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237: The New Science Of Fat Loss with Dr. Stephan Guyenet


Brief Bio:

Stephan J. Guyenet, Ph.D. After earning a BS in biochemistry at the University of Virginia, Stephan pursued a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Washington, then continued doing research as a postdoctoral fellow. He spent a total of 12 years in the neuroscience research world studying neurodegenerative disease and the neuroscience of eating behavior and obesity. His publications in scientific journals have been cited over 1,400 times by my peers.

Today, he continues his mission to advance science as a writer, speaker, and science consultant. His book, The Hungry Brain, was released on February 7, 2017. Current consulting clients include the Open Philanthropy Project and the Research Digest. He is also the co-designer of a web-based fat loss program called the Ideal Weight Program.

Stephan lives in the Seattle area, where he grows much of his own food and brew a mean hard cider


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What’s really making us fat? (8:17)
  • The brain science behind hunger and satiation (11:07)
  • Is modern life hurting your health? (13:25)
  • Why do some people gain weight more easily than others? (28:20)
  • Fast vs slow weight loss – which is better? (42:21)
  • 3 Ways to suppress appetite (49:41)
  • 7 Practical steps to lose weight (54:44)
  • How to prevent holiday weight gain (58:47)


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Ted Takeaways:

There is nothing wrong with you. You are completely normal. You are wired to eat and you have a hungry brain that’s getting you to make unconscious decisions about your choices with food. Our responsibility is to manage those choices and our food environment.

1. Manage your food environment

Check out our episode: How To Stop Mindless Eating & Become Slim By Design to learn simple ways to control your food environment and slim down for good.

2. Make sleep a priority

Check our episode: The Power of Sleep to learn more about sleep and how you can benefit from this powerful and efficient tool for maintaining your health and hunger hormones.

3. Manage your stress

In our episode: 11 Ways To Relieve Stress That You Can Start Today learn simple tips to get stress in check and regain control of your life.

4. Move your body

Add daily movement to your daily life with small changes in your routine. Check out our episode: 7 Ways To Fit Health & Fitness Into Your Routine—No Matter How Busy You Are about how to fit health and fitness into your busy life.


Book: The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat

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Ted Ryce is a high-performance coach, celebrity trainer, and a longevity evangelist. A leading fitness professional for over 24 years in the Miami Beach area, who has worked with celebrities like Sir Richard Branson, Rick Martin, Robert Downey, Jr., and hundreads of CEOs of multimillion-dollar companies. In addition to his fitness career, Ryce is the host of the top-rated podcast called Legendary Life, which helps men and women reclaim their health, and create the body and life they deserve.

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