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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<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.
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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 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
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I received the book on Tuesday, June 9th, took the diet quiz, read the sections in which the quiz indicated deficiencies, (I had two) and started putting Dr. Braverman's principles into practice that afternoon. I did not do all the recommendations but I followed the ones for tea drinking, herbs and spices, fat intake and the eating plans.
Today at 8 am, June 13th, I have lost 4 lbs. That's 4 lbs in 4 days! On my previous plan of no junk food, fast food, and consuming more fruits/vegetables, I had been losing 1 lb a week. I don't lose weight very quickly which I assume is typical for a 40- something woman on the verge of menopause. On this program, I have so much more energy. I cannot wait to see how good I will feel in the near future.
Dr. Braverman offers some very simple meal plans and recipes which appear very easy to follow. Since I am a busy single professional, I don't have a lot of time to shop or cook but the doctor's recommendations are simple to put into place. I truly feel that I can stay on this program for life.
After reading The Younger (Thinner) You Diet, I am beginning to think the issue of weight for many people is truly all in the mind. Last year, I read "Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever" and it really helped me unravel the basis for my overeating. I recommend reading this book in conjunction with The Younger (Thinner) You Diet.
**An update. I have been following this plan since June 13th. It is now July 13. Total weight loss: 9.5 lbs. Does this plan work? I would say so!
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