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The Good Mood Diet Really Works!

Studies Confirm It!

I wrote The Good Mood Diet in early 2007. It is based on my research that one needs to incorporate a definitive number carbohydrates into a diet in order to lose weight and KEEP IT OFF! In The Good Mood Diet, you alternate protein meals with pure carbohydrate snacks and you keep your Serotonin levels high and your Dopamine levels at an energetic level. I have seen countless women and men lose weight and FEEL GOOD.

Now….A new study has verified the role of carbs in a successful weight loss plan BECAUSE they keep your mood elevated. According to a study in the Nov. 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, a “conventional high-carbohydrate, low-fat weight-loss diet was shown to have more positive effects on mood compared to the very low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet." Dr. Ewald Horvath, interim chairman of psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said the study was the first "to show both long-term weight loss and improved mood."

For the new study, overweight and obese adults, who averaged 50 years old, were randomly assigned to one of two diets—a low-calorie, low-carb, high-fat plan or a high-carb, low-fat diet—for one year. Both diets restricted calories to about 1,433 to 1,672 a day.

A year later, average weight loss was about the same in each group: 30.2 pounds. However, those on low-carb diets were in considerably worse moods affecting all those around them. Mood was measured via questionnaires measuring anxiety, depression and anger.

Most studies on diets focus on pounds lost and kept off, but, as I have said over and over, I believe that mood must be considered. Why? Anything that adversely affects mood can affect your ability to maintain weight loss, your relationships, and your happiness factor.

"More carbs can increase serotonin concentrations in the brain, whereas added fat and protein can reduce concentrations. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter involved in elevated mood and contentment.

"Altered mood has been shown to influence interpersonal behavior and, therefore, the consumption of a very low-carbohydrate diet may have psychosocial consequences for interpersonal behavior and relationships," said Grant Brinkworth, co-author of the study. "one of the factors that may pose risk for poor long-term weight maintenance may be 'eating in response to negative emotions and stress.'"

So, What have I been saying? The Good Mood Diet Works! Most people find diets to be stressful. The Good Mood Diet is not. In fact, most followers feel wonderful. And that is what I want for YOU! And now, mainstream medicine seems to agree.

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Barbara A. Hoffman,
author, The Good Mood Diet