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Always Hungry?: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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"David Ludwig is one of the very few voices of true authority in the world of obesity. This book goes to the heart of the underlying cause of weight gain--being constantly hungry. If you care about your health future, then this is the one book you should read and pay careful attention to." --Dr. Barry Sears, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Zone
"In Always Hungry?, world renowned endocrinologist and researcher David Ludwig explains in clear, accessible language what has made Americans so fat and what we can do to reverse the obesity epidemic for our ourselves, our children and our nation. This is a must-read!" --Arthur Agatston, MD, author of the New York Times bestseller The South Beach Diet
"This is NOT a diet book. Instead, it describes a way of eating that reprograms our fat cells to release excess fat for weight loss without hunger. Ludwig combines cutting-edge science and clinical experience into an achievable eating pattern that anyone could follow." --Janet King, PhD, executive director of the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute and chair of the 2005 USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
"Ludwig's book is cutting-edge medicine wrapped with big doses of dietary advice and gentle explanations for why our appetite button may be permanently switched ON. It doesn't get better than this." --Professor Jennie Brand-Miller, University of Sydney, and author of The Low GI Handbook
"Always Hungry? is a gem. It's scientifically accurate, easy to understand, beautifully written, and downright inspiring. If you want to stay healthy for the rest of your life, read this book and follow the instructions." --Christiane Northrup, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Wellbeing
"I would recommend Ludwig's book both for clinicians and for patients who are looking for better understanding and useful solutions." --Sean Lucan, M.D. in U.S. News Health
"Want a lower-carb approach? The glycemic index diet makes the list. The knock against it: It's hard to follow. If you're looking for an easier method to try this approach, well-known obesity researcher David Ludwig of Harvard Medical School has you covered." --NPR's The Salt
"Contains excellent advice."―Huffington Post
"If you're going to buy a weight-loss book this year, make it this one."―MindBodyGreen
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You will feel a bit overwhelmed in the beginning with the drastic transition from the old stock of food in your home to the new way of shopping, (I have to say that the clean out prep phase was fun and refreshing). Take the time to plan it out and shop on a day when you have a good amount of time. The first shopping trip is like the load-in trip. After that, it gets easier. The benefit of having meals ready on the fly are worth the time it will take to shop, prep and cook. After a short period of time, you get a lot faster.
The bottom line is this, it gives you a true, long term path to overall great health. Here's to your health.
As a single woman with no children who loves to cook, I was unfazed by other reviewers' comments that the prep would be challenging, but even I, with a lot more time to prepare than others, found it to be overwhelming. Even though I make most of my own food, I am a creature of habit. For example, I'd rather have the same breakfast 3-4 days in a row, especially during the workweek, and thus found the variety of foods to be more of a hindrance than a help. The bigger issue I found, however, is that it was simply too much food for my 5'1" frame, and a week and a half in, I was getting upset stomachs and basically felt "gross." I also gained two pounds in the first week and a half, so as you can imagine, after that I was DONE. The book does not address portion control very well. Instead of two eggs, do I eat one egg plus a white or do I reduce the cheese or avocado? Should I switch to 2% yogurt (same sugar in the brand I buy)? or cut out the almonds or figs? Does someone my size and a guy who's over six feet really require the same amount of protein powder in a smoothie? I just couldn't figure it out, and quickly lost motivation to make it happen. Like other reviewers, I found the Kindle version to be unwieldy (although it was much more manageable with the iPad app than on my Paperwhite) and that didn't help with the shopping lists or food prep. I have strong vegetarian leanings but didn't really find that the vegetarian options worked well for me. I am a little skittish about soy and don't like tempeh.Read more ›
Always Hungry? makes a strong case for adopting a low carb, high fat diet. Even if weight loss isn't your biggest issue, the overall health improvements and illness-prevention he describes should inspire just about anyone to follow the tenets he lays out. He gives the latest science, explains clearly the limitations of various health studies, and lets you know that a lot of what he's laying out is still somewhat speculative. However, he doesn't suggest doing anything risky, stupid, or dangerous. The "high fat" he's talking about involves olive oil and NOT trans-fats. The diet program only seems "daring" to someone still heavily indoctrinated with the low-fat/no-fat religion of a generation past; Dr Ludwig explains clearly why the plan he proposes is safe and smart.
But above all, the value in this book is the compelling evidence for the connection between the high-carb American diet of refined foods and all the many disease states (besides obesity) that we suffer from. It takes the mystery and "faith" out of following a low-carb, high-fat, sugar-free diet plan, and gives the science for it. That makes it much, much easier to make the right choice in those moments when it would otherwise be so easy to say, "What the hell, just this one donut..."
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Was on a reading jag about my favorite non-food. Sugar. Something I read referenced this book, and though it had a few interesting tidbits...and recipes, overall... Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Candace Drimmer
The recommended way of life in this book --with food plans which also help reduce fat cells --is revolutionary. Read morePublished 2 days ago by D. Swanson
This has worked well for me. Consider it a life style change rather than a diet.Published 5 days ago by Craig W.
It is a little hard to read because it has a lot of information and knowledge that is newer and different from mainstream diet books. Read morePublished 6 days ago by james m lee
I have promoted this book to several hundred of my patients thus far. Lack of knowledge about nutrition and how to eat is ubiquitous. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dr Rick
This diet works and their truly is no hunger. It made me aware of how important glycemic index and glycemic loading are.Published 16 days ago by Dave C in Utah