The Hungry Brain

The Hungry Brain

Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat

Book - 2017
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From an obesity and neuroscience researcher with a knack for engaging, humorous storytelling, The Hungry Brain uses cutting-edge science to answer the questions: why do we overeat, and what can we do about it?

No one wants to overeat. And certainly no one wants to overeat for years, become overweight, and end up with a high risk of diabetes or heart disease--yet two thirds of Americans do precisely that. Even though we know better, we often eat too much. Why does our behavior betray our own intentions to be lean and healthy? The problem, argues obesity and neuroscience researcher Stephan J. Guyenet, is not necessarily a lack of willpower or an incorrect understanding of what to eat. Rather, our appetites and food choices are led astray by ancient, instinctive brain circuits that play by the rules of a survival game that no longer exists. And these circuits don't care about how you look in a bathing suit next summer.

To make the case, The Hungry Brain takes readers on an eye-opening journey through cutting-edge neuroscience that has never before been available to a general audience. The Hungry Brain delivers profound insights into why the brain undermines our weight goals and transforms these insights into practical guidelines for eating well and staying slim. Along the way, it explores how the human brain works, revealing how this mysterious organ makes us who we are.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Flatiron Books,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250081193
Branch Call Number: ANF 616.398 GUY
Characteristics: 291 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Aug 11, 2017

I enjoyed reading this, although I admit, it has not stuck with me. I think the missing piece was being able to really apply the research to my own experience--it would have connected better with me with more explicit examples. And there were some suggestions and recommendations on how to use the research to help us improve our own eating, and understanding our own hunger, but more of that would have been welcome.

In any case, it was well written, and for the most part, accessible to a non-neurologist. Just don't expect it to give you a ton of lightbulb moments.

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