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The LLVLC Show (Episode 1089): Michael Graziano Says Hunger Isn’t About Blood Sugar But A State Of Mind


In Episode 1089 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we have an intriguing chat with neuroscientist and author Michael Graziano as our guest today. Today we have an interview for you that goes a bit deeper into the psychology behind hunger and weight loss. What if it has little to nothing to do with blood sugar, insulin, or a gurgling in your stomach and is all in your head? This is the hypothesis of a Professor of Neuroscience at Princeton University in New Jersey named Michael Graziano who wrote a thought-provoking column for Aeon called The hunger mood that caught my attention. He concludes that losing weight and capturing control of hunger and cravings has little to do with anything except your state of mind, your mood, and that we’re all at least a little hungry all the time. Michael wrote a book in 2013 about his general thinking on this subject entitled Consciousness and the Social Brain. Although the book itself doesn’t specifically address hunger and weight loss, Michael and I dive deeply into this fascinating subject that might run counter to what you’ve always believed about how the body and brain works. This is one fascinating discussion you don’t want to miss!

“There’s this constant machinery churning in the background when you’re just a little bit hungry below the surface of awareness where you eat a little more. Hunger has this immense effect on how much we eat.” — Michael Graziano


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What did you think about what you heard from Michael Graziano and his theory that hunger is a state of mind? Give us your feedback about this in the show notes section of Episode 1089. Pick up your own copy of Consciousness and the Social Brain and connect with Michael at his Princeton neuroscience lab page. Coming up next week, we’ll have the founders of the annual Paleo f(x) conference Keith & Michelle Norris with us sharing about this year’s event coming in late May on Monday, a recent talk I gave in Boulder, Colorado on Tuesday, and the talk Dr. Ron Rosedale gave right after mine in Boulder on Wednesday. Should be a fun week of podcasts!

Here’s the upcoming LLVLC Show episode schedule:
3-28: Keith & Michelle Norris
3-29: Jimmy Moore
3-30: Dr. Ron Rosedale
4-4: Misha Sakharoff
4-5: Rachel Straub
4-6: Dr. Kirk Parsley
4-11: Nell Stephenson
4-12: Dr. Chad Edwards
4-13: Dr. Jonny Bowden
4-18: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Peter Bond – The state of South African health from the perspective of a major life insurer
4-19: 2015 Cape Town – Zoe Harcombe – The Obesity Episode: What caused it? How can we stop it?
4-20: 2015 Cape Town – Gary Taubes – Why We Get Fat: An Alternative Hypothesis for Obesity

4-25: 2015 Cape Town – Christine Cronau – The Fat Revolution
4-26: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt – Weight Control: Calories vs. Insulin
4-27: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Michael Eades – Cognitive Dissonance: The scientific evidence for the LCHF is so strong. Why then is it ignored?

5-2: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Jay Wortman – The low-carb, high-fat diet for obesity, metabolic syndrome, and Type 2 diabetes

5-3: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Ann Childers – Stone-age body, space-age diet: Nutrition, metabolism, and mental health

 5-4: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Eric Westman – LCHF treatment of obesity and metabolic syndrome

5-9: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Robert Cywes – LCHF, hunger management, and limited bariatric surgery in children with morbid obesity

5-10: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Jeffry Gerber – The lipid hypothesis, diet heart hypothesis, and the 2013 cholesterol guidelines. Addressing treatment and management controversies based on current guidelines.

5-11: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Jason Fung – Insulin toxicity and how to treat Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

5-16: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Gary Fettke – Disease-causing effects of high carbohydrate diets

5-17: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Aseem Maholtra – How dietary changes can rapidly and substantially reduce risk of cardiovascular death

5-18: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Stephen Phinney – 30 years studying low carbohydrate diets for athletes
5-23: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Michael Eades – 40 years of flawed nutritional science. What will it take for change to be accepted?

5-24: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Ann Childers – Nutrition and mental health
5-25: 2015 Cape Town – Professor Tim Noakes – Why did I support high carbohydrate diets for athletes for so long? Review of scientific studies supporting either high or low carbohydrate diets for athletes
5-30: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Eric Westman – Practical implementation of a low carb diet

5-31: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Robert Cywes – Carbohydrate addiction: The psychology of obesity
6-1: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Gary Fettle – Nutrition and lifestyle related illnesses
6-6: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Jason Fung – Novel management of diabetes and insulin resistance

6-7: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Jay Wortman – Carbohydrate restriction for Type 2 diabetes
6-8: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Stephen Phinney – The art and science of low carb living
6-13: 2015 Cape Town – Christine Cronau – Diet and exercise myths

6-14: 2015 Cape Town – Zoe Harcombe – Nutritional nuggets to combat conventional dietary guidelines
6-15: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Aseem Maholtra – Sugar, advocacy or activism?
6-20: 2015 Cape Town – Jimmy Moore – Cholesterol Clarity & Keto Clarity

6-21: 2015 Cape Town – Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt – Changing perceptions — Global impact of LCHF (Australia, UK and Sweden)
6-22: 2015 Cape Town – Professor Tim Noakes – A worldwide nutrition revolution: What is next?

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