Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly: A Brain Surgeon Reveals the Weight-Loss Secrets of the Brain-Belly Connection
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Stay slim and mentally sharp by choosing foods that keep your waistline trim and your brain well fed.
Renowned neurosurgeon Larry McCleary, M. D., became fascinated by the paradox of the fattening of America and the brain starvation he was seeing in aging brains. His research led to this innovative conclusion: Calories you consume are bypassing your brain and being stored in fat cells. In Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly, he reveals how "sticky" fat cells send mixed messages to your brain, causing you to experience persistent hunger, to overeat, and to gain weight as a result.
If you are ready to get in touch with the signals your body generates so that you work with, not against, your innate metabolic machinery, this book is the tool you've been seeking. Weight loss will be easy as you keep hunger at bay while providing your brain with the high-octane fuel it thrives on. Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly pairs its advice with 7 days' worth of helpful meal plans and plenty of delicious recipes.
Dr. McCleary's counterintuitive perspective on the benefits of brain-healthy fat consumption—supported by clinical testing with a group that called themselves the "Biggest Losers"—will help you make critical decisions about your diet. Learning to choose foods that prevent the production of sticky fat cells rather than forcing yourself to eat less is the best way for you to feed your hungry brain cells and stay thin.
numerous nutritional supplements. How could this happen? The short answer is that although he was twenty-four, he developed a childhood disease—diabetes mellitus (Type 1 diabetes)—a condition in which an inflammatory process destroyed the cells in his pancreas, the organ that makes insulin. Without any insulin to store energy, he lost almost 15 percent of his body mass even though he was doing everything he could to gain weight. This observation will help you understand how to lose weight
Hanssen diet, fats profoundly decrease appetite. Anything that decreases appetite and avoids sticky fat cells should be included in the diet. Later in this chapter we will see why incorporating more healthy fats is also a brain-saver. Brain-Belly Basics Dietary fats don’t contribute to the sticky fat cell problem. Eat Fat to Lose Fat? At this point you may be thinking: “It’s all so confusing. If I want to get rid of fat, why is eating additional fat going to make me thinner? Won’t I
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state—the condition associated with weight loss! Nicole R summed it up nicely when she said, “I never felt hungry, because there was no need to be hungry!” Now for the Hard Part—Dealing with the Emotions Learning how your body is going to react when you start making better food choices and begin an exercise program allows you to be ideally poised to tackle all the emotional challenges you will be facing. The volunteers in our clinical study went through similar adversities and have
you’re eating far larger portions than you realize. Initially, until you learn how to accurately estimate correct portion sizes, use measuring cups to dish out precisely two-thirds cup of carrots, one-quarter cup of almonds, or some other quantity of food, and buy a small scale to measure the weight of each piece of meat or fish. Shelly N’s initial response had been that these extra steps were a colossal waste of time. Her daily schedule was already overbooked, and she literally found herself