The hormone diet not only helps in losing extra pounds, but it has a positive effect on maintaining the body’s vitality as well.
Dr. Michael Aziz has spent eight years studying the secrets of different diets and finally he wrote his findings in his book The Perfect 10 Diet: 10 Key Hormones That Hold the Secret to Losing Weight and Feeling Great-Fast. He established that the key to the loss of excess weight is the balance of hormones. Hormones are the ones to control our body’s processes and to determine whether the food we eat would be stored in the body or spent. Popular diets that almost completely forbid to consume fats and carbohydrates are only upsetting the hormones and don’t work in the long term.
Dr. Aziz promises dramatic changes, if we just stick to the right nourishment regime. In the first three weeks it’s possible to lose up to seven pounds.
The problem is caused by carbohydrates, not by fat
The real cause of obesity is the excessive consumption of carbohydrates, not fat. Therefore, we should eliminate sugar and all products that contain sugar, industrially processed foods and foods labeled “dietary”. We can leave on our menu eggs, cheese, seafood, poultry, whole-wheat products and brown rice, fruits with low glycemic index and large quantities of vegetables.
The hormone diet has three phases:
- FIRST PHASE
It lasts three weeks. The objective of this initial phase is a rapid loss of weight as we can lose from three to seven pounds. The menu includes nuts, seeds, fish, eggs, milk,…
Food that should be avoided: the one that contains caffeine, artificial sweeteners, corn, grain and alcohol.
Breakfast: yogurt with berries, oatmeal
Lunch: grilled fish, two cups of cooked spelt, salad of fresh seasonal vegetables
Snack: orange, a handful of nuts
Dinner: roast chicken breast, a big bowl of mixed salad
Besides our adapting to the diet, it’s recommended that we go for an hour walk every day. The results will be seen sooner, if we choose to do some aerobics or weight-lifting training as well.
- SECOND PHASE
In the second phase we must be persistent until we reach the desired weight. We can keep on the menu all foods that were allowed in the first phase and we can add also brown rice and small quantities of products from whole-wheat flour. Occasionally is permitted a glass of wine too.
Food that should be avoided: white sugar and saturated fat.
- THIRD PHASE
The last phase may turn into our eating habits in which we should include a sufficient amount of whole grains. If sometimes we enjoy desserts it’s ok as well.
The hormone diet advocates the intake of whole grains and carbohydrates with a low glycemic index. It distinguishes between healthy and unhealthy fats. Taking into account this nutritional regime can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and reduce cholesterol levels. In the first few weeks it may occur the feeling of tiredness, due to decreased intake of carbohydrates.