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354: How Your Brain Is Making You Fat (And What To Do About It) with Stephan Guyenet

Ever plowed through a pint of ice cream? Gone back for seconds (or thirds) at a buffet? Then you know how difficult it can be to put the skids on eating. You might curse your lack of willpower, but in this special episode I discuss the brain’s influence on weight loss with neuroscientist Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Also, he reveals who to trust when it comes to health and nutrition information and proven ways on how to regain control of emotional eating. Listen now!


Brief bio:

Dr Stephan Guyenet is a researcher, science consultant, and science communicator. He earned a BS in biochemistry at the University of Virginia and a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Washington, where he continued as a postdoctoral fellow studying the brain mechanisms that regulate body fatness and eating behaviour.

His scientific publications have been cited more than 2,000 times by his peers. His book, The Hungry Brain, was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and called “essential” by The New York Times Book Review. He is currently a Senior Fellow at GiveWell and scientific reviewer for the Research Digest. He grows much of his own food and brews a mean hard cider.


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The Stephan Guyenet vs. Gary Taubes debate [03:42-07:50]
  • False things promoted by credible health and nutrition professionals [07:59-21:12]
  • Weighing of information and conflict of interest [21:14-26:00]
  • Cognitive biases and the human brain [26:02-32:36]
  • Does insulin resistance cause weight gain? [32:38-41:05]
  • Why stress can make you overeat and how to stop it [41:06-50:20]
  • What Stephan is trying to do with going to The Joe Rogan and debate Gary Taubes [53:44-55:55]


Connect with Stephan Guyenet:





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307: How To Retrain Your Brain To Beat Food Addiction With Stephan Guyenet


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


288: The Science Of Food Cravings (And How To Beat Them For Once And All) Part 1


290: The Science Of Food Cravings (And How To Beat Them For Once And All) Part 2



Resources Mentioned:


Joe Rogan Experience #1267 w/Gary Taubes & Stephan Guyenet


Reference on his debate with Gary Taubes



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