The three most popular diets for weight loss nowadays, which have you tried?
Ketogenic diet, or keto diet, eating low carbohydrate and high fat.
Carnivore diet, eating only meat and other animal products.
Intermittent fasting, eating only within a strict timeframe, or on certain days.
I’m the kind of person who enjoys eating so much but at the same time very lazy. So clever of me, I choose intermittent fasting. I fast totally for one day per week, successfully keeping my BMI perfectly normal.
There is another diet plan coming into the public sights called the hormone diet. The diet holds the view that people struggle to lose weight because their hormones aren’t working properly, and through this diet and proper exercise they can manipulate or “reset” their hormones.
Many books have been published talking about the hormone diet. Although vary in some points, the books agree that the key to weight loss is by correcting perceived hormonal imbalances in the body.
Why “hormone” diet?
Admittedly, hormones play an important role in our body, from digesting food to helping bones grow. They are actually a regulatory substance produced in an organism and transported in tissue fluids to stimulate specific cells or tissues into action.
In one of the books supporting hormone diets, a three-step program, said to help people lose weight, gain strength, and feel younger, is introduced. Step one and two focus on changing nutritional habits, and step three concentrates on exercise.
According to the author, you need to “detox” your body in order to lose weight. To detox, you should remove foods like alcohol, caffeine, sugar, red meat, cow’s milk and milk byproducts (cheese or yogurts) from the diet in step one, and at the same time intake more fruits and vegetables, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products from sheep and goats, and plant milks.
In step two, you must then cut out processed foods, artificial sweeteners and refined grains. Then in step three, you are involved in cardiovascular and strength exercises.
Does it work?
The hormone diet recommended in this book is not bad nutritional advice. But in terms of “hormone manipulation,” it hardly does any effective work. The key to weight loss applying this diet is still calories control instead of hormones changing.
Weight loss is achieved by creating a calorie deficit, not by “resetting your hormone balance.” It’s unlikely that you can manipulate your hormone levels or modify your hormone balances through diets like the book suggests. In fact, changes in hormones in our body are usually caused by serious health conditions.
The best approach to weight loss may varies from person to person, but ultimately, a health lifestyle with less junk food, fat or alcohol, and more fish, vegs and fruits is the key to keep a normal waistline and BMI figure.