Hungry for Answers about Weight Control? New Study of Why We Overeat Finds Hunger Decreases With Healthy, Plant-Based Diet

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Study published in the Nutrition Journal, by Joel Fuhrman, M.D., family physician and nutritional expert, redefines 'hunger' and the causes of overeating and obesity. The study corroborates Dr. Fuhrman's experience with patients that a diet rich in micronutrients and void of processed foods actually reduces hunger and eliminates painful physical symptoms related to hunger, allowing people to lose dramatic amounts of weight and maintain their weight loss, thus preventing and reversing chronic illnesses.

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We now have in our hands the tools to combat the rising epidemic of obesity . . . and to reverse chronic diseases that steal the quality of life of millions of people.

A new study published by Joel Fuhrman, M.D., in Nutrition Journal reveals for the first time ever that people who follow a diet high in micronutrients feel less hunger overall and suffer less discomfort from hunger, even when they consume fewer calories.

The research corroborates Fuhrman’s observations through working with patients over the past 20 years: patients who switch to a high micronutrient density diet are better able to lose and control their weight, thus preventing cancer and reversing such illnesses as heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune disorders.

“The results of this study argue for nothing less than a complete re-evaluation of our definition of human hunger and the causes of over-eating and obesity,” said Fuhrman. “A diet containing foods rich in micronutrients and phytochemicals from leafy green vegetables, fruits, seeds and legumes not only contains fewer calories than a diet mostly from processed foods, meat and dairy products, but actually reduces hunger and eliminates painful physical symptoms related to hunger, allowing people to lose dramatic amounts of weight and maintain their weight loss.”

The study bears out Fuhrman’s clinical experience in working with patients at his medical practice in Flemington, New Jersey. Through the dissemination of his nutritional program via his books and website, DrFuhrman.com, Fuhrman has helped thousands over the past two decades lose weight and overcome debilitating disease by guiding them to change their eating habits.

(For examples of Dr. Fuhrman’s success stories, visit http://www.drfuhrman.com/success/success.aspx)

Fuhrman carried out the study with a team of research scientists who analyzed data gathered through a survey of 768 people who were following his high nutrient recommendations.

Nutrition Journal is a peer-reviewed, online medical journal that focuses on nutritional science, and encourages scientists and physicians to publish results that challenge current models, tenets or dogmas.

Fuhrman’s new study, entitled “Changing perceptions of hunger on a high nutrient density diet,” does just that - it challenges the definition of hunger contained in medical textbooks and scientific literature.

According to Fuhrman, the sensations that most people associate with hunger, such as fatigue, headaches, irritability, and stomach cramps, are actually symptoms of withdrawal from a diet lacking in needed nutrients. When individuals switched to a diet high in micronutrient density, the discomfort and severe hunger symptoms went away, allowing them to subsist on fewer calories and control their weight effectively, the study found.

Nearly 80 percent of participants reported that their experience of hunger had changed after switching to the high micronutrient density diet for at least one month., Fuhrman said little research has been done regarding the origins and roots of human hunger, and the study points to the need for increased funding to study this important area of nutritional science.

“We now have in our hands the tools to combat the rising epidemic of obesity in the United States and throughout the world, and to reverse chronic diseases that steal the quality of life of millions of people,” Fuhrman said

About Dr. Fuhrman

Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board–certified family physician, author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. His best-selling books include “Eat to Live,” “Eat for Health,” and “Disease -Proof Your Child.”

Dr. Fuhrman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has received awards for providing nutritional education to physicians. Doctors of all specialties attend his conferences and are granted continuing education credits approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

As one of the country's leading experts on nutrition and natural healing, Dr. Fuhrman has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, Today, Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, and TV Food Network. Joel Fuhrman is a former world-class figure skater and member of the United States World Figure Skating Team. At DrFuhrman.com he offers a supportive membership where he answers people’s medical, health and nutrition questions from clients all over the world.

He lives in Flemington, New Jersey with his wife, Lisa, daughters, Talia, Jenna and Cara and son, Sean.

Read study here: http://www.nutritionj.com/content/9/1/51

Fuhrman J, Sarter B, Glaser D, Acocella S. Changing perceptions of hunger on a
high nutrient density diet. Nutr J. 2010 Nov 7;9(1):51.

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