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‘Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show’ Episode 354: Dr. Terry Brown Explains The Sleep Connection To Obesity

Posted Apr 23 2010 3:28pm

Most people who desire weight loss are already aware of their need to make some basic changes in their diet and exercise habits. These are elementary concepts for most people, but there are other areas that can directly impact your desire to shed the pounds. One of them is sleep and the various conditions and disorders that exist which could be preventing overweight and obese people from dropping weight. Today’s podcast interview guest is a sleep specialist who uses low-carb diets with patients to help them bring down the weight and get restful sleep.

In Episode 354 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from sleep expert and bariatric physician Dr. Terry M. Brown from the Murphysboro, IL-based Sleep Medicine Associates at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital to share about the interconnection between sleep and obesity–and it’s a lot more related than you might think! Listen to him discuss his “accidental” foray into studying sleep, why he uses low-carb diets with his patients, why cheese is his preferred food for low-carb dieters, what is wrong with low-fat diets, why dietary fat is necessary for proper neurological function, his slight concerns over possible kidney disease on low-carb diets, a Cornell study on eating habits and calories, how low-carb has personally helped him lose body fat, his “limited supper” concept, the most common sleep disorders people deal with, how CPAP helps improve insulin resistance, the engorged fat cell connection to insomnia, whether low-carb diets lead to vivid dreams, the “nocturnal eating disorder” where someone eats in the middle of the night and not remember it, why people crave carbohydrates instead of protein and fat, what supplements are great for sleep, the negative impact of light on the sleep cycle, the connection between a lack of sleep and weight gain, and whether he’s working on any studies looking at low-carb diets and sleep. Dr. Brown is quite articulate and reasonable in the way he presents his ideas and is easy to listen to. ENJOY!

There are three ways you can listen to Episode 354:

1. Listen at the new iTunes page for the podcast

2. Listen and comment about the show at the official web site for the podcast

3. Download the MP3 file of Episode 354 [46:27m]

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FINANCIALLY SUPPORTING THIS PODCAST! If these twice-weekly podcast interviews from the most provocative and thought-provoking diet, fitness, and health experts have helped you in any way over the past few months and years, then help us keep it going by clicking on the DONATE button on the official podcast web site . We love making these exclusive interviews available to you at no charge so that the positive low-carb message can get out there to the people who need to hear it the most. We are so grateful for your generous donations of any amount so we can keep this going all throughout 2010 and well beyond. I have a fantastic group of fresh new expert interview guests lined up for your listening enjoyment and can’t wait for you to hear them! Go to PayPal.com and you can give your gift to the e-mail address livinlowcarbman@charter.net. Your continued financial support and listenership is essential and we THANK YOU so very much for your support!

How did you like what Dr. Terry Brown had to say about sleep and obesity? Give us your thoughts in the show notes section of Episode 354 . Visit the CertifiedSleepSpecialist.com web site to learn more about the work Dr. Brown is doing with patients regarding sleep and their weight. Coming up on Monday we’ll have Adam Kosloff from the newly-formed Why-Low-Carb-Diets-Work.com will tell us about why he decided to create this web site after reading Gary Taubes’ Good Calories Bad Calories. Then on Thursday we’ll hear from Melissa Diane Smith , author of the book Going Against the Grain: How Reducing and Avoiding Grains Can Revitalize Your Health , to discuss the negative impact of grains on health. If you think you already know why grains should be avoided, then you might want to tune in to hear some surprising information from Melissa. It’s all coming up next week on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

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