Dr. Larry McCleary Gives Us The Skinny On The Brain-Belly Connection

Filed under: Health — @ July 30, 2010

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In Episode 385 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we welcome back to the podcast pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Larry McCleary (author of the 2007 book The Brain Trust Program) who became so intrigued by something the past couple of years that he describes as the brain-belly connection it quickly became apparent he needed to detail more about it in a book he recently released called Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly (read my review). Listen to Dr. McCleary share about an update on what he’s been working on the past couple of years with childhood cancer patients, why brain problems associated with obesity piqued his interest so much so that he wanted to write a book about it, the hormone relationship to the brain-belly connection, the greater significance of the hormone insulin in these metabolic pathways, why the leptin hormone is not as important as people like Dr. Ron Rosedale think it is, the farmer’s ability to know exactly how to fatten up their livestock, why carbohydrates are so addictive, the reason hypoglycemia hits when you consume carbohydrates by themselves, a diet comparison study and the impressive results comparing various levels of macronutrients, why a “starvation” diet is actually a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet when the body feeds itself, why eating a cruise ship diet makes you hungrier and hungrier (think high-insulin!), why we overeat because we’re fat and don’t get fat from overeating, why doctors fail to communicate the negative role of carbohydrate on insulin levels, how to change the mind of a skeptical medical professional, why hunger doesn’t happen in the belly but rather it’s a brain state, what foods should be consumed for good brain-belly health (HINT: don’t skimp on the fat or eat up on carbohydrates!), why farmers who were feeding cows coconut oil to fatten them up actually made them lose weight, the consequences of not feeding your brain properly, why herbs and spices are so vital to an effective meal plan for variety and their antioxidant properties, his thoughts on whether eating the taste of “sweet” (even non-caloric ones) will make them crave sweet even more, his skepticism about the use of artificial sweeteners (Splenda alone is 750 times as sweet as blood sugar), why exercise is the “new horizon” for the brain and body (although he notes diet is much more important than exercise for weight loss), the clinical trial studies he conducted on real people to prove the concepts he discussed in his book are effective, and his use of a “weight loss accelerator” supplement he developed called Vi-texxa.

Click here to listen to one of the leading health voices on behalf of high-fat, low-carb diets today in Dr. Larry McCleary!

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