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“If weight loss was easy, then simply eating less and exercising would always work.  The Amen Solution tells you it’s a lot more complex because of the role of the brain.  You need a plan. Daniel Amen provides a proven pathway based on changing your brain chemistry to not only to easily lose weight, but keep it off for a lifetime.”
—Barry Sears, Ph.D. author of The Zone  

“Buy this book. What do you have to lose? Maybe 30 pounds!  This book is simple, easy to follow, and will make you smarter and better looking in a bathing suit at the same time.  I highly recommend it.”
—Bill Cosby

“The Amen Solution
demystifies getting thin and makes it easy. A must read for anyone interested in losing weight and keeping it off.”
—Dharma Singh Khalsa, author of Food as Medicine

“Dr. Amen pulls it all together, combining the best scientifically based information with years of clinical experience, and his own original research. You’ll discover how you can create your own individualized program to become thinner, smarter and happier, and stay that way!”
—Hyla Cass M.D. author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health

“Powerful, practical, and solution-oriented…a must read for anyone interested in the connection between brain and body health.  It is also a book that can be read by adolescents and in school-based programs.  I highly recommend it.”
—Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls

“A masterful analysis of the factors that influence weight gain and permanent, sustainable weight loss, written in easy to understand language, leaving the reader with only one thought: "I CAN DO THIS!"
—Dr David Ajibade, Co-Founder and President, Building Strength, LLC

“I’ve witnessed the positive results of The Amen Solution both personally and with my patients. This is a book you will want to get for yourself, your friends, family, and the health care professionals in your life! Help change the world and join the brain health revolution.”
—Earl R Henslin Psy.D., author of This is Your Brain on Joy

“A great book, filled with good, solid, simple advice for eating healthy and losing weight, with many original strategies for interrupting negative behaviors and enhancing motivation—key elements for achieving success..”
—Andrew Newberg, MD and Mark Waldman, authors of How God Changes Your Brain

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About the Author

DANIEL G. AMEN, M.D., is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert who heads the world-renowned Amen Clinics. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and part of the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He has published twenty-four books, 40  professional articles, and a number of audio and video programs. His books include Preventing Alzheimer’s, Healing Anxiety and Depression, Healing the Hardware of the Soul, Healing ADD, Making a Good Brain Great, The Brain in Love, and the New York Times bestsellers Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Magnificent Mind at Any Age, and Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and the star of several very popular public television specials.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307463613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307463616
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Amen is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist, teacher and eight time New York Times bestselling author. He is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to everyday clinical practice. Dr. Amen is the Founder and Medical Director of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and San Francisco, California, Bellevue, Washington, Reston, Virginia, Atlanta and New York City.

Amen Clinics have the world's largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling more than 77,000 scans on patients from 90 countries.

Dr. Amen is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is the lead researcher on the world's largest brain imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football players. His research has not only demonstrated high levels of brain damage in players, he also showed the possibility of significant recovery for many with the principles that underlie his work.

Together with Pastor Rick Warren and Drs. Mark Hyman and Mehmet Oz, Dr. Amen is also one of the chief architects on Saddleback Church's "Daniel Plan," a 52 week program to get the world healthy through religious organizations. After the first year the church lost 260,000 pounds, but weight loss was only one of the stunning side effects of getting truly healthy. Other common effects of The Daniel Plan were increased energy, better focus and mood, and a reduction of many medications for the participants. The Daniel Plan is now being exported around the world to help churches, synagogues and all religious people get healthy.

Dr. Amen is also the host of 7 popular shows about the brain, which have raised more than 44 million dollars for public television.

Dr. Amen is the author of 52 professional articles, five book chapters, and over 30 books, including eight New York Times bestsellers, including Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Magnificent Mind At Any Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, and Use Your Brain to Change Your Age. In February 2013, Crown will publish Dr. Amen's upcoming book, Unleash the Power of the Female Brain.

A small sample of the organizations Dr. Amen has spoken for include: the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Harvard's Learning and the Brain Conference, Franklin Covey, The Million Dollar Roundtable, Retired NFL Players Summit, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Supreme Courts of Delaware, Ohio and Wyoming. Dr. Amen's work has been featured in Newsweek, Time, Parade Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, LA Times, Men's Health, and Cosmopolitan.

Dr. Amen is married to Tana, the father of four children, grandfather to Elias, Julian, Angelina, Emmy and Liam. He is an avid table tennis player.

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219 of 255 people found the following review helpful By Bill Cashell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Dr. Amen and his work - especially with his PBS programs. If you are not familiar with Dr. Amen, he is a physician, child and adult psychiatrist, but he is best known for his study of the brain. Other books include Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Magnificent Mind at Any Age and Change Your Brain, Change Your Body.

This book explains the role of the brain in the cycle of eating from a scientific viewpoint. Simply eating less and exercising more isn't always easy for people that seem to be addicted to food. Dr. Amen reveals some secrets to diets and why they don't work. One secret is that many of your weight problems actually begin in your brain rather than in your stomach. Another secret is that there are at least five brain patterns associated with being overweight.

There are different diet plans for different brain patterns, so it's not a one-size-fits-all diet. You start off by identifying your brain type. This helps you understand how your brain works and why you engage in certain eating behaviors. This information can be very helpful in reaching your weight loss goals.

One of the great points this books makes is the role of nutrition in brain functions. Also some interesting information about how the parts of the brain, such as the cortex and limbic system drive eating behavior. Some of the ideas are not really new, such as limiting your calories, eat breakfast and don't drink your calories.

This book is written in a "to the point" style, without a lot of fluff which I found very readable. There is a lot of good scientific information - at times a bit excessive for the lay person. I think it will appeal most to logical minded people that like facts rather than theory.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Della on December 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book after catching a few minutes of the charming Dr. Amen on PBS. I liked what he said about sugar (never eat it.) I've been looking for a motivational book to help me with my upcoming New Year's resolution to eat better and lose weight. Unfortunately this wasn't what I was looking for.

Dr. Amen's plan is so complicated I felt an anxiety attack coming on just reading about it and, according to his exhausting 71 question test to see what type of brain I have, I'm not even the anxious type. I do, however, appear to have problems with my prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate gyrus, deep limbic system and temporal lobe, plus a hoard of bad brain habits like spending too much time on the computer. I was disturbed to find all these overlapping issues as they determined which food list I should follow, but as it turns out, the lists are all nearly identical, so I'm not too worried about that anymore. I am rather concerned about having to consider the calorie list, activity list, glycemic list, the eco-friendly list as well as the three lists of healthy brain foods and even more disturbed to read that the fifty greatest brain foods aren't enough and I'll also need a complicated array of supplements. If all this isn't working there's a chapter on hypnosis and 200 tips to help you, "leave your blubber behind."

I'm happy for the people who have lost weight and felt better with Dr. Amen's solution but apparently I waited too long and my obesity has already shrunk my brain past the point of wanting to juggle all this information. I think I'll just try to give up sugar.
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85 of 99 people found the following review helpful By rlweaverii on August 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Book review by Richard L. Weaver II, Ph.D.

Some reviewers have complained that there is nothing new in this volume when compared with Amen's previous books, and for regular readers or followers of Dr. Amen, that might be a problem (concern!). I admit that I have not seen him on television; I have read none of his previous books, and in no way at all could I be considered one of his readers or followers; thus, I am reviewing this book as if it is a first-time experience.

As one overriding insight, I have to admit that any book that recommends exercise and eating right--especially one written by an acclaimed medical doctor, much less a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert--is all right by me. To motivate our obese (overweight), lazy, Alzheimer's prone, depressed population will certainly take more than one enlightening book, but any contribution should be heralded and exclaimed. That is especially true when the prescribed plan is based on a brilliant combination of scientific findings, Amen's original research, clinical experience, and, of course, common sense.

As a second overriding insight, I must admit that one of the reasons I may not have read or seen Dr. Amen is a simple one. I do much of what Amen recommends. I exercise regularly (and heavily); I watch my weight; I eat highly nutritious meals; I do not snack between meals; I do not eat fast food nor junk food; I think positive, reinforcing, encouraging thoughts; and I am constantly concerned about good health (both body and brain). Am I one who needs an Amen Solution? Probably not--at least not as much as the majority of our population (most of whom will not read this book!).

There are ten chapters and 270 pages of text.
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