The Obesity Code Podcast: Lessons and Stories from the Intensive Dietary Management Program
This podcast is about nutrition science. It will feature real life clients from the IDM program discussing their stories and providing lessons for successful weight loss. A number of top tier experts will join the discussion about important topics related to health, obesity, weight loss, sugar, dietary fat, type 2 diabetes, athletic performance, optimal meal timing. Much has changed in nutrition science over the last 10 years, but there is still a mountain of misinformation out there. Specifically, topics will include:
- Weight Loss
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Insulin hypothesis
- Calories In/ Calories Out
- Dietary Fat and heart disease
- Performance athletics on Low Carbohydrate diets
- Ketogenic Diets
- mTOR and protein
All the top nutriton experts from around the world, are all together on a single podcast to guide listeners through this new understanding of obesity and nutrition. All are professionals in the sense that health, nutrition and predominantly obesity are what all these experts deal with, day in and day out every day of their professional, and often personal lives. All have spent over a decade (and sometimes multiple decades) in this field. There are doctors, surgeons, researchers, professors, and journalists to give all perspectives. But all agree on one thing – the time has come to shine the bright light of evidence based science upon nutrition.
We aim to bring you the latest cutting edge science of nutrition in a format that is understandable to the lay person, as well as provide practical real world tips on how to improve your health.
Featured Experts (In Alphabetical Order)
Dr. Peter Brukner
Peter Brukner is a specialist sports and exercise physician whose most recent position has been Australian cricket team doctor for the past five years. Peter is the founding partner of Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne and Professor of Sports Medicine at Latrobe University. A founding Executive Member of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, he served two terms as President and played a key role in establishing sports medicine as a medical specialty in Australia. Peter is the co-author of the widely used text book Clinical Sports Medicine and has been team physician for professional football clubs as well as national athletics, swimming, soccer and men’s hockey teams including Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Peter was the Socceroos Team Doctor at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and more recently Head of Sports Medicine and Sports Science at Liverpool Football Club. He is the co-founder of the public health campaign SugarByHalf and is committed to the challenge of improving the nation’s health with improved diet and increased physical activity.
Dr. Gary Fettke
Dr Gary Fettke is an Orthopaedic Surgeon practising in Tasmania, Australia. He has a longstanding interest in the preventative aspects of health outcome and particularly before operating on patients.
A Lower Carbohydrate and Higher natural Fat (LCHF) diet has achieved remarkable results in weight and Diabetes control for many patients and Gary has felt compelled to continue his own education and pass that on to the broader community.
That public health message of recommending consumption of fresh, local and seasonal ‘real’ food and avoiding processed foods high in sugar, refined carbohydrates and polyunsaturated oils has resulted repeated complaints by anonymous dietitians to the Medical Board of Australia.
Dr. Jason Fung
Dr. Jason Fung earned his medical degree at the University of Toronto, where he also completed his internal medicine residency before heading to the University of California, Los Angeles, for his fellowship in nephrology. He currently practices as a kidney specialist in Toronto and is the scientific editor of the Journal of Insulin Resistance. He is currently the director of Public Health Collaboration Canada, a worldwide non-profit consortium increasing awareness of evidence based nutrition. He founded the Intensive Dietary Management Program to provide a unique treatment focus for type 2 diabetes and obesity: rather than focusing on medications, this clinic focuses on dietary changes that are simple yet effective.
In March 2016, Greystone Books published Dr. Fung’s first book, The Obesity Code, which explores the underlying hormonal imbalance that leads to obesity and recommends effective strategies that address the root causes of weight gain. His second book ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting’ was published in October 2016. This offers a practical guide to all matters related to fasting, including fasting regimens, what to expect, how to deal with problems, and simple remedies.
Dr. Zoe Harcombe
Dr. Zoë Harcombe is a Cambridge graduate and author of six books including Why do you overeat? When all you want is to be slim? (2004 & 2013); Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight (2008) and The Obesity Epidemic: What caused it? How can we stop it? (2010). Zoë has a PhD in public health nutrition. Her thesis was entitled “An examination of the randomised controlled trial and epidemiological evidence for the introduction of dietary fat recommendations in 1977 and 1983: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” A number of peer-reviewed articles have emanated from this work.
Zoë passionately believes that current dietary advice is wrong and that populations need to return to eating the real food that we ate before we had epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Apparently this is a controversial proposition! Zoë shares her views at conferences worldwide and in her highly-accessed diet and nutrition blog (www.zoeharcombe.com).
Zoë lives with her husband and rescue animals in the Welsh countryside surrounded by food, a.k.a. sheep, hens and cows.
Dr. David Ludwig
David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD is an endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. He holds the rank of Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr Ludwig is Founder of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children’s Hospital, one of the country’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary clinics for the care of overweight children.
His research focuses on the effects of diet on hormones, metabolism and body weight. In particular, he developed a novel “low glycemic load” diet (i.e., one lowers blood sugar and insulin after meals) for the treatment of obesity and prevention of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Described as an “obesity warrior” by Time Magazine, Dr. Ludwig has fought for fundamental policy changes to improve the food environment.
Dr. Ludwig is Principal Investigator on numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, has published over 150 scientific articles. He has written 3 books for the public, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently (Grand Central Publishing, 2016).
Dr. Aseem Malhotra
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Professor Tim Noakes
Prof Noakes studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT), obtaining a MBChB degree and an MD and DSc (Med) in Exercise Science. He is now an Emeritus Professor at UCT. In 1995 he was a co-founder of the now prestigious Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA). He has been rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of SA (NRF) for a second 5-year term. In 2008 he received the Order of Mapungubwe, Silver, from the President of South Africa for his “excellent contribution in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise”.
Prof Noakes has published more than 750 scientific books and articles. He has been cited more than 16 000 times in scientific literature and has an H-index of 71. In 2003 he received the UCT Book Award for Lore of Running (4th Edition), considered to be the “bible” for runners. Since 2011 he has written his autobiography, Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career, published Waterlogged: The serious problem of overhydration in endurance sports (in 2012), co-authored The Real Meal Revolution (in 2013), and following that the child-focused version of this book, Raising Superheroes (in 2015), Always Believe in Magic (2014) and The Banting Pocket Guide (2017).
He founded The Noakes Foundation, the focus of which is to raise funding to support high quality research of the eating plan described in the book. He now devotes a majority of his time to promoting the low carbohydrate high fat diet, especially for those with insulin resistance. At age 68, he is still physically active, taking part in races up to 21kms.
Megan Ramos has worked along side Dr. Jason Fung since 2003. She is a clinical researcher by trade with the majority of her research focusing in preventative medicine. Megan co-founded the Intensive Dietary Management Program with Dr. Fung in 2014 after being diagnosed with diabetes herself and was the program’s first guinepig.
GARY TAUBES is the author of The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories (published as The Diet Delusion in the UK). An award-winning science and health journalist, his writing has appeared in Discover, Science, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Nature and the British Journal of Medicine. He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers, is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and is a co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative. He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, the writer Sloane Tanen, and his two sons.
Nina Teicholz is the author of The Big Fat Surprise, named a 2014 ‘Best Book’ by The Economist, The Wall St Journal, Forbes, Mother Jones and Library Journal. She attended Yale and Stanford where she studied biology and majored in American Studies. She has a master’s degree from Oxford University and served as associate director of the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. She lives in New York City.
Before taking a deep dive into researching nutrition science for a decade, Nina was a reporter for National Public Radio and also contributed to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, LA Times, and The Economist.