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Always Hungry?: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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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
"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
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
I wasn't sure if this would even work, but it has succeeded beyond my expectations. And I eat until I'm full. I'm not being deprived - I'm eating delicious foods.
AND my knees don't hurt anymore. They stopped hurting in a week after starting the plan. My mood is more stable. My focus is so much sharper. My blood sugar is stable instead of crazy, crave-y. My depression has improved. My acid reflux is now rare. I didn't know any of that would happen. I control food, rather than food controlling me; I don't spend time longing for more food, or different food; frankly, I don't think about food much at all, unless it's time to eat a meal, and my body lets me know when that is, and I honor its wishes.
I'm not saying this is the best thing to do, but it's my story - I abandoned the meal plan in the book after about three days. It was too time consuming, and my partner in crime was about to mutiny. The recipes are indeed very good, but I can't spend that much time cooking. I instead mostly eat simple meals - and there are tools to do that with simple building blocks like eggs/chicken/smoked turkey/salmon/other meats, cubes of cheese/guac/nuts/high fat dressings, fruit/brown rice/sweet potato/beans/occasional chocolate. You can go as simple or as fancy as you want. We do cook on weekends, making and freezing 10 servings of recipes we like from the book and recipes from elsewhere that comply with the plan, and that makes it easier. But we don't cook much during the week. I needed to point that out for folks who fear they don't have the time to do the fancy recipes in the book. They're good, but you CAN succeed without them.
There's a Facebook support group for people following the book. It's been a good resource for me, a supportive community of like-minded folks helping each other along.
Oh - one last thing - yes, this approach is counter to mainstream conventional wisdom. I had blood drawn before I started, and drawn again three months in. My physician is in support of what I'm doing and says my labs look great. I'll go back and re-draw six months after the three-month draw. This is to be sure I'm not damaging my health in some way, although it's hard to imagine having all these health benefits that I can feel, and yet damaging my health. But I'll keep an eye on it.
I plan to eat this way for the rest of my days.
10/29/16: Edited to add - I've lost 40 pounds now, and still going strong. I still have more weight to lose. People who haven't seen me in a while look me up and down and say, Wow, you look great - what did you do???
5/12/17: Down 55 pounds now!