Well Being

The Hormone Diet: Why Hormone Balance = Lasting Weight Loss

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Imagine exercising daily and counting calories, only to have your belly fat and love handles grow bigger and bigger. The more you strive to meet your goal, the farther you are from achieving it. It’s the always shocking, incredibly frustrating, unsuccessful dieting phenomenon. And it happened to me. After being diagnosed with hypothyroidismn and PCOS while pursuing my degree in naturopathic medicine, I realized that I wanted to uncover and successfully treat the culprit behind so many ailments today–ranging from mood swings to stubborn weight loss, PMS and even certain cancers–hormonal imbalance, or as I see in many patients, imbalances.

My intense efforts failed because they only served to make my hormonal imbalance, the true underlying cause of my weight gain, worse. Unbeknownst to me, I had a deficiency of thyroid hormone lurking in the background. The imbalance only worsened because the physical stress associated with excessive caloric restriction and over-exercising actually increased the negative impact on my thyroid hormone deficiency and further slowed my metabolism. After this experience, three points quickly became very clear to me. First, weight loss is by no means only about calories in versus calories out; hormonal balance needs to be added to the equation. Second, hormones are very powerful substances that influence many aspects of our health and well-being. And third, the level of one hormone impacts another, which confirms the need to think big picture when it comes to weight loss.

Through my years of clinical practice, I have gained a much clearer view of the real big picture. Exploring the interrelationship between our hormones and so many functions in the body, I began to realize that a step-by-step approach needed to be followed in order to restore total balance and long-term health. I knew that veering from this course would make lasting results next to impossible. I also knew my approach would not necessarily be the quickest, but it would be the most effective. I developed a new equation for weight loss that takes my approach, years of research and patient trials into consideration to achieve lasting results:

Hormonal Balance + (Calories Taken In – Calories Burned) = Lasting Fat Loss

And so The Hormone Diet and later The Supercharged Hormone Diet were born. Both books became national bestsellers upon their release and it really is a testament to how many people are suffering with hormonal imbalances—despite doing everything right. My multifaceted approach to thyroid treatment has helped me garner a listing as a “Top Thyroid Doctor” on www.thyroid-info.com. But my approach to hormonal balance goes far beyond treating thyroid patients. In fact, I consult with men and women of all ages and various types of health conditions who wish to restore their wellness naturally—without the use of drugs or surgeries—and focus on prevention.

My second book, The Supercharged Hormone Diet, guides the reader through the foundation steps we all must take to begin to restore hormonal balance.

This means first starting with a focus on detoxification of the liver and digestive system—the two primary organs necessary for the proper breakdown and removal of hormonal waste— and learning how to sleep properly. (There are actually specific rules for sleeping to promote hormonal balance, and when you follow them, it creates an amazing fat-burning process.) Readers also learn to remove food allergens that raise stress hormones, decrease the ability to lose weight and cause water retention. And, they even learn to remove causes of hormonal disruption lurking in the kitchen, bathroom and even the bedroom. At the end of the 30 days, each reader then will identify their remaining signs of hormonal imbalance after the foundation work is done (in many cases these 30 days is all that is required to make a total fix!) and graduate from the Supercharged 30 day program then, with their own prescription for restoring hormonal balance as certain foods, supplements, bio-identical hormones or lifestyle suggestions are provided for each hormonal imbalance that may have been identified by the profile. At the end of 30 days you walk away with a personalized prescription for hormonal health.

Someone once told me that the best motivation for living healthfully is to develop a chronic disease. Believe me, I’ve been there, witnessed family members in the same position and I don’t want this to be your motivation to take charge of your health. Instead, I wish to inspire you to take complete responsibility for your health and continue to provide tools that enable you to get back in balance and achieve lasting wellness.

DR. NATASHA TURNER is North America's leading naturopathic doctor and founder of the Clear Medicine Wellness Boutique in Toronto, Canada. She is also the author of the #1 bestselling book, The Hormone Diet, which is based on her successful clinical approach for creating hormonal balance to gain strength, lose fat and live younger longer. Her second book, The Supercharged Hormone Diet, became a #1 national bestseller on its first day of release in Canada.

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