How to Hack Hunger and Cravings Using Science With a Doctor Trained at Harvard, Columbia, and Cornell

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The Mel Robbins Podcast with Dr. Amy Shah, MD

HOW TO HACK HUNGER AND CRAVINGS

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Why do you always crave dessert after dinner? Or a snack mid-afternoon?

Today we’re digging into the science of cravings: 

-Why you have them

-How to tell the difference between a craving and actual hunger

-How to eat your way to better health and a happier life.

Dr. Amy Shah is a double-board certified medical doctor with training from Cornell, Harvard, and Columbia Universities and an expert on intermittent fasting, hormones, and food cravings. 

In today’s episode, you will learn:

*when to drink coffee in the morning so you stay energized all day

*how cravings relate to dopamine and how to curb them so they never come back

*why your sugar cravings are so strong and how to stop them

*the truth about probiotics and which ones your body needs right now

*what ghrelin and leptin are and why they are the secrets to a healthy metabolism

*the shocking research that compares antidepressants to food and exercise

*how to stop overeating 

Our bodies are complicated, but your health doesn’t have to be. Let Dr. Amy empower you to live a more vibrant, fulfilled, and energized life.

Xo Mel

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • 2:45: So what’s the difference between hunger and cravings?
  • 6:00: Many of our poor food choices are not our fault.
  • 19:30: So how do we fix our eating habits if we’re not always in control?
  • 20:30: Food and exercise are more effective than drugs for anxiety and depression?!
  • 23:20: So what are some of the foods that will boost natural hormones?
  • 28:30: Drinking enough water during the day makes you eat less.
  • 37:30: Here’s what food companies know about dopamine.
  • 41:40: Do this when you want to stop overeating.
  • 44:45: Why does dopamine work better when you reward yourself at random times?
  • 46:30: What are psychobiotics and how do they stop cravings?
  • 50:20: Here’s how your gut and your brain talk to each other and what that means.
  • 51:30: What exactly is the relationship between food and bacteria?
  • 55:15: So where do we start with supplements?
  • 57:30: The #1 probiotic that you should be adding to your days.
  • 59:30: How the hell do you get rid of your sugar cravings?
  • 1:03:30: Do you get enough sleep? Here’s why that matters.
  • 1:06:00 Why you should wait 45 minutes before you drink your coffee.
  • 1:08:10: This is what Dr. Amy thinks about intermittent fasting and how she does it.
  • 1:10:00: Eat a high-dopamine breakfast to start your day on the right track.

Resources and go deeper:

  • For Closed Captions: Watch on YouTube and turn on “CC.” For instructions to turn on closed captions, click here.

Dr. Amy Shah: 

  • Learn more about Dr. Amy on her website
  • Find her on Instagram here.
  • Check out her bestselling book here.

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