Stephan Guyenet on The Neuroscience of Weight Gain

Welcome to the second episode of the Better Movement Podcast. I’m very excited that my good friend Stephan Guyenet agreed to be a guest. Stephan is a neuroscientist who studies obesity, especially the role of the brain in regulating body fat. He’s also an expert in the diets and health of non-industrial populations such as hunter-gatherers.

Stephan received a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Virginia, and did a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington, where he did original research that has received more than 3,000 citations. He's the author of an excellent book called The Hungry Brain, which was positively reviewed in the New York Times. Stephan is also the author of the amazing Whole Health Source blog, a senior fellow at Give Well, a reviewer at, and the founder and director of Red Pen Reviews, a website that provides free reviews of popular nutrition books to assess their scientific credibility. Stephan lives here in Seattle so we get to chat over beers from time to time.

In this podcast we talk about the diets of hunter-gatherers, the true cause of the obesity epidemic (no, it's not sugar), how to get your kids to eat broccoli, my severe addiction to dark chocolate, and the role of the brain in weight regulation.

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