Gut Reactions

Gut Reactions
Gut Reactions

Gut Reactions

The Science of Weight Gain and Loss
By Simon Quellen Field


256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, PDF, EPUB

Trade Paper, $17.99 (US $17.99) (CA $23.99)

ISBN 9781641600002

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jan 2019)


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A straightforward review of the science of weight gain and loss for health-conscious readers sick of fad diets
How much do you really know about how the human body works and how it reacts to food, exercise, nutrition, and the environment? While most people have read about at least one fad diet, they're left wondering about the greater biochemistry, psychology, sociology, and physiology of the obesity crisis in the United States.             Gut Reactions by chemist Simon Quellen Field shows readers how their bodies react to food and the environment and how their brains affect what and how much they eat. It reveals why some diets work for some people but not for others, based on genetics, previous weight history, brain chemistry, environmental cues, and social pressures. It explores how dozens of hormones affect hunger and satiety and interact with the brain and the gut to regulate feeding behavior. And it explains the addictive nature of foods that interact with the same dopamine and opioid receptors in the brain as cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, and nicotine.             Whether you're looking to lose weight, put on muscle mass, or simply understand how your metabolism or gut microbiome impact your food cravings, Simon Quellen Field has the scientific answers for you. 


"Impressively informed and informative." --Midwest Book Review

"a good book for those who want to understand the science behind obesity." --Manhattan Book Review

Author Biography

 Simon Quellen Field is the author of Culinary Reactions, Why There's Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste, Boom!, and Gonzo Gizmos, and is the creator of the popular website He lives in Northern California.