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Women, Weight and Hormones: A Weight-Loss Plan for Women Over 35 Hardcover – August 27, 2001
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Vliet (Screaming to Be Heard: Hormone Connections Women Suspect... and Doctors Still Ignore) is the founder and director of HER Place, which has several medical centers specializing in hormone evaluations for menopausal women. Very detailed and somewhat overwritten for women just interested in losing weight, her second book presents an array of information on hormone found in the body. Vliet explains how estrogen and progesterone levels change and interact at midlife to slow female metabolism, which may lead to weight gain. But, she argues, a combination of hormonal balance, healthy eating, exercise and improved self-esteem can reverse this pattern. Before Vliet gets to the cornerstone of her "meal action plan" (MAP), which will interest many women, the reader must plow through complicated explanations of the biological changes that occur before, during and after menopause. Vliet believes that women should be tested for hormone levels in their 20s and 30s, so that these baseline results can be used to adjust levels at midlife to prevent excessive weight gain. (She advocates hormonal supplements based on individual need.) Based on her daily dietary recommendations of 35% protein, 30% fat and 35% carbohydrates, Vliet provides 14 days of MAP meal plans. Although much of her diet and exercise advice will be helpful to overweight women, her hormonal plan, advocated at HER Place centers, is complex and theoretical.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Why do women seem to have a harder time losing weight than men? Why is it even more difficult as we age? Is losing weight really as simple as eating less and exercising more? Yes and no. Vliet (Screaming To Be Heard), a physician specializing in women's health and preventive and climacteric medicine, here describes the different hormones that affect women before and after menopause. Some estrogens produced before menopause are largely unavailable in hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Too much estrone and not enough estradiol or imbalances in progestone, testosterone, and thyroid can result in weight gain, depression, and other difficulties. Vliet discusses the popular HRT drugs and weight-loss programs that fail to target these imbalances or make them worse. After describing the various hormones in detail with case histories, she recommends a battery of blood tests to pinpoint one's chemical profile, a consultation with a doctor (preferably an endocrinologist) to achieve the right balance, and a diet and exercise plan to take advantage of the better physiological climate thus engendered. Although this book is too technical for most lay readers, Vliet's thesis contains a core of good sense that might well benefit motivated readers. For libraries serving an educated clientele. Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
and be knowledgeable about the symptoms of a hormone imbalance. I wish I would have read this when I was in my 20's. The transition into my late 30's would NOT have been so difficult because I would have understood what was happening to my body. Every women should read!!!