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"Once in a generation a scientist comes along who tells a new story about why we are sick and how we can heal. Dr. David Ludwig is that scientist. Always Hungry? is a powerful book that breaks apart every myth about weight loss, and explains for the first time why we get fat and why we are always hungry. If you want to end once and for all your struggles with weight, then read this book, and follow its guidance." --Mark Hyman, MD, director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, and #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Blood Sugar Solution

"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

"Always Hungry? will cause a much needed seismic shift in the way we think about weight loss. Prepare to change your health for the better." --Andrew Weil, MD, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona

"Always Hungry? deftly explores the science underlying why we make our food choices. And this information, so well presented, is a game-changer. Dr. Ludwig's dietary plan lets you look upon food with passionate embrace as the fundamental key to changing your health destiny." --David Perlmutter, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Brain Maker

"Finally, an explanation for why so many people have failed in dieting, and a roadmap for how to improve metabolism, curb hunger, and lose weight successfully. Dr. Ludwig's book is not only instructive, it is life-transforming." --Francine Kaufman, MD, past president, American Diabetes Association and author of Diabesity

"Dr. Ludwig explains why throwing out our calorie-counters and paying more attention to the quality of our diets can result in a healthier weight, and to more enjoyment from eating at the same time. This is a must-read for anyone who has struggled to maintain a healthy weight." --Professor Walter Willett, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and New York Timesbestselling author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy

"Finally, after decades of portion control, counting calories, and low-fat diets, a weight loss book based on modern science. All calories are not created equal, and all diet books are not the same: Always Hungry? sets a new standard for successful, healthy weight loss." --Dariush Mozaffarian, MD DrPH dean, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy

"Starving yourself and over-exercising makes you weak, not thin. Learn from a leading voice in nutrition how to strategically use food to permanently end cravings. You'll never worry about calories again." --Dave Asprey, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Bulletproof Coffee

"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

"David Ludwig's work is an inspiration. He clearly shows you can lose weight without being hungry by focusing on what you eat, not how much you eat. Read Always Hungry? if you want to lose weight without the struggle." --Louis Aronne, MD, past president of The Obesity Society and author of Change your Biology 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

"David Ludwig is a leading thinker on nutrition and body weight control, and is one of the few who can harness the best of scientific information to help people in their everyday lives. This book is sound, helpful, and breaks new ground." --Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, dean, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

"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

"Eating less and moving more is no longer the Holy Grail of weight reduction. Instead, nationally acclaimed obesity researcher Dr. David Ludwig is sending your fat cells to boot camp for retraining. Readers will reap the rewards of Dr. Ludwig's years of revolutionary research as he provides an easy, practical blueprint for achieving and sustaining an optimal, healthy body weight." --Pamela Peeke MD, MPH, FACP, FACS, Pew Foundation Scholar in nutrition and metabolism, assistant professor of medicine, University of Maryland, and New York Times bestselling author of The Hunger Fix

"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

About the Author

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, is a practicing endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children's Hospital, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. Described as an "obesity warrior" by Time magazine, Dr. Ludwig has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, among others.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455533866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455533862
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I was one of the test subjects for this book and I can fully testify that this is the REAL DEAL. I dropped 34 pounds in the 5 month research phase but what is far more important is that I learned so much about good food and bad food. There is a lot of bad food out there, many we are unaware of. The Ludwigs teach you the differences and how to cook the meals that change your body for the better and for the long term. The other wonderful aspect of their plan is that the battle for a healthy weight is more than just the food aspect. They also teach you about proper sleep and exercise. I fell in love with the after dinner "passeggiatas" with my daughter. That is Italian for "walk".
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.
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I am not much of a writer, nor book critic, but here goes. I was one of the lucky individuals who "beta tested" the principles and recipes found in Always Hungry? At first it seemed a little intimidating cleaning out my kitchen and then restocking it after a major trip to the grocery store. Some foods I had never cooked with. But I decided to go "all in" and I followed the plan just like it was outlined. I was so surprised at two things: how delicious the recipes were and how effective the plan was in helping me lose weight. In the first 8 weeks I lost 20 lbs. And this was without strenuous exercise (I did as recommended and casually walked after my evening meal). Once you prepare your sauces and dressings (done on the weekend) the recipes are pretty easy. And I can't tell you how awesome it was to eat chicken again with the skin on! The recipes are just part of our regular cuisine now. This is not a fad or short-term diet plan to lose weight fast. You will lose weight slowly but consistently, and it will stay off. You will not feel deprived, ever (just try the desserts...) The book is easy to read and understand. It's never easy to change, especially having deeply ingrained bad eating habits like I had. But the book was inspiring and motivating and once I jumped in and saw how well the principles worked, cravings went away and the weight started to come off. It worked just like they said it would. It's a good book. One you will want to keep and use forever.
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I started out loving this book, but over time found the program to be unmanageable. I'll list my cons first, then the pros, because overall, I do recommend the book.

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.
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If you've already read your Michael Pollan, if you already prepare your food at home, if you've already turned your back definitively on the crappy American diet of the late 20th century, then the dietary changes Dr Ludwig prescribes will be a snap. (If you haven't, I think the book will inspire you to make the leap now, because come on, it can't be news to anyone that sugar and refined carbs are health hazards, can it?)

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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