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Contributed by: Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, and Nina Frusztajer Marquis, MD of The Serotonin Power Diet

Use Your Brain's Natural Chemistry to Cut Cravings, Curb Emotional Overeating, and Lose Weight

No Willpower Needed!

Do diets make you cranky? Do you crave sweets and starches? Do you overeat when stressed or worried? Have you gained weight as a side effect of your antidepressant medication? Are you ready to effortlessly lose 2 pounds of pure fat each week?

The Serotonin Power Diet
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, it's time to harness the power of serotonin.

Serotonin is the body's "feel good" brain chemical. It increases feelings of well-being and calm - and it also turns off the appetite. Eating your favorite starchy and sweet snacks, in carefully calculated amounts and at specific times, causes your body to increase its natural serotonin production, turning off your appetite. The result? Easy and painless weight loss.

These are just some of the snacks you'll enjoy on The Serotonin Power Diet!

  • Biscotti
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • Crackers
  • Fig Bars
  • Graham Crackers
  • Granola Bars
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Mentos Pita Bread
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Rice Cakes
  • Toaster Waffles

For more than 30 years, Dr. Judith Wurtman, PhD, has researched the connection between the brain, emotions, appetite, and overeating. Now, for the first time, she and Dr. Nina Frusztajer Marquis, MD, present The Serotonin Power Diet, their clinically tested program for safe and effective weight loss.

By prompting the body to produce additional serotonin, the brain's "feel good" chemical, The Serotonin Power Diet curbs appetite and targets emotional overeating. In addition, this user-friendly guide includes:

Twelve-Week Program. For readers who are looking for close guidance, this week-by-week guide removes guesswork from the program.

Troubleshooting Guide and Frequently Asked Questions, based on the questions and experiences of hundreds of successful clients at Adara Weight Loss Centers founded by Dr. Wurtman and Dr. Marquis.

More than 75 Delicious Recipes. Including Potato Pancakes, Corn Burritos, Sushi Rice Salad, Pasta with Meat and Mushroom-Tomato Ragu - this is comfort food at its best.

Stop the deprivation and start losing weight with The Serotonin Power Diet!


The following is an excerpt from the book The Serotonin Power Diet
by Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, and Nina Frusztajer Marquis, MD
Published by Rodale; January 2007; 1-59486-346-6
Copyright © 2006 by Judith J. Wurtman and Nina Frusztajer Marquis


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 sweet or Vidalia onions, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 ounces jarred tomato sauce (optional: low-sodium variety)
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon raisins or dried currants
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Ground black pepper


Coat a skillet with cooking spray and heat over low-medium heat. Add the olive oil and onions and sauté until soft, about 8 minutes. Remove the onions from the skillet. Add the coriander, cumin, and cinnamon to the skillet and sauté for 1 minute.

Return the onions to the skillet; add the tomato sauce, broth, raisins or currants, and bay leaf; and cook for 30 minutes or until the sauce is thick and the onions are very tender.

Remove from heat and remove the bay leaf.

Stir in the sugar and season with pepper to taste.

Reprinted from: The Serotonin Power Diet: Use Your Brain's Natural Chemistry to Cut Cravings, Curb Emotional Overeating, and Lose Weight by Judith J. Wurtman and Nina Frusztajer Marquis © 2006 Judith J. Wurtman and Nina Frusztajer Marquis. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold or directly from the publisher by calling at (800) 848-4735.


"Make no mistake, the brain controls behavior. Now, finally, there is a guide to dietary behavior that can help control the brain. The Serotonin Power Diet is the answer to weight control and managing your mood while you do it. I have already started to restructure my own diet following the advice of these professionals I know I can trust." --Paul A. Spiers, PhD, clinical neuropsychologist, assistant professor, Boston University School of Medicine, visiting scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, has been recognized worldwide for decades of pioneering research into the relationship of food, mood, brain, and appetite. Dr. Wurtman received her PhD in cell biology from MIT and took additional training as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in nutrition/obesity. The author of five books for the general public, she has written more than 40 peer-reviewed articles for professional publications.

Nina Frusztajer Marquis, MD, received her master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University and her medical degree from George Washington University. Her articles on weight, stress, and lifestyle have appeared in numerous publications. With Judith Wurtman, she founded the Adara Weight Loss Centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives, and in Boston, where Dr. Wurtman resides.

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Serving Size: Makes 1 Serving

Nutritional Information: Per serving: 108 calories, 3 g protein, 20 g carbohydrates, 2 g total fat, 4 g dietary fiber, 18 mg sodium

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