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Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells & Lose Weight

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: The weight loss concept of "eat less, move more" is a myth. Which foods should you be eating?
Air Date: 3/23/16
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: David Ludwig, MD, PhD
David LudwigDavid S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, is a practicing endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. He is Founding Director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Boston Children’s Hospital, one of the oldest and largest family based weight management programs. He also directs the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center. Described as an “obesity warrior” by Time Magazine, he has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe and USA Today and on NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and other networks.
  • Book Title: ALWAYS HUNGRY? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently
  • Guest Twitter Account: @davidludwigmd
Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells & Lose Weight
For the last many decades, we've been told that to lose weight, we must "eat less and move more."

This concept is a myth. Fortunately, experts like Dr. David Ludwig are helping to spread the word. 

In the past, if you couldn't lose weight by restricting calories and upping your exercise, it was implied that there is something wrong with you. But, as Dr. Ludwig puts it, "humans aren’t toaster ovens; we are dynamic biological systems."

When you cut back on calories, your body fights back by releasing stress hormones and slowing down your metabolism. You're set up for failure from the get-go.

The problem with low-fat diets is that they're loaded with processed carbs. These foods raise insulin more than any other food. Insulin is like “Miracle Grow” for your fat cells.

When you reduce your insulin levels, your fat cells calm down and release those pent-up calories. Your brain recognizes this, and you don’t feel hungry anymore.

Dr. Ludwig advises that you eat until satisfied and snack when hungry.

Of course, you also need quality sleep, methods of stress release and enjoyable physical activity.

Dr. Ludwig joins Naturally Savvy hosts, Andrea Donsky and Lisa Davis, to share more about his book, ALWAYS HUNGRY? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently, as well as the types of foods you should be eating to successfully lose weight.

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