformin and blood-pressure meds.

9 months later, my A1C was 4.9. Technically non-diabetic. I asked my doctor to take me off Metformin which she didn't like the idea of, but she agreed. 6 months later my A1C had stabilized at 5.3 and has stayed there. I'm off all diabetes and blood pressure meds and my last BP was 110/60. I lost 40 pounds. I'm 53.

Here are the most important things I can share with you;

  • If you don't want sugar in your blood, don't put it into your mouth.

  • Bread, pasta and rice are all basically complex forms of sugar.

    Eat all the meat and vegetables you want and give your body a break from high insulin levels. You've caught this early and there is no reason you can't reverse the symptoms of diabetes with delicious food and skipping a meal or two a day.

    It's really that simple.

    I can't recommend Dr. Jason Fung's book The Complete Guide to Fasting which will give you all science behind low carb diets and intermittent fasting for treating diabetes. His other book The Obesity Code is even more in depth if you want more science.

    Now here is the bad news. Doctors will likely fight you about this. I was sent to a class at a hospital after my diagnosis. The nutritionist said diabetes was progressive and irreversible and medication could only slow it down. Their goal of management is an A1C of 7.0 which means they want to keep you diabetic.

    Why? Healthy people don't make doctors any money.

    You need to take this seriously and do your homework. You can absolutely manage this and do it with food alone. But there are a lot of people who will tell you it's impossible or too hard to do.
    I've read that at least 80% of T2 diabetics could manage the disease with diet alone, but only 5% choose to do so.

    It breaks my heart when T2 diabetics I know will have a slice of pie and say "Well, I'll just up my meds tonight".

    F*ck that. I'm not going to inject insulin years from now for pie today.

    You got this. You can do it. I'll gladly answer any questions you have here or by direct message.
u/bayesian13 · 5 pointsr/keto

Dr. Jason Fung, author of the Obesity Code looks at your question here:

"There’s a difference between calculated energy surplus and real energy surplus. Apparently Feltham didn’t have a large real energy surplus, as he didn’t gain more weight.

The most likely explanation to me is that his energy expenditure increased substantially during the experiment. Maybe there are other explanations? Perhaps his body also adapted by not taking up all the nutrients he ate?

I’m not surprised by the results. If you starve long term you don’t lose as much weight as simple calorie counting predicts. The body will decrease the metabolic rate. If you overeat you don’t gain that much weight. The body adapts and tries to maintain an appropriate fat mass."

i'd recommend his book. it was very thought provoking.

u/beneathperception · 4 pointsr/keto

I would strongly recommend Phinney and Volek's book I linked. I have not read Dr. Jason Fung's book but it appears to be strongly recommended as well. There are also a few MDs here who do recommend or follow the keto diet. /r/ketoscience is also a great place that your wife would be able to dig into actual research articles and make her own decision.

I am a nurse who lost 45 lbs in 3 months plus 10-inches off my waist a couple years ago and easily maintained that weight loss until I stopped emphasizing a keto diet. I did this while several of my co-workers told me what I was doing "could not work" or "was dangerous" and over the same time they struggled to lose 10 lbs I lost 4 times as much. My cholesterol panel is perfect regardless of my diet or weight, so good genetics there with a small improvement on keto.

During that time I was able to discuss the diet with cardiologists, nephrologists, endocrinologists, and internal medicine doctors:

  • Out of about 10 MDs probably half were against it but did not substantiate why beyond "I don't like low-carb/keto diets" (I'm sure the objections were valid however these were hallway conversations with busy men and true discussion probably wasn't reasonable at the time)

  • A nephrologist didn't like it but admitted that in an otherwise healthy individual it did not pose a risk to kidneys and no amount of protein intake in an otherwise healthy individual would pose a risk to them

  • A cardiologist admitted that as long as your cholesterol profile was not at risk it was probably safe as long as it did not raise your profile

  • An internal med doctor discussed it at length with me because of my weight loss and confirmed he had heard it was effective for weight loss, did not raise cholesterol, and had several questions as well as asking who I had discuss it with

  • The strongest supporter I had was an endocrinologist who strongly supported low-carb diets for his patients and was also a Crossfit guy and had been low-carb (although not necessarily keto) himself for over 10 years.

    Ultimately, your wife may not be swayed that this is the best way. But at least she may realize it should not be dangerous to try.
u/adiabatic · 4 pointsr/intermittentfasting

OMAD. The Obesity Code says that the only thing that lowers insulin is time. If you want to reduce your insulin spikes during meals, shift your foods to ones with lower insulin indexes. This means moving to a low-carb, moderate-to-high-fat diet.

In general, carbs spike your insulin more than proteins and proteins spike your insulin more than fats. Fats don't raise your insulin levels. That said, there's wide variation in insulin responses even among different types of carbs and among different types of protein sources.

u/googlenerd · 3 pointsr/keto

Perhaps this might be a good starting point for your research: The author of this site has a great book which you might like.

Good Luck!

u/mmabpa · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

If you're a science-y kind of person and have time to kill I recommend watching Youtube videos featuring Dr. Jason Fung. He's the author of the book The Obesity Code and actually recommends not eating until later in the day (i.e. intermittent fasting) as a way to stabilize insulin and cortisol (which for many people results in weight loss). The book itself has great content devoted to tearing apart the food industry and its influence on the US government's dietary recommendations, including the "breakfast is the most important meal of the day!" mentality.

u/Captain-Popcorn · 3 pointsr/intermittentfasting

Most people start with 16/8, meaning eat during an 8 hour period, and abstain for 16 (including sleep). For most this means skipping breakfast and no snacking.

Another version is 20/4 sometimes called the warrior diet. All food consumed within 4 hours.

Still another is eating one large meal a day (normally dinner, although i have done lunch). OMAD. Basically 23/1.

Here are some resources i have collected that are helpful to people getting started. Good luck.

Intermittent fasting - good intro video:

Good second video (rewind if needed).

Good write up

DietDoctor website:

Brad Pilon website:

Dave Asprey website:

Third video. Interview with Fung.

Great book - The Obesity Code (can likely get at library)

u/Phicol · 3 pointsr/keto

Obesity Code

An amazing book promoting Keto by doctor that uses the treatment to reverse T2 diabetes.

Edit: Forgot the title of the book...

u/Hummus_Hole · 2 pointsr/fitness30plus

What helped me work through my weight loss stall was to eat more/above my caloric budget for 1 day or 2 then go back down to a calorie deficit again. Then the weight would fall off again. Its kind of like intervals. I think you body might simply be getting used to your limited caloric intake and is stalling out. "Stoke the fire" by consuming more calories, then trick your body and go back down to your reduced calories. This is what I did to lose 60lbs.

NOW in regards to Dr. Fung's persepective, I am currently reading Dr. Fung's Obesity Code. As I mentioned earlier I have lost about 60lbs. This was roughly 3 years ago (check my post history). I have slowly gained about 30 of it back since in my case what Dr. Fung preaches about is completely true. Reducing caloric intake does not result in long lasting weight loss. I am working on losing it again but to hopefully keep it off this go round. Losing it wasn't the difficult part, keeping it off has been the challenge.

u/optoutsidethenorm · 2 pointsr/veganketo

Have you read The Obesity Code?

The advice in that book combined with these is what helped me the most:

The Complete Guide to Fasting

Eat to Live

How Not to Die

u/StrictPaper · 2 pointsr/neoliberal

Dr. Jason Fung made his career out of treating people with Diabetes of both varieties.

You can also look at the work of Gary Taubes. Not a doctor, but he's made his career out of tracking dietary studies and research.

We've known for over a century that caloric restriction based diets do not work. Most people can't hold to them, some people legitimately go crazy on a CICO diet, and even among it's success stories most people still fail in the long term. CICO diets are still aggressively promoted though because they have the all the sheen of a rigorous, scientific driven diet with people proclaiming that the laws of thermodynamics still apply to your gut.

Except the human body is not a furnace, and the mechanism for weight gain is insulin. We've known that much for decades- the most common side effect of prescriptions for insulin is weight gain.

The CICO diet doesn't work. It's too simplistic, it has no long term plan to keep weight off, and for some people it is simply harmful to aggressively market that sort of diet to them.

And of course even a cursory google search will flood you with dietitians (not nutritionists! Board certified dietitians) and other researchers who all agree CICO is unwise.

For a more bite size version of all this I would direct you to this video on youtube. Sources are in the description. We've known for over 200 years that if you want to lose weight, you regulate the intake of carbs, not calories, and the hard modern science is that if you want to keep the weight off, a really simplistic, old diet- the whole food diet- is what you use.

>But the Japanese! Okinawans have the highest life expectancy in the world and eat like twigs!

Correct! But you need to appreciate that your body's weight drives it's hormones. You get hungry because you're fat, and your body actively encourages you to keep eating because you're fat. It's also worth remembering that the Japanese diet typically has very, very few refined carbs. Tons of veggies, some seafood, a salt-based sauce to make it palatable, and then they'll have about a cup, maybe two, of cooked white rice.

u/DreadyVapor · 2 pointsr/fasting

If you like his blog, Dr. Fung also wrote The Obesity Code (awesome!!!) and The Complete Guide to Fasting which I haven't read but I've heard is quite good.

u/tpris · 2 pointsr/TheRedPill
Excellent book about fasting.
Site of books author. Google videos by him (Jason Fung)

I would also suggest IF or just plain fasting. Both reset insulin levels and insulin sensitivity. Longer fasts have benefits with autophagy and stem cells.

u/codefame · 2 pointsr/4hourbodyslowcarb

I run an integrative medical clinic. (Not a doctor.) From what I've seen, sugar and inflammation are the root of probably 90% of the chronic diseases we deal with, and excess sugar triggers inflammatory it's all down to the sugar.

It's also the hardest addiction to deal with because unlike others, we're just now learning about how bad it can be for us.

We have a lot of success working with sugar addictions in our space because we pair our patients with functional nutritionists who know how to speak to the addiction cycle. If you're struggling, consider connecting with a knowledgeable functional nutritionist who can help.

If you want some good book recommendations in addition to 4HB:

u/babagos · 2 pointsr/Hypothyroidism

So a few more book recommendations:

- Why you can't dose by TSH:

According to this page on calculating your dose by weight, a starting dose for you might be 137 mcg T4 + 12.5 mcg T3, which is a slight increase in both T4 and T3. You want to keep both T4 and T3 in range, but trying to keep TSH in range is difficult for some people. Adhering to that goal can be a tradeoff between health and illness for these patients. It's a decision you'll have to make yourself.

- Why weight watchers doesn't lead to long-term weight loss:

It's not too many calories or fat, it's insulin resistance from too many processed carbs. Likewise, if you overexercise and undereat, your thyroid function downregulates to keep you from starving. This is why it's so important not to restrict calories, but to eat to satiety with healthy foods. That's the next book.

- What to eat instead of counting calories:

This gives you a good outline of what you CAN eat, after eliminating so many processed foods. I can vouch for the fact that after adding more saturated fat to my diet and dumping all junk food, that I am no longer as hungry. This has led to unexpected weight loss. And yes, with the weight loss I am having to reduce my thyroid dose.

I hope you'll find the answers you're looking for in these books.

u/twistedlimb · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

i just read this book: Basically the doctor says increasing your baseline insulin is something that has happened to a lot of americans, and the best thing to get it back in check is periodic fasting for 24 hours.
(notwithstanding all the other stuff you talked about- that will take work of course. but getting the biological aspect fixed will help you work on the other stuff. i usually do a 24 hour fast twice per week. eat dinner, don't eat anything besides coffee until dinner the next day. best of luck.)

u/bmr14 · 2 pointsr/keto

Dr. Fung also has book out.

[The Obesity Code](The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

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u/pombaby · 1 pointr/nutrition

I’ve spent the last 5 years or so fighting that slippery slope from being naturally “skinny” to slowly gaining a few lbs every year. I’m also having a baby so I did a lot of looking into how to best pass on healthy habits to young children—French Kids Eat Everything (And Yours Can Too) by Pamela Drucker is amazing for this! It’s even very useful for changing adult eating habits too imo. I’ve learned to like foods like wasabi and blue cheese that I had previously hated and my mentality about meal structure and snacking has completely changed.

Also check out First Bite: How We Learn to Eat by Bee Wilson. I saw it recommended somewhere on this sub before and it’s amazing! First Bite summarizes a lot of what I’ve learned through trial and error. It’s unfortunate that most people don’t learn how to eat for health at a young age but it is completely reversible. My husband for example went from complete junk to quality proteins, fats, loads of fruit and veg with some whole grains and we eat processed foods, baked goods, or dine out only on occasion. His identical twin on the other hand eats much like a preschooler given free rein.

I also (when not pregnant) practise water fasting, to balance my weight once in a while, and for the health benefits like autophagy. (Check out Dr Jason Fung’s The Obesity Code )The biggest benefit however has been learning self control. I don’t snack in between meals and if I can’t find good food when traveling or etc I just wait until I can and eat more later on.

Anyway, the topic of learning or changing how we eat in a fundamental rather than forced way fascinates me. I’ve read other books but found these three to be very very helpful :)

u/CommentArchiverBot · 1 pointr/RemovedByThe_Donald

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u/Rajili · 1 pointr/personalfinance

That sucks, but good for you for taking control!

Consider this book for some nutritional guidance:
The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

Short story is greatly reduce sugar, grains, starches, eat more fat, stop snacking, and don't be afraid to skip a meal. More fat sounds counter intuitive, but there are tons of citations to scientific studies.

The book is worth the read. As others have said, you can't outrun a bad diet.

u/overpourgoodfortune · 1 pointr/intermittentfasting
  • References to consider:
    • I recommend understanding some of the science behind fasting, as it will help you understand what is happening with your body when fasting. If you're up for it, I found the following references from Dr. Jason Fung really great. His take on diabetes and obesity I find quite fascinating and has answered a lot for me when choosing to incorporate intermittent fasting into my life. He has a couple books - I've read the Obesity Code, but he also has a very similar book with a bit more emphasis on Diabetes called the Diabetes Code. With your use of metformin - the latter might have a bit more meat to it for your situation.
    • Prior to diving into those books though, you can access some YouTube videos online to give you a taste of his perspective on Obesity, Weight Loss & Diabetes:
  • Other advice:
    • Choosing an IF protocol: Our natural circadian rhythms are such that hunger hormone is the lowest in the morning. That makes adopting a 16:8 protocol of 16 hours of fasting with an 8 hour eating window fairly easy to adopt since we are naturally just not as hungry in the AM. Still, some people work up to 16:8, and instead try 12:12 first. I'd sooner address carb/sugar intake and aim for 16:8, than try 12:12 with loads of sugars/carbs with the occasional attempt at 16:8.
      • That said, there are so many alternatives - but whatever protocol you choose, just recognize the first couple days are the worst... Ghrelin (hunger hormone) levels actually SPIKE! Expect to feel like crap for the first few days. Thereafter though, it should get much better as Ghrelin tends to reduce over time with a fasting protocol.
    • Feel free to ignore everything I've just said! :) I'm just a stranger on the Internet with my own perspective. I'm not a woman, and not diabetic and have not struggled with obesity. Not much to relate to for you I'm sure. I'm a Dad with a couple young daughters (2 & 4) which have been a blessing, but have also shifted my life around such that I haven't slept well for 4 years, have overeaten to compensate for the lack of sleep/exercise - because hey, energy had to come from somewhere. Finding IF for me has been amazing, because it has shown me I can lose the weight and feel much better without solely relying on exercise, which I used to rely on heavily before. I just can't work in gym time with my life & kids at the present time - so IF for me has been huge, and literally a weight lifted off in more ways than just the fat.
u/nitaZ28 · 1 pointr/keto
u/bwerdschinski · 1 pointr/perth

Yep, love it! Intermittent fasting has changed my life for the better in a number of ways and I've lost 30kgs using it. Not for everyone, but there's many forms of intermittent fasting you can use based on your goals, existing condition, and current lifestyle.

Our introduction to the topic was the 5:2 diet Michael Mosely wrote about in "The Fast Diet" ( But the thing that made it all click for me was "The Obestiy Code" by Jason Fung ( as that went into more detail about obesity, insulin resistance, and how fasting can be used as a tool.

Following on from that Jason Fung has a great podcast with Jimmy Moore called Fasting Talk (, and together they wrote a book called "The Complete Guide to Fasting" ( which I've not got around to reading yet. It came out after I started fasting but I hope to get my hands on it soon.

As a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting go hand in hand another one of Jimmy Moore's podcasts I've found helpful is Keto Talk (

Can't stop raving about IF, hope some of those links help :)

u/CharlieDarwin2 · 1 pointr/nottheonion

For many people, they are who are overweight because they have high insulin levels. Lower insulin, the weight comes off.

The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

u/Bidonet · 1 pointr/videos

I suggest reading The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes and also The Obesity Code by Jason Fung.

u/beastmode10x · 1 pointr/intermittentfasting

Dr. Jason Fung on YouTube! He also has written a several books.

u/Labeld85 · 1 pointr/ketogains

I am Canadian and can buy on, so I would guess if you are American you can get it on

u/dlg · 1 pointr/lectures

Dr. Jason Fung gives an alternative explanation for the causes of obesity and ways to treat it.

He is also the author of the book which covers the same ideas, The Obesity Code

Here is the rest of the lecture series:

[The Aetiology of Obesity Part 2 of 6: The New Science of Diabesity]

[The Aetiology of Obesity Part 3 of 6: Trial by Diet]

[The Aetiology of Obesity Part 4 of 6: The Fast Solution]

[The Aetiology of Obesity Part 5 of 6: Diet and Disease]

[The Aetiology of Obesity Part 6 of 6: Dietary Villains - Fat Phobia]

u/1913intel · 1 pointr/WeightLossNews

Here's a review from Amazon.Com:

> Keep Your Insulin Down and Learn Why "Being Fat Makes You Fat"
> December 26, 2017
> Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
> I've known about low-carb diets since I was a kid in the 70s and my parents went on the low-carb "Atkins Diet," but I've avoided them because I love carbs (who doesn't?), but earnest to lose 40 pounds at the age of 56, I started to investigate the role of insulin in weight gain and Dr. Jason Fung's The Obesity Code proved to do an excellent job of driving home several important points between the role of carbs, insulin, and weight loss.
> For one, Fung gives us a narrative to show that doctors were making the claim that too many carbs led to obesity as early as the 19th Century, but these claims were eclipsed by the non-scientific Eat Low Fat, Watch Your Calories Diet, which Fung shows does not work. No amount of willpower can fulfill the expectations of a low-fat, low-calorie diet because carbohydrates high on the Glycemic Index stimulate insulin and high insulin results in two horrible things: fat storage and constant hunger.
> Fung makes it very clear that lowering one's insulin mostly by eliminating all processed sugar and carbs and eating in their place whole foods one can control one's appetite, which goes off the tracks when one eats breads, waffles, pancakes, pasta, etc. This research is also supported by Dr. Robert Lustig, author of Fat Chance.
> The book does not offer extensive prescriptions for daily amount of carbs or detailed menu plans, so I read some other books on achieving a state of ketosis for weight loss, and what I find is that the prescribed carbs per day tends to differ. For strict "orthodox" ketogenic, low-carb champions, such as Amy Ramos, author of The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners, the amount is usually a mere 20-50 for the "first phase" followed by a maintenance level between 75-100 grams. However, some authors, such as Michael Matthews, author of Bigger, Leaner, and Stronger, say one can eat as many as 150 "good" carbs a day, or even more for some. By good carbs, I am referring to carbs from whole foods, not processed flour and sugar. Some authors, such as Amy Ramos, will say you can't eat quinoa, sweet potatoes, beans, or legumes of any kind, but other authors, such as Michael Matthews, are less dogmatic on this point.
> From reading The Obesity Code, I would suggest one experiment to find the right carb threshold and correct mix of ingredients since Dr. Fung, Dr. Lustig, and others seem to differ on this point.
> Additionally, I'd say one should experiment with the sweet potatoes, quinoa, beans, and legumes. If one isn't making weight loss goals with these ingredients, then take them off one by one.
> One point that Fung makes that is in contradiction with a lot of nutritional advice I've heard over the decades is that snacking is usually a bad thing because we are constantly stimulating our insulin. Fung observes that the low-carb craze of 2004 sank, not because low-carb diets don't work, but because the snack industry got involved and created all sorts of low-carb snacks, including chips, protein bars, and other snack foods, and this constant snacking kept people's insulin at a high level and brought in too many calories.
> Fung seriously examines the benefits of long durations between meals and encourages eating only 3 meals a day, and even fasting every now and then. However, he is not dogmatic. He points out that if one must snack, one must be careful to focus on whole foods and not processed "snack foods."
> By focusing on the role of insulin and showing that "being fat makes you fat" because a fat person is in a constant state of high insulin and high appetite state, Fung has made me very mindful of the carbs I put into my body. Highly recommended.
> Update:
> I've been following The Obesity Code, eliminating sugar, gluten, potatoes, and rice, for the last 6 months, and I have lost 50 pounds. My neuropathy burning pain in my left foot is 100% gone. I'm a believer in this book, and I will be adhering to it for life.

u/emergentketo · 1 pointr/keto

I would also look into the work of Dr Jason Fung, he recently published a new book. The book's title is off-putting, but definitely worth a read, as is his blog.

A ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting or fasting, is extremely powerful!

I personally follow keto and "alternate day fasting".

u/Darla-Kay · 0 pointsr/fasting

Hi I'm new here so apologies if I chime in out of turn. My colleague who introduced me to intermittent fasting also shared some info about our gut biome at the same time. It is essentially how to take care of our digestive system by eating biome friendly foods.

So for me (not suggesting this is for everyone) I have a hard time digesting foods with a lot of animal fat. On the other hand I'm great with most nuts and nut-based butters, avocados, plant-based oils (within reason), fresh green veggies, etc.

I thought I was going to have a very difficult time with I.F. but turns out when I also paid attention to the prebiotics and prebiotics in what I ate, it totally meshed and I got down to the 8 hour window without too much pain.

Here are links to what they sent me...hope it helps.

u/ThunderNecklace · -1 pointsr/intermittentfasting

Your acerbic tone guarantees I'm not willing to put in the effort to copy/paste information from the index for you. I completed reading the book this morning and confirmed a nice index for personal review is included at the end.

If you're interested in learning a bit more about nutrition, particularly in regards to weight, obesity, and weight loss, then I would recommend the book I just read. It's called The Obesity Code.

If you have the energy to be a smartass on the internet, then maybe try actually being smart first.

u/throw_my_username · -1 pointsr/BigBrother

> Dude it's just calories in and calories out

Take a look at The Obesity Code. What you just said could not be less accurate.

u/SillySillyGirl · -1 pointsr/asktransgender

There are many doctors who believe in the health benefits of long fasting. There is a subreddit /r/fasting that has a lot of peeps and if you google water fasting there is a ton of positive info. I've fasted 10 days before and it was a great experience and at some point I'd like to repeat it. It was at a time that looking back I did not have the spare fat to lose but the dysphoria at the time told me otherwise. But it did not hurt me or my progress and I felt better at the end. No problems with HRT or anything and it got rid of the last remaining "boy" fat on me.

Guide to Fasting is a good resource.

Jason Fung Blog

The Obesity code book by Jason Fung has a lot of good info.

Complete Guide to Fasting is also good.

u/jmmccann · -2 pointsr/diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes doesn't have to be your boyfriend's new reality. Order a copy of The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a year ago and within 4 months, I had completely reversed it. I am one of his patients and thank my lucky stars every day that I learned about him. Here's a link to the book.

u/Cotton_Salt · -4 pointsr/Fitness
u/JustAFacelesRedditor · -42 pointsr/fatlogic

guys, i just found out some really depressing news, according to a 1990-2010 double blind study with identical twins, which were separated at birth to live with different families, the children ended up similar weights, regardless of how heavy their adoptive parents are. while the exact weight is definitely affected by the environment they were raised in, the fatter of the two siblings were raised in the fatter homes, these studies more or less indicate that there is a genetic component, and my own personal research has shown that calories and exercise have less to do with weight loss than the actual things you put in your body. this being sugars and simple carbs.

diabetes has two types, one where the body cannot absorb it, type two, and one where the body does not produce enough. type one. the main symptom of type one diabetes is extreme weight loss. and several studies have shown that medication that reduces insulin levels in the blood cause weight loss. this is because insulin is a hormone that acts like a key, it unlocks your cells to absorb the readily available sugar you just consumed. but your body isn't stupid, when your insulin is up, it obviously doesn't want to be burning up the reserves. think of a coal plant, you have to decide how much coal to use, you have a reserve and a daily intake, you would want to keep a steady reserve, just in case. when a delivery comes in, you stop using the reserves, if you didn't and the intake of new coal stopped coming then you wouldn't have extra on hand, the city loses power and your fired. this is also why calorie counting is ineffective for most people, our bodies recognize that we are getting less and less energy, so it finds ways to cut energy expenditure, such as lowering body temp, blood pressure, etc... all common side affects of calorie based diets.

this makes sense when you stop assuming that our bodies are stupidly burning our reserves at the same rate as before you started the diet, think about the coal plant, if you just used the same amount of coal every day, even when the daily intake of coal is two thirds, half or even a third of normal, you're going to run out, the city loses power, you get fired. soooo... the solution is as obvious to you as it is to your body, use less coal. alternatively, one could eat a normal amount of calories, but if you avoid sugars, like fruit, candy, pastries, etc,,, and simple carbs, breads, pastas, etc... you would see some decent weight loss after about three days, once the insulin is out of your body, and some very nice weight loss after two or three weeks, i personally went on a ketosis diet called ideal protein, i then proceeded to lose 100 lbs since late september of 2018. less than six months, because it focuses on the hormonal aspect of weight loss.

my only problem with this is that HAES were kind of right, it's partly genetic and mostly hormonal, they just came to the wrong conclusion. but still, admitting fat activists to be right is fucking difficult.

for more information i found this book on amazon that explains in more depth what i'm talking about here