The Hungry Brain

The Hungry Brain

Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat

eBook - 2017
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A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearFrom an obesity and neuroscience researcher with a knack for engaging, humorous storytelling, The Hungry Brain uses cutting-edge science to answer the questions: why do we overeat, and what can we do about it? No one wants to overeat. And certainly no one wants to overeat for years, become overweight, and end up with a high risk of diabetes or heart disease—yet two thirds of Americans do precisely that. Even though we know better, we often eat too much. Why does our behavior betray our own intentions to be lean and healthy? The problem, argues obesity and neuroscience researcher Stephan J. Guyenet, is not necessarily a lack of willpower or an incorrect understanding of what to eat. Rather, our appetites and food choices are led astray by ancient, instinctive brain circuits that play by the rules of a survival game that no longer exists. And these circuits don't care about how you look in a bathing suit next summer.To make the case, The Hungry Brain takes readers on an eye-opening journey through cutting-edge neuroscience that has never before been available to a general audience. The Hungry Brain delivers profound insights into why the brain undermines our weight goals and transforms these insights into practical guidelines for eating well and staying slim. Along the way, it explores how the human brain works, revealing how this mysterious organ makes us who we are.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9781250081230
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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May 08, 2019

An excellent book that greatly exceeded my expectations.

As a background I was having difficulty losing 8 lbs, (my wife says that I needed to lose more than that, ...LOL) and I picked this book up, more out of curiosity than anything else.

"The Hungry Brain" provides an easy to read description of up-to-date research on weight gain, along with readily intelligible, well drawn diagrams, that explain as to what is happening in our brain, that in turn, controls our motivation and actions.

Finally the book offers some common sense ideas as to how government and we as individuals can control our own negative actions.

Probably this book is not for those fortunate people who are at their desired weight, but for everyone else, there is much that this book can offer.


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