Our History

Our History

For many health reasons, losing weight is important. It can improve your blood sugars, blood pressure and metabolic health, lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. But it’s not easy. That’s where we can help.

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The Fasting Method Online Program was developed by Dr. Jason Fung and Megan Ramos after extensive clinical experience in helping patients lose weight to reverse type 2 diabetes. Here’s our story.


2012: The First Intermittent Fasting Clinic in North America

Weight loss so vital to improve health – is a goal most people are unable to achieve by themselves. It was clear to Dr. Jason Fung and Megan Ramos that conventional dieting was not an effective strategy. After extensive research, they began incorporating intermittent fasting strategies. This directly contradicted standard dietary advice at the time to eat 6-8 small meals throughout the day, but the science was clear that intermittent fasting was a time-tested, effective weight loss and health improvement intervention.

The initial results were simply astounding, and those with type 2 diabetes were quickly coming off all their medications. The first intermittent fasting clinic in North America was founded, the Intensive Dietary Management (IDM) clinic.

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Dr. Jason Fung, MDCo Founder, Chairman
Megan RamosCo Founder, CEO
Daniel Christie CFO
Andrea Lombardi COO
Rachel Primo Operations Manager
Peter Ku VP, Customer Experience

2014 and 2015: Online Coaching for Intermittent Fasting

The remarkable results achieved with intermittent fasting quickly spread, and people from all over the world wanted to learn more about this ancient, yet revolutionary method of getting healthier. An online program was developed to provide the same education and support regardless of someone’s physical location.

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Nadir Ali, MDAdvisor
Terri Lance, PhDAdvisor and Fasting Coach
Larry Diamond, MScFasting Coach
Charlene Lichtash, MDHealth Consultant
Nadia Pateguana, NDHealth Consultant
John Clary, MScFasting Coach
Lisa Chance, RNFasting Coach

2016: The Obesity Code Released

Dr. Fung’s first book, The Obesity Code, is published which provides the scientific rationale behind using low carbohydrate diets and intermittent fasting for weight loss. Rather than focusing on the failed calorie counting methods, it provides insight into the hormonal theory of obesity and how intermittent fasting plays a key role. The book has sold close to a million copies and is one of the bestselling nutrition books of the last decade.

Later in 2016, Dr. Fung published The Complete Guide to Fasting which provides more practical guidance with intermittent fasting and how to incorporate it into a lifestyle with recipes from Megan Ramos.

 

The Obesity Code

In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition.

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The Complete Guide to Fasting

Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health.

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2018: Intermittent Fasting for Type 2 Diabetes

Committed to doing ground-breaking research, the IDM published its first peer-reviewed paper in the British Medical Journal Cases demonstrating the therapeutic use of intermittent fasting for people with type 2 diabetes as an alternative to insulin therapy.

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Dr. Fung publishes The Diabetes Code, a more detailed investigation into how nutrition plays a key role in the development of type 2 diabetes and how dietary interventions can reverse it.

The Diabetes Code

Today, most doctors, dieticians, and even diabetes specialists consider type 2 diabetes to be a chronic and progressive disease—a life sentence with no possibility of parole.

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2019: The Fasting Method Online Program

Due to its inherent effectiveness, intermittent fasting becomes the most Googled diet in 2019. The IDM program is rebranded as The Fasting Method (TFM) to make our expertise clear. In addition to an online program, individuals can obtain personalized fasting and nutritional guidance.

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2020: Health Consulting

It’s not always easy to find a doctor who understands the science behind insulin resistance and intermittent fasting.  This lead to TFM joining forces with low carb cardiologist, Dr. Nadir Ali, to offer health consulting services.

The Cancer Code

Dr. Fung publishes The Cancer Code, in which he offers a revolutionary new understanding of this invasive, often fatal disease – what it is, how it manifests, and why it is so challenging to treat.

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The Future:

The Fasting Method aims to revolutionize healthcare by providing the education and support needed for people to improve their health and reverse type 2 diabetes. TFM is committed to both clinical work with individuals, research and teaching to professionals.

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The Houston Clinic

Dr. Nadir Ali and his team are now accepting new patients at their Houston, Texas intermittent fasting clinic for in-person medical monitoring. All clinic patients will be enrolled in The Fasting Method Online Program.

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