May 11, 2023
The Surprising Science Behind Why We Gain Weight And How To Prevent & Reverse It
Welcome to The Hormone Prescription Podcast, where we empower midlife women to live their best lives through balancing their hormones, understanding their bodies, and unlocking the potential for optimal health!
In today's episode, we're thrilled to have Dr. Richard Johnson as our special guest. Dr. Johnson is a practicing physician and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado. With over 25 years of research experience, he is an international expert on sugar as well as uric acid and its role in obesity and diabetes. Dr. Johnson has recently authored the book "Nature Wants Us to be Fat", which dives into the intriguing story of why we are becoming obese and what we can do about it.
* Introducing Dr. Richard Johnson: Discover the extensive background and expertise of today's guest, Dr. Richard Johnson.
* The Role of Sugar and Uric Acid: Learn how these two factors play a significant role in obesity, and how modern diets have contributed to the current obesity epidemic.
* How Hormones Affect Weight Gain: Understand the connection between hormonal imbalances and weight gain, and what midlife women can do to regain control.
* Impact of Stress on Weight: Dr. Johnson explains how stress impacts our bodies and can lead to weight struggles.
* Preventing & Reversing Weight Gain: Learn simple yet powerful dietary and lifestyle changes that can help prevent and even reverse obesity and diabetes.
* A Brief Look at Dr. Johnson's Book: Dr. Johnson shares some insights from his latest book "Nature Wants Us to be Fat" and discusses how it can help midlife women in their journey to better health.
We hope you enjoy this insightful conversation with Dr. Richard Johnson, which provides not only a deeper understanding of the surprising science behind weight gain but also practical advice on how to prevent and reverse it. Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review our podcast on your preferred platform to stay updated with new episodes.
(00:00): The only good thing about a donut is the whole Jack Le Lane. Today we're gonna talk about the science behind how sugar is not food, but poison. Thank you, Robert Lustig.
(00:14): So the big question is, how do women over 40 like us keep weight off, have great energy, balance our hormones and our moods, feel sexy and confident, and master midlife? If you're like most of us, you are not getting the answers you need and remain confused and pretty hopeless to ever feel like yourself Again. As an ob gyn, I had to discover for myself the truth about what creates a rock solid metabolism, lasting weight loss, and supercharged energy after 40, in order to lose a hundred pounds and fix my fatigue, now I'm on a mission. This podcast is designed to share the natural tools you need for impactful results and to give you clarity on the answers to your midlife metabolism challenges. Join me for tangible, natural strategies to crush the hormone imbalances you are facing and help you get unstuck from the sidelines of life. My name is Dr. Kyrin Dunston. Welcome to the Hormone Prescription Podcast.
(01:08): Hi everybody. Welcome back to another episode of the Hormone Prescription with Dr. Kyrin.. Thank you so much for joining me today. My guest today is Dr. Richard Johnson, and he loves fat. I know you don't, but he does, and it's a good thing because he is been studying it for years and he's got some epic information to share with you about why nature wants us to be fat, the surprising science behind why we gain weight and how to prevent and reverse it. And he's done the research. He loves research. He went into medicine because he wanted to figure out what was causing diseases and treat the reason why we had diseases, not just medicate them with drugs and surgery. So he's a doctor after my own heart. He is an internal medicine doctor. He is also trained in nephrology and infectious disease, and he's an avid researcher.
(02:02): So he has a book. Nature Wants Us to Be Fat. We're gonna talk about it today. We're gonna dive into some of the details about sugar and really how bad it is, and you can't hear about this enough. And the ways in which, which types of sugar contribute to overweight and obesity, how you can mitigate these types of sugar in your diet, how your water and hydration status, your salt status, your uric acid status, all affect these, how menopause is associated with insulin resistance. And these link into these other factors. So before I get too technical, I'm gonna bring in Dr. Richard Johnson, who is the researcher. And he, I love the way he describes these things. He tells it almost like a story with a plot and a murder mystery. And I love a good murder mystery. So you're gonna love hearing him talk because he really has a passion for the science behind what makes us overweight and why nature is conspiring to make us overweight.
(03:02): And he's really going to spell it out for you and give you some practical, actionable tips. I know you want those. He's got 'em. And I've already told you a little bit about him. Let me just check out his bio and see if there's anything else important that you need to know. He is a professor of medicine at University of Colorado. He does practice medicine, but he really loves research and he is done it for more than 25 years. He is an international expert on sugar and uric acid and its role in obesity, their role in obesity and diabetes. He is book is Nature, wants us to Be Fat. It tells the story of why we are becoming obese and what to do about it becoming, I mean, we're kind of in the the era of epidemic obesity. So we're in it, folks, and if you wanna get out, then you wanna listen to Doctor Rick as he likes to be called.
(03:55): Thank you Kyrin. It's wonderful. We'll be on your show.
(03:58): I'm so excited to have you here talking about one of my favorite topics, fat, right? What woman doesn't love talking about fat and how to get rid of it. And we're gonna dive into why nature is conspiring against us to make us fat. And the surprising science, why we gain weight and how to prevent and reverse it. But first, I always like to get some type of background for everybody listening. Why are you so passionate about this? How did that happen? You come from an internal medicine background, also nephrology, infectious disease. So how did you become fascinated with that?
(04:34): Well, it began when I was becoming a doctor, I just really have been interested in the causes of disease even more so than the treatment of disease. And my, I come from a family where there've been a lot of scientists. And so I, you know, from the very beginning, I always was wondering, why do they have diabetes? Why do they have this condition or that, as opposed to just giving them insulin and having them come back to see you in clinic, you know? And so very early on I started my research career and I was very, I initially, I studied high blood pressure and high blood pressure, as you know, is linked with obesity. And it's linked with insulin resistance. And one thing led to another. And over the last 20 some years, over 30 years, actually, I've been doing research and probably about half of my time is doing research from the basic laboratory to animals in the wild to studies of people. And I've been a very active researcher, but I also have a clinical practice. I see people treat people. And so I have kind of a, I try to do both, both ends of the spectrum. Yeah.
(05:44): You know, it reminds me of that Hippocrates quote. Oh gosh. Somebody shared it in one of the podcast episodes recently about the goal of good medicine is to make you not need it. And so you came into this field thinking that you were more interested in why people got disease. Wh if we can figure out why they get it and fix the why, then they won't get it Right
(06:09): Ex. Exactly. It's much more effective, it's a much more effective way of helping people. And you know absolutely. That's been t…