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July 23rd, 2012

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Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly is a novel book written by the neurosurgeon-author of the critically acclaimed The Brain Trust Program.   Dr. Larry McCleary’s brain-healthy, waist friendly diet program maximizes brain health while simultaneously facilitating weight loss.  This can confidently be stated because the diet was rigorously tested in a human clinical trial (the "Gold-Standard" type of testing that scientists depend upon) and was shown to produce substantial weight loss. Learn how to: Enhance brain health by feeding the brain properly Prevent brain starvation – something that neuroscientists have begun seeing in Alzheimer’s patients.  This observation is based upon the fall in cerebral glucose metabolism seen on PET scans of persons at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Preserve mental function Suppress hunger – it is really your brain, not your belly that is hungry Convert “sticky” fat cells (that hold on to fat and don’t release it) back into the temporary storers of fat that they were evolutionarily designed to be Regulate insulin and glucose metabolism properly for both optimal weight management and brain health Understand not only how many calories, but also what types of calories are brain friendly and will help you to lose weight and maintain the loss Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly clearly explains the innate ability of the body to save weight as fat, why it does so and how that has allowed humans to survive over millions of years.  While this process has intrinsic benefits, if it becomes derailed, as it has for so many in today’s world, weight gain can be an unwanted result. We are experiencing an epidemic of obesity and widespread memory decline which is now known to be accelerated by diabetes and other metabolic conditions affiliated with obesity.  It seems as if calories are bypassing our brains and are heading straight to our bellies. This occurs because of a complex hormonal imbalance involving elevated insulin levels that produces "sticky” fat cells. When we eat, fat cells expand and store some of the energy we have just consumed.  This storage was evolutionarily designed to be temporary to sustain the body in times of famine and release the energy later as needed.  Thus, fat cells act like accordions -- expanding and contracting.  When they become sticky, they continue to expand when we eat, but don't contract when they should to release fat as it is needed for energy.  This makes us gain weight and prematurely stimulates our appetite centers in a vicious cycle -- illustrating the physiologic link that represents the Brain-Belly Connection. Having "sticky" fat cells makes us get hungry and gain weight -- not a good situation to be in if weight loss is your goal. Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly describes the results of prospective, double blind, placebo controlled human clinical testing that evaluated the diet and a unique weight-loss supplement - Vitexxa.   On average over 4 pounds were lost in 6 weeks on the diet and exercise program alone.  And it was 92% fat loss, not water.   When the supplement was added, the weight loss was almost tripled to nearly 12 pounds!  The book gives insight about what to look for in a clinical trial. Learn how you can benefit from a combination of proper diet and nutrient supplementation that can speed you to improved health and a thinner lifestyle!


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Weight Loss Books Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly is a novel book written by the neurosurgeon-author of the critically acclaimed The Brain Trust Program.   Dr. Larry McCleary’s brain-healthy, waist friendly diet program maximizes brain health while simultaneously facilitating weight loss.  This can confidently be stated because the diet was rigorously tested in a human clinical trial (the "Gold-Standard" type of testing that scientists depend upon) and was shown to produce substantial weight loss. Learn how to: Enhance brain health by feeding the brain properly Prevent brain starvation – something that neuroscientists have begun seeing in Alzheimer’s patients.  This observation is based upon the fall in cerebral glucose metabolism seen on PET scans of persons at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Preserve mental function Suppress hunger – it is really your brain, not your belly that is hungry Convert “sticky” fat cells (that hold on to fat and don’t release it) back into the temporary storers of fat that they were evolutionarily designed to be Regulate insulin and glucose metabolism properly for both optimal weight management and brain health Understand not only how many calories, but also what types of calories are brain friendly and will help you to lose weight and maintain the loss Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly clearly explains the innate ability of the body to save weight as fat, why it does so and how that has allowed humans to survive over millions of years.  While this process has intrinsic benefits, if it becomes derailed, as it has for so many in today’s world, weight gain can be an unwanted result. We are experiencing an epidemic of obesity and widespread memory decline which is now known to be accelerated by diabetes and other metabolic conditions affiliated with obesity.  It seems as if calories are bypassing our brains and are heading straight to our bellies. This occurs because of a complex hormonal imbalance involving elevated insulin levels that produces "sticky” fat cells. When we eat, fat cells expand and store some of the energy we have just consumed.  This storage was evolutionarily designed to be temporary to sustain the body in times of famine and release the energy later as needed.  Thus, fat cells act like accordions -- expanding and contracting.  When they become sticky, they continue to expand when we eat, but don't contract when they should to release fat as it is needed for energy.  This makes us gain weight and prematurely stimulates our appetite centers in a vicious cycle -- illustrating the physiologic link that represents the Brain-Belly Connection. Having "sticky" fat cells makes us get hungry and gain weight -- not a good situation to be in if weight loss is your goal. Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly describes the results of prospective, double blind, placebo controlled human clinical testing that evaluated the diet and a unique weight-loss supplement - Vitexxa.   On average over 4 pounds were lost in 6 weeks on the diet and exercise program alone.  And it was 92% fat loss, not water.   When the supplement was added, the weight loss was almost tripled to nearly 12 pounds!  The book gives insight about what to look for in a clinical trial. Learn how you can benefit from a combination of proper diet and nutrient supplementation that can speed you to improved health and a thinner lifestyle!
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  1. Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Man
    July 26th, 2012 at 13:26 | #1

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    Navigating through all the daily barrage of information that comes out about diet and health these days can be quite intimidating. There are thousands upon thousands of books telling you to eat this, don’t eat that, add these foods and supplements, avoid these things or they’ll kill you, so forth and so on. As a consumer living your life the best you know how, it can be extremely hard to know who and what to believe and whether any of it really makes practical sense for you and your family. How do you know who you can trust to tell you the truth about the relationship between what you eat and the effect that will have on essential functions of the body like your metabolism, heart and brain? It’s extremely rare to find someone (ANYONE!) who fits the bill when it comes to providing reliable information that is backed by solid research and not just some flippant opinion based on a whole lot of nothing. But leave it to a brain surgeon to be the one to assimilate all of the data, cut through all the complexities about it, and then make it all seem understandable and convincing for us common laypeople. That’s exactly what you get from pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Larry McCleary in his latest book called Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly.

    Dr. McCleary is the bestselling author of a fantastic book released in 2007 entitled The Brain Trust Program: A Scientifically Based Three-Part Plan to Improve Memory, Elevate Mood, EnhanceAttention, Alleviate Migraine and Menopausal Symptoms, and Boost Mental that closely examined the impact our diet has on brain health. But with this new book, he wanted to dig deeper into the unmistakable connection between the brain and the “other brain” commonly known as the metabolism. The thesis Dr. McCleary asserts in his book is that there is a very clear connection between the brain and the belly and that by feeding your body the right kind of nutrition to keep your brain healthy, you’ll experience a domino effect in your metabolism that will keep your hunger at bay, make you feel satisfied with the way you eat, and enjoy amazing weight loss success. And this isn’t some fast and loose diet thesis we’re talking about here-Dr. McCleary has tested this on real people who have been highly successful at shedding the pounds while improving their brain health dramatically thanks to some sound scientific principles explained within the pages of this book.

    You’ll learn in the first few chapters of this book that the purpose of this plan is primarily to control the release of the fat-storing hormone called insulin. As long as insulin is present, weight loss cannot commence because the fat cells become “sticky” making it that much more difficult to remove them from your body. Dr. McCleary says insulin is the key in this process because it acts as the “on-off switch” for your fat cells which explains why so many people struggle with shedding the pounds despite eating less calories. And the more fat you have on your body, the more food you will want to eat because the insulin your body releases in response is making you hungrier and hungrier-a vicious cycle that is begging for an intervention! You’ll learn about five specific diets and how they impact insulin levels in varying ways, including a low-fat, low-calorie diet, a high-fat, low-calorie diet, a starvation diet, a cruise ship diet and the standard American diet. The example of diabetes is used as a prime example of why controlling insulin is life and death for some people and that failing to take action with the insulin issue can lead you down the same path to destroying your health (obesity, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease can all be directly linked to high blood sugar and insulin levels).

    So what exactly does the Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly program entail and does it work to control the insulin so weight loss and vastly improved health can occur? First and foremost there’s heavy a focus on the importance of consuming healthy fats as the primary fuel source for your brain and body. Dr. McCleary understands the unique role that ketone bodies play as the preferred fuel for healthy individuals and realizes the importance of getting adequate fat in the diet. In other words, if you want to lose fat, then you’ve got to eat fat! This is no doubt counterintuitive to everything you’ve ever heard before about a healthy diet, but he makes a solid case for this in Chapter 5. And one of the best sources of fat he advocates for is cold-water fish which he describes as “brain food” and “a key food source for fat loss.” Pastured eggs are also encouraged for the quality protein content and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in them. Shorter-chain omega-3 sources such as flax seeds, flax seed oil and other sources are also promoted as part of this plan as well as non-starchy veggies and berries. Additionally, you are urged to consume nuts and seeds to provide magnesium and potassium, herbs and spices for their antioxidant properties and variety, brightly colored foods which are generally chock full of nutrients, fresh avocados for a healthy dose of mono-unsaturated fat, coconut oil as a super-healthy source of medium-chain triglycerides which help suppress the appetite, and green tea and red wine as the preferred beverage choices. As you can see, the diet itself is quite appetizing and easy to implement as part of a healthy brain-belly nutritional regimen.

    A full seven-day meal plan with recipes is included in Chapter 6 to help get you started off on the right foot eating this way which you’ll quickly discover is a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet that will nourish your brain, repair it from the damage brought on by low-fat dieting, and restore optimal functions in both the brain and belly. In Chapter 7, Dr. McCleary explains why exercise is a vital element in this equation as well, including regular walking in your neighborhood. Unlike the obsessed glorification of hours of daily cardiovascular exercise promoted on television shows like “The Biggest Loser,” you’ll find that’s just not necessary. Resistance training and walking at a mild to moderate level will give you the results you are looking for when combined with the prescribed diet plan outlined in this book. Chapter 8 deals with some of the head stuff that happens to people who are overweight and feel like they are trapped into being that way for life. He offers some much-needed inspiration that you will be successful if you, as he shares in Chapter 9, learn the lessons of those who have gone before you and risen above the challenges that faced them. Commitment and hard work will be rewarded handsomely when you have the right tools in place to make them happen. Practical strategies for implementing this strategy are shared in Chapter 10 while the ultimate answer to the question about whether it works is evidenced by the results of Dr. McCleary’s clinical trials detailed in Chapter 11.

    Suggested reading material is provided by Dr. McCleary in the back of the book, including key studies and books like Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Vintage) by Gary Taubes for further investigation into the science supporting the information contained in Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly. Interestingly, there is also a basic educational primer in the Appendix section that explains in layman’s terms the methodology used in scientific studies looking at supplements. All in all, this book is a fascinating read for people who are concerned about both their brain health and the health of their body. Curiously enough, the optimal diet for both is exactly the same. Whether you have the courage to buck the high-carb, low-fat trend of all the so-called health “experts” is the choice you’ll have to make. The evidence for high-fat, low-carb living is there if you’re willing to embrace it and implement it for yourself.

  2. David Wright
    August 3rd, 2012 at 19:13 | #2

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    As an overweight, 50+ year old Type II diabetic, I was excited about what I’d heard about this book. When it arrived from Amazon I dove in immediately. I was fascinated by Dr. McCleary’s discussion of the role of insulin in turning on and off the body’s use of internal fat stores. It makes a lot of sense. The section on exercise is a throwaway. The section on Glycemic Index can be found for free online. The section on foods/recipes/meal plans was darn good. The section on the clinical trials was solid…and heartbreaking. About half this book is really useful – half is just filler.

    READ THIS: It turns out that Dr. McCleary only wrote the book so he could sell you his nutritional supplement/appetite suppressant!!! And at NINETY dollars a month! In fact, if you buy his pills, he’ll give you the book for FREE.

    UPSHOT? I am going to try eating according to his suggestions. I’ve long thought that a higher-fat diet (healthy fats) is the way to go, and have experimented successfully with it in the past. I’m going to try his meal plans, design my own around his suggested proportions of fat/carb/protein calories, even try cooking with coconut oil (which has NO cholesterol despite it’s reputation). According to his clinical trials, I’ll only lose 1 lb/week, but that’s OK, since I’ll never be hungry.

    But I will NOT buy the pills. The way he ‘slipped them in’ toward the end just felt so deceptive. “Science… science… research… my extensive medical experience, blah, blah…and BUY MY SNAKE OIL!!!!”

    In retrospect, I suppose I should not have been so surprised, but it seems so scammy that I now have doubts the scientific/medical things he says in the book, but I’m going to try it. DON’T BUY HIS PILLS!

  3. Dr. Jonny Bowden
    August 4th, 2012 at 13:57 | #3

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    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”.

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