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The Younger (Thinner) You Diet: How Understanding Your Brain Chemistry Can Help You Lose Weight, Reverse Aging, and Fight Disease Paperback – Dec 22 2009

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Reprint edition (Dec 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605294772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605294773
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<DIV><DIV>"Dr. Braverman identifies the missing component of addictive eating—imbalances in your brain chemistry. His program corrects the problem and makes it possible to stick to his and other great dietary programs for thinness and your health." —Nicholas Perricone, MD, FACN, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine, and author of the bestsellers The Wrinkle Cure and The Perricone Prescription </DIV><DIV>"Dr. Braverman has done it again. With his keen understanding of the workings of the brain and each individual’s different brain requirements, he is able to rev up your brain metabolism to increase energy and burn body fat. It works, it’s easy, it’s long-lasting and leads to life-long good health. This is no fad diet. This is good science and powerful. If you haven't been able to crack the code of your personal weight loss you will find the answers here. Say goodbye to unwanted weight forever." —Suzanne Somers, author of 18 books, including the latest New York Times bestseller Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness </DIV><DIV>"The epidemic of obesity in this country portends a significant increase of serious health problems—diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and even dementia and cancer. Dr. Braverman's solution—emphasizing the consumption of herbs, spices, and teas to alter brain and body metabolism promises to reshape our culture and our waistlines." </DIV><DIV>—Isadore Rosenfeld, MD, FACP, FACC, Rossi Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, and author of Live Now, Age Later, Power to the Patient, and Doctor, What Should I Eat? </DIV></DIV> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

ERIC R. BRAVERMAN, MD, is the best-selling author of Younger You and director of the PATH Medical Center and PATH Foundation.

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I'm enjoying Dr. Braverman's books and sharing them with my loved ones... family.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CB on Feb. 23 2009
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Basically, the gist of this book is that your hormones might be what's keeping the weight on. More spefically, it's the chemical imblances in your brain that make you want to eat the way you eat. So, if you change your brain chemisty, you can change your weight. There are foods included that qualify for the diet. It's a good read, all in all, and seems to be something that will work to get the weight off. I also liked: Fatass No More! How I Lost Weight and Still Ate Cheeseburgers and Fries.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SGP on July 9 2009
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I first heard of this book, interestingly, via an interview with its author on the program "It's Supernatural" with Sid Roth. [...] Was so impressed I bought several copies, & the book itself has not disappointed. There's of course nothing 'supernatural' about it, except that living naturally & well is no longer the norm. Packed with great science, easy, natural SOLUTIONS to many physical ailments & ways to improve vitality & lifespan.
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184 of 194 people found the following review helpful
This book is a keeper---revolutionary in scope! Jan. 23 2009
By Susan Schenck - Published on
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This book is a keeper, a must-have reference book for how food affects the brain. I have read hundreds of books on nutrition, even wrote one myself, but nonetheless found this book revolutionary in scope.

I love reading books that give me radically new information, and I found plenty of such nuggets here. For example, until reading Younger (Thinner) You Diet, I had no idea that my hepatitis C had affected my entire personality for years! I was further amazed at how much our personality is formed by neurotransmitters, which can be balanced with food.

Dr. Braverman discusses at length in layman's simple terms the following brain chemicals: dopamine, acetylcholine, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) an serotonin. He shows how a lack of them can affect the personality, aging, and weight gain. Just looking at the various personality profiles Dr. Braverman provides, you can easily recognize which neurotransmitters you and your loved ones lack. But there is a quiz to make the diagnosis more accurate.

In this book you will also find tips for combating such things as osteoporosis, collagen loss, and other maladies. There is even a handy section called "Name the Pauses" in which you can which systems are your weakest (again, definitions and quizzes). There is a section that details the power of various spices and also such a section for teas. Parts like that make this a reference book. You will not want to sell your used copy on Amazon!

There are a few things that made me raise my eyebrows: advice to use aspartame, which has been proven to be very toxic, and canola oil, which is genetically modified. And he classifies someone as "excentric" who believes in telepathy and the sixth sense. (He obviously is not familiar with all the scientific studies referred to in such books as The Field.)

But I have never found a book that is 100% accurate and am able to overlook a few errors to see all the wonderful information in it.

This book is absolutely not just about weight loss, but about using nutrition and supplements to stay younger and even reverse aging. You can use this information no matter what your diet slant is: vegan, vegetarian, raw foodist, or omnivore.

Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Don't buy it in Kindle format March 14 2011
By S. P. Thatcher - Published on
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The diet program itself is great; I've started incorporating it into my life and feeling results. However, I bought it in Kindle and there are a lot of tables. Kindle will enlarge your font, but tables are not part of font, so I find it extremely difficult to read what's on the tables.
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Mind food diet Feb. 15 2009
By Frustrated Dieter - Published on
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I saw this book promoted on TV and ordered. This is a new take on dieting and the part mental nutrition plays in it. I have been on this nutrition plan for three weeks and like the results. I am now controlling most of my cravings and eating healthier.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
You Need to Have This Book May 3 2009
By Marty - Published on
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It dosen't matter who you are or what health you're in, you need to have this book. It's not just about being thin; it's about balancing your body's hormones, brain chemistry, mood, the works. Please read this book. It will change your life like no doctor ever has and quite possibly ever will, until we, the public, insist they begin healing us and not supressing our complaints. With this book, you can go a very long way to helping yourself. Perhaps then you will have the ability to find that doctor to work with you through your healing and rejuvination process. Yes, keeping your body and mind young and healthy. You won't regret buying this book.
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Weight Loss Really Is All In Your Head! March 23 2009
By Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man - Published on
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Whenever the subject of weight loss comes up, most people just automatically assume it has to do with your diet, the calories you consume, how much exercise you get, and the genes your parents passed along to you. While all of those things may play a role in determining how you fare at shedding the pounds, Dr. Eric Braverman says the reason people fail at dieting is because it's all in their head-because their brain chemistry is messed up. That's right, when people tell you a problem is "all in your head," apparently it's true when it comes to weight loss. Why? Because weight loss happens first in the brain and struggles mean your brain is aging. If you can fix the issues with your brain first, then the weight loss will come. As an expert neurosurgeon, Dr. Braverman has identified four brain chemicals-dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA, and serontonin-that allow the brain to fire at just the right moment for your body to function at optimal level. When one of these four chemicals is out of balance, your brain will compensate by sending signals for food cravings that further destroys your health and weight and aging your brain even more. It's a ruthless cycle! This book shows you how to replenish your brain with fresh, new cells that will restore your brain so your metabolism can run at full capacity. The plan suggests specific foods, spices, and other components to bring about these changes. This is arguably one of the most unique nutritional concepts I've ever heard of and worth an investment in learning more about.