Train Your Brain To Get Thin (by Melinda Boyd with Michele Noonan, $16.95)
Summary of Train Your Brain To Get Thin
Get your brain fit–and your body will follow!
Conventional wisdom has always been that in order to lose weight, you need to eat less and move more. But skyrocketing obesity rates tell us that it’s not that simple. If you really want to get in shape and stay that way, you need to start at the top–with your brain.
The latest research in neuroscience shows that the brains of overweight people are different than the brains of lean people–and not in a good way. Yet, you can train your brain to think like those skinnier counterparts–and leverage that brainpower to drop those extra pounds for good. In Train Your Brain to Get Thin, you’ll learn how to:
- Control hunger levels to reach and maintain optimum weight
- Defeat emotional eating at its core
- Feed the brain the nutrients it needs for optimal performance
- Trick the brain into working for, not against, weight loss
- Get “addicted” to exercise, not food
- And much, much more!
Train Your Brain to Get Thin combines the latest research in both neuroscience and human behavior to give you the brain-changing program you need to get fit, look good, and feel great — for life!
My review of Train Your Brain To Get Thin
There’s no shortage of books about diets and weight loss and fitness and nutrition and health and so on and so forth. On occasion, you get cynical and maybe even roll your eyes — or, at the very least, feel overwhelmed by the selection of books. I get that, I really do.
Train Your Brain To Get Thin was written by two women who “get” it; Melinda Boyd, a dietitian who focuses on weight management and chronic disease prevention, and Michele Noonan, a doctor of neuroscience. For starters, they believe that in order to get thin, you first need to get happy. Of course, a lot of people who deal with weight issues kinda have this reversed (OK, I do, I admit); yet research indicates that people who are positive and happy have more self-confidence, more energy, more brainpower, and experience better outcomes in general.
In Train Your Brain To Get Thin, Boyd and Noonan explain the sections, areas, and structures of your brain in easy-to-understand terminology…and explains the concept of neuroplasticity, or your brain’s ability to “change.” In simpler terms, you can (and should) teach an old dog new tricks. For instance — and, wow, is this a biggie for me — if you get stressed out (or go off the deep end) when your weight goes up (even when it’s just a pound or two), that affects your brain and becomes a negative habit. Instead, we need to coach our brain to react positively, such as reminding yourself that weight fluctuates not only day-to-day but hour-to-hour. By so doing, our thought patterns will become more positive and more productive…and our brain will make more effective connections to healthy changes in our daily regimen.
I found the section about “Automatic Responses” particularly helpful (and, boy, did it ring true!) — such as making emotionally based decisions and utilizing defensive tactics, like denial. These automatic thoughts — even if you’re not aware of this pattern or purposely doing it — can increase your stress (hello!), which in turn causes your brain to release the chemical cortisol. Cortisol has significant effects (not good ones) on our bodies…and plays a factor in our weight.
There’s so, so much more to Train Your Brain to Get Thin that it’s pretty much impossible to cover all that it has to offer. But it does offer a lot — a lot of information, research, tips, and encouragement to make changes in your actual thinking to improve your health, for good. This book is not gimmicky or a fad or a trick, it’s just science and common sense and good, old-fashioned time and effort. There’s nothing wrong with that. I love this book and what it has to offer…and would highly recommend it to anyone who falls into the self-defeating trap of negative thinking. If nothing else, wouldn’t it be refreshing to reduce stress and be happy? Getting “thin” (whatever that is for you) is just a perk, in my opinion.
You can purchase Train Your Brain to Get Thin on Amazon.
I was not compensated for writing this review. I received a copy of the book to facilitate my review (and this post contains an affiliate link). My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.