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From Belly Fat to Belly Flat: How Your Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waist and Subtracting Years from Your Life -- the Medically Proven Way to Reset Your Metabolism and Reshape Your Body Paperback – November 27, 2007
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Even if dieters have cut out the cheese pizza and ice cream, losing that extra fat around the middle can prove frustrating, especially for those over 30. Author and doctor Randolph (From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well), along with women's health expert James, asserts that much of the blame can be placed on estrogen. A three-pronged approach to reverse the trend, resulting in additional weight loss, involves eating foods to balance one's hormone levels (primarily cruciferous vegetables, citrus and fiber); using a natural, topical progesterone treatment (naturally, he suggests Dr. Randolph's Natural Balance Cream); and taking seven key dietary supplements, including a range of vitamins, a "calcium-magnesium combo" and DHEA. The importance of exercise and physician visits are acknowledged but not discussed ("When You Will Need a Doctor" is essentially two paragraphs about getting one's hormone levels checked). The month's worth of meal plans provided are generally tasty, healthy dishes such as Cauliflower Crab Cakes, Pickled Beets and Grilled Salmon with Dill and Lemon; that said, Randolph's bold assertions and self-promotion give the book an infomercial feel that compromises an otherwise medically sound diet.
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Middle age is dreaded by many as all too often people can't seem to lose that little extra weight that comes with achieving the age 40+. "From Belly Fat to Belly Flat: How Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waistline and Subtracting Years from Your Life" will explain exactly why this happens to so many people, and more importantly, how to remedy it. It has less to do with carbs and calories says C.W. Randolph, a physician who has treated more than 100,000 women for their hormonal imbalance issues over the year, and more to do with hormones. "From Belly Fat to Belly Flat: How Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waistline and Subtracting Years from Your Life" will teach readers how to self-diagnose their estrogen dominance problems, everyday culprits that will mess with your hormones, and vitamins that support and hinder your hormonal balance. "From Belly Fat to Belly Flat: How Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waistline and Subtracting Years From Your Life" is highly recommended to women approaching middle age everywhere and for community library health shelves.
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First, the good. Once I had their creams I stopped synthetic hormones one day and went on the creams the next. I never felt a twinge, plus I began sleeping better for the first time in years. So, I highly recommend Dr. Randolph's creams. (Previously when I tried to stop synthetics I developed the equivalent of "PMS-run-wild", so I always went back on.)
As for the supplements, I began taking them all and my BP went up. I called the Institute to ask if there could be any interaction with blood pressure, but I received no response. So, I backed off and started again taking one supplement, then adding another, etc. It appears the 7-Keto caused the problem, so I cut the pills in half.
After 5 months I was sleeping better (I believe it's the hormones, not the supplements) but hadn't lost an ounce, in fact I'd gained a pound. Thinking I must have a really screwy metabolism, I decided to sign up for their saliva hormone test and evaluation. The lab they used sent a very good report with recommendations, however I was disappointed in Dr. Randolph's staff's evaluation. The young lady I spoke with did not have, thus had not looked at and evaluated the extensive questionaire I filled out for the lab, nor had she seen the thyroid test results I'd faxed from a recent physical. Basically she parroted the book's recommendation on supplements. I got no new information except to try gradually increasing the 7-Keto and the statement "it takes time." Having spent $250 for the lab test and evaluation, I was right back were I started. Randolph's group gave me no new information unless I came to Jacksonville, Fl and saw Dr. Randolph as a patient. (I do not fault the lab, their report was more useful than the Institute's "evaluation.")
Well, I've been at this for 5+ months. I sleep much better but no weight improvement. Anyone with high blood pressure should certainly be careful. I recommend Dr. Randolph's hormone creams for anyone wanting to painlessly get off synthetics, but I'm not sure about the rest of the stuff. Of course, I may have a very different metabolism.
Finally, the disclaimer on all of these medical books to "consult your physician" is worthless. Few medical schools stress drug interactions, much less interactions with herbs and vitamins. My doctor, whom I love, told me he didn't have a clue. He didn't put it that way, but I knew what he meant and respected his honesty.
I'm going to give it a few more months (use up all of those supplements!) but if there's no improvement by then, I'll stop the supplements and hopefully can taper off hormones all together with the creams. I'll report back if I start losing weight!
It would be helpful if a list of holistic doctors around the country were listed or even if he gave more direction as to what to look for in a doctor. I think the average person needs more direction than is offered in this book to help get diagnosed and treated.You shouldn't have to simply order the products that he provides and trust that you are indeed estrogen dominant.
Overall this book has some great information, great recipes, and great advice as to how to live a healthy long life. I would recommend it to any peri-menopausal or menopausal woman to read and follow.
I love how low the price was even if it was used, it was shipped fast and the package
was nice, in excellent condition.
The recipes are excellent for me because I juice!
So very helpful in my case!
I would recommend this book to any one looking to aide in the reduction for the belly department.