Another diet book. Thousands upon thousands of “wanna-be diet gurus” confusing most of us, most of the time with some recycled diet and weight loss idea.
However, The Younger (Thinner) You Diet by Eric R. Braverman, MD is really different! I’m inspired by a few things. It approaches anti-aging, dieting and weight loss from a "brain perspective," not a "time and stomach perspective." And Dr. Braverman uses an integrative approach in his medical practice, which puts him in the same niche as Dr. Andrew Weil.
The first rule that I use to evaluate a non-fiction book is to see if it sufficiently addresses the problem or situation addressed by the title and tag line. The title, The Younger (Thinner) You Diet, draws me in (as a resistantly aging baby-boomer) by suggesting that I can be younger and thinner with this particular You Diet. What a hook! It intrigued me! Of course that’s exactly what I care about, and will likely care about for the next 20 years. Next, his tag line, How Understanding Your Brain Chemistry Can Help You Lose Weight, Reverse Aging and Fight Disease, places him in a very unique niche as far as diets go. Wow, this tag-line promises all this from “Brain Balance!”
Okay, did he succeed? Yes, he delivered a do-able, anti-aging diet and weight loss book – one that I’m going to use. Of course, not all of it appeals to me. The beginning of Part II offered quite a few details, along with the rational of the Diet. For me, this was TMI (too much information) for my time constraints. However, the latter part of Part II was filled with fantastic recipes, which he coded to the specific brain chemical deficiencies that I discovered in Part I, when I took his Younger Thinner Diet Quiz. The quiz was so practical, and completely held my interest. I also felt the results were quite accurate.
Another interesting part of Braverman's book is how he uses herbs, foods and supplements to balance out the four brain chemicals, suggesting prescription medication as the last resort. The premise he uses in his medical practice is mind-body balance, and it's the foundation of this book. I totally buy into this primal connection in regards to natural beauty, health and wellness.
Would I recommend this book to you? Yes. I would suggest that you get a support group started of “Tired-of-Dieting-Dieters” because you can have a lot of fun identifying with someone who is deficient in the same brain chemicals as you are. I always feel that accountability helps in our diet and weight loss journeys.