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Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic resource that informs you of the real cause of fat. It does have recipes but I wish it had more.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although there was helpful information about insulin levels and how to choose foods that help you burn fat stores, this turned out to be a way to sell a product McCleary markets. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Wild Woman
Great book...learning a lot about diet and the many things I have been doing wrong.
Appreciate all the info.
This is the clearest book I have ever used in explaining the relationship between food , health and well-being. I recommend it for everyone.Published on August 6, 2014 by s. cunning
Everyone wants to know how they can be better. In FEED YOUR BRAIN LOSE YOUR BELLY Dr. Larry McCLeary shares how we can use our heads to get to where we want to go in life through... Read morePublished on September 29, 2013 by Cyrus Webb
I have enjoyed studying this book and have begun incorporating changes recommended. I appreciate the explanations regarding the the physiology behind this system. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by A reader
Dr. McCleary gives great clarity on how our bodies use the hormone insulin to regulate the fat-burning or fat-storage process. Read morePublished on September 17, 2011 by William Villanueva