The Hungry Brain

  • by Stephan Guyenet
  • Narrated by Aaron Abano
  • 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 listeners 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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Thank you!!!!! Stephan Guyenet, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

If you could sum up The Hungry Brain in three words, what would they be?

Obesity problem solved.

What did you like best about this story?

It explained what I am doing that is keeping me fat.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Where it is explained that food reward affects the lipostat.

Any additional comments?

Although I'm not certain if it is explained in the book (almost finished, but not quite), the solution (for me at least) is to cut out sweet TASTING and salty TASTING foods. The diet does not need to be vegan or low fat or low carb. Just cut out salty and sweet foods. There may be advantages to being vegan, but it never affected my weight at all. NOW I know why. This is probably the most important book so far this century.

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- Charles Peden

Really good

Unbiased and open-minded. Guyenet takes tons of current research and distills it down into something useful, interesting, and actionable. I am currently lean and healthy, but I was overweight and in pain a few years ago. Not surprisingly, nearly every tactic that I currently use to stay lean are at the end of this book. Not to mention a whole lot more. Buy it. Read it. Listen to it. It's necessary.
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- chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio