67. The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting Instincts That Make Us Overeat With Dr. Stephan Guyenet

In this interview with Dr. Stephan Guyenet and you will learn:

  • Why your brain is driving you to overeat

  • How food and drugs of abuse impact our brains in similar ways

  • Strategies to trick your brain into feeling full and change your set point

So, pull up some Brussels sprouts and take a listen!

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In this episode, Diana talks with Dr. Guyenet, neurobiologist and obesity researcher, about the unconscious systems that lead to overeating and weight gain. Dr. Guyenet discusses why dietary guidelines alone are not enough to change our eating behavior. He explores the biological and evolutionary reasons for overeating and offers concrete strategies to “outsmart” our hungry brains. This episode is a perfect accompaniment to go with the holidays, when we are bombarded with tasty food cues and stress induced overeating.

 

About Dr. Stephan Guyenet:

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Stephan Guyenet is a researcher, science consultant, and science communicator. He earned a BS in biochemistry at the University of Virginia and a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Washington, where he continued as a postdoctoral fellow studying the brain mechanisms that regulate body fatness and eating behavior. His scientific publications have been cited more than 2,000 times by his peers. His book, The Hungry Brain, was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and called “essential” by the New York Times Book Review. He is currently a Senior Fellow at GiveWell and scientific reviewer for the Examine.com Research Digest. He grows much of his own food and brews a mean hard cider.

Resources:

The Hungry Brain by Stephan Guyenet

Ideal Weight Program With Stephan Guyenet

Psychologists Off The Clock Episode with Dr. Jason Lillis on The Diet Trap

Effective Weight Loss by Evan Forman and Megan Butryn

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