No.1 Heart Surgeon: Cardio Is A Waste Of Time For Weight Loss! Philip Ovadia | E240

Last updated: Jun 2, 2023

The video features Dr. Philip Ovadia, a heart surgeon, discussing his personal journey towards weight loss and his mission to normalize health by dispelling myths around medicine and promoting healthy lifestyle changes.

The video features an interview with Dr. Philip Ovadia, a renowned heart surgeon who believes that cardio is not effective for weight loss. He shares his personal journey of being morbidly obese and pre-diabetic, and how he realized that the true root cause of health problems is sugar and processed food addiction. Dr. Ovadia is on a mission to normalize health and wants people to be healthy again, dispelling the myth that genetics play a significant role in determining one's health. He believes that society needs to change its course to prevent heart disease and other health problems from becoming more prevalent.

  • Cardio is not effective for weight loss, according to Dr. Philip Ovadia, a heart surgeon.
  • Dr. Ovadia believes that there are many myths around medicine that need to be dispelled.
  • He wants people to realize that they can change their destiny and prevent sickness through healthy lifestyle changes.
  • Dr. Ovadia's book aims to promote healthy lifestyle changes to prevent chronic health problems.
  • Dr. Ovadia believes that medicine should be necessary a lot less often than it is used.
  • He believes that the medical profession needs to change its approach to chronic diseases.
  • Dr. Ovadia defines health as our bodies working the way they should.
  • Modern lifestyle has disrupted our metabolic health, leading to chronic health problems.
  • Dr. Ovadia's personal journey towards weight loss has opened his eyes to how much we need to save society.

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Cardio is not effective for weight loss

  • Dr. Philip Ovadia, a heart surgeon, believes that cardio is not effective for weight loss.
  • He explains that there are two reasons for this: bad news and misinformation.
  • He believes that sugar is more addictive than heroin and processed food is addictive.
  • 88% of adults are not healthy and 600,000 people die from heart disease every year.
  • Dr. Ovadia believes that if we don't change our course in the next 50 years, we won't have a society left.
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The surgeries that shouldn't need to be done

  • Dr. Ovadia shares that he has conducted over 3,000 heart surgeries.
  • He believes that the surgeries he does shouldn't need to be done in the first place.
  • He wants people to be healthy again and preventable heart conditions to be avoided.
  • He shares a story of a young woman who ended up on his operating table and had to tell her young children that they couldn't save their mother.
  • He believes that we need to change our course to save society.
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Dr. Ovadia's personal journey towards weight loss

  • Dr. Ovadia describes himself as being morbidly obese when he was 40 years old.
  • He was 100 pounds heavier than he is today and was pre-diabetic.
  • He realized that he was going to end up on his own operating table and had to figure out how to save himself.
  • He believes that his personal journey has opened his eyes to how much we need to save society.
  • He wants people to realize that they can change their destiny and prevent the sickness that is prevalent in society.
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Dispelling myths around medicine and promoting healthy lifestyle changes

  • Dr. Ovadia is on a mission to normalize health and promote healthy lifestyle changes.
  • He believes that there are many myths around medicine that need to be dispelled.
  • He believes that very little of the sickness that is prevalent in society is genetic.
  • He wants people to realize that they can change their destiny and prevent sickness through healthy lifestyle changes.
  • He believes that we need to save society by promoting healthy lifestyle changes.
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Dr. Ovadia's Journey to Health

  • Chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease were rare 100-120 years ago.
  • Human genetics don't change quickly, so these diseases are not purely genetic.
  • Doctors often blame genetics for these diseases.
  • Dr. Ovadia tried making short-term changes to his diet and exercise but didn't see long-term success.
  • He attended a medical meeting where journalist Gary Taubes spoke about the importance of the types of food we eat.
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The True Root Cause of Health Problems

  • Dr. Ovadia realized that the true root cause of health problems is not what he was taught in medical school.
  • Short-term success usually comes from counting calories, eating less, and doing more.
  • These approaches are not sustainable in the long-term.
  • The advice given by the medical profession often doesn't work for patients.
  • Doctors should consider that they may be giving lousy advice instead of assuming patients aren't following it.
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The Role of Medicine in Health

  • Dr. Ovadia believes that medicine should be necessary a lot less often than it is used.
  • Doctors should focus on preventing chronic diseases instead of just treating them.
  • Medications should be used as a last resort.
  • Doctors should prioritize lifestyle changes like diet and exercise over medication.
  • Metabolic health is the key to preventing chronic diseases.
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The Importance of Dispelling Myths Around Medicine

  • Dr. Ovadia wants to dispel myths around medicine and promote healthy lifestyle changes.
  • He believes that the medical profession needs to change its approach to chronic diseases.
  • Doctors should prioritize prevention over treatment.
  • Patients should be educated about the true root causes of chronic diseases.
  • Dispelling myths around medicine can help normalize health and prevent chronic diseases.
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Dispelling Myths Around Medicine

  • Assumption that poor health is due to lack of medicine or right treatment.
  • Belief that human body is destined to become ill.
  • Advancement in science and pharmaceuticals is the only way to manage and head off health problems.
  • Considering the possibility that poor health might be due to our lifestyle choices.
  • Dr. Philip Ovadia's book 'Stay Off My Operating Table' aims to dispel myths around medicine and promote healthy lifestyle changes.
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Defining Health and Metabolic Health

  • Dr. Ovadia defines health as our bodies working the way they should.
  • Metabolic health is defined as our bodies properly utilizing the inputs we give it, primarily the food we eat.
  • Food is supposed to be turned into energy, broken down for tissue building, and stored for times when energy is not available.
  • Modern lifestyle has disrupted this system, leading to storing too much energy and creating downstream health problems like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.
  • Dr. Ovadia's book provides information on how to achieve metabolic health through healthy lifestyle choices.
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Emotionally Challenging Day as a Heart Doctor

  • Opening chapter of Dr. Ovadia's book recounts the most emotionally challenging day of his career as a heart doctor.
  • A young woman with a devastating cardiac condition did not survive the surgery.
  • Dr. Ovadia and his team spent over 10 hours trying to save her life.
  • Her condition was preventable and came from high blood pressure that wasn't adequately addressed or treated.
  • This experience set Dr. Ovadia on a mission to keep people off his operating table by promoting healthy lifestyle choices.
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Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Changes

  • Dr. Ovadia's book aims to promote healthy lifestyle changes to prevent chronic health problems.
  • He believes that cardio is a waste of time for weight loss and that strength training and healthy eating are more effective.
  • He recommends avoiding processed foods, sugar, and refined carbohydrates.
  • He encourages people to prioritize sleep, manage stress, and engage in physical activity that they enjoy.
  • He believes that small changes can make a big difference in achieving metabolic health and preventing chronic health problems.
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Heart Surgeon's Personal Journey

  • Dr. Philip Ovadia shares his personal journey towards weight loss.
  • He talks about his mission to normalize health by dispelling myths around medicine and promoting healthy lifestyle changes.
  • He believes that his mother's condition was a hundred percent preventable.
  • He thinks that if her physicians had given her better advice around the food that she could be eating and the impact that this was having on her life, her path could have been changed.
  • He says that she was metabolically unhealthy, clinically obese, and had high blood pressure.
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Increasing Number of Young Patients

  • Dr. Ovadia talks about the increasing number of young patients he operates on.
  • He says that 20 years ago, they would operate on 70 and 80 year olds, and it was rare to operate on 50 year olds.
  • Today, he routinely operates on 40 year olds and occasionally operates on a 30 year old.
  • He thinks that there are going to be 20 year olds ending up on his operating table in not too long a time.
  • He says that a third of the children are obese, and metabolic disease is increasingly seen in teenagers and even children as young as eight or nine years old.
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Why Health Matters

  • Dr. Ovadia explains why health matters.
  • He talks about the example of a young patient who died due to preventable health issues.
  • He says that he had to walk out of that operating room and go and speak to a family with young kids who were three or four years old and eight or ten years old.
  • He explains that there is no training to have that conversation with children about their mother not coming back.
  • He believes that no matter how good a heart surgeon he might be, you're always better off if you never needed the surgery in the first place.
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Dispelling Myths Around Medicine

  • Dr. Ovadia talks about his mission to dispel myths around medicine.
  • He believes that cardio is a waste of time for weight loss.
  • He says that people need to focus on their diet and make healthy lifestyle changes.
  • He thinks that people need to understand that medicine is not the answer to everything.
  • He believes that people need to take responsibility for their own health and make the necessary changes to prevent health issues.
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Heart Surgeon's Mission

  • Believes that the vast majority of heart disease is preventable.
  • Most of the surgeries that he does are preventable and shouldn't need to be done in the first place.
  • His mission is to dispel myths around medicine and promote healthy lifestyle changes.
  • Wrote a book and talks to audiences to spread awareness.
  • Believes that heart disease doesn't need to be this common.
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Difficult Conversations

  • As a heart surgeon, he has had to have difficult conversations with families of patients who didn't survive.
  • Carries the weight of those conversations with him.
  • Regardless of age, the conversation is never easy.
  • Recognizes that most of the time, the patients didn't need to be there in the first place and could have made changes in their life to prevent heart disease.
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Heart Disease Statistics

  • Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and worldwide.
  • 600,000 people die from heart disease every year in the US.
  • About 25% of deaths every year are due to heart disease.
  • Heart disease has become incredibly common within the past 70 years.
  • Asks why heart disease has become so common and why it wasn't always a problem.
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Cause of Heart Disease

  • Believes that heart disease is caused by the food that we're eating.
  • Physicians have become too busy taking care of sick people to think about why there are so many sick people to start with.
  • Heart disease is all around us and we need to start asking why.
  • Heart disease is preventable by making changes in our diet and lifestyle.
  • Heart disease doesn't need to be inevitable.
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History of Heart Disease

  • Heart disease was incredibly rare in 1900, but there was a sharp increase in the incidence of heart disease starting around 1950 in the United States.
  • The consumption of sugar starts rising dramatically along with the incidence of heart disease.
  • Processed foods were introduced into society around that time.
  • Heart disease correlates with the introduction of processed food and sugar.
  • Leading Physicians of the time would go their entire careers without really seeing heart disease.
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Physiology of Heart Disease

  • Heart disease refers to atherosclerosis, which means something gets blocked and the blood vessels on the heart get blocked.
  • The heart is a muscle that needs oxygen and blood to carry that oxygen to it so it can work.
  • When the blood vessels that are carrying that oxygen to the muscle of the heart start to get blocked, there may not be enough oxygen making it to the heart anymore.
  • That's what we call a heart attack, basically that there's not enough blood flow that there's not enough oxygen getting to an area of the heart.
  • Plaque builds up in the blood vessel and that plaque is composed of cholesterol, fatty stuff, and it has calcium in it.
  • Red blood cells and white blood cells which are our immune cells are all involved in these plaques.
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Myths About Heart Disease

  • When we were first trying to figure out what was causing heart disease, the early scientists and physicians were looking under the microscope and they were seeing that there was cholesterol in these plaques and they said it must be cholesterol and fat in the foods that we are eating that are causing these problems.
  • We set down a pathway to try and get people to eat less cholesterol and we set down a pathway of developing drugs that lower cholesterol.
  • People are eating less cholesterol and people are taking medications to lower their cholesterol, but heart disease isn't going away and it's actually getting worse.
  • Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease.
  • Heart disease is caused by inflammation in the body.
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Healthy Lifestyle Changes

  • Healthy lifestyle changes can help prevent heart disease.
  • Exercise is important for overall health, but it's not the key to weight loss.
  • Weight loss is about diet, not exercise.
  • Eating a whole food, plant-based diet is the best way to prevent heart disease.
  • Processed foods, sugar, and animal products should be avoided.
  • Intermittent fasting can also be helpful for weight loss and overall health.
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The Role of Sugar in Heart Disease

  • Early scientists believed that sugar, not cholesterol, was the cause of heart disease.
  • Sugar damages blood vessels and cholesterol may be present to repair that damage.
  • Scientific evidence supports the theory that sugar plays a large part in heart disease.
  • Metabolic health is important in preventing high amounts of sugar in the bloodstream.
  • Understanding what leads to sugar building up in the bloodstream is crucial in addressing heart disease.
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Indicators of Metabolic Health

  • Waist circumference is an indicator of poor metabolic health.
  • Blood pressure is another indicator of metabolic health.
  • Blood work is necessary to determine sugar and cholesterol levels.
  • Measuring HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels is more important than measuring LDL cholesterol.
  • 88% of Americans are not metabolically healthy.
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The Ineffectiveness of Cardio for Weight Loss

  • Cardio is not an effective way to lose weight.
  • Weight loss is primarily achieved through diet changes.
  • Exercise is important for overall health, but not necessarily for weight loss.
  • High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a more effective form of exercise for weight loss.
  • Consistency and sustainability are key in achieving and maintaining weight loss.
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The Importance of Lifestyle Changes

  • Lifestyle changes are crucial in preventing and treating heart disease.
  • Small changes, such as reducing sugar intake and increasing physical activity, can have a big impact on health.
  • Changing the way we think about food and exercise is necessary for long-term success.
  • Doctors should focus on promoting healthy lifestyle changes rather than just prescribing medication.
  • Normalizing health and dispelling myths around medicine is important in promoting healthy lifestyle changes.
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The Problem of Skinny Fat

  • Nearly everybody in the US is not metabolically healthy.
  • 50% of people who aren't overweight or obese are not metabolically healthy.
  • Skinny fat refers to having internal fat around organs, which is not obvious from the outside.
  • Getting fat on the inside is worse for metabolic health than being fat on the outside.
  • People who are skinny fat often don't get picked up on until they're much sicker.
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The Key to Metabolic Health

  • Eating whole, real food is the key to metabolic health.
  • Eliminating processed food is the most important step.
  • There are many different diets that can work, but they all involve eating whole, real food.
  • The one commonality that predicts success in being metabolically healthy is eating whole, real food.
  • Whole, real food includes plant and animal products.
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The Importance of Animal Products

  • Eating more animal products than plant products may be better for metabolic health.
  • Human beings evolved eating animals.
  • Animal products are a good source of protein and other nutrients.
  • Animal products can be part of a healthy diet.
  • The mainstream narrative often goes against the idea of eating more animal products.
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The Best Diet for Metabolic Health

  • There is no one-size-fits-all diet for metabolic health.
  • Eating whole, real food is the most important factor.
  • Eliminating processed food is crucial.
  • There are many different diets that can work, including carnivore, keto, Mediterranean, and Paleo.
  • Experimenting with different diets can help find what works best for an individual.
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