Brain Food: Eating, Not Dieting, the Key to Lasting Weight Loss?

by | May 12, 2016

Why are some people who start a weight loss regimen that requires months of commitment able to start and finish the program and then keep the weight off for good—while others abandon the effort, go back to old eating habits and gain more weight than before they made their commitment?

This was the question Garth Fisher, PhD, founder of the prestigious BYU Human Performance Research Center, and Steve DeVore, founder of SyberVision Systems, asked themselves while studying and analyzing the profiles of over one million overweight people who had purchased their best selling “The Neuropsychology of Weight Control” course.

400 Overweight Utah Valley People Join BYU Human Performance Research Center Study

The Neuropsychology of Weight Control” course had its origins at Fisher’s world-renown BYU laboratory in the mid 1980’s. Fisher studied over 400 severely overweight people who lived in Utah county, the county where BYU is located.

In his study Dr. Fisher learned that most of the overweight subjects got that way through years of eating refined carbohydrates (sugar and flour based foods) and animal fat followed by a series of yo-yo, merry-go-round low calorie, near starvation diets.

Overweight Subjects Ate High Doses of Sugar, Flour and Fat. Were Insulin Resistant and Were Chronic Dieters

Fisher first observed that most of his overweight subjects were insulin- resistant due to eating an over abundance of sugar, white flour and fat-laden foods. As a result the cells in your body resist burning sugar for energy and converts the sugar into fat stores causing obesity.

To rid themselves of the fat they went on a series of low calorie diets. They initially lost a significant amount of weight (mostly water and muscle). With this reduction of calories and the loss of water and muscle tissue, your body thinks you are starving and fights to protect you by making you tired (to conserve energy).

It stubbornly holds onto its fat reserves, increases your appetite for more sugar and fat-laden foods until you become overwhelmed, give in and binge.

You quickly gain back all the weight you lost plus an additional 10% to 15% of fat weight as a protective cushion against the anticipation of future bouts of starvation.

This vicious cycle of low-calorie dieting continues until you gain so much weight you feel you’ll never be able to lose it. You resign yourself to a life of being overweight. You become depressed, withdrawn, and experience feelings of hopelessness. This was the plight of Dr. fisher’s overweight subjects.

If Sugar, White Flour & Saturated Fat are Poison to the Body Can Wholesome Food Be Healing Medicine?

Dr. Fisher had a brainstorm which led to the development of the original “The Neuropsychology of Weight Control” and the renewal of over a million people’s lives who were once chronically overweight and who are now, lean, healthy and happy.

Dr. Fisher asked what would happen if he fed his chronically overweight research subjects large amounts of wholesome, healthy and nutritious food. If sugar, flour and fat-rich foods were poison to the body, he thought, could natural, nutritious food be medicine to heal it?

When Dr. Fisher suggested this to his subjects they were skeptical and fearful—thinking if they started eating large amounts of food they would only get fatter.

Dr. Fisher then mapped out a list of healing foods, a variety of menus with recipes and even shopping lists to start his subjects on a new way of thinking, eating and living.

What happened next was almost counterintuitive and almost unbelievable. Within a few weeks of wholesome and plenteous eating of deliciously prepared complex carbohydrates, moderate levels of fat and healthy amounts of plant protein, the fat began to melt away from Dr. Fishers subjects. So much so, that many thought something was wrong with them or perhaps they had a tapeworm.

Dr. Fisher’s Subjects Lose 30, 60, 100 to 200 Pounds By Eating & Keep It Off For Good

His subjects began to lose 1.5 to 2 pounds a week and continued to lose for weeks and months until they achieved their natural levels of leanness.

People who were 30, 60, 100 to 200 pounds overweight became lean and healthy — simply by eating and not dieting. And, unlike the rebound effect in dieting, they permanently kept the weight off.

Dramatic Weight Loss Only One of Many Benefits

In addition to losing weight, Dr. Fisher reported his subjects were successful in other ways too. They felt infinitely more attractive. Depression, anxiety, shyness, and low self esteem virtually disappeared and they found they could relate to other people with new found confidence and skill.

They also reported they were healthier, had more stamina, and had more drive to meet some of the important goals in their lives. They were ill less often, and saw headaches, back aches, and mysterious pains (inflammation), virtually disappear along with their weight.

300 Chronically Obese Patients Lose 15 Pounds of Fat a Month By Bounteous Eating

Was Dr. Fisher’s experiment a fluke? Another researcher, John McDougall, MD, conducted a similar study except in his approach he restricted the amount of meat while allowing his patients to eat unrestricted amounts of healthy foods — similar to an all you can eat buffet. Over two years, his 300 chronically obese patients lost, on average, one-half pound of fat a day or 15 pounds a month.

All 300 achieved their desired weight loss goals — even though it took many up to a year or more — and have permanently maintained their ideal weight levels simply by eating.

600 Overweight Soldiers Lose 35 Pounds Each By Following Dr. Fisher’s Formula. Doctor Receives Army Commendation Medal for Saving Soldier’s Careers

In a third study, Dr. Kurt A. Luedtky, a neuropsychologist, applied the principles of “The Neuropsychology of Weight Control” to 600 U.S. Army personnel who were about to be discharged for being overweight. Dr. Luedtky had himself lost 35 pounds on “The Neuropsychology of Weight Control” by eating, not dieting. At the end of three months of unlimited eating of the deliciously healthy food recommended by the “The Neuropsychology of Weight Control” program, all 600 achieved their goal weights (average weight loss of 35 pounds/15% loss of body fat) within two months. For his work Dr. Luedtky was awarded the Army's Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.

Word of Mouth Creates Demand for Dr. Fisher’s Discovery. Joins Forces with Stanford to Create Course

To put it mildly, word of Dr. Fisher’s success in feeding people to lose weight instead of dieting, spread like wild fire until he was inundated with hundreds of requests to enter his BYU program. To meet the demand, Dr. Fisher teamed with Steve DeVore, founder of SyberVision Systems, who was doing research at the famed Stanford University Neuropsychology Research Laboratory and Dr. Karl Pribram, the father of the science of neuropsychology and the head of the Stanford Research Laboratory.

Their collaboration resulted in "The Neuropsychology of Weight Control.

What is Neuropsychology?

Why “neuropsychology” in the title?

Neuropsychology is the science of how the brain and nervous system work to influence our behavior — why we act and do the things we do — and how our behavior influences the functioning of the brain and nervous system and our body.

Dr. Fisher in his research discovered that our weight was regulated by a part of the brain called the hypothalamus or as Dr. Fisher called it the “fat thermostat.”

The Brain Has a "Fat Thermostat" that Regulates the Amount of Body Fat

The "fat thermostat" acts much like the thermostat in your home. You set your thermostat to a desired temperature (setpoint) and when the temperature drops below the setpoint temperature, the thermostat sends a signal to the heater to fire and warm the house.

When the temperature goes above the setpoint temperature the thermostat sends a signal to the air conditioner to cool the air until the cooler setpoint temperature is achieved. The thermostat constantly monitors the temperature and works to keep it at the setpoint level.

The "fat thermostat" works the same way. It is set to a certain weight/body fat level and works to defend that level. That’s why our weight stays at a certain level for years at at time and is only altered — mostly upward — when you diet.

Sugar, Processed Flour and Excessive Fat Makes the "Fat Thermostat" Store Large Amounts of Fat

When you eat quick-energy foods high in sugar and fat the "fat thermostat" thinks you’re preparing for a famine and makes you feel tired—in order to conserve body fat —and hungry to store more fat — and you gain excess body fat and weight.

Then when you diet and start to lose weight (mostly water and muscle tissue) the fat thermostat thinks you’re starving and works to conserve body fat. It also makes you tired and hungry until you become overwhelmed, binge and go back to your unhealthy eating habits. It also tells your body to add even more fat to protect you from future bouts of starvation or famine.

Plenty of Healthy Food Lowers the "Fat Thermostat" and Your Body Burns Off Excess Fat

On the other hand, when you eat plenteous amounts of healthy, nutritious and delicious food, your "fat thermostat" feels secure — you’re not starving — and begins to burn or shed unnecessary and unwanted fat.

That’s the explanation why eating plenteous amounts of healthy, nutritious food is medicine to the body and results in significant weight loss, leanness, energy and joyful living.

And, it’s the explanation why processed and refined foods high in sugar and fat is poison to the body and results in chronic obesity and for most chronically obese people disease (inflammation), unhappiness, isolation and alienation.

Fisher’s "Neuropsychology of Weight Control" Course Purchased By 1.2 Million People. Overwhelmed by Thousands of Success Stories

A documentary about “The Neuropsychology of Weight Control” and the thousands of case histories of formerly overweight people who lost their weight by following the plenteous eating guidelines recommended by Fisher was filmed and broadcast nationally.

Needless to say, when word spread about “The Neuropsychology of Weight Control” and how people began to get lean and healthy by eating and not dieting, “The Neuropsychology of Weight Control” became a world-wide success selling over 1.2 million programs. Thousands of testimonials flooded SyberVision and Dr. Fisher's BYU laboratory. (To read some of the inspiring testimonials CLICK HERE) (www.GetLeanNow.info/LDS/index.html)

Studies Successful Weight Losers & Refines Original “The Neuropsychology of Weight Control” Course

In an effort to make the program even better, Dr. Fisher wanted to study those people who succeeded on the program to learn how they applied the principles of "The Neuropsychology of Weight Control." So, SyberVision went back to the 1.2 million buyers, surveyed and interviewed thousands. Soon a profile of significant and lasting weight loss emerged.

And that new knowledge was applied to “The New Neuropsychology of Weight Control” which was recently published and is available at http://www.getleannow.info./LDS/index.html

Knowledge + Realistic Goals + Correct Eating + Moderate Exercise + Plan + Self-Motivation = Success

The New Neuropsychology of Weight Control” program starts by educating you on how your body, metabolism and “fat thermostat” works. With this knowledge you then analyze your current level of body fat, how much fat you must lose to get to your ideal weight (based on 15% body fat for men and 22% for women) how long it will take you to achieve it (in weeks and days) and the specific day (i.e. December 21, 2016) you can expect to achieve your goal weight.

Once you have set your goals, you are then instructed in what type of moderate exercise (i.e. walking) you need to do to develop lean muscle tissue (where fat is burned) and what types of food you need to eat to fire and lower your fat thermostat. The program then provides you with a variety of meal plans (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks), recipes and shopping lists.

You are then given a 12-week “blueprint” to implement and walk you through the program until it becomes a life long habit. Chapters are also devoted to helping you learn how to motivate yourself and stay motivated so you can successfully start and stay with the program until it becomes a force of habit.

The Key to Success is Independence, Not Dependence

The focus of “The New Neuropsychology of Weight Control” program is to give you, step-by-step, the knowledge, skills and tools you need to start and stay with a positive weight control regimen until it becomes a permanent part of your life. You’re always in control and not dependent on diet companies that promote weight loss by near starvation and deprivation.

Everyone who is struggling with their weight and who wants to desperately break free of their bondage become vulnerable to celebrity pitches of easy and quick weight loss. When you hit rock bottom and feel like you’ll be overweight for the rest of your life you’re especially vulnerable and desperate.

So desperate that you’ll spend up to $400 a month to have popular taste-compromised, pre-packaged, dehydrated portion-controlled foods delivered to your door every month. Many companies who are selling diet products or meal replacements want you to become dependent on them.

Everybody knows someone who has successfully lost weight using these methods but when they stop getting food shipped to their door or stop attending meetings they gain the weight back plus some and weigh more than before they started the diet dependency program.

Food is Medicine to Heal Your Body and Fuel Your Dreams

“The New Neuropsychology of Weight Control” gives you the tools you need to get off of the yo-yo dieting dieting merry-go-round and avoid the isolation of trying to maintain a diet that is restrictive and unrealistic. You’ll think of good food as medicine to heal your unhealthy body and fuel to power your dreams.

Two Choices: (1) Diet and Get Fat or (2) Eat and Be Lean

If you’ve been telling yourself "One day I’m going to do something about my weight” then this is your moment of truth.

When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off you have two choices. One choice, low calorie dieting, miracle pills, powders and potions – things you know don’t work.

When you think about it, the other choice, eating plenteous amounts of healthy, wholesome food, makes sense and it’s the way the Creator of our bodies to work and dmeant it to be.

Dr. Fisher believes that if you’re ever going to lose weight and keep it off you’ll eventually have to adhere to the principles found in “The New Neuropsychology of Weight Control.”

From his decades of experience in helping thousands of overweight people transform their lives, to Dr. Fisher ,there’s only one way. And, that way is detailed in “The New Neuropsychology of Weight Control.”



(1) To get more information about “The Neuropsychology of Weight Control” course go to http://www.getleannow.info./LDS/index.html. LDS Living readers receive a 50% discount.

(2) With “The New Neuropsychology of Weight Control” to determine how much weight you have to lose you must first determine how much body fat you have.

SyberVision will calculate your current level of body fat for FREE. On the online calculation form (CLICK HERE for Women’s Form) (CLICK HERE for Men’s Form) you simply enter your weight, height and the circumference of your abdomen, neck, and hips.

From this, your percent of body fat, your lean body mass, your ideal goal weight, how long it will take you to achieve it, and the exact date you can expect to be at your ideal weight from the day you start “The New Neuropsychology of Weight Control” is instantly calculated.

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