Help for Overeaters

One way to describe  "The Amen Solution"  is to call it help for overeaters.  The help for overeaters chart below was taken from this book.

The best way to describe this book is to quote from the cover:

“The #1 secret is that most weight problems occur between your ears, not in your stomach. If you want a better body, the first place to always start is by having a better brain.  Read more….(Secret #2)

Secret #2 is that there isn’t  just one brain pattern associated with being overweight; there are at least five.  Giving everyone the same diet plan will make some people better and a lot of people worse. Finding the right plan for your individual brain type is the key to lasting weight loss.

Type Symptoms Brain Findings/ Neurotransmitter Issue Supplements Medications
1. Compulsive Overeaters Overfocussed on food,worring,have trouble letting go of hurts Increased AC (anterior cingulate)/low serotonin 5-HTP, inositol,saffron, or St. Johns wort SSRIs, such as Prozac,Zoloft, or Lexapro
2. Impulsive Overeaters Impulsive, bored, easily distracted Low, PFC (prefrontal cortex)/ low dopamine Green tea, rhodiola, L-trosine Phentermine or stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin
3. Impulsive-Compulsive Overeaters Combination of type 1 and 2 High AC plus low PFC/low seotonin and dopamine 5-HTP plus grean tea and rhodiola SSRI plus phentermine or stimulant
4. Sad or Emotional Overeaters Sad or depressed mood, gets the winter blues, has carbohydrate cravings,loses interest, sleeps a lot, has low energy. High limbic activity/low PFC; check vitamin D and DHEA levels SAMe, vitamin D, or DHEA if needed Wellburtrin
5. Anxious Overeaters Is anxious, tense, nervous; predicts the worst; eats to calm High basal ganglia/low GABA levels GABA, B6, magnesium Topamax

I would not suggest any of the supplements or medications above except maybe green tea .  Buy the book and there are tests to see which kind of overeater you are. You will also read about solutions that are aimed at your type of overeater. 

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