The Model Health Show

From our performance and concentration to our mood and decision-making skills, hunger can impact our lives in a myriad of ways. And at a time when the diet industry and processed food manufacturers are profiting billions of dollars per year, the basic human function of hunger has become a commodity. The good news is, there are real, evidence-based tools we can use to take control of our biology, overcome cravings, and stop excessive hunger.

My friend Dr. Amy Shah is a double board-certified medical doctor and nutrition expert who takes an integrative and holistic approach to helping folks live healthier lives. She is one of the most knowledgeable experts in the emerging fields of circadian medicine and gut health. In her new book, I’m So Effing Hungry, she outlines how to utilize natural biological processes to combat overeating and food cravings.

On this episode of The Model Health Show, Dr. Shah is back to share the latest studies on hunger hormones, how processed food hijacks our natural hunger signals, the role psychobiotics play in driving cravings, and so much more. What I love about Dr. Shah is her ability to convey her deep understanding of science and medicine in a straightforward and approachable way. Please enjoy this interview with the brilliant, Dr. Amy Shah!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What the hunger-obesity paradox is.
  • How processed food consumption contributes to feelings of hunger.
  • What neuropeptide YY is, and the role it plays in satiation.
  • The role gut bacteria play in dictating your hunger and cravings.
  • What hunger hijackers are.
  • The link between mental health and ultra-processed foods.
  • What the bliss point is.
  • The connection between ultra-processed foods and dopamine.
  • Main distinctions between hunger, cravings, and appetite.
  • How the neurological pathways of cravings work (& how to change them)!
  • The rising rates of mental health conditions.
  • Why the human body is cyclical, & what chrononutrition is.
  • How the hunger hormones ghrelin and leptin work.
  • What leptin resistance is.
  • The incredible science of psychobiotics.
  • Dr. Shah’s professional opinion on obesity medications & GLP-1 agonists.
  • How to incorporate dopamine and serotonin-rich foods into your diet.
  • The link between sunlight exposure and satiety.

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