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Review of Dr. Daniel G. Amen's new book, Change Your Brain Change Your Body


Daniel G. Amen's new book, Change Your Brain Change Your Body
Photo courtesy of Amen Clinics.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen’s new book is Change Your Brain Change Your Body. In it, Amen, a psychiatrist, explains that to maximize weight-loss efforts, people must understand what type of brain they have, and how that brain can either help or sabotage their efforts.

Dr. Amen has written one of the most integrated and wise healthy diet books available. He addresses the whole person, and explains exactly what is needed for different types of people to lose weight and live better.

Amen identifies six types of eaters based on brain type. Readers will readily be able to identify their own weight loss challenges by reading his descriptions.

He says, “For any weight solution to be effective, it must be centered on your particular brain, your particular problems, and your particular needs. Any program that gives you a one size fits everyone [diet] approach is destined to fail."


Dr. Daniel G. Amen. Photo courtesy of Amen Clinics.

For example, Amen’s "compulsive overeaters" may have trouble getting thoughts of food out of their heads. They may be worriers who are argumentative. They often binge eat at night. These behaviors, according to Dr. Amen can be due to increased activity in the area of the brain known as anterior cingulate gyrus, caused by low serotonin levels.

These brain issues can be directly observed by SPECT scans. Dr. Amen has viewed more than 50,000 brain scans.

On the other hand, compulsive overeaters, as explained in Change Your Brain Change Your Body, constantly say, “I am going to start my diet tomorrow.” They may have too little activity in the area of the brain known as the pre-frontal cortex. Compulsive-Impulsive types, on the other hand, may have done well (as far as dieting) on Fen-Phen. Children of alcoholics often have this brain type.

Change Your Brain Change Your Body offers holistic weight-loss solutions for all six types of eaters, in terms of natural supplements, food choices, behavioral strategies and more. Dr. Amen also provides all of the basic information dieters need about things like calories, body mass index and nutrition.

Those who go from one diet to the next may not have the patience for Dr. Amen's holistic approach, even though this diet plan may ultimately be better for them. Because Change Your Brain, Change Your Body has so much information in it, dieters may have to take notes to summarize their own personalized diet plan.

The book is Change Your Brain, Change Your Body: Use Your Brain to Get and Keep the Body You Have Always Wanted, by Daniel G. Amen, M.D.  Published February, 2010 by Harmony. ISBN-10: 0307463575 ISBN-13: 978-0307463579. Review copy provided by Amen Clinics. Click here for a more in-depth review of Change Your Brain, Change Your Body.

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