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The Serotonin Power Diet: Use Your Brain's Natural Chemistry to Cut Cravings, Curb Emotional Overeating, and Lose Weight
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About the Author
NINA FRUSZTAJER MARQUIS, MD received her master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University and her medical degree from George Washington University. Her articles on weight, stress, and lifestyle have appeared in numerous publications. With Judith Wurtman, she founded the Adara weight loss centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, and Miami.
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I don't know if my situation is familiar to anyone out there, but I wanted to post to let you know that for the first time I have NO carb cravings. That has been my biggest problem. That and the fact that I am so tired from the medications that I just find it hard to get motivated to workout.
I bought this book thinking that it wouldn't work - nothing ever has. Then I read the study online, and I figured, "what do I have to lose?" Apparently 4 pounds the first week, and 3 pounds the second week on the diet. I have also dropped my calories to 1400 a day (from about 2500), and am now working out 30 minutes a day because I finally have the energy! I was hungry the first 4 days, and now I find myself realizing that I forgot to eat.
The premise is simple: 3 meals and 2-3 snacks. Snacks are all carbs to release serotonin, which helps make you feel full so you aren't as hungry when meal time comes.Read more ›
My gluten-free clients initially lose weight as they shift away from wheat-based bread, pasta, cake, and cookies. Some who suddenly cut out all simple carbs experience a drop in serotonin level that leads to mood swings- this is particularly difficult since people who have recently eliminated wheat are also fighting a withdrawal from the mild opiates in wheat protein. I now advise my clients about the principles of the Serotonin Power Diet, to ease them emotionally through this transition period.
The initial weight loss, however, is usually reversed once the client becomes familiar with all the great gluten-free versions of their favorite foods and where to buy them. Gluten-free dieters learn to carry their own snacks with them, so The Serotonin Power Diet, as a snack-based diet, works very well for my clients who want to lose weight. Remembering to eat a gluten-free starchy snack before meals and in the evening is a cinch.
There are so many ways to make this diet gluten-free and, as I advise my clients, include more whole grains.Read more ›
In 1996 I discovered Dr. Wurtman's "Managing Your Mind and Moods through Foods" . I had experimented with almost every popular get well feel good diet and method in a lifelong quest to counter family genes that included diabetes, obesity, and severe bi polar episodes.......Following Dr. Wurtman's suggestions changed my life. It is ten years and I can safely say, Dr. Wurtman has discovered the way we humans can control our appetites and moods...and sleep.......At the core is brain chemistry, self regulated by snacks! Her most recent book, "The Serotonin Power Diet" offers clear and practical and effective ways to manage yourself in very healthy ways......This book should be required reading for anyone embarking on fad diets or who are considering medication for their health or mood problems. William K. Joseph
I was initially very skeptical about this book, as no other diet seemed to work. I read the book and seemed simple enough to follow. It comes from research that states eating protein and carbs together does not produce new serotonin. They then theorize that those who are on SSRI's are not able to produce serotonin properly and therefore cannot satiate appetite. The book sets a plan to rework the way that eating creates new serotonin. It introduces carbohydrate snacks to increase serotonin between meals and therefore reduce overeating at main meals.
I have been following this diet plan for about a month and have finally seen weight loss. I am still in disbelief that eating small snacks between meals could keep me from the desire to eat all day long. There are even times when I skip the last snack of the night because I am not hungry for it. I don't know if I would have believed this diet would work if I didn't try it myself. I feel as if I can finally eat the way I did before taking SSRI's.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great reading. I can understand now why my meds are causing my weight gain.Published 1 month ago by lorie
Very well written, has a lot of good points, but very lengthy and a lot of information. It's hard for someone who works full time to implement these eating habits into a daily... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dawn D.
I took Zoloft for two years and I gained 30 pounds. I was absolutely miserable. Sure, the depression and anxiety were down a little, but I was so unhappy with my body and my... Read morePublished 3 months ago by LiaBelle
Once I got to the page that the book advocated licorice as a diet food I stopped reading it.Published 3 months ago by Marie Carone
Diet in the book was full of processed carbs. Trying to go natural. So book wasn't helpful for me.Published 5 months ago by TJ