This guide is an UNOFFICIAL summary of the book, “The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss,” by Jason Fung, MD. It is a supplement to the original book, to make its main ideas easier to understand and put to practice.
What causes obesity?
The authorities and experts say it is a matter of Calories In versus Calories Out. Their advice is: “Eat Less, Move More.” For more than forty years, doctors have recommended a low-fat, calorie-reduced diet as the treatment of choice for obesity. Yet the obesity epidemic accelerates. The prevalence of obesity among American adults more than doubled since the early 1960s, from 13.4 percent to 35.7 percent. Most “Eat Less, Move More” programs failed to achieve long-term weight loss because “calorie in vs calorie out” is not the only factor that causes obesity. Obesity is a multifactorial disease. We need a coherent theory to understand how all its factors fit together.
In The Obesity Code, Dr. Jason Fung provides one such coherent framework that can account for most of what we know about the real causes of obesity. Obesity is preventable and potentially reversible if you understand their biological causes - not just their symptoms.
Part 1 of this book explores the environmental and genetic factors that give insight into the underlying causes of the obesity epidemic.
Part 2 reviews the current caloric reduction theory in depth, showing the shortcomings of the current understanding of obesity.
Part 3 introduces the hormonal theory of obesity to explain the central role of insulin and insulin resistance in regulating body weight.
Part 4 uses the hormonal theory of obesity to explain the social phenomenon of obesity.
Part 5 explores the roles of fat, protein, and carbohydrates in weight gain.
Part 6 provides guidelines for lasting treatment of obesity by addressing the hormonal imbalance of high blood insulin.Table of Contents
PART ONE THE EPIDEMIC 3
CHAPTER 1 HOW OBESITY BECAME AN EPIDEMIC 5
CHAPTER 2 INHERITING OBESITY 7
PART TWO THE CALORIE DECEPTION 9
CHAPTER 3 THE CALORIE-REDUCTION ERROR 11
CHAPTER 4 THE EXERCISE MYTH 15
CHAPTER 5 THE OVERFEEDING PARADOX 17
PART THREE A NEW MODEL OF OBESITY 21
CHAPTER 6 THE HORMONAL THEORY OF OBESITY 23
CHAPTER 7 INSULIN 25
CHAPTER 8 CORTISOL 27
CHAPTER 9 THE ATKINS ONSLAUGHT 30
CHAPTER 10 INSULIN RESISTANCE 32
PART FOUR THE SOCIAL PHENOMENON OF OBESITY 35
CHAPTER 11 BIG FOOD, MORE FOOD AND THE NEW SCIENCE OF DIABESITY 37
CHAPTER 12 POVERTY AND OBESITY 39
CHAPTER 13 CHILDHOOD OBESITY 41
PART FIVE WHAT'S WRONG WITH OUR DIET? 43
CHAPTER 14 THE DEADLY EFFECTS OF FRUCTOSE 45
CHAPTER 15 THE DIET SODA DELUSION 48
CHAPTER 16 CARBOHYDRATES AND PROTECTIVE FIBER 50
CHAPTER 17 PROTEIN 53
CHAPTER 18 FAT PHOBIA 56
PART SIX THE SOLUTION 59
CHAPTER 19 WHAT TO EAT 61
CHAPTER 20 WHEN TO EAT 66
APPENDIX A MEDITATION AND SLEEP HYGIENE TO REDUCE CORTISOL 70
APPENDIX B FASTING: A PRACTICAL GUIDE 73
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