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 ...
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Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly: A Brain Surgeon Reveals the Weight-Loss Secrets of the Brain-Belly Connection

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Overview

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.
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The key to rejuvenating injured and aging brains, eating well, and losing weight, neurosurgeon McCleary (The Brain Trust Program) states, is controlling blood glucose levels with a diet rich in lean protein, healthy fats, and high-fiber, complex carbs. Not surprisingly, on McCleary's diet nutrient-poor, sugar and "bad" fat-laden foods are strictly limited. While not new, McCleary's advice is appealingly packaged; his precise, persuasive voice reveals flaws in other diets; explains the science behind nutritional medicine; urges the wisdom of moderate exercise; and motivates readers to avoid the typical diabetic spiral by accessing their own metabolic power. Along with McCleary's generous meal plans (recipes included), his perceptive discussion of the "personal toll of being overweight" and the emotions that often arise with lifestyle changes makes this title a standout among other programs on the market promising health turnarounds. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608321018
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/2/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 794,196
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

After graduating from Dartmouth College, Larry McCleary performed postgraduate work in theoretical physics at Boston University. He went to medical school at the State University of New York Buffalo, did his surgical internship at the University of Minnesota, and completed his residency in neurosurgery at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center.

Dr. McCleary's other books include The Brain Trust Program: A Scientifically Based Three-Part Plan to Improve Memory, Elevate Mood, Enhance Attention, Alleviate Migraine & Menopausal Symptoms and Boost Mental Energy (Perigee Press, 2007) and the two-volume set Bald Is Beautiful: The Shining Stars Foundation Guide for Living with Childhood Cancer (2009). He has also published articles in numerous medical journals.

Dr. McCleary holds several patents for nutritional supplements and is the medical director for the nonprofit Shining Stars Foundation that provides programs for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
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Table of Contents

Preface xv

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Brain-Belly Connection

Chapter 1 "Built-In Pantries" 9

Warm-Blooded and Smart!

The Brain and the Mouth

The Importance of Bellies

The Third Link in the Brain-Belly Connection

Fat Storage

Food Addicts!

Chapter 2 Insulin-The Master Hormone 21

"Sticky" Fat Cells

The Operator of Your Fat Cells' On-Off Switch

A Multitasking Hormone

"Good" Carbs, "Bad" Carbs

The Fat-Storing Trigger That Farmers Depend On

Modern Fat Storage Signals-Better Than Anything Mother Nature Ever Devised

Jay Cutler's Secret

Chapter 3 The Clamor of Hunger-Lessons from Five Diets 33

1 Calorie-Restricted Low-Fat Diet

2 Calorie-Restricted Higher-Fat Diet

3 Total Starvation Diet

4 Cruise Ship Diet

5 Typical American Diet

Let's Compare

Some Important Concepts

Making Sense of the Diet Paradoxes

Chapter 4 Controlling Your Appetite by Feeding Your Brain 45

What Happens When You Eat?

An Ideal Scenario: John's Morning

A Not-so-Ideal Scenario: Jane's Morning

What's the Difference Between These Two Scenarios?

Foods That Fool Your Body

She Eats Like a Bird and Still Gains Weight!

What About Adult-Onset (Type 2) Diabetes?

It All Adds Up!

Chapter 5 Feed Your Brain…or Suffer the Consequences 63

Sophie's Story

Too Much of a Good Thing

Effect of Elevated Insulin on the Brain

How to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Part 2 The Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly Diet and Activity Program

Chapter 6 Demonized Fat: Essential for Brain and Body Wellness 73

Eat Fat to Lose Fat?

Is There Such a Thing as Healthy Fat?

Why Limit Fat?

Different Types of Fat

The Importance of "Balance"

MUFAs

Coconut-The Miracle Oil!

Ketones and the Brain-Belly Connection

Other Sources of Ketones

Chapter 7 Making the Best Food Choices 89

Benefits of Herbs and Spices

Chapter 8 Seven-Day Meal Plan and Recipes 107

My Favorite Snack

How Many Calories Do You Need?

Chapter 9 Move It to Lose It 135

A Big Waste of Time?

Keep It Simple-Walk

Keep It Simple-Train with Weights

Keep It Simple-Improve Balance and Coordination

Positive Feedback

Part 3 You Can Train Your Brain to Lose Your Belly

Chapter 10 Dealing with the Mind-Body Challenges of Losing Weight 151

The Personal Toll of Being Overweight

Get in Touch with Your Body

Now for the Hard Part-Dealing with the Emotions

Self-Esteem Is Key-Don't Let Your Weight Define You as a Person!

Determine What Is Important in Your Life

Work at It, Don't Get Depressed, and Accept Help from Others

Chapter 11 Practical Tips to Get You Going 165

Weight-Loss Gems

Chapter 12 Clinical Trials 101: How to Arrive at Your Weight-Loss Goal Faster 175

Description of the Human Clinical Trial

Appendix 1 Scientific Research Applied to Dietary Supplements 191

Introduction

Epidemiology Defined

Scientific Research

How Scientific Research Applies to Dietary Supplement Trials

Scientific Research Components

Placebo

Types of Studies or Trials

Sources

Appendix 2 Fetal Programming: The Developmental Origins of Adult Disease 227

Appendix 3 Suggested Reading 235

Index 241

About the Author 249

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

    Highly Recommend !!!

    Dr.McCleary, has written the most informative book about what goes into our mouths and the resulting effects. As a result, I better understand the various foods I eat and their impact on my body. This is not another diet book. It is an eating plan! A plan I adopted that will serve me well for the rest of my life. In the beginning, I was never hungry and lost weight. Four months into my new eating plan, I'm the weight I want to be, have more energy (physically and mentally) and I'm still never hungry. Thank you Dr. Larry McCleary !!

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    This is a great book!!!!

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!! This is the best book on the market. If you want to lose your belly, buy this book now

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