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 The key to rejuvenating injured and aging brains, eating well, and losing weight, neurosurgeon McCleary (The Brain Trust Program) states, is controlling blood glucose levels with a diet rich in lean protein, healthy fats, and high-fiber, complex carbs. Not surprisingly, on McCleary's diet nutrient-poor, sugar and "bad" fat-laden foods are strictly limited. While not new, McCleary's advice is appealingly packaged; his precise, persuasive voice reveals flaws in other diets; explains the science behind nutritional medicine; urges the wisdom of moderate exercise; and motivates readers to avoid the typical diabetic spiral by accessing their own metabolic power. Along with McCleary's generous meal plans (recipes included), his perceptive discussion of the "personal toll of being overweight" and the emotions that often arise with lifestyle changes makes this title a standout among other programs on the market promising health turnarounds.

Praise for Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly by Larry McCleary, M.D.

 ''Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly is a wonderful book that will help you understand why you MUST get healthy or risk your very mind. It is written in simple, easy to understand language, but the message is powerful and potentially lifesaving. I highly recommend it.'' --Daniel G. Amen, MD, CEO and Medical Director, Amen Clinics, Inc., author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Body

 ''Dr. McCleary has accomplished a heroic task--making seemingly complicated science understandable and user friendly as it relates to enhancing not only brain health, but our general well-being as well. This groundbreaking book encompasses every aspect of lifestyle modification that can be brought to bear to create a body that is resistant to disease and achieve peak mental and physical performance. I will absolutely use this book as a key reference for many years to come.'' --David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM, author of Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment and The Better Brain Book

 ''Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly gets right to the heart of health and weight loss. This book is wonderfully helpful and insightful.''--Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

 ''It's funny, I've often told people that we eat from our brain and not from our belly and now we have Dr. McCleary to tell us why. Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly will be a breakthrough and an eye-opener for many readers. This book finally unlocks the science behind weight gain and outlines an easy to follow program that makes perfect sense.''--Fred Pescatore, MD, MPH, CCN, author of The Hamptons Diet and Boost Your Health with Bacteria

 ''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, former President of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians

 ''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

 ''This power-packed book shows you how to use your mind to achieve your ideal weight, and live an extraordinary life.'' --Brian Tracy, author, ''Live to Be 100'' Audio Program

 ''Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly shows you how the most important relationship is the one between your own mind and body. Dr. McCleary keeps it simple and his ideas work.'' --John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

 ''Dr. McCleary, a highly-respected member of the medical and research communities, has written a practical, realistic guide that is based on solid science. Readers will learn the critical components of weight loss and will find encouragement, motivation, recipes, tips for the emotional challenges of weight loss and sound nutritional advice that will help them not only in weight management but in general health.'' --Wendy Pogozelski, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry, SUNY Geneseo, diabetes advocate, nutrition researcher

 ''Dr. McCleary explains how the Brain-Belly connection makes your body work with your metabolism to speed up weight loss. The way he explains it just makes sense. I challenge you to go ahead and try it!'' --T. Harv Eker, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

About the Author

After graduating from Dartmouth College, Larry McCleary performed postgraduate work in theoretical physics at Boston University. He went to medical school at the State University of New York Buffalo, did his surgical internship at the University of Minnesota, and completed his residency in neurosurgery at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center.

Dr. McCleary's other books include The Brain Trust Program: A Scientifically Based Three-Part Plan to Improve Memory, Elevate Mood, Enhance Attention, Alleviate Migraine & Menopausal Symptoms and Boost Mental Energy (Perigee Press, 2007) and the two-volume set Bald Is Beautiful: The Shining Stars Foundation Guide for Living with Childhood Cancer (2009). He has also published articles in numerous medical journals.

Dr. McCleary holds several patents for nutritional supplements and is the medical director for the nonprofit Shining Stars Foundation that provides programs for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group LLC; 1 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608321010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608321018
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My family ages in a predictable pattern. We gain weight around the belly, we get gastritis and or diabetes and we get cranky. I know that I have glucose issues like many of my family but until I read this book I did not understand exactly what that meant, how it affected my brain as well as my body, or what I could do about it. Dr. McCleary explains it all in simple language that is also motivational. His recipes are WONDERFUl! I never knew what to do about breakfast but now I love his smoothies! Best of all I have most of the ingredients in my own pantry. None of his ideas require exotic foods or hard to get items which I really appreciate. I also loved how he gave reasonable substitutes for foods I could change out that would make a big difference. I found his language around exercise to be loving and encouraging which was a wonderful change from the scary rhetoric many other authors use. I am even considering buying a pedometer as he suggests. While some reviewers seem put off by the talk of supplements I found it really helpful. Our food is demineralized how else are we going to get what we need? I don't take Dr. McCleary's supplements but I do take supplements and I encourage others to make educated choices about not only their food but about what they may need to add to their diets beyond food. What else can I say? The pages are dogeared, the information is well researched and easy to access and I now have hope that I will not grow old and cranky (just, hopefully, old!)
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The first eleven chapters are a very succint, understandable, and persuasive summary of the current interpretation of restricted carb eating. (Unfortunately there are no references to the many others who have brought this understanding to the public.) However, he then throws in Chapter 12 to push a proprietary supplement whose contents are not identified. It was a shock and a dissappintment. What would have been a book I recommended to everone, I will now keep to myself.
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I belong to a Healthy Lifestyle online support group. It's mainly about weight loss, but it's also a moral support group for keeping me exercising, eating well and leading a balancing life. If there is one thing I have learned from that group, it's that weight loss is NOT about calories in, calories out. There is definitely something else to it, and the logical way that this book is layed out tells me that what you eat is a big factor. I love that it's easy to read, but it's also well researched. The research is documented so that you can check it out for yourself. I don't have a lot of weight to lose, and I am doing most of the things recommended here anyway, but I hope that I can be healthier once I have made some changes that are in this book. I will be referring to my book often and getting copies for my gal pals!
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When I first found this book I was rather excited. I'm very interested in the connection between diet and brain health, and I'm sure a great book could be written on this topic. Unfortunately, this book is not it. There is really very little specifically about the brain in this book, it is largely just a standard diet book with some recommendations about food choices and exercise. At a minimum, in a book about diet and brain I would have expected a careful explanation of nutritional ketosis, of the effect of ketones on the brain, and of the various health benefits one might expect from a ketogenic diet. (Ketogenic diets are used successfully to treat epilepsy, and are currently studied in clinical trials as possible treatments for brain tumors and dementia.) Yet this book devotes only 4 pages to ketones, which basically just say "ketones are good; eat coconut oil to produce them." Moreover, even though the section on ketones (correctly) states that ketones are an alternative energy source for the brain, an earlier sentence in the book states (incorrectly) that glucose is the only fuel the brain can use. This is a rather big mistake for somebody who sells himself as an expert in diet and brain health.

But more importantly, the whole book seems to be just a thinly disguised advertisement for the author's weight-loss product. (Google the author's name, and you will find the product.) The entire book basically just describes a single clinical trial in which this product was tested against a diet and exercise program and against a control group who didn't diet or exercise.
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I try a lot of different diets, and I plateau on every single one of them. Dr. McCleary's book explains the science behind why this plateau effect happens on low-fat, low-cal diets. He presents complex scientific information in an engaging and fun to read manner. McCleary goes on to explain why eating the right kinds of fats (monounsaturated), in the right proportions, can actually aid healthy weight loss and help us to feel full between meals. As a bonus, eating this way is good for your brain health.

This book provides meal plans and recipes, lists of good foods to incorporate into your diet, and suggested exercises you can do in your home, using common household items if you don't own weights. I have never seen this frugal and practical suggestion before in a diet and weight loss book, and thought it was excellent, particularly since now is not a great time, economics-wise, to spend money on athletic equipment that may go unused.

Overall I found this book to provide very good value. It contains solid advice and a fresh outlook on weight loss--that eating fat can actually be good for you. This is a common sense paradigm shift about obesity, diet and exercise the likes of which I haven't seen since reading French Women Don't Get Fat.
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