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What Are You Hungry For?: The Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being and Lightness of Soul

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What do you crave?

For many of us, sugary treats, fatty meals and high-calorie snacks are impossible to resist. And yet, reaching the bottom of the biscuit tin rarely leaves us feeling satisfied. What if we are actually hungry for something much more fulfilling?

In this groundbreaking new book, bestselling author and endocrinologist Deepak Chopra unites the latest scientific
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by Rider (first published January 1st 2013)
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Cindy Heaton
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book has a lot of good information in it. I especially liked the chapter on eating in the Ayurvedic way and the entire second half is about mindfullness in your life and I liked that as well. As for weight loss? Chopra is saying that if you look to your inner self to find out why you eat out of boredom or anxiety and if you fix that the weight will come off easily. He writes a little on meditation, but there are better resources for that. I mostly read this to bolster my beliefs on the food ...more
Christina
Feb 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to count this as part of my books read for the goodreads challenge, since I skimmed through parts of it. However, since I did read more than I skimmed I would still like to rate it.
There was nothing new in this book. I have read hundreds of books on nutrition, dieting, eating issues over the years , so when I do pick up a book on the subject I'm looking for new ideas, or perhaps something I had not thought of. ...won't find that here. The premise is that if you eat when you're not
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Elyse
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book, it really opened my eyes. Such simple tips, that have worked for me so far. I never realized how I have been going through my life completely unconscious. Amazing how just tuning in for a few days has made such a difference. I highly recommend this book, and I think everyone can take away something from this book.
Lucy
Feb 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very boring dreadful Audio Book. I have not gained none to much knowledge that I already know of. Often it seems an advt. of "Chopra center". Pretty much all food were listed at one time or the other and are deemed bad !
Deb
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** Beyond belly hunger **

Are you using food to try to satisfy hungers it just can’t fill?

As humans, we all have basic desires for feeling: safe, secure, nurtured, loved, appreciated, and meaningful:
“If you have filled these needs, food will be just one delight out of many. But countless people turn to overeating to substitute for what they really want. It becomes a game of switch-up, and they often don’t see what’s happening. Is that the situation you find yourself in? Here are some common ind
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Pauline
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author reads this book. He focuses on why we eat when we are not hungry. It takes a lot of mindfulness to follow this approach.
Mehrsa
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a decent intuitive eating book--geared more toward a plant-based diet. pretty good advice
Cari
You know, I am always looking for the thing that will finally break through for me and fix my unhealthy relationship with food forever, which is exactly why I purchased What Are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul by physician and spiritual guru Deepak Chopra. I definitely think that the mind-body-spirit approach to weight loss is the way to go, which is what he really tries to drive home in this book. He makes several references to Ay ...more
Carly Ellen Kramer
While this book is a bit redundant at times, especially if you've read other Chopra books, there are bits of new and useful wisdom sprinkled throughout. The recipes at the end of the book are a delightful bonus!
Kirtida Gautam
Dec 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chakra-1
A much, much better book on this topic is Prime by Kulreet Chaudhary.
Becca
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is very similar to the Intuitive Eating book I read last year. The underlying principles are to honor hunger and fullness cues and to examine what you're really hungry for when you reach for food. It's not just, "What do I really feel like eating right now?" but what is the metaphorical hunger I'm trying to fill? Do I actually need excitement? Connection with a friend? Meditation? There are a lot of really great points here about how trauma overrides our natural cues, and that's where this ...more
Janice
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I loved most about this book were the nuggets of wisdom. So much so that I am listening again, own in hand, to take notes to create a booklet of inspiring mantras to visit often that remind me that my journey to health is first and foremost a study of my emotional self. We hunger for many things - not only food. Yet we often try to feed all hungers with food. I found the actual food suggestions a bit precious - not everyone has access to the types of foods he promotes. And the notion of thr ...more
Joy
Jun 17, 2020 marked it as stopped-reading-unfinished  ·  review of another edition
This really didn’t work for me. I didn’t think he said a whole of new stuff, yet it was filled with airy-sounding narrative. I guess I can see how some people might like this, but nothing resonated with me. He also named his approach after himself (The Chopra Solution), which rubbed me the wrong way.
Stacye
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have long admired Deepak Chopra. I've read his books, listened to his lectures, and participated in his guided meditations. When I heard he had written a "diet book", I couldn't wait to buy it, and I was not disappointed. Dr. Chopra, as you would expect, combines dietary advice with spiritual teachings. Because of this, I believe "diet book" to be a misnomer. I think this book is more a lifestyle book. Chopra relies heavily on Ayurvedic practices which I find too strict to follow on a budget t ...more
Cyn
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
this book turned out to be a weight loss coaching book. it s quite a shock as I thought Deepk Chopra is a phylosopher. The only part I like is the chapter talking abt Lightness of Soul. overall it s quite commercial.
Amy
I listened to this book on CD. I made it through disc 3, where he starts talking about meal plans and I thought "sweet, I got this." Then I realized there are 8 discs! I couldn't take 5 more discs talking about meal plans. That probably wasn't what is on those last 5 discs, but I gave up.
Ren
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
Only health book I've read this has actually helped me. I feel like I understand stand food for the first time, and it has helped me kick habits i didn't understand before. I recommended it to everyone!
Michelle
Jan 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I try but I just cannot get into this man's books. I listened to the Audio version of this book and his narration was dreadful. Maybe I missed the spiritual train. Not for me.
Douglas Gibson
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can not recommend this book enough! If you are interested in self-improvement, this book is amazing. Deepak works to help you come to more self awareness by being more present in your life.
Bazza Al-Khayyat
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When psychology, spirituality and biology are combined to set a healthy lifestyle ..
worth reading. .
Annie
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book randomly at a bookstore while exploring San Francisco. While I'm not overweight, I have been struggling to lose the 15 pounds that I gained in college. If I had to count the years, the vicious cycle of binge eating and exercising/dieting has stuck with me for almost 7 years now. Every time I step onto the scale and see no change, I beat myself over my "lack of discipline." I was starting to loathe who I am and how weak I have been.

Thanks to the first part of the book, I'm
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Ajeet D.
This was hard to finish. I’m not sure how something published in 2013 feels so insanely outdated, but it does. I feel like Chopra, with experience as an endocrinologist, is both risky and misguided to the point of causing harm with his recommendations that include soy and wheat. Both of these are incredibly harmful to the majority of those patients who suffer from thyroid (or autoimmune) disease, which is a hefty portion of the American population/his targeted demographic. Obviously many health ...more
Eric
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second audiobook and unlike a diet book, Chopra examine food and eating in the context of one's whole life. He points out that many of us, this reader included, use food to fill the other gaps found in our life. I know, without Chorpa's words, that I find great comfort in a pizza or a trip to McDonald's, especially when I feel that the world is not fair or when an expectation goes unmet.

Food should not be a substitute for anything. Food plays a role in our lives and that should be the focus. Hi
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Joanne Greene
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Amberle
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was a good read - I listened to the audiobook and I am rethinking this decision. I want to actually read this book because he gives a lot of questionnaires for yourself to answer/reflect on and this type of exercise for me is difficult by audio.
He raises some excellent points but I don't think all of it applies to everyone with weight issues and is almost simplistic if applied to everyone. There are sad cases out there in which people have genuine genetic issues with metabolizing and fats. So wi
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Erin Reilly-Sanders
Although I felt that this was worth reading, this was far from one of my favorite books. The author reads it himself and proceeds about it in a bit of a monotone. Unfortunately his expertise and enlightenment sometimes comes across as patronizing and occasionally accusatory despite his expressed desire to genuinely help. I also had difficulty staying engaged with the text but also felt like some pieces were rich enough to want to read more than once. I'd recommend going into this book with the e ...more
Deirdre
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Mixed messages Now I'm not the biggest fan of Depak Chopra and I honestly think he simplifies things a bit too much. He mentions Ayurveda and from what I have read he's considered a bit of an expert in Ayurveda and he only mentions one type of diet from that culture, while, from a lot of the reading I've done, your Dosha affects your diet and what spices work for you etc. He seems to be saying that because all of this works for him and a few people like him that these are universally applicable ...more
Lucy B
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-wellness
This was my first book that I read from Deepak Chopra. My mom loves his writing and encouraged me to pick up one of his books. Being a lover of nutrition, I grabbed this one and popped it open. I immediately loved it. I found it easy to follow and learned a lot about my spiritual body and how it relates to food (something many nutrition books neglect to even mention). This book sparked my interest in Ayurveda, so I followed it with the novel Ayurveda: Ancient wisdom for modern wellbeing if you a ...more
Naomi
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I may have to add this book to my personal library. There were a lot of condensed data and examples that I thought useful. I have also heard some of the same information on the podcast TMHS and to have some of that data in a book format. I would like to reference the information. I also enjoyed the topic of Ayurveda the was discussed from time to time in the book.
I also like to mention the 'stress free' approach of how the author discusses permanent weight loss, because yes the topic can be so s
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Iza Brekilien
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why do we eat too much ? Why do we sometimes crave that or that kind of food and can't seem to keep our hands off it ? Just to feel guilty after having given in.
In this book, Deepak Chopra answers with common sense and a general approach. We eat because we're missing something, because we're overseeing other things. He gives us ways to try and make our lives better so that we won't have to compensate with food.
I absolutely loved that book and took my sweet time reading it. I especially enjoyed r
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