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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
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.
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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.
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!
I'm 5'9" and was stuck at 185 lbs for four years after gaining 30 lbs in a year when I turned 26. It didn't matter whether I cut calories, went to the gym more, whatever. I work out an average of 6 days/week. I didn't eat what I would consider a poor diet: no soda, no cookies, no chips, always drank my coffee black.
But I did have a bagel a week, a sandwich every day, pasta once a week. I was hungry all the time. A nutritionist told me I was eating 3,000 calories a day, but I had to eat every two hours or less or I would get a migraine and get spotty vision. All of those calories and I was still painfully hungry. All my fat was collecting in my belly; people asked me if I was pregnant. Classic signs of a problem with sugars, but all doctors could do was tell me to count my calories, go gluten free, skip dairy, etc. None of it helped. I was still hungry, falling asleep after eating dinner, all the while trying to prevent migraines.
This book has helped me figure out why: I was barely eating any fat.
A few highlights/words of advice:
- The first trip to the grocery store is hard. It took me two two-hour trips. Just get through it. After a few weeks, I stopped making the sauces because I was just too busy. I get my fat in other ways, via avocado or cheese.
- Day four, I had a dream I gave birth to and was breast feeding two halves of a blueberry muffin. No joke. If that's not sugar addiction presenting itself I don't know what is.
- Day six, I felt like I had zero energy at all and wanted to give up. But a few days later I felt amazing and...
- Day 11, I just can describe it as my body felt 'less dense'.
- Day 14, I was down 5 lbs.
- A few weeks ago, I smelled a pizza while passing a pizza restaurant and almost cried. I went inside and was fine.
- Two+ months in, I have migraines once a month if that, instead of twice a week. I don't nap four days a week anymore. I don't fall asleep after eating dinner. I don't wake up at 2 a.m. with excruciating hunger pains. I am happy. I hope this helps inspire someone else who may have been trying to lose weight for a long time to try this. I hope it works for you too.
Many thanks to Dr. Ludwig and his team.