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The Serotonin Power Diet: Use Your Brain's Natural Chemistry to Cut Cravings, Curb Emotional Overeating, and Lose Weight


by Nina Frusztajer Marquis, Judith J. Wurtman

Finally a diet that deals with the weight gain with which many of us on antidepressants struggle. First the authors share their years of research and they explain the workings of serotonin in our brain. It is surprising to learn that many of our longheld beliefs in this area are wrong. Carbs can be good for you after all. The discussion is easy to follow. Then it gets more personal as the reader is challenged to discover her own reasons for weight loss and given an easy plan to follow.
The Serotonin Power Diet will be helpful to the professionals who work with persons on antidepressants as well as to the individual sufferer.
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Using this science-based plan, dieters will learn how to eat in order to boost serotonin, the brain chemical that shuts off appetite and turns on feelings of calm. This clinically tested program is also the first to offer antidepressant users an effective way to lose extra weight associated with their medication.

The Serotonin Weight Loss Plan is based on more than 30 years of pioneering research at MIT by internationally renowned scientist Dr. Judith Wurtman on the brain, emotions, appetite, and overeating. Using this research, she and Dr. Nina Marquis devised a program that puts the brain in charge of food intake. This simple 12-week plan, with more than 75 delicious recipes, was successfully tested on hundreds of clients at the Adara weight loss centers founded by the authors. Readers will lose up to 2 pounds a week—while reducing stress and improving their moods.

Because the plan is designed to turn on serotonin and turn off the need to eat, readers will never feel deprived. In addition, as serotonin increases feelings of well-being, emotional eating will vanish.

About the Authors
JUDITH J. WURTMAN, PhD, is recognized world-wide for her pioneering research into the relationship of food, mood, brain, and appetite. The author of five books for the general public, she has written more than 40 peer-reviewed articles for professional publications.

NINA FRUSZTAJER MARQUIS, MD, MS, received her master’s degree in nutrition from Columbia University and her medical degree from George Washington University. Her articles on weight, stress, and lifestyle have appeared in numerous publications. With Judith Wurtman, she founded the Adara weight loss centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives, and in Boston, where Dr. Wurtman resides.


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