Episode 375

The Surprising New Science of Metabolism, Weight Loss And Fat Burning

With Dr. William Li

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So many people think the only way to lose weight and get healthy is by following a super-strict, bland, and joyless diet—but that is simply not the case! By removing ultra-processed junk from our diets and eating real, whole foods with specific nutrients that support our physiology, we can ditch the diet, fix our metabolism, and shed unwanted weight.

Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru sits down with Dr. William Li to discuss how to get off yo-yo dieting and find an eating approach that will work for you for the long haul. Dhru and Dr. Li discuss which foods cause weight gain and slow metabolism, which foods help burn body fat and heal your metabolism, and where you can find quality sources of good, healthy food.

Among other things, they also discuss the pillars of Dr. Li’s MediterAsian diet, the importance of brown fat, and how eating a diversity of plant foods is key for unlocking gut-healing phytochemicals as well as which ones can help fight inflammation and prevent disease.

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For more on Dr. William Li, follow him on Instagram @drwilliamli, Twitter @drwilliamli, Facebook @drwilliamli, or through his website, drwilliamli.com.

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. The top conceptions people have about fat and metabolism
  2. Debunking the idea that some people have a fast or slow metabolism
  3. Why fat is more than just something to fear
  4. White fat versus brown fat
  5. How excess body fat impacts the body
  6. The flaws in the “calories in, calories out” approach to weight loss
  7. How the gut microbiome factors into obesity
  8. The foods that help tame body fat
  9. Dhru’s health journey and how he personalized his diet
  10. Choosing foods that support your biology
  11. Dr. William Li’s MediterAsian diet and a day in the life
  12. Where to purchase Dr. William Li’s new book and follow him online


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

Dr. William Li

Dr. William Li is an internationally renowned physician, scientist, and author of the New York Times bestseller, Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself. His groundbreaking research has led to the development of more than 30 new medical treatments that impact care for more than 70 diseases, including diabetes, blindness, heart disease, and obesity. 

His TED Talk, “Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?” has garnered more than 11 million views. Dr. Li has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, CNBC, Rachel Ray, and Live with Kelly & Ryan, and he has been featured in USA Today, Time Magazine, The Atlantic, and O Magazine. He is the President and Medical Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation, which leads global initiatives on food as medicine.

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