Master your Metabolism - Jillian Michaels
I just finished and will likely reread sections again. This is not a diet or weight loss book per se. The diet section is 1 chapter and is not too much really original (vs. clean eating or southbeachprekraft) and probably covered in much more detail in her other books.
Super clean eating - all organic meat, dairy and produce. All real food, no processed foods, no artificial sweeteners etc. Limited caffeine.
Some protein, carbohydrates and fat at every meal
Good carbs and fats
Only specific difference from other diets is specifically 3 meals ONE snack (as opposed to 3/2 or 3/3)
The bulk of the book is a discussion on the different hormones, how they affect your energy, metabolism, hunger etc and what drives them. How they work together. How imbalances in one can lead to imbalances in the other.
A lot of discussion on environmental toxins as endocrine disrupters. (some in the - well I cant live in a bubble category - and can we make that a glass bubble please)
What was most interesting to me were the various whole foods that could either support or disrupt the various gland functions. I've just been diagnosed mildly hypothyroid and insulin resistant (by both an MD and a naturopath) and adrenal fatigue (naturopath only) and am just starting to explore how I am going to go about treatment. As a whole food junkie the concept of using food to heal is good. (who knew that crucifers were hard on a compromised thyroid? Why did I discover this the day my CSA delivered a cabbage the size of a beach ball?)
Some of the book is quite alarmist in nature. Overall I found it an interesting read and would recommend it to someone who was in the situation I have been in the last 6 months. (Felt like crap, no energy, doctors telling me nothing is wrong, illness after illness for months on end, weight gain beyond what should be possible given the food intake & exercise )
It isnt a good read if all you are looking for is a diet or exercise book and it isnt a good read if you are not open to the organic detoxify your life concept. I'm good with organic and limit my plastic but I dont know that I am going to change my eyeshadow or moisturizer.
I do question how much science is behind a lot of the claims but on the other hand NOT doing some of these things hasnt worked for me.
Lost successfully, maintained successfully. Followed by a whole lot of setbacks and obstacles. Starting over with the knowledge gained before.
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