November 27, 2023, Fit as a Fiddle Plus | with Dr. Philip Ovadia

Season 2, Episode 327,   Nov 29, 2023, 07:24 PM

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Dr. Philip Ovadia Bio

For as long as I can remember, I was overweight. As a child. As a teenager. As a student at medical school. Even as a cardiac surgeon.

This was despite growing up in a household that followed official guidelines. I was an active child who played sports. My parents bought margarine, diet soda, low-fat milk, and avoided sugary cereals. We followed the guidelines of the USDA and the Food Pyramid. Yet, I was always overweight.

They say that life begins at 40, and it was absolutely true in my case. My entire life had been spent battling my weight; focused on it, losing it and gaining it. Then with a simple decision to support my wife, that battle ended with my victory. 

I came to realize that our poor diets cause poor metabolic health, which is why we suffer from so many chronic diseases. Processed food is intentionally engineered to encourage people to eat more, creating a vicious cycle. Worse, our healthcare environment is overly focused on prescribing medicines and treating the symptoms of a condition instead of addressing the root cause and preventing the issue in the first place.

Armed with all of this, it became my mission to help people. I am committed to this so you can enjoy good health, a better relationship with food, and not go through the years of anguish that I did.

In 2015, things really changed for me, and I owe it to my wife. She had suffered with severe heartburn since giving birth to our daughters, and in 2015 decided to try avoiding gluten to see if it helped. I joined her in a bid to be supportive, and I was stunned to discover that I immediately felt better. I had more energy, and some of my excess weight disappeared.

Do you ever spend all day thinking about food? Feeling hungry from the moment you wake up until you go to bed? I did. But not anymore. For the first time ever, I did not think about food constantly. I lost 100 pounds and kept it off. Today, I am in the best shape of my life. Physically, I have never been fitter or felt better, and I have a mental clarity that I have never experienced before. How did I do it? By consuming mainly animal-based foods and virtually zero carbohydrates.

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