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Robin Phipps Woodall is the founder of the Mind:Body HCG Method. She is a pioneer for new theory, presses for new research, and has applied the hCG protocol as a foundation for behavioral change. She educates doctors, clinics, and participants on how the hCG protocol works with her method. As a survivor of an obsessive-compulsive eating disorder, she shares her tangible wisdom that she's combined from her education and experience to help others struggling with food, diet, and exercise additions.
Robin has been in the health and fitness industry since 1997, and has observed thousands of participants through Dr. Simeons hCG protocol. Robin received her Bachelor of Science in the field of Exercise Science from Boise State University.
There are no words to express how grateful I am for this book. I have done numerous rounds of the hCG protocol, went from 210 pounds to 127 pounds, and maintained my losses fairly well until a vacation hit, or a holiday, or a birthday, or any and all excuses we make for ourselves to "celebrate" with food. I have struggled over the last 2 years gaining and losing my last 15-20 pounds over and over again. This book explains the viscous cycle of emotional eating in a clear and simple way. It explains exactly how the hCG hormone works with the 500 calorie diet to tap into the body's fat stores for fuel without cannibalizing lean muscle mass, and any "tweaking" done to the diet or even a small cheat can cause disastrous hormonal repercussions. hCG is hormone replacement therapy, used in combination with a very strict diet to utilize the body's leptin levels, fat mobilization, metabolism, and thyroid response. I am blown away at how many times the "light bulb" went off in my head, explaining HOW and WHY this protocol works so well. I am forever changed and know I can finally reach my weight-loss goal and maintain for life. This book is a must-read... whether you are new to the hCG protocol or not. Thank you, Robin!
Robin Woodall has done the public more of a favor that I think she realizes. Or at least let's hope as many people buy this valuable, intelligent, well researched, yet user friendly and accessible book as possible. The contents of this book have been well discussed and the basics of the book are fairly straight forward: Woodall presents her experience with Dr. Simeon's famous hCG diet published in book form in 1967 and seeing that the wise and innovative Dr. Simeon's died before he could complete his work, Woodall takes up where he left off and supplies that information about the overall importance and methods of interpreting the hCG diet to physicians and to the lay public.
The focus of the book is not the hormone effect of injecting hCG on a daily basis - something that has caught on with the public with good results since Dr. Simeon published and treated patients. But Woodall takes this hormonal manipulation of the hypothalamus in addition to the Very Low Calorie Diet that must accompany the treatment protocol, shows how the hCG really works, introduces the fat produced hormone Leptin and demonstrates how the level of leptin in the blood stream sends signals as to satiety or hunger in an intricate interaction among hypothalamus and thyroid and the source of energy being utilized. As she states, 'As blood leptin levels rise, and leptin increases in the brain, the hunger center of the brain deactivates, communicating to the conscious mind you have adequate fuel, and diminishing the urgency to eat. On the other hand, if leptin levels decline, the same hunger center senses a decline in food, and activates and communicates to the conscious mind an increased urgency to eat.'
If you are planning the protocol, you want this book in your lap. It is worth the money. The hardcover book is printed with the finest plant-based ink on acid-free paper.
The author, Robin Phipps Woodall, is an intellectually curious personal trainer with a degree in exercise physiology. Many years ago, Woodall's sister, a registered dietician, had already been doing the protocol for a week, when she first told her sister, the author, about it. Although skeptical from the very start, Woodall soon approached the protocol with scientific scrutiny. She read "Pounds and Inches" and was very impressed.
According to her book, Woodall found a doctor willing to prescribe hCG, then found six willing participants among her exercise clients, and proceeded to accumulate physiological data from them, before and after the protocol, to measure the effects that the protocol had on them. She measured: cardiovascular endurance on a treadmill; blood pressure; resting heart rate; flexibility testing; push-up and sit-up endurance; bench-press strength; two different body-fat assessments, as well as circumference measurements.
This book is the first book that I could find that explicitly attempts to explain (with the latest understanding of metabolic functions) how the hcg protocol works. However, the book really excels in specifying how we can better prepare ourselves for success with the hcg protocol.
Woodall does not alter the original protocol, but goes further. She explains in the book, that she has personally guided hundreds of hcg protocol patients. So she seems to have picked up where Simeons left off, with his untimely death, shortly after he published the original manuscript of "Pounds and Inches.Read more ›
This book is so helpful for anyone considering using the hCG protocol! But, it is also helpful for anyone who wants to get control of their emotional or dysfunctional eating which is causing weight gain! The new scientific research shows why the protocol works as well as why the old approach of counting calories doesn't. This book focuses on changing our behavior towards food because without doing this, weight loss, while doing any diet, will always be temporary. This book offers hope for anyone who has struggled with excess weight whether it is ten pounds or hundreds of pounds. Thanks Robin, for bridging the gap between Dr Simeons' outdated observations of the hCG protocol and the modern science of how it works. Thank you also for your knowledge and experience on emotional eating and the solutions to ending it once and for all! I hope that many people in our gluttonous culture will experience improved health and quality of life as a result of utilizing the tools described in your book! This is a must read for anyone!
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