Summary & Study Guide - Fat for Fuel - Lee Tang - ebook

Combat CancerIncrease Your EnergyBoost Your BrainpowerLose Weight and Keep It offThe must-read summary of “Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy” by Dr. Joseph Mercola. This complete summary of Dr. Mercola’s book summarizes the key concepts of Dr. Mercola’s Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy program. It also includes a diet cheat sheet which is a concise summary of the dietary principles including (a) general guidelines, (b) foods to eat daily, (c) foods to eat in moderation, and (d) foods to avoid.By following the Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy program, you can: treat and prevent serious diseases increase your energy boost your brainpower lose weight and keep it offThis guide includes: Book Summary—The summary helps you understand the key ideas and recommendations. Online Videos—On-demand replay of public lectures, and seminars on the topics covered in the chapter. Diet Cheat Sheet—A concise summary of the dietary principles including (a) general guidelines, (b) foods to eat daily, (c) foods to eat in moderation, and (d) foods to avoid.Value-added of this guide: Save time Understand key concepts quickly Expand your knowledgeStop, Read, and Take Action to Protect Your Mitochondria.

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Table of Contents

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Part I: Rescuing Your Metabolism

1. The Truth About Mitochondria, Free Radicals, and Dietary Fats

2. Why You Need Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy

3. The Protein Paradox

4. The Surprising Effects of Iron on Mitochondiral Health

5. What to Eat on MMT

Part II: Advanced Healing with Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy

6. Before Your Start MMT

7. How to Get Started

8. Navigating Your Transition to Burning Fat

9. Using MMT over the Long Term

10. The Power of Fasting to Optimize Mitochondrial Health

11. Other Ways to Improve Your Mitochondrial Health

Appendix A: How Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy Helps Many Diseases

Appendix B: A Guide to Nuts and Seeds

Diet Cheat Sheet: Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy


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Summary & Study Guide - Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy-Including Diet Cheat Sheet


Title: Summary & Study Guide - Fat for Fuel

Subtitle: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy - Including Diet Cheat Sheet

Author: Lee Tang ([email protected])

Publisher: LMT Press

Copyright © 2017 by Lee Tang

All rights reserved. Aside from brief quotations for media coverage and reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced or distributed in any form without the author’s permission. Thank you for supporting authors and a diverse, creative culture by purchasing this book and complying with copyright laws.

First Edition: September 2017 

Issued in print and electronic formats.

ISBN-13: 978-1976076732 (paperback) 

ISBN-10: 1976076730 (paperback) 

ISBN 9781988970004 (ebook)  

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“Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy” by Dr. Joseph Mercola


The first part of the book explains how cancer and other chronic diseases are caused by defective metabolic processes because of mitochondrial dysfunction, and that you can take control of your health simply by giving your body the proper fuel. The second part lays out the key concepts of the Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy program and practical strategies to follow to transition to buring fat as the primary fuel..


Dr. Joseph Mercola is a family physician that has treated 25,000 patients from around the world. He encourages and educates people about safe and inexpensive nutritional, lifestyle and exercise options to radically reduce their risk of dying prematurely from dangerous drugs and surgeries.


This guide is a summary and not a critique or a review of the book. It does not offer judgment or opinion on the content of the book. This summary may not be organized chapter-wise but is an overview of the main ideas, viewpoints and arguments from the book as a whole. It is NOT meant to be read as a replacement of the book which it summarizes but, instead, a supplement for review of the book's main premises and to provide commentary and additional resources.


For decades, scientists believe that cancer is a genetic disease caused by DNA mutations. The War on Cancer started by President Nixon in 1971 has been a miserable failure. Dr. Joseph Mercola believes that we are losing the war because scientists are chasing a flawed paradigm. Most adult cancers are not disease of damaged DNA, but rather one of defective metabolism.

Mitochondria are the powerhouses of your cells. When large numbers of mitochondria in your body stop functioning properly, you’re vulnerable to cancer and other chronic diseases.

The food you eat directly impact your mitochondria. If you eat foods that boost the health of your mitochondria, you are less likely to suffer from metabolic dysfunctions that can cause cancer and chronic diseases.

Part I of this book explains how your body works at a biological and molecular level, and what’s causing your metabolism to go haywire. It will describe what foods to eat and how to keep tabs on your own iron levels to help your mitochondria thrive. Part II of the book will detail the guidelines for starting the Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy (MMT).


The Fault in Our Stars

Part I

Rescuing Your Metabolism

Chapter 1

The Truth About Mitochondria, Free Radicals, and Dietary Fats

Every cell in your body needs a continuous supply of energy. Mitochondria are organelles that produce energy for your cells. Cells that are metabolically active—such as those found in the brain, liver, heart, kidneys, and muscles—have more mitochondria than others.

In the process of generating energy for the cells, your mitochondria also produce a form of free radicals called reactive oxygen species (ROS). Free radicals are molecules that contain oxygen atoms with odd number of electrons. Because of the unpaired electrons, free radicals are highly unstable. Under normal conditions, free radicals play many valuable roles in your body to regulate cellular functions. However, excessive free radicals can start a chain reaction that can damage your DNA. They react with cellular components, making the cell membranes brittle and leaky, leading to tissue degradation, which increases your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

A popular approach to reduce free radicals is to load your body with antioxidant supplements. But this approach can backfire when the antioxidants also suppress the important functions of free radicals. A better solution is to produce fewer free radicals in the first place. The Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy helps you regain your body’s ability to burn fat as your primary fuel. By switching to a diet high in quality fat and low in carbohydrate, you will burn fat for fuel which produces 30 to 40 percent fewer free radicals than when you eat primarily carbohydrates.


IN THE EARLY 1900s, the majority of foods on American tables were locally grown whole foods with no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. In 1899, cottonseed oil—previously used in soap and as fuel for lamps—came on the market as a food product called Wesson Oil. In 1911, Procter & Gamble introduced Crisco—hydrogenated cottonseed oil, a trans fat—to the public as “the ideal fat.” The added hydrogen eliminated the vulnerable double bonds in the molecules of the oil and made them shelf stable. By 1950, all oils, including those derived from soybeans and corn, were hydrogenated and sold in the form of Crisco, margarine, and a variety of packaged, frozen and dried foods.

Three technological developments in the early 1900 also changed the food we ate:

Synthetic fertilizers—Synthetic fertilizers were used by farmers to increase yield, but their use had decimated soil microbes, reducing the nutrients in the crops.

Food additives—Food additives were added into the food supply with little oversight or concern for safety. One example of an unsafe additive that the food industry declared safe is trans fats. We now know trans fats are a prime driver of inflammation linked to increased risk of heart disease, insulin resistance, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Pesticides—Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, can cause damages to our mitochondria. Many vegetable oils are processed from GMO crops heavily sprayed with this herbicide. That means vegetable oils, and all processed foods that use them, are likely to be contaminated with this chemical.