On this episode of Healthytarian Living, host Evita Ochel features special guest Stephan Guyenet to talk about his research as it relates to excess weight, obesity and our dietary choices.

Stephan Guyenet is an obesity researcher, neurobiologist, and author. He has a BSc. in biochemistry and a PhD. in neurobiology. He is the author of the book The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat, and shares his nutrition and health science writing and research on his site: WholeHealthSource.org

General topics covered in the video include:

  1. Stephan shares how he became interested in the the brain and diet, and whole food approach personally and professionally. (1:27)

  2. Exploring the real problem with our modern food and how it changed in the last 100 years. (5:52)

  3. Given how our brain is wired, how to deal with overeating, addictions and cravings. (13:24)

    • Stephan shares two effective ways to break the cycles
  4. The Obesity Paradox: can having excess weight prove to be healthier than being lean. (20:31)

    • tips for excess weight
  5. The role of carbohydrate restriction in weight loss. (27:15)

    • the role of insulin, and how it is impacted by sugar and fat
    • are low-carb or low-fat diets better for weight loss
  6. The role of low-glycemic diets in weight loss. (34:06)

    • is there more hunger and health problems with high GI foods?
    • are potatoes bad or good?
  7. The myth of cutting a specific amount of calories for desired weight loss. (42:34)

    • how calorie expenditure changes over time and impacts weight loss
  8. Final tips for effective weight loss and weight maintenance. (47:12)

  9. About Stephan’s book: The Hungry Brain (48:58)

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Books by Stephan Guyenet