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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743272811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743272810
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeremy Groll, MD, is an OB/GYN reproductive endocrinologist specializing in the treatment of infertile couples. The recipient of numerous prestigious national awards for research, he currently serves as the chief, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Lorie Groll is a freelance writer and manages an Internet-based health and nutrition company.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By K. Levin on June 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
The gist of this book is that insulin resistance--a condition that can be pre-diabetic, and a condition that can be MODERATED BY PROPER DIET--impedes fertility. The book describes that problem and proposes a solution.

I am not a fan of all the low-carb diets that have been popular these past few years. Luckily, this doctor doesn't seem to be an extremist. His suggestions are to balance carbohydrates and protein, both throughout the day and AT EVERY MEAL, thus avoiding insulin surges. He also prescribes eating something at the end of the day (bedtime) in order to avoid a "starvation" period of more than 8-9 hours.

According to his charts, if I were to try to use his system to lessen my insulin resistance (and, based upon his research, become more fertile), I would be expected to eat about 92 grams of protein and 92 grams of carbohydrates per day. He also gives a goal for fat grams. While I don't recall what mine was, I noted that it was comparable to what a standard weight loss diet would suggest.

To compare with a "normal" diet range for my height/weight (from a diet/fitness site I subscribe to):

PROTEIN -- 92 g (Groll) -- 30 to 136 g (my diet)

CARBS -- 92 g (Groll) -- 135 - 252 g (my diet)

I am not a nutrition expert to evaluate this professionally, but it doesn't seem too extreme to my reading of the numbers. I also recall that, during my pregnancy (in 2003), my doctor and our Bradley method childbirth instructor advised me to eat at least 80 g of protein per day. I believe that a higher protein level is frequently advised for pregnancy, so it could be relevant to fertility as well.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By SK on July 23, 2006
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The main disappointment with this book was the lack of actual meal plans and recipes. Nearly 2/3rds of the book is given over to advice about exercise, emotional health, etc-- good stuff, but also stuff that's covered better in several other well known books. There are really only a few pages given over to how to actually eat. This plan is also based on Atkins principles, and though it is much more flexible and reasonable, it would be quite difficult to follow for vegetarians and veggie friendly options are not provided by the authors. This book is mainly of interest to women with PCOS who need more general lifestyle information. Women with endo and other issues, or people who are looking for more concrete nutritional info, meal plans, etc should look to the Healing Gourmet book on fertility. It has a similar approach (to insulin resistance) but provides concrete suggestions for meal planning.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marina V. on July 8, 2007
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It is a very good book which, in very simple terms, explains how this nutrition plan works. I have PCOS and this book makes me hopeful that I may be able to control my condition without serious medication. I certainly would recommend this nutrition plan before trying Metformin. I was surprised how quickly the plan worked: I saw improvements in my symptoms within weeks after starting the plan. In fact, I have so much more energy and feel so much better that I would want to stick to this way of eating indefinitely. I only wish there would be more and better receipes in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arminta Ward on May 29, 2009
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I am a patient of Dr Grolls and purchased the book for more details on the eating/insulin resistance reduction plan he proposed. The plan is not extreme, but it really does help reduce insulin resistance. If you have PCOS or other insulin resistance this is definitely worth looking into as a lifestyle change.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charliesmom on February 23, 2011
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I bought this book three years ago after reading a review of it in Chatelaine magazine. Normally, I think these kinds of books are bunk, but after 3 years of trying to conceive, I was desperate to try anything that I thought might have even the slightest chance of working. I followed the diet to the letter, and I mean to the letter--I did everything I was supposed to do. The book suggested that many women who try the diet begin ovulating within two months; almost eight weeks to the day I started the diet, I was pregnant. I had a beautiful, healthy baby boy who will turn two next month.
I can't say enough about this diet--it's definitely worth trying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey VINE VOICE on May 26, 2010
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I was expecting a book about which foods boost fertility and which foods inhibit fertility. What I found in this book was a diet and exercise program for optimizing fertility. This disappointed me because I did not want a program, just knowledge about food related to fertility.
I will say it does have some good information, even if you are not following their plan. I'm not sure how the plan works, since I have not tried it.
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