Not just another *diet* book or *way of living* outline, this book looks at the biology of the human body and how foods can affect your hunger.
The full title of this book is “Always Hungry?: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently” but that was a little long for the heading of this review. I read this book upon Dr. Andrew Weil’s recommendation. If you don’t know Dr. Weil, check out his books and work with Integrative Health, but this review is about Dr. Ludwig. I’ll revisit Dr. Weil in a future review.
Dr. Ludwig is both a MD and PhD who put a lot of science behind his discussion of obesity and weight loss. His primary point through medical research is that overeating isn’t what makes a person fat (in a general sense because there are those with diagnosed conditions relating to weight gain); it’s the process of getting fat that makes one overeat. This was what really interested me in reading this book. The basic principle is that fat cells hoard calories when the body doesn’t consume plenty of healthy fats, savory proteins, and carbohydrates from natural sources. Dr. Ludwig calls it “hungry fat” causing an individual to constantly feel hunger while the metabolism slows down. Once a person eats these foods, fat cells release their overabundance of calories, and weight loss sets in.
This all sounds phenomenal until reaching the part of the shopping list, the amount of prep work, and the specialty ingredients. This eating system is expensive! If you’re looking to start this plan and are on a food budget, it’s going to be tough. If you don’t have time to go grocery shopping three days a week or prep food every day, this will be a challenge.
Now that I’ve listed out the cons, here are some wonderful aspects of this book when following the plan. Hunger will cease. You’ll start feeling full and each meal is satisfying. Because the food is meant to change the metabolic effects of the body the results are weight loss, increased energy and focus, and reduce the inflammatory response which will increase the body’s immune system. That’s a whole science on its own. Overall, well written with some interesting insight into the epidemic of corporate processing of the foods we’ve been eating since World War II.
Rating: 5 stars
Title: Always Hungry?
Author: David Ludwig
Release Date: December 29, 2015