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.
curve from 10:30 to 12:00). In contrast, John was back in a fat-burning mode again by 10:30 (when his insulin level had come back down to normal). Jane, however, was prevented from tapping into her fat stores when she needed them at 10:30. Since she had essentially no access to fat or glucose from 10:30 on, she got hungry before John did. But the important question is: why did this happen? It’s time we examined what each of them ate for breakfast. (See tables 4.1 and 4.2.) As you can see, the
calories we consume. The outcome would have been the same if two men or two women had been used in this example. Foods That Fool Your Body Jane got hungry as a result of prolonged, excessive, and unwanted fat storage. This happened because of the food choices she made during breakfast. As you can see in figure 4.2, when she needed to switch from using sugar to fat, her high insulin level prevented her from doing so. She became hungry even before her body had used up what she had just
avoided? First, don’t start out by cutting calories. This merely serves as a signal for your metabolism to slow. Second, prevent the body from sending what you eat to fat cells for storage. The way to achieve this is by choosing foods that keep insulin levels low—slow-release carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. When you do this, your body makes the transition from burning external calories to burning internal calories—your fat stores. The result is that metabolism doesn’t slow down, hunger
waistlines and, if so, what we could do about it. Several years passed before I was able to better understand the connection between the two. Coincidentally, at that time a young patient of mine developed diabetes shortly after her sixth birthday. As a result, she had to self-administer insulin (the hormone that controls blood sugar levels) by giving herself injections four times a day. One morning as I entered the hospital, I noticed her name on the patient board in the emergency room. She had
challenges of weight loss, and sound nutritional advice that will help them not only in weight management but in general health.” —Wendy Pogozelski, PhD, professor of biochemistry, SUNY Geneseo, diabetes advocate, and nutrition researcher “This is a clearly written and interesting book with important information on how to maximize the health benefits of fats and carbohydrates in the diet. Its information will be important for those who want to lose weight naturally and prevent a number of