Serotonin Power Diet: Use Your Brain's Natural Chemistry to Cut Cravings, Curb Emotional Overeating, and Lose Weight

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Using this science-based plan, dieters will learn how to eat in order to boost serotonin, the brain chemical that shuts off appetite and turns on feelings of calm. This clinically tested program is also the first to offer antidepressant users an effective way to lose extra weight associated with their medication.

The Serotonin Power Diet is based on more than 30 years of pioneering research at MIT by internationally renowned scientist Dr. Judith Wurtman on the brain, emotions, ...

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The Serotonin Power Diet: Eat Carbs--Nature's Own Appetite Suppressant--to Stop Emotional Overeating and Halt Antidepressant-Associated Weight Gain

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Overview

Using this science-based plan, dieters will learn how to eat in order to boost serotonin, the brain chemical that shuts off appetite and turns on feelings of calm. This clinically tested program is also the first to offer antidepressant users an effective way to lose extra weight associated with their medication.

The Serotonin Power Diet is based on more than 30 years of pioneering research at MIT by internationally renowned scientist Dr. Judith Wurtman on the brain, emotions, appetite, and overeating. Using this research, she and Dr. Nina Marquis devised a program that puts the brain in charge of food intake. This simple 12-week plan, with more than 75 delicious recipes, was successfully tested on hundreds of clients at the Adara weight loss centers founded by the authors. Readers will lose up to 2 pounds a weekâ€"while reducing stress and improving their moods.

Because the plan is designed to turn on serotonin and turn off the need to eat, readers will never feel deprived. In addition, as serotonin increases feelings of well-being, emotional eating will vanish.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594863462
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/12/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author


JUDITH J. WURTMAN, PhD, received her PhD from George Washington University is recognized world-wide for her pioneering research into the relationship of food, mood, brain, and appetite. The author of five books for the general public, she has written more than 40 peer-reviewed articles for professional publications. She divides her time between Massachusetts and Florida.

NINA FRUSZTAJER MARQUIS, MD received her master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University and her medical degree from George Washington University. Her articles on weight, stress, and lifestyle have appeared in numerous publications. With Judith Wurtman, she founded the Adara weight loss centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, and Miami.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     x
The Brain-Weight Connection
Solving the Carbohydrate Riddle     3
Appetite, Hunger, and Eating Triggers     22
If You Want to Change Your Weight, You Have to Change Your Mind, Too     34
Before You Begin     48
The Program
Snack Your Way to Serotonin Power     63
The Serotonin Power Diet     75
Change Your Body     97
Now What Do I Do?     115
Planning Your Strategy
The 12-Week Guide     143
Troubleshooting     165
Maintaining Your Weight Loss     174
Cooking the Serotonin Power Diet
The Kitchen List for a Meal in Minutes     187
Basic Meals and Quick Kitchen Tricks     191
Recipes     202
Endnotes     275
Index     277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    Carbs for Dinner Really Works

    I am now eating carbs at dinner & it feels great - what a relief not to have to avoid them. You feel more satisfied, you don't graze at night, and you even fall asleep more easily. I no longer come home from dinner at a restaurant and then go searching for sweets. This had been my typical habit when I was only eating fish/chicken, vegetables, and no carbs for dinner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

    Thin, Happy, and Doing It Gluten-Free

    As a nutritionist who specializes in helping people eat with food intolerances, such as the gluten-free diet, I particularly love the Serotonin Power Diet for my clients. I have studied for 10 years how diet impacts brain chemistry and the immune system. The idea that the brain contains the master switch to turn off appetite is more than exciting, it is scientifically sound. Research at MIT and elsewhere confirms that Mom was wrong: this diet allows you to spoil your appetite and reap the weight loss and mood benefits. Mom just didn¿t know about serotonin! My gluten-free clients initially lose weight as they shift away from wheat-based bread, pasta, cake, and cookies. Some who suddenly cut out all simple carbs experience a drop in serotonin level that leads to mood swings- this is particularly difficult since people who have recently eliminated wheat are also fighting a withdrawal from the mild opiates in wheat protein. I now advise my clients about the principles of the Serotonin Power Diet, to ease them emotionally through this transition period. The initial weight loss, however, is usually reversed once the client becomes familiar with all the great gluten-free versions of their favorite foods and where to buy them. Gluten-free dieters learn to carry their own snacks with them, so The Serotonin Power Diet, as a snack-based diet, works very well for my clients who want to lose weight. Remembering to eat a gluten-free starchy snack before meals and in the evening is a cinch. There are so many ways to make this diet gluten-free and, as I advise my clients, include more whole grains. Here are just some ideas: Edward and Sons Brown Rice Crackers, brown rice bread, polenta, baked mochi squares (rice), quinoa, popcorn, corn on the cob, baked corn chips, squash, baked French fries (with skins on), and whole grain cereals. This diet re-writes that old adage, ¿fat and happy¿ ¿ The Serotonin Power Diet results in ¿thin and happy.¿ And, it¿s easy to do it gluten-free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    What a Book!

    I am excited to own this book. It breaks down the science and psychology of eating in such a basic and humorous manner that it was unlike any other diet or nutrition book I've ever read. I've learned to control my appetite so I'm not constantly thinking about eating. The recipes are incredible, and so easy to make. I'm often intimidated by diet books and diet/nutrition recipes, but the authors take you through the journey, step by step. I feel better and I feel better about myself. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    I can't diet - so this works for me

    I can't diet. I can only eat in a way that makes sense and this book makes sense because it provides real-life solutions to tricky life situations. For example, what a relief to have some idea of what to eat when you're in a rush at the airport or how easy it is to follow certain suggestions such as what type of snacks are good to carry in your bag. Sometimes life situations leave me starving and then ready to eat anything and then end up feeling terrible a couple of hours later. With just a tiny bit of forethought anyone can be prepared for that sudden on- set of hunger or prevent mood swings associated with erratic eating - The Serotonin Power Diet - works!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    It feels good to eat this way

    I picked up this book because my nephew, who gained weight on antidepressants, lost weight on the Serotonin Power Diet. Dr. Wurtman has done clinical research to prove it works for antidepressant weight gain and I was curious to learn more. Second, I had heard about Dr. Wurtman's research on serotonin and how it controls appetite and mood some years ago and it makes a lot of sense to me since I gravitate towards carbs anyway. Who isn't happy to learn that eating carbs will keep you from bingeing and from being a complete beast while you're losing weight? Carbs boost your brain serotonin so you are happy eating less. The Italians, with all their pasta, must have known this for years! The Serotonin Power Diet is interesting and fun to read - I love the 'now what do you do?' section with the multiple choice questions about what to eat in an airport, relative's houses (especially if they're driving you crazy!), and conventions where it's tough to get good food. The best part is that I'm losing weight. Plus, my daughter even told me my mood is better than usual!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2007

    Fascinating program for combining mood improvement and weight loss

    This book presents an appealing new approach to dieting, especially helpful to people with busy schedules and accompanying stresses. The approach is based on enhancement of serotonin production by the brain through use of carbohydrate snacks. The scientific basis for the approach is clearly laid out by the authors who have credentials in science, nutritional counseling and medicine. The book is easy to read, and the diet and exercise plans are straightforward with many helpful suggestions. A major plus of the approach is not dealing with the depression that so often accompanies dieting for weight loss.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Sensible Serious Serotonin Power....must try!

    This book makes excellent sense. Learning how to eat snacks control your appetite is revolutionary to me. Was delighted that there was smart biochemistry in this book! It is not an instant fix for weight loss but a systematic adventure into a life style change. Can't wait to see how I do on this on the long term!

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

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