The Serotonin Power Diet: Use Your Brains Natural Chemistry to Cut Cravings, Curb Emotional Overeating, and Lose Weight by Judith J. WurtmanI think I can safely end with the old adage that bread is the staff of life. Ive always mocked those who have subscribed to Atkin-esque diets. Okay, thats not totally true. When I was in high school I nearly started on one. Id gotten fat. Ballooned to 118 lbs. Someone gave me copy of the exact diet to follow. My mom, although not agreeing Id turned into a Stay-Puff Marshmallow, supported me starting the diet. I think she saw the merits of eating something healthier than an Oreo shake and french fries. She took me to the grocery store where we gathered the food. We were almost finished and I thought I could do it. I really did. But when I held that lamb chop, I knew Id never make it.
I cant eat veal (baby cow) and I cant eat Fred. Fred was the sheep we bought one year to fatten up and then slaughter for food. Fred ended up dying of old age and being buried on the family farm with the rest of our beloved family pets.
Since then Ive become a master of bread. Come over on any given Sunday afternoon and Ill prove it.
The theory behind The Serotonin Power Diet is pretty simple. Serotonin is the chemical that elevates mood. Serotonin is made when the amino acid, tryptophan, enters the brain. Tryptophan enters the brain after a person eats carbs without eating protein concurrently which results in an elevated mood and appetite is suppressed. This is a very, very simple explanation but thats the gist.
The book continues to differentiate between hunger and appetite, an important distinction. The authors discuss eating triggers and how to combat them and how chemicals might impact the process. The diet itself contains three stages. But the essential element is that we can combat our appetite by eating or drinking a small serving of carbohydrates before a meal.
By the way, Diet Coke is not considered a carb. Apparently, our taste buds can be tricked but our brains know the difference and will not trigger the Serotonin process. So wrong on so many levels.
The book is contains a plethora of information that is both old and nuggets of new stuff that is not surprising or ground breaking but makes a lot of sense. It certainly justifies my binging on the bread when I eat out at an Italian restaurant. Okay, I made that up. Sort of. Moderation.
Highly recommend this book. Well written, intelligent, and it tells me almost what I want to hear. Carbs are good and elevate mood. Amazing recipe ideas comprises nearly half of the book. I cant wait to try them.
But Im still drinking my Diet Coke.
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Reverse weight gain due to antidepressant use & emotional overeating.
Look Inside. Dec 22, ISBN Dec 26, ISBN Putting more than 30 years of groundbreaking research to work, renowned scientist Judith Wurtman, PhD, and her colleague, Nina T. Frusztajer, MD, present a clinically proven week program that uses the power of carbohydrates to help you to: — Activate the appetite-suppressant function of serotonin to stop weight gain — Regain control over emotional overeating and cravings — Lose up to 2 pounds of real weight-not water-per week — Maintain a healthy lifestyle The Serotonin Power Diet is the only weight loss plan that will help you lose weight while being treated with the antidepressants and related medications that provoke overeating. Easy and economical, with more than 75 delicious recipes, The Serotonin Power Diet is the natural solution to weight loss and maintenance for everyone who has ever thought their cravings could never be satisfied. Read An Excerpt.
Wurtman, PhD, has helped tens of thousands of individuals struggling with emotional overeating and medication-related weight gain. Wurtman and Nina T. Skip to content. I struggle with Please send me monthly emails to help me on my journey.
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, discovered the connection between carbohydrate craving, serotonin, and emotional well-being in her MIT clinical studies. Founder of a Harvard University hospital weight-loss facility and cofounder of Adara Weight Management Center, she has written five books, including The Serotonin Solution, and more than 40 peer-reviewed articles for professional publications. She lives in Miami Beach, Florida. Nina T. Frusztajer, MD, cofounder of Adara Weight Management Services, is a practicing physician and certified professional life coach. She lives in Boston, MA.
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Serotonin is nicknamed the "feel-good" neurotransmitter, and maintaining normal levels can help regulate appetite and curb food cravings. Developed by Judith Wurtman, former director of the Program in Women's Health at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Clinical Research Center, the Serotonin Power diet was designed to help participants learn to deal with emotional eating by choosing certain foods that help boost serotonin levels in the body. The first phase of the Serotonin Power diet is called Serotonin Surge, and it lasts for two weeks. The goal is to eat certain nutrients at certain times, such as a large portion of protein at lunch and no protein at dinner, to help train your brain to help you curb your eating. For breakfast, you'll eat a protein, such as cottage cheese or eggs, a carbohydrate, such as cereal or oatmeal, and fruit.