The Hormone Diet
The Hormone Diet claims that being overweight is caused by your imbalanced hormones. Dr. Natasha Turner explains in her book the reasons these hormones affect weight, stress, lagging libido, sugar cravings, belly fats and health issues. Her diet plan involves a 2-week detox and consuming Mediterranean foods and added supplements. By doing these, you will lose excess weight but gaining more nutrients to your body.
This diet is somehow similar to the Mediterranean diet. There are 3 phases during the 6-week diet.
- Phase 1 – 2 week detoxifying – exercise, nutritional supplements and detoxification
- Phase 2 – avoid foods like fructose corn syrup, non-organic meats, non-organic coffee, fish with high mercury levels, raisins, peanuts and dates, refined grains, artificial sweeteners, processed foods, foods with nitrates like cured meats, chocolate and peanut butter
- Phase 3 – more on physical and mental wellness through exercising and strength training.
Doing the Hormone Diet also helps your entire health. It’s important to eat foods that are organic and nutritious. You will be able to manage stress, get enough sleep and feel healthier.
For balanced hormones, here is a list of what to eat;
- Clean protein (quinoa, beans, lentils, wild caught fish…)
- Antioxidants (dark greens like spinach, cabbage, kale, cilantro; brightly colored vegetables like red cabbage, carrots, onions, tomatoes; starchy vegetables like spaghetti, beets, turnips squash)
- Hormone-balancing healthy fats (coconut oil, avocados, raw butter/ghee, nuts, seeds, egg yolks)
- Healing herbs and spices (cinnamon, cayenne, cumic, garlic, ginger, turmeric)
The only downside of this diet is supplement-dependence. You will need to take a lot of supplements for the period of the first phase. It’s harmful to your health as they might interfere with medications or bring out some allergies. Losing 12 pounds in 2 weeks is detrimental and unlikely.
- Comparison of diets — a complete list
- About the Mediterranean Diet, something similar
- About nutritional supplements