Jason Fung, MD is a Toronto-based nephrologist, obesity expert, co-host of the Low Carb MD Podcast, author of The Obesity Code, The Diabetes Code, and The Complete Guide to Fasting, and co-author (with Dr. James DiNicolantonio) of the upcoming The Longevity Solution. On this episode, learn how fasting can actually boost your metabolism, preserve muscle, fix obesity, and prevent disease.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • Why Jason believes that obesity is more of a hormonal issue than one of mere energy balance.

  • Why not eating at all is often easier than calorie restriction.

  • The effect of consuming coffee or bone broth on fasting.

  • How extended fasting affects your muscles and metabolism—does it slow it down, as many believe?

  • The benefits of a cellular cleanup process called autophagy and the approximate time frames in which it becomes active.

  • And much more!

This podcast is sponsored by my friends at Four Sigmatic (check out my interview with founder Tero Isokauppila in episode 12), who make a wide range of coffees, elixirs, and teas using mushrooms like chaga, reishi, lion's mane, and more. Go to foursigmatic.com/max to save 15 percent off of everything!

Resources from this episode:

The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss by Dr. Jason Fung

The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally by Dr. Jason Fung

The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting by Dr. Jason Fung with Jimmy Moore

The Longevity Solution by Dr. James DiNicolantonio and Dr. Jason Fung

Intensive Dietary Management (IDM)

Low Carb MD Podcast

Jason at Twitter

Jason's Real YouTube Channel

Therapeutic Use of Intermittent Fasting for People with Type 2 Diabetes as an Alternative to Insulin by Suleiman Furmli, Rami Elmasry, Megan Ramos, And Jason Fung, BMJ

Changing How Doctors View Obesity by Georgia Ede, MD

The Failure of the Calorie Theory of Obesity, IDM

Circadian Rhythms of Hunger, IDM

Long-Term Persistence of Hormonal Adaptations to Weight Loss by Priya Sumithran et al., The New England Journal of Medicine

Obesity Isn't Just About Willpower: We All Have a Role to Play in Reversing the Epidemic by William Dietz, MD, PhD, HuffPost

Why The Biggest Loser is Everything Wrong with Weight Loss by Dave Asprey, Bulletproof Blog

Why "Calories in, Calories Out" Doesn't Tell The Whole Story by Kris Gunnars, BSc, Healthline

On the Influence of Food and Temperature upon the Duration of Life by Jacques Loeb and J.H. Northrop, The Journal of Biological Chemistry

What We Can Learn from the Minnesota Starvation Study About the Impact of Restriction on Behavior by Melissa Gerson, Project HEAL

Obesity and Metabolism: Why Weight Loss Is Difficult to Sustain, The Rockefeller University

Eat Less Fruit, Not More, IDM

Intermittent Fasting for Beginners by Dr. Jason Fung, MD, Diet Doctor

National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

Working out While Fasting Is One of the Best Choices You Can Make by Jerome H, Medium

Autophagy–A Cure for Many Present-Day Diseases? by Dr. Jason Fung, MD, Diet Doctor

Autophagy Wins the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Breakthroughs in Baker's Yeast Fuel Advances in Biomedical Research by Beth Levinea and Daniel J. Klionskyd, PNAS

mTOR Signaling at a Glance by Mathieu Laplante and David M. Sabatini, Journal of Cell Science

The Genius Life 8: How Fasting Can Rebuild Your Immune System | Valter Longo, PhD

Intermittent Fasting–Things to Consider During Fasting [Can You Drink Bone Broth or Coffee?] by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD and Dr. Jason Fung, MD

How Much Protein Is Excessive?, IDM

Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life by Max Lugavere and Paul Grewal M.D.

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