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The Obesity Code

Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
Narrated by: Brian Nishii
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic, but despite being inundated with diet advice we are only getting fatter. We count calories and exercise regularly, yet still the pounds won't budge. Why?

In this highly enjoyable and provocative book, Dr Jason Fung sets out a groundbreaking new theory: that obesity is caused by our hormones rather than a lack of self-control.

He reveals that overproduction of insulin in the body is the root cause of obesity and obesity-related illnesses including type 2 diabetes and offers robust scientific evidence that reversing insulin resistance is the only way to lose weight in the long term.

It turns out that when we eat is just as important as what we eat, so in addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong eating 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.

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Not a great listen but potentially life changing

I really didn't enjoy listening to this book - it was delivered well but the text was repetitive and rambling with some annoying metaphors. I didn't find the author convincing but as it progressed I became more accepting of his argument. I really wanted it to get to the point for every chapter. Nonetheless, it does present a compelling case for radically decreasing sugar and how to reset one's hormonal - insulin thermostat. If you can hang in there until the last couple of chapters it is worth the wait. You could go straight to the "solution" but you will miss understanding the reasoning and hence may make some errors when implementing the suggestions. I will be trying this out and see how it goes for permanent weight loss. It could be the best weight loss solution thus far.... though that has been said many times before about diets, as the book itself acknowledges, so proceed with caution - albeit with some confidence that this could be the one!!

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Makes perfect sense!

Don't be put off by the title, I am not overweight but just have an interest in nutrition, health and wellbeing. Heavy or thin, everybody should read this! This book is enlightening, it just makes so much sense! It is clearly explained and easy to understand the 'mechanics' of how our bodies work. The narrator took me a few minutes to get used to, but now I could not imagine another voice presenting it, he is entertaining and expressive. Some of the messages are repeated over and over, but there's a reason for that - they are all things that people probably already know, but obviously ignore/forget. It explains why our forebears all ate more fat and carbs then we "think" or "are told" we should, yet they did not get fat! If I had been battling weight gain for years, I think I would cry tears of joy for the information offered in this book! The statistics are interesting and well presented. Save yourself from more years of failing dieting, read this book!!! Highly recommended for ALL ages.

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Great scientific analysis

Really liked the thorough analysis this book goes through - most books about obesity have 1 chapter background then 20 on why they have the magic solution. This is 20 chapters of explanation of the challenges of obesity and a short guide to how to implement simple changes to fight this disease.

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This book has changed my life!

I have dieted my whole life, and have slowly become bigger and bigger.
Every chapter of this book had me amazed, it is so simple, yet the diet/food/health industry and the higher authorities are adamant that their way is right, so why aren't we all thin?!
It makes so much sense, if you are struggling with your weight, open your mind and listen to this book.
I feel like I've found the answer to my life's biggest puzzle. Xx

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Eye opener

I have embraced the philosophy, may have changed my life. I have listened to this book twice and have also read the diabetes code.

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THANK YOU

I love this book. It is the best book that explains the myths we had previously believed about fatness. I particularly love how Jason presents the findings actual studies. I understand so much more now and I can't stop telling people about this book!

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Very inspiring

Everybody should take the time to read this!
Such a great read with supportive facts and information

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  • Rah
  • 17-07-2018

A must listen

For anyone struggling with weight, this book is a must. Not only will it help you understand how it is not your fault it will outline what you need to do to change it for the rest of your life. Love it.

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Everything bundled together in the one package<br />

All the biochemistry explained in simple terms linked to fasting and stress reduction. Highly recommended

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Life changing

Everyone that has a weight issue needs to read this. It’s a logical and science-based explanation to why we are getting fatter and gives you a method to combat the viscous cycle of insulin resistance.
I’m buying this book for numerous people on my life. The narrator is fantastic and easy to listen to.

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  • Dr. Bryan Malakou
  • 07-12-2017

Excellent Book

The best book on obesity ever. Clear and concise and scientific. Makes so much sense. I think the insulin story is the best part. Only trouble is that 70% of insulin secretion is genetically determined and only 30% is under our control :-( Would be nice to be able to access the forward by Tim Noakes and the tables on fasting which are inaccessible on the audio book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-09-2019

Wonderful Book

This book provided me a lot of knowledge and it was recommended by a wonderful friend. I hope book could help others in obesity too. The narrator was amazing. I loved the way he narrated and how it made me laugh. Thanks Dr Jason Fung and Brian Nishii

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-2019

Titled chapters enable easy referencing for revis<br />

Titled chapters make revision of certain chapters so easy. A wonderful companion during walking for exercise and for times of relaxation

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-2019

Good book, equally good narrator

Brian Nishi reads very well, so easy to listen to him. I really enjoyed the book. Just wish all Dr Fung’s books were read by him!

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  • Michael
  • 10-03-2019

Filled with up to date 2016 info

Very informative book and how insulin production and receptors work was very clear. Didn't pull punchs on past authors he didn't agree with.

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  • Dave W.
  • 07-03-2019

Brilliant!

This book releases you from the chains of 'You must have 3 meals a day and snacks' which is the mantra of nutritionists and governments. Try it, it will change your life.

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  • Rachel
  • 27-01-2019

Interesting and relevant

I'm going to try out intermittent fasting after this. There's no reason not to since I've tried others .

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  • R.KALAIMANI
  • 16-08-2018

Worth the weight loss!

lovely book, must read, thoughtfully written, started practicing, benefits started, have a great hope on the final sustaining and long lasting fruitful results.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-2018

fantastic listen! the truth is out there

for all the people that have tried to lose weight with conventional strategies, this book will give you a fresh approach and guidance.

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  • Calgary L
  • 22-10-2018

Mind Blowing

The information in this book is mind blowing. As a physician, I am always looking for credible information to help my patients. Citing good-quality scientific research, Dr Fung dismantles the misinformation with which we have been brainwashed since the 70's. Some of the shocking truths: If you are not hungry, don't eat. Breakfast is not necessarily the most important meal of the day, especially if you are not hungry. Snacking and grazing are huge contributors to the obesity crisis. It is not only what we eat, but WHEN we eat, that matters. Our diet of added sugars, simple starches, and modified fats is killing us, and one of the main drivers in obesity, type 2 diabetes, and the resulting health crisis.

The information in this book is quite dense. But for someone like me who really needs to hear the rigorous scientific study to prove benefit, I appreciated all the research that he cites, as well as his interpretation of it, and the applications to our health. Laying that foundation made it easier for me to step back from the Canada Food Guide and all the well-intentioned, but misguided, advice we have been following for the last 40 years.

My one complaint with the book was the narrator. He did a good job overall, but mispronounces several scientific terms. I initially didn't like his voice, but got used to is as I listened. And very quickly I was so riveted by the information being presented, I was no longer bothered by my quibbles with the narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-04-2019

Spoiler: Crack the Code by Intermittent Fasting

This was the clickbait of books. In short, he says insulin causes obesity and intermittent fasting is the only way to reverse insulin tolerance.

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  • Tim
  • 23-08-2018

Too much problem, too little solution...

A whopping 90% of this book is dedicated to proving history wrong. Jason May be correct in his analysis, but for someone who has spent his adult life looking for practical advice (that works) I found myself frustrated.

This book I think is aimed at doctors who see an epidemic of obesity and want some evidence to argue with colleagues on what the best approach to fixing it is.

For the ‘man in the street ‘ struggling with obesity he advice in the last 2 chapters boils down to:

1. Reduce added sugar
2. Make sure any carbs you consume are from ‘whole foods’
3. Implement a 24 or 36 hour fasting regime

Most of the practical steps outlined here are to be found in better forms on the internet.

Leave the other 90% of the book to the doctors and scientists...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-2018

Superb and a Game Changer.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The detail and the in depth explanations of physiolog and aetiology of obesity is second to none in my opinion. The delivery of information is set out in such a way that you cannot fail to understand the implications.

An extremely methodical written book. Repeats itself just enough to get the point to hit home. I listened at the slowest setting to absorb it more readily.

I have total Faith that Dr Fung has done his research and constantly refers to academic papers and critically analyses them in a manner that I would do myself. This gives me the confidence to trust his opinions without me having to spend the time trawling the internet looking for others opinions. I still do that but after reading the book I already know the answers.

It really is exceptional and would recommend to anyone not just to people trying to lose weight or cure their diabetes.

The narrator is also absolutely superb. This is how I would imagine Dr Fung reading it himself but possible better as it is minus the "right" after nearly every sentence. Just a small critique after Listening to lots of Dr Fung podcasts and YouTube postings.

All round 5 stars and intend on listening to this repeatedly until the belly fat has gone!!

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  • Ksilver
  • 18-01-2018

Best read if you’re looking for weight loss.

Finally someone who knows what he’s talking about, instead of trying to sell me something.

Also very well read.

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  • Chris
  • 08-02-2018

Can be a bit scientific, but overall a good listen

Jason has some great observations about our eating habits and how they get bad. Ultimately he recommends fasting, having tried it I have to say he is correct - but trust what your body tells you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-02-2018

good but incomplete

would have been really useful to have a pdf of the diagrams mentioned in the book

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  • GGx
  • 28-03-2019

HARDLY EVER LEAVE REVIEWS, BUT HAD TO FOR THIS

If your diets have worked, plateaued, then failed and you've gone back to your original weight (or heavier) read this!

I was always thin in my youth (a size 8, 7-stone teenager). Then, as the decades passed, I got heavier and heavier. In my twenties: 8 stone. Thirties: 9 stone. Forties: 10 stone. Then, approaching fifty, I got on the scales to find myself at 11 stone. That may not sound that heavy but I never got used to the rolls of fat around my stomach, how much harder it was to exercise, how much more cellulite I had. In general, I didn't feel good. And if I kept going, by 90 I was going to be 15 stone and probably dead!! :)

Throughout my thirties and forties, I have tried EVERY diet there is: Weight Watchers, The Cabbage Soup Diet, The Ketogenic Diet, The Atkins Diet, The Juice Diet. I've run for an hour followed by an hour's swim three times a week. I've tried Paul McKenna's I can make you thin hypnosis. Even some crazy guy's advice to pretend you're running from a tiger before you go to sleep at night!!! You name it. I've done it. On each diet, I'd lose 3-7 lbs, plateau, and then put it all back on again, adding another 14 pounds every decade.

I thought I was doing something wrong. I'd feel myself slipping on these diets that weren't maintainable in the long term, and blame myself.

Then I found this book and everything fell into place.

I read this a month ago and gradually built up my fasting regime: 12 hours, then 24, then 36. This week, I've gone 4 days without any problems at all. I make the broth, I take vitamins, I drink lots of water and tea. But I break the rules a bit too. I drink a lot of milky coffee (instead of coffee with cream which makes me retch after drinking that too often on the keto diet) and I still treat myself to a low alcohol beer or two at night.

And even without following the rules to the letter, I've lost 14lbs in a month.

Finally, my weight has taken a turn.

Just buy this book! Best thing I ever did! Best book I've ever bought.

Thank you, Jason Fung.

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  • Kate
  • 09-02-2018

Superb content, excellent narration

This book is brilliant, it offers all the scientific backup and research studies that you would expect if you’re asked to buy into a certain view and is described in an easy to understand format.
I’m a Personal Trainer and it has helped to reinforce my understanding of how the body processes food. It gives a well rounded holistic view and I can’t recommend it highly enough!

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  • AnnieP
  • 13-11-2018

Repetitive and long winded

Although the science may be sound, he takes far too long to explain it, doesn't get to the point until near the end and is very tedious to listen to. Very disappointing, not suitable for audible and I've returned the book!

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  • jules
  • 28-05-2018

It makes good sense

This book is a literature review on the science of dieting and basically it concludes that sugar is really bad for you; that high insulin levels cause you to become fat and are somehow involved in deciding your 'set weight' ; and that fasting between meals, skipping meals, and extended fasting resets your set weight and lowers your insulin.
After reading it I was much more selective in my food shopping and I was shocked how much sugar is in everything. It is difficult for people to maintain a healthy weight when 80% of supermarket food is unhealthy and will make you fat. I am skipping breakfast and I've reduced sugar by avoiding processed foods including bread and so far I've lost 8 lbs.

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