Dr. David Ludwig: Food Addiction & Why Will Power is Not Enough – #272

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Why you should listen –

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD is a practicing pediatrician and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. He holds the rank of Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ludwig is Founding Director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children’s Hospital, one of the country’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary clinics for the care of overweight children. David comes on Bulletproof Radio to discuss food addiction, will power, and how to hack hunger. Enjoy the show!

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What You Will Hear

  •      0:00 – Ting
  •      1:57 – Cool fact of the day
  •      2:55 – Welcome David Ludwig
  •      6:28 – Food and hormones
  •    18:00 – Why you need calories
  •    29:00 – Hacking hunger
  •    32:20 – Snacking
  •    38:00 – Gluten: Good grains vs. bad
  •    46:28 – Tracking symptoms
  •    54:39 – Standing desks
  • 1:03:19 – Politics
  • 1:05:43 – Top 3 recommendations for kicking more ass and being Bulletproof!


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By Dave Asprey

  • WOW what a great discussion! I already know eating in a Bulletproof way works but to have Dr Ludwig’s research as well is ammunition for the naysayers that they (surely) cannot refute. Not sure I will add any grains to my diet though but the point about grains to feed the burgeoning world population is valid.

    I have not had a food craving since I started bulletproofing about 13 months ago – as a bonus I lost 13 kg and it has stayed off without ever a thought for calories while I eat a delicious high fat food everyday.

    Thank you Dave, thank you Dr Ludwig!

    BTW I find that Bulletproofing has actually reduced my food bill even if some individual items are more pricey: no wastage, I only buy what my body needs, no ‘fancy’ (and expensive) food that I bought to satisfy some craving is found moldering in the back of the fridge or pantry, or eaten for zero gain.

  • Dustin Foster

    Absolutely loved this podncast baught the books while listening. Ludwig is doing exactly what needs to be done to help all of us get the word out that society is on a slippery slope in health and foods and has the science to back it up.

    Bulletproof all the way! ?

  • Michael Padula

    Great podcast but not fond of polyunsaturated oils… other than fish oil. Flax oil is rancid by the time the conumer gets it.

  • Bianca

    Great podcast, but… Are we serious about advertising a cell phone plan?!

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  • Kymber Maulden

    LOVE this episode! I see this as an especially important conversation for those that have – have a history of – disorderly eating. I’m a nutritionist and health coach and I struggled for years with an eating disorder, thinking my will power was just broken! Now that I aim to help others heal from chronic issues, I keep getting resistance from those that don’t want to trigger an eating disorder or even a relapse. They’re afraid of focusing too much on their diets, so they just choose to suffer with daily symptoms which make their life really hard to manage. We need a SERIOUS paradigm shift in this culture!