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Why We Get Fat & How to Turn Off the Fat Switch with Dr. Rick Johnson

Why We Get Fat & How to Turn Off the Fat Switch with Dr. Rick Johnson

Update: 2022-08-23


Nature put a “fat switch” in our bodies. Stuck in the “on” position, it’s the hidden source of weight gain, heart disease, and many other common health struggles. But you can turn it off. Dr. Richard Johnson has been on the cutting edge of this research for more than a decade. His team’s discovery of the fructose-powered survival switch—a metabolic pathway that animals in nature turn on and off as needed, but that our modern diet has permanently fixed in the on position, becoming a fat switch—revolutionized the way we think about why we gain weight.

Dr. Johnson takes you along on an eye-opening investigation 
• What you can do to turn off your fat switch—and what science is working on right 
now to make doing so easier
• What we have in common with hibernating bears, sperm whales, and the world’s 
fattest bird—and what makes us different
• How the survival switch works, and which foods other than fructose activate it
• The surprising role dehydration plays in fat accumulation
• Why uric acid may be the key to fructose’s negative health effects
• The direct link between the survival switch and health conditions such as metabol-
ic syndrome, diabetes, gout, kidney disease, liver disease, stroke, cancer, and more
• Early research revealing the connection to addiction, ADHD, and other behavioral 
Dr. Johnson not only provides new recommendations for how we can prevent or treat obe-
sity, but also how we can use this information to reduce our risk of developing disease.

Nature wants us to be fat, and when we understand why, we gain the tools we need to lose weight and optimize our health. Check out Nature Wants Us to Be Fat 

DR. RICHARD JOHNSON is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado and is both a clinician, educator and researcher. He is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and kidney disease and is the founding editor of Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology, one of the main textbooks on kidney disease. For more than 20 years, he has led research on the cause of obesity and diabetes, with especial interest in the 
role of sugar (especially fructose) and uric acid. His research has been highly cited, published in top medical journals, and supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. He is the author of The Sugar Fix and The Fat Switch. His latest work contains state-of-the art discoveries on the cause of obesity and potential cures. Currently Dr. Johnson lives in Colorado with his wife, kids, and two rambunctious puppies.

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Why We Get Fat & How to Turn Off the Fat Switch with Dr. Rick Johnson

Why We Get Fat & How to Turn Off the Fat Switch with Dr. Rick Johnson

Vanessa Spina