Recently, I was sent a copy of “The Serotonin Power Diet” by Judith J. Wurtman and Nina T. Frusztajer for review. I’ve been working on eating healthier and losing weight (who isn’t?) so I’ve been excited to check out various diet and health related books. Unfortunately, the general theme has been that while the books provide great plans and helpful tips, they just aren’t ones that will fit with my lifestyle.
The Serotonin Power Diet is not at all like that. I was actually really thrilled when I got into the book – I read about 150 pages in one night, and took copious notes. The plan is especially relevant to anyone who’s gained weight because of depression and/or medications for such conditions. I have a naturally larger build and don’t display the healthiest tendencies, but I did gain a significant amount of weight when taking medications for a year or so.
To put it simply, the diet involves eating certain amounts of carbs at key times in order to stimulate serotonin product in the brain. This both works to elevate moods and trigger a full feeling that will stop eating. The portions are great, snacks are included, and you can eat a whole range of delicious food – no need to cut out your favorites entirely or lose a whole food group. You won’t be missing out on much, so it’s an easier plan to stick to.
I haven’t actually started the The Serotonin Power Diet yet, but I plan to. I’m working on developing healthier eating and exercise habits before I start – that way it will be easier for me to stick to. Below, I’ve included an article about the Serotonin Power Diet from the authors, so you can get some more “official” info!