Weight Loss Starts With Your Brain

How to Lose Weight

Hundreds of weight loss diets and exercise programs have been successful for someone, somewhere. Almost all of them have major flaws that lead to rebound weight gain in the long run. In my opinion, those with the fewest flaws, and therefore the greatest chance for success, are the Slow Carb Diet and the Paleo (Caveman) Diet.

It strikes me, however, that focusing on weight or fat is of secondary importance to the role of the brain. Ignoring brain health is like considering the body as a mindless blob that responds to chemical stimuli from food all by itself. Nothing could be further from the truth. The brain is the Great Wizard behind the curtain, in control of everything from the get-go.

A Not So Radical Suggestion

Our brains shrink and lose function as we age, probably faster than they should. Indeed, the growing incidence of Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, and similar brain failures is a good indicator of sped-up brain degeneration in modern times. This is NOT normal. Indeed, these disorders are completely unknown in some societies, even in the face of aging beyond 90 or even 100 years old.

It is abundantly clear that brain health has to do with diet. Our local PBS station made a big deal of that point during a membership drive recently, by hosting the brain expert, Dr. Daniel G. Amen, not too long ago. Although his purpose for appearing was mainly promotional, what he had to say about brain health was spot on.

The not so radical suggestion, based on all the information that I could gather about brain health, is that diet is the key. Gee, where have you heard that before?

The question is, which diet?

The Doctor Who Would Not Die

As dramatic as that sounds, it reflects the experience of Dr. Terry Wahls. She suffered from multiple sclerosis that was accelerating to total debilitation and an early death. She not only stopped the progress of her MS, she reversed it -- by eating right for her brain.

The reason that Dr. Wahls' story caught my attention, and why I thought it appropriate to talk about it regarding weight loss, is that it provides the clearest evidence that I have ever seen for what we should all be eating (and not eating) every day of our lives. Eating for brain health is the key to everything.

Dr. Wahls' story is summarized in a video that is nothing short of phenomenal. It is longer than the usual public video (almost 18 minutes), although it is worth watching in its entirety -- for inspiration and for crucial advice about diet. Take a look for yourself on her website (TerryWahls.com) and see what I mean.