What is the hormone diet?
The term hormone diet was culled from the book Hormone Diet by Dr. Natasha Turner, a naturopathic doctor. The hormone diet focuses on hormone fluctuations which is believed to affect a person’s weight negatively. The hormone diet also focuses on other factors that may trigger weight gain as well as other adverse health conditions.
The hormone diet is designed to last for six weeks. It synchronizes your hormones and promotes your body’s health through exercise, diet, detoxification, and nutritional supplements. It regulates the kind of food you eat while also notifying you of the right time to eat to ensure that your hormone benefits maximally from it.
The first phase of the hormone diet involves a detox process. This lasts for two weeks. At this phase, you must avoid grains that contain gluten, cow-milk based dairies, plenty of oils, caffeine, sugar, peanuts, alcohol, red meat, artificial sweeteners, and citrus fruits. Foods that may be eaten during this period include vegetables, gluten-free starches, and grains, beans, seeds and nuts, most fruits, fish, poultry, eggs, soy, dairy from goat or sheep, plant milk, and certain oils. You will also take nutritional supplements such as anti-inflammatory products and probiotics during this phase.
In the second phase of the hormone diet, you will incorporate some of those foods back into your diet. You will also observe your body’s response to these foods. It is, however, important to note that the diet recommends that you avoid “hormone-hindering” foods. These include fish that contain a lot of mercury, high fructose corn syrup, non-organic meats, non-organic coffee, dates, raisins, peanuts, and dates.
You’ll also have to get rid of manmade foods from your diet. Foods in this category include:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Processed foods
- Refined grains
- Nitrate-rich foods such as peanut butter, chocolate, and cured meats.
The third phase of the hormone diet emphasizes mental and physical wellness through strength training and cardiovascular exercise. The second phase of the diet plan also continues into the third phase.
What does the hormone diet promise?
Well, this diet claims to be the first that emphasizes the importance of hormonal balance among all the hormones that influence weight. It also explains the habits that can boost fat burning using hormones. These habits include:
- Stress management
The hormone diet is designed to help you lose up to 12 pounds in just the first phase. This includes your water weight. It is designed to help you lose at least 2 pounds each week after the first phase, without calorie counting.
What are the pros and cons of the hormone diet?
This diet emphasizes weight loss and general health. It encourages the intake of natural foods that are rich in nutrients. It also encourages regular exercise. Emphasis is also placed on adequate sleep, stress management, and emotional health.
A major downside to the hormone diet is that it places a figure on the amount of weight that a person would lose. The truth is…it is very unrealistic for a diet to recommend a 12-pound weight loss in two weeks…unrealistic and unsustainable! Like other diets, this may result in weight regain.