Are you always hungry no matter how much you eat? The book Always Hungry? by Dr. David Ludwig will help you resolve this issue and lose weight.
Disclaimer: The book was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. But all opinions are my own.
I don’t usually have a lot of time for reading books. Most of the reading that I do is short online articles. About ten years ago, I spent a lot of time reading various alternative diet books. That’s when I discovered that low carb was not just a fad diet, but a lifestyle change. Unfortunately, the mainstream recommendations from most doctors and nutritionists are based on the USDA dietary guidelines which has promoted a low fat high carb diet for over 30 years which just isn’t working for the majority of people.
Last month, I obtained an advanced copy of a new book by Dr. David Ludwig that’s being released today. It’s based on an op-ed in the New York Times that Dr. Ludwig wrote in May 2014. During my two week holiday break away from work, I spent time reading the Always Hungry? book.
The Always Hungry? Weight Loss Plan
In the book, Dr. Ludwig challenges the belief that people get fat by overeating which causes more calories to be consumed than can be burned off. He expands on the statement he made in the New York Times Op-Ed, “But what if we’ve confused cause and effect? What if it’s not overeating that causes us to get fat, but the process of getting fatter that causes us to overeat?” Unlike the USDA Dietary Guidelines, Dr. Ludwig based his eating plan on over 150+ scientific studies he conducted along with several hundred other studies that he references in the book.
The Always Hungry? book explains why traditional calorie restricted diets to lose weight don’t work long term. When calories are cut in an attempt to lose weight, the body reacts to protect itself. Cutting calories has been shown to decrease metabolism and increase hunger which fight against weight loss efforts. Although weight is usually reduced in the beginning of a calorie restricted diet, the weight loss usually isn’t sustainable and most people end up regaining most, if not all, of the weight back.
Dr. Ludwig provides an easy to follow approach to proper nutrition that naturally leads to weight loss by eliminating food cravings and retraining fat cells. Dr. Ludwig’s recommendations go against the conventional advice of lowering calories and fat. The eating plan recommended in Always Hungry? disregards calories and bases its dietary recommendations on how the body reacts to certain food types. Foods that cause insulin to spike and those that lead to inflammation are limited. It’s been proven that insulin levels and fat storage are directly related.
I’ve always believed that there should never be a need to “go on a diet” to lose weight. People just need to learn what foods work best for them. Not everyone reacts the same way to certain foods. Always Hungry? teaches you how to listen to your body and offers advice on customizing the plan to fit your individual needs.
There are three phases to the Always Hungry? weight loss program. The first phase conquers cravings. The second phase is designed to retrain fat cells. The third phase is to lose weight permanently.
Although carbs are cut in Phase 1, the carb limit isn’t as restricting as the Atkins and Ketogenic diets. Dr. Ludwig does promotes low carb and even states that carbohydrates are not needed by the body, but he believes most people have difficulty following extremely low carb diets. That’s why his Always Hungry? plan is higher in carbs than the standard low carb diet. However, he recognizes that some people are more sensitive to carbs than others and the plan is adjusted accordingly.
Phase 2 reduces some of the fat and allows an increase in unrefined carbohydrates. In most people, this still allows continued weight loss as the vicious carb cycle has been broken in Phase 1 and insulin is no longer running wild in the body. The final phase keeps the weight off. Dr. Ludwig points out that weight loss isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Such things as insulin response can vary widely by individual. That’s why the plan outlined in the Always Hungry? book provides recommendations based on how the individual is responding.
Meal plans, shopping lists, and recipes are provided in the book along with other useful tools to make following the plan easy. The Always Hungry? plan also provides steps to becoming more active and gives an easy way to get moving to help shed weight. Other factors that lead to weight gain are also discussed such as lack of sleep and stress.
The following is a brief video where Dr. David Ludwig describes his Always Hungry? eating plan:
If you are struggling with weight, I encourage you to follow Dr. David Ludwig on social media and read the various articles he has written that are available online. Dr. Ludwig has been involved in weight control research for over two decades! I’ve provided links with more great weight loss information following Dr. Ludwig’s bio below.
More about Dr. David Ludwig
David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, is a practicing endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. He’s also a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.