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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Teocalli (March 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615339506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615339504
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The thing I like best about Dr. Larry McCleary is that he completely understands the inseparable connection between brain health and metabolism. Most people go on a diet to lose weight, but what if they instead consumed foods that were good for their brain? It sounds odd, but look at what would happen - a sharper mind, never feeling hungry, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and oh yeah, by the way, weight loss that can be easily maintained for many years to come. Like the title says, if you FEED YOUR BRAIN, then you'll LOSE YOUR BELLY!" --Jimmy Moore, blogger and author of 21 Life Lessons From Livin' La Vida Low-Carb

"I love the Feed your brain motif. People are frantic to prevent dementia-and what your brain uses for fuel is critical for good brain function. The idea that there is a preventative intervention really helps drive behavioral change. In summary, I think Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly is awesome!" --Dr. Mary Vernon, Past President of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians

About the Author

Dr. Larry McCleary, the former Acting Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery and directory of the Neuroscience Research Foundation at The Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado, is cofounder and Director of Research for the Advanced Metabolic Research Group and for Vitexxa LLC, dedicated to the investigation of appropriate lifestyle choices, dietary approaches and nutritional supplementation to solve neurological, metabolic and other common health disorders.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed The Brain Trust Program: A Scientifically Based Three-Part Plan to Improve Memory, Elevate Mood, Enhance Attention, Alleviate Migraine and Menopausal Symptoms and Boost Mental Energy and is co-author of the 2 volume Bald is Beautiful: A Guide to Surviving Childhood Cancer.

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Navigating through all the daily barrage of information that comes out about diet and health these days can be quite intimidating. There are thousands upon thousands of books telling you to eat this, don't eat that, add these foods and supplements, avoid these things or they'll kill you, so forth and so on. As a consumer living your life the best you know how, it can be extremely hard to know who and what to believe and whether any of it really makes practical sense for you and your family. How do you know who you can trust to tell you the truth about the relationship between what you eat and the effect that will have on essential functions of the body like your metabolism, heart and brain? It's extremely rare to find someone (ANYONE!) who fits the bill when it comes to providing reliable information that is backed by solid research and not just some flippant opinion based on a whole lot of nothing. But leave it to a brain surgeon to be the one to assimilate all of the data, cut through all the complexities about it, and then make it all seem understandable and convincing for us common laypeople. That's exactly what you get from pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Larry McCleary in his latest book called Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly.

Dr. McCleary is the bestselling author of a fantastic book released in 2007 entitled The Brain Trust Program: A Scientifically Based Three-Part Plan to Improve Memory, Elevate Mood, EnhanceAttention, Alleviate Migraine and Menopausal Symptoms, and Boost Mental that closely examined the impact our diet has on brain health.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David Wright on October 20, 2010
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As an overweight, 50+ year old Type II diabetic, I was excited about what I'd heard about this book. When it arrived from Amazon I dove in immediately. I was fascinated by Dr. McCleary's discussion of the role of insulin in turning on and off the body's use of internal fat stores. It makes a lot of sense. The section on exercise is a throwaway. The section on Glycemic Index can be found for free online. The section on foods/recipes/meal plans was darn good. The section on the clinical trials was solid...and heartbreaking. About half this book is really useful - half is just filler.

READ THIS: It turns out that Dr. McCleary only wrote the book so he could sell you his nutritional supplement/appetite suppressant!!! And at NINETY dollars a month! In fact, if you buy his pills, he'll give you the book for FREE.

UPSHOT? I am going to try eating according to his suggestions. I've long thought that a higher-fat diet (healthy fats) is the way to go, and have experimented successfully with it in the past. I'm going to try his meal plans, design my own around his suggested proportions of fat/carb/protein calories, even try cooking with coconut oil (which has NO cholesterol despite it's reputation). According to his clinical trials, I'll only lose 1 lb/week, but that's OK, since I'll never be hungry.

But I will NOT buy the pills. The way he 'slipped them in' toward the end just felt so deceptive. "Science... science... research... my extensive medical experience, blah, blah...and BUY MY SNAKE OIL!!!!"

In retrospect, I suppose I should not have been so surprised, but it seems so scammy that I now have doubts the scientific/medical things he says in the book, but I'm going to try it. DON'T BUY HIS PILLS!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jonny Bowden on May 9, 2010
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Brilliant book by a great neurosurgeon who also happens to be an outstanding nutritionist. The unexpected connection between excess weight and brain problems is clearly elucidated, and the culprit is insulin. The answer is anything but a "low-fat" diet, and Dr. McCleary tells you why. Cutting edge stuff, backed by great science and eminently readable.

-Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS author of "The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer" and "Living Low Carb: Controlled Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryle M. Touchton on December 9, 2010
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I met Dr. McCleary at a conference. When I shared with him some stuggles I was having with reducing calories without reducing weight, he took the time to listen and help me understand scientifically, what was going on. He then gave me a copy of his book. The book is well written, easy to read and understand, and demonstrates his deep knowledge of this subject. I can't wait to put these new ideas into practice. I have already ordered his other book, The Brain Trust Program.
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