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Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body! Hardcover – April 7, 2009
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Michaels (Making the Cut; Winning by Losing), the strength trainer for television's The Biggest Loser, here addresses the influence that hormone balance—affected by estrogen, insulin, testosterone, cortisol, epinephrine, leptin, and others—has on weight loss. Various internal and external influences can cause hormones to over- or underproduce, resulting in not only weight gain but serious illness. Michaels's plan emphasizes natural foods, organically grown and unprocessed. She describes which foods affect which hormones and how plastics and pollutants in our air and water and additives in many different products can also cause imbalances. She makes a good case for not using bioidentical hormones. Michaels claims that most prescription drugs should be eliminated but does recommend doing this under a doctor's supervision. This generally responsible program is bound to be popular with the public. Not an essential purchase, but a good one if you need this type of material.—Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH
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JILLIAN MICHAELS, best known as a strength trainer and life coach for the NBC hit series The Biggest Loser, is the author of the bestselling Making the Cut and Winning by Losing.
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The diet itself is pretty self-explanatory, it focuses on whole grains, unprocessed and organic foods. If you live in a big city, and make okay money, you can make the diet work for you. If you don't... you may run into issues. My biggest problem with the book was the sample diet in the back. The suggested portions and calories were really low. I also think her rule of not eating after 9 p.m. to be unrealistic. I think this is more of a psychological thing than she might be admitting.
I still think this is a worthwhile diet book and intro to organic eating. But, as Jillian says... you have to do the work, nothing comes for free.
Before reading this book I had some bad eating habits--I used to drink plenty of diet coke and used a lot of artificial sweeteners, and I never read the ingredients on foods since I didn't know what ingredients to avoid. Jillian Michael's book helped me with that.
For those people who think this diet is too expensive or too difficult, I would just try as many of her recommendations as you can. For instance, my guess is that switching to whole grains, avoiding junk food, eating more fruits and vegetables, and getting rid of sodas and artificial sweeteners alone will probably result in some weight loss for most people.
I am giving it 4 starts instead of 5 because it does have a bit too much information sometimes and I have to confess I skipped over several sections because I was getting bored.