The BIGGEST MISTAKES People Make When Trying To LOSE WEIGHT! | Dr. Jason Fung

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video discusses the biggest mistakes people make when trying to lose weight, including the ineffectiveness of counting calories and the importance of understanding the role of insulin in weight loss and disease mitigation.

The video features an interview with nephrologist and best-selling author Dr. Jason Fung, who discusses the biggest mistakes people make when trying to lose weight. He argues that counting calories does not work and that it is not the number of calories that matter, but what the body does with those calories. He explains that the hormones associated with the foods we eat play a crucial role in weight loss and that simply cutting calories may not lead to fat loss. Dr. Fung emphasizes the importance of understanding insulin's role in weight loss and disease mitigation and how it can be reversed through weight loss.

  • Counting calories is ineffective for weight loss.
  • The role of insulin in weight loss and disease mitigation is critical.
  • Insulin resistance is the underlying problem in type 2 diabetes and obesity.
  • Intermittent fasting is a powerful tool for weight loss and disease mitigation.
  • The body's hormonal system plays a crucial role in weight loss.
  • Understanding hormones is crucial for weight loss and disease mitigation.
  • Insulin is a major factor in weight gain and loss.
  • Processed carbohydrates are problematic for weight loss and overall health.
  • Fasting can be a beneficial tool for weight loss and overall health.

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Counting Calories Doesn't Work

  • Scientific studies show that counting calories simply does not work.
  • Restricting calories leads to at best a couple of pounds of weight loss over eight years.
  • It's not the number of calories, it's what your body does with those calories.
  • The hormones associated with the foods you eat determine whether your body stores the calories as body fat or burns them for energy.
  • If you eat 500 calories less, your body could simply decide to burn 500 calories less and you won't lose any body fat.
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The Role of Insulin in Weight Loss and Disease Mitigation

  • Weight loss is critical to keeping people healthy because it leads to type 2 diabetes, which is a huge risk factor for kidney disease, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, blindness, amputations, and diabetic infections.
  • Reversing type 2 diabetes requires weight loss.
  • The number of calories is not the issue, it's what your body does with those calories.
  • The hormones associated with the foods you eat determine whether your body stores the calories as body fat or burns them for energy.
  • Insulin is the hormone that tells your body to store fat.
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The Importance of Understanding Insulin Resistance

  • Insulin resistance is the underlying problem in type 2 diabetes and obesity.
  • Insulin resistance is caused by too much insulin in the body.
  • Too much insulin is caused by eating too many carbohydrates.
  • Carbohydrates are the only macronutrient that raises insulin levels.
  • Reducing carbohydrate intake is the key to reversing insulin resistance.
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The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

  • Intermittent fasting is a powerful tool for weight loss and disease mitigation.
  • Intermittent fasting reduces insulin levels and improves insulin sensitivity.
  • Intermittent fasting reduces inflammation in the body.
  • Intermittent fasting improves brain function and mental clarity.
  • Intermittent fasting is easy to do and can be done by anyone.
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The Ineffectiveness of Counting Calories

  • Cutting 500 calories a day is not effective for weight loss.
  • Different foods contain different hormonal instructions that affect weight loss.
  • The total number of calories is not important, but what the body does with those calories is.
  • The body's hormonal system plays a crucial role in weight loss.
  • The body's metabolic rate can decrease when calories are cut, leading to no weight loss.
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The Role of Insulin in Weight Loss

  • Insulin is a nutrient sensor that tells the body to store calories instead of burning them.
  • Different foods have different hormonal cues, with carbohydrates signaling the body to secrete insulin.
  • Protein also stimulates insulin, but it is primarily a structural component and not a fuel source.
  • Insulin and other nutrient sensors are linked to growth pathways, which can lead to muscle and fat growth.
  • Low carb diets can be effective for weight loss because they reduce the body's insulin response.
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The Problem with Insulin Resistance

  • Insulin resistance is not the right way to think about the problem.
  • The body becomes resistant to insulin when it is constantly exposed to high levels of insulin due to a high carbohydrate diet.
  • Insulin resistance can lead to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and other health problems.
  • Reducing carbohydrate intake can improve insulin sensitivity and lead to weight loss.
  • Intermittent fasting can also improve insulin sensitivity and promote weight loss.
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The Importance of Understanding Hormones

  • Everything in the body runs on hormones, which are the instructions that tell the body what to do.
  • Different foods have different hormonal cues that affect weight loss and overall health.
  • Understanding the body's hormonal system is crucial for weight loss and disease mitigation.
  • Counting calories is not effective because it does not take into account the body's hormonal response to different foods.
  • Reducing carbohydrate intake and practicing intermittent fasting can improve hormonal balance and promote weight loss.
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The Role of Hormones in Weight Loss

  • Insulin is stimulated by carbohydrates, but glucagon is also stimulated to keep glucose levels normal.
  • Protein has strong effects on satiety, activating hormones that tell you when you're full.
  • Carbohydrates are problematic because processing removes satiety signals, making it easier to overeat.
  • Protein doesn't seem to be as bad because it has other hormonal effects that stop us from eating too much.
  • Foods that are more natural and less processed tend to have a lower glycemic index and don't cause huge spikes in insulin levels.
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The Importance of Understanding Insulin

  • Insulin is not the only factor in weight gain and loss, but it is a major one.
  • Counting calories is not effective because it doesn't take into account the hormonal effects of food.
  • Some foods are more fattening than others because of their hormonal effects, not just their calorie content.
  • Focusing on hormones instead of calories can lead to a better understanding of which foods are more beneficial for weight loss.
  • Insulin resistance is a major contributor to obesity and other chronic diseases.
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The Problem with Processed Carbohydrates

  • Processing removes fiber and fat from carbohydrates, making them easier to digest and absorb.
  • This leads to a spike in insulin levels and a lack of satiety signals, making it easier to overeat.
  • Most natural foods have a lower glycemic index and don't cause huge spikes in insulin levels.
  • Carbohydrates are not inherently bad, but processed carbohydrates are problematic for weight loss and overall health.
  • The frequency with which you eat carbohydrates also plays a role in their hormonal effects.
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The Difference Between Chronic Caloric Restriction and Fasting

  • Chronic caloric restriction can lead to a decrease in metabolic rate and make it harder to lose weight.
  • Fasting can help reset insulin levels and improve metabolic function.
  • Fasting is not the same as chronic caloric restriction because it doesn't lead to a decrease in metabolic rate.
  • Fasting can be a beneficial tool for weight loss and overall health.
  • It's important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fasting regimen.
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The Role of Insulin in Weight Loss

  • Caloric restriction is not just about calories, it's about hormones.
  • Insulin is a hormone that tells your body to store calories.
  • If insulin is high, your body will store calories even on a low calorie diet.
  • Insulin also turns off fat burning and tells your body to store fat.
  • Correcting insulin levels is key to successful weight loss.
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The Damaging Psychological Component of Caloric Restriction

  • Chronic caloric restriction can have a damaging psychological component.
  • Artificially injecting insulin can cause your body to store calories and make you feel tired, cold, and hungry.
  • Chronic calorie restriction can have the same effect on your body as artificially injecting insulin.
  • Correcting insulin levels can help avoid the damaging psychological component of calorie restriction.
  • Properly cutting out processed foods and refined carbohydrates can also help.
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The Benefits of Fasting

  • Fasting has tremendous benefits for weight loss and overall health.
  • Fasting lowers insulin levels and allows your body to burn fat for energy.
  • Fasting can also improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes.
  • Fasting can be done in different ways, including intermittent fasting and extended fasting.
  • It's important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting a fasting regimen.
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The Ineffectiveness of Counting Calories

  • Counting calories is not an effective way to lose weight.
  • Calories are not created equal, and different foods have different effects on hormones like insulin.
  • Counting calories can also be inaccurate and lead to overeating or undereating.
  • Focusing on the quality of food and correcting insulin levels is more important than counting calories.
  • It's important to listen to your body and eat when you're hungry, rather than restricting calories.
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The Ineffectiveness of Counting Calories

  • Counting calories is not an effective way to lose weight because it doesn't take into account the role of hormones in weight gain and loss.
  • When you eat, your body releases insulin, which signals your body to store fat.
  • If you constantly snack and eat refined carbohydrates while cutting out dietary fat, you will gain weight.
  • You can't burn body fat if insulin levels are high.
  • You need to understand the role of insulin in weight loss and disease mitigation.
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The Role of Insulin in Weight Loss

  • All food is a signaling molecule that triggers a cascade of hormones.
  • Eating a lot of processed carbohydrates that spike blood glucose and insulin levels will cause weight gain.
  • You need to avoid sugar because it is particularly fattening.
  • You can't eat all the time because it disrupts the cycle between feeding and fasting.
  • If you don't lower your insulin levels, you will never have access to your body's stores of energy.
  • Lowering insulin levels through fasting can reduce hunger and fuel your body from its fat stores.
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