Change your Brain Change your Body

The last few years I have been fascinated with the work of Dr. David Amen MD, he truly is the premiere expert in brain research …the book Change your Brain Change your Body a New York Times Best Seller  was a quick informative read I couldn’t put this book down .

When I talk with clients in Canton and Dearborn we ultimately talk  about “Training the Brain” as it relate to Weight loss and Exercise …we have to create habits, but first it can be helpful to understand the brain and how it impacts our  body this book will help you understand how your brain impacts your overall health, for your convenience I have summarized some of the key points but you may want to pick up the book here.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Weight

·         The Weight Solution

  • The Nutrition Solution
  • The Exercise Solution
  • The Hormone Solution
  • The Stress Solution
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Brain Basics

The Brain-Body Solution

  • Your brain is involved in everything you do.
  • Just like you only are given one body, you are only given one brain…treat it nice.
  • The brain is the most complex organ in the universe.
  • Your brain is very soft and housed in a really hard skull.  Protect it.
  • Brain reserve.
  • Specific parts of your brain are involved in certain behaviors.  Trouble in specific parts of your brain tends to cause certain behavior problems.
  • Brain enhancers vs. brain robbers.
  • It is not one size fits all, you need to begin to understand how YOUR brain functions.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Weight

The Craving Solution

Brain areas involved with craving and willpower

  • Prefrontal cortex – focus, judgment, and impulse control
  • Basal ganglia – pleasure and motivation center
  • Deep limbic – triggers of behavior

Brain chemicals involved with cravings and willpower

  • Dopamine – motivation, drive, stimulant
  • Serotonin – happiness, antiworrying, calming
  • GABA – inhibitory, calming, relaxing
  • Endorphins – pleasure and painkilling properties

The Weight Solution

  • Exercise four or five times a week.
  • Optimize your hormone levels.
  • Get great sleep.
  • Use simple stress-management techniques.
  • Stop believing every negative though that goes through your brain.
  • Take control of your weight and do not let other people make you fat.

The Nutrition Solution

  1. You are what you eat.
  2. Food is a drug.
    1. Food can make you feel worse.
    2. Food can make you sleepy.
    3. Food can make you feel great.
  3. Diet influences everything in your life.
    1. Your overall health
    2. Your ability to think quickly and clearly
    3. Your energy level
    4. Your physical and athletic performance
    5. Your weight
    6. Your appearance
  4. We’re getting the wrong messages about food.
  5. Who has the worst diets?

The Exercise Solution

  • Exercise encourages the growth of new brain cells.
  • Physical activity enhances cognitive ability at all ages.
  • Exercise enhances your mood.
  • Exercise helps alleviate depression.
  • Exercise calms worries and anxiety.
  • Exercise helps prevent, delay, and lessen the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Exercise eases symptoms of ADD.
  • Physical fitness sparks better behavior in adolescents.
  • People who exercise regularly sleep better.
  • Exercise helps women cope with hormonal changes.

The Hormone Solution

  • Balance your thyroid – hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
  • Balance your adrenal hormones – adrenal fatigue, common symptoms include abdominal fat, tiredness, low stress tolerance, craving sweets, difficulty concentrating, mental fog, low libido, and poor memory.
  • Balance testosterone – common signs of low testosterone in men include:  declining libido, erectile dysfunction, depression, lack of energy, and memory problems.  Low testosterone in women may cause low libido and inability to put on lean muscle.
  • Balance estrogen – estrogen dominance is when estrogen levels a women has high estrogen levels in conjunction with low progesterone can cause heavier periods, cramping, and shorter cycles.  Signs include weight gain, retaining water, aggressive behavior, and depression.
  • Balance progesterone – Low progesterone is common and signs include:  trouble sleeping, headaches, migraines, anxiety, fuzzy thinking, poor memory, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating.

The Stress Solution

 Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.

Richard Carlson, Ph.D

  1. Meditate or pray on a regular basis
  2. Take a yoga class
  3. Learn to delegate
  4. Practice gratitude
  5. Get enough sleep
  6. Get moving
  7. Listen to soothing music
  8. Surround yourself with sweet smelling lavender
  9. Rehearse or practice situations that cause stress

10. Live in the present

11. Avoid substances that harm the brain

12. Laugh more

13. Seek help for chronic stress

The ANT Solution

  1. All or nothing
  2. Always thinking
  3. Focusing on the negative
  4. Thinking with your feelings
  5. Guilt beating
  6. Labeling
  7. Fortune-telling
  8. Mind reading
  9. Blame

How to Kill ANTs?

  1. Is it true? (Is the negative thought true?)
  2. Can I absolutely know that it is true?
  3. How do I react when I think that thought>
  4. Who would I be without the thought?  Or how would I feel if I didn’t have the thought?

This is like a study guide for your brain …time to get your Best Body Ever get it here