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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]

Eric R. Braverman
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Dec 22 2009
     New research in nutrition and weight loss has revealed an amazing discovery: the brain—virtually neglected in all other diet plans—is the most important organ in dieting. Dieters can actually lose weight by eating foods, nutrients, teas, and spices that change the chemical balance of the brain for permanent weight loss—a major factor contributing to how quickly the body ages. In fact, everyone can take years off their age by changing their brain chemistry.
     In Younger (Thinner) You Diet, Dr. Eric Braverman expands upon concepts introduced in Younger You to present a totally new approach to lifelong weight management, where the key is not found in counting carbs, fat grams, or calories. Obesity is a brain chemical imbalance, an addictive disorder, treated successfully only through the combined approach of diet, nutrients, and hormones. One of the foremost experts in integrative medicine, known for his work on the brain-body connection, Dr. Braverman teaches readers:
-which foods naturally boost the body’s production of dopamine, the chemical in the brain that tells the body to start its fat-burning engine
-how to choose foods, supplements, teas, and spices—even hormones and medicine—to avoid the effects of other aging organs that can destroy one’s metabolism
-how to personalize the diet for specific health concerns, such as heart problems, aging skin, weak muscles, and achy joints
     Eliminating the frustration and deprivation of conventional dieting, Younger (Thinner) You Diet will help anyone turn back the clock to a slimmer, healthier, younger you.

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"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
"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
"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."
—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?
--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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5.0 out of 5 stars A good theory. Feb. 23 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Live better & longer July 9 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a keeper---revolutionary in scope! Jan. 23 2009
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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
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind food diet Feb. 15 2009
By Frustrated Dieter - Published on
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.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Meal Plan not well constructed March 26 2012
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While the book is very informative, and I agree with other reviewers that the author is clearly on to something, the meal plan appeared to be slapped together haphazardly with little to no thought. If you were to follow the enclosed meal plan to a T, you would end up throwing away lots of perfectly good food!

For example,the first day of the plan has you make a salad with 1/2 an avocado... but nowhere in the next few days do you use the remaining half. Ditto the third day's 1/2 cup of shredded wheat breakfast and countless other examples. One gets the feeling the author just quickly "filled in the blanks" for each day's meal without considering the overall scope of the plan, or the shopping needs of the individual consumer. in addition, the book assumes the reader is feeding at least 4 people in every meal, creating lots of leftovers for those of us who are living alone. These problems rendered the meal plan completely unusable without considerable tweaking, so those looking for an easy "just tell me what to do" meal solution might want to look elsewhere.

That being said, it pains me to say that overall the book lacks sufficient editing... at times it is too wordy and repetitive. I normally am a "straight through" reader, and I found myself skipping entire blocks of text wholesale.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed by this book because the underlying information is so very exciting... but the execution is so lacking. I'm eagerly hoping the author comes out with a revised edition to fix the problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for Me..and I Didn't Think Anything Would! June 13 2009
By Flavah - Published on
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I am probably like the average overweight American. Been there, done that. Have tried dozens of different diets, had mixed results, and gained the weight right back. That's why I was skeptical about The Younger (Thinner) You Diet by Eric R. Braverman, MD.

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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