For the last twenty years, this Harvard-MIT educated physician has helped thousands of women address the root hormonal causes of what bothers them most: excess weight, lack of energy, aging, and illness. Going beyond her bestselling The Hormone Cure, this program is the next generation of her deep understanding of hormonal optimization for rapid weight loss.
When these hormones misfire, your body adjusts by changing their levels, a fluctuation that ultimately slows down the metabolism, causing you to store fat every time you eat instead of using it as fuel to energize you. When your metabolism is broken, you get fatter no matter what you do—especially after age forty—and can eventually develop insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, and even dementia.

When it comes to weight loss, most people don't think about hormones. But when you develop resistance to your seven major metabolic hormones—cortisol, thyroid, testosterone, growth hormone, leptin, insulin, and estrogen—your body adjusts by increasingly raising your hormone levels and ultimately slowing down your metabolism. And a slower metabolism leads to weight gain and difficulty losing weight. The solution, Dr. Sara Gottfried contends, is to reset the efficiency of your hormones by repairing and growing new hormone receptors.
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This is a book that every MD that treats women should read. It is research based, and provides a exceptional explanation of the interaction between allergies and hormonal imbalance. Since many MDs tend to write-off women's complaints, or are just too lazy to do the research to know and understand how to treat them, we need to develop a better understanding of our bodies, particularly those pre or post menopause. Dr. Hotze is a good writer and an exceptional doctor. He also makes a wonderful case for actually listening to his patients and not just basing everything on testing - which may not show the real medical issue. I think we have all had the experience of experiencing a set of ongoing symptoms, but because the blood test didn't show anything, the doctor writes you off and goes no further. This book is worth the read.
The concept of eating your carbs early in the day, with the intention that you will have a better chance of burning them off, could actually be setting you up for cravings all day long. Eating a starchy carb, like potatoes or beans early in the day will cause more cravings later in the day, so I suggest you only eat one carb in your last meal. Eating carbs later in the day is proven to raise our serotonin levels, a "feel-good chemical" in our brain, which helps us sleep, and sleep is one of the most important fat-burning activities.

Developing personal self-confidence, choosing the right doctor for you, walking out on the wrong ones with impunity and making the right choices will add up to great health care with you at the center. Follow the plan and the facts and change your life and that of your loved ones. Life is to be enjoyed not feared. This book will put enjoyment back into your life and remove the fear and intimidation from your healthcare.

At the time, I was a student and I assumed that the diet and exercise program I was following wasn't strict enough, long enough, or strenuous enough. Naturally I decided that I simply needed to do them both--harder. So, in desperation I added more cardio sessions and further reduced my food intake. The result? I gained another 5 £ds on top of the 20 I had already piled on. How could this be?

Since hormones control our appetite and stimulate metabolism, achieving and maintaining hormonal balance plays an essential role in achieving lasting fat loss. Yes, diet and exercise are important. But the lasting solution must also include sleeping well, conquering inflammation, detoxification, optimizing digestion, limiting stress and introducing supplements or natural (bio-identical) hormone replacement. All of these factors influence our hormonal activity--and, ultimately, our weight-loss success--in truly dramatic ways.

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Fortunately, between my own training and self-education, I’ve learned how I can manage my imbalance naturally without the aid of medications and other treatments. Many people are not that fortunate and require medications and treatments and while this post isn’t specifically for you, these books may still help you learn some new ways you can help take care of yourself in a way that promotes healthy hormone levels. This post is mostly for those who think they have an imbalance but haven’t been able to be diagnosed, and for those women who are tired of feeling “off” and not knowing what is wrong with them. Chances are regardless of what other issues you might be dealing with, wonky hormones are not helping the situation.
Tami Meraglia, MD, known as “Dr. Tami” to her patients and fans, is double board certified in integrative and natural medicine and aesthetic medicine. She is the medical director of the Vitality Medical Clinic in Seattle, Washington and serves on the advisory board of Douglas Labs, one of the largest medical grade nutraceutical companies in the United States, where she contributes to research and education.
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Going through menopause doesn’t mean you stop being sexy. Author Staness Jonekos, who has gone through it herself, wants women to know they can fight the belly bulge and loss in libido. It may take some work with diet and exercise, but it’s still possible to wear what you want and feel good in your skin. “The Menopause Makeover” provides diet and exercise tips specifically designed for your needs during menopause.
Another book by Dr Gottfried, this is a great book for people who need to have a plan laid out for them to follow. Where her previous book specifically tells you how to treat specific problems, this book teaches you how to “reset” your hormones in order to achieve a balance, and in the process lose weight. Many people consider weight loss a matter of calories in verses calories out – which is true if your hormones are balanced.

I only really have two complaints about the book: One, his explanation of iodine-deficiency in hypothyroidism. Like much of the medical community, he holds to the belief that you only have iodine-deficiency if you have a goiter, otherwise that isn't the cause of your problem. But a goiter is at the extreme range of iodine deficiency, and there is a lot of room for dysfunction before then. Other medical experts say that your thyroid alone needs 3mg consistently to be fully saturated and functional. There is no way you are getting that much in the standard American diet, even with iodized salt. Not even remotely. Contrast that with Japanese people who get about 13 mg a day! Iodine is not to be feared and treated like a trace mineral. It is absolutely vital to the whole body, not just the thyroid.
i'm sad this was promoted as being helpful for hormonal imbalances whereas really this is just a poorly written, poorly cited and not very effective diet book. if you were eating fast food and processed/refined things prior to following this diet, it might help you to clean out your system and lose weight but this is absolutely not a hormone reset and has very little if any merit to the science of the approach. i can tell you it hasn't worked for me so far, i'm 14 days in, and i'm following it to a T and have spent hundreds on all the extra suggested supplements.
Conservative cardio workouts are also recommended – about four times a week for 30 minutes. The idea is not to overdo it, since excessive calories combined with overexercising only increase the negative effect on a thyroid hormone deficiency, which slows down metabolism. Interval training is recommended over long endurance training. So exercise gently, and gradually make strength training part of your routine, which will maintain the muscle that you are building.
For many of us, we have our first baby, things may be fine, we have anther, OK a little harder, not getting the weight off, experiencing weird allergies NEVER before had, we're exhausted, constantly tired and cranky but our family is beautiful and isn't this the life of a young mom? We get through the baby/toddler stage but things don't change, they worsen. We're trying to exercise and eat well but heavier than ever, feeling unhealthy, exhausted, drained, frustrated and defeated, sad and lonely... borderline depressed. It's hormonal - we know this and we tell ourselves this. But Doc says "this is normal, it's part hormonal and part that you have A LOT on your plate, it's just a phase, things will get better,... aaaannd then you'll hit menopause!" he says this as he chuckles trying to make you feel better. Then Doc pulls out his script pad and you leave with `xyz' to help you sleep, and `xyz' to help your moodiness, and `xyz' to help with energy. I'm not saying we have bad docs, they have years of good traditional training, but much of it is now habitual diagnosis - - we need to be more informed on what our choices are. THANK YOU Dr. Hotze for informing me!!! This book is life changing!

Bestselling author and naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner returns with a follow-up to her phenomenal #1 bestselling first book. An instant bestseller, The Supercharged Hormone Diet gives us the information we need to get our hormones back on track — in thirty days flat. The Hormone Diet taught us the ins and outs of how and why our hormones play the biggest part in our weight-loss woes — a valuable resource and diet guide to our hormones and how they affect our health. US News listed The Supercharged Hormone Diet 32nd on the Best Overall Diets overall. 
This phase incorporates some of those foods back into your diet while paying attention to how your body responds to them. However, the diet recommends an ongoing avoidance of “hormone-hindering” foods. These include high fructose corn syrup, fish with high mercury levels, non-organic meats, non-organic coffee, raisins, dates, and peanuts. The full list is in the book “The Hormone Diet.”

Just recently, I saw three different patients who felt desperate and didn’t know what was wrong with them. One, a single high-school English teacher, was experiencing premenstrual syndrome (PMS) for the very first time at the age of thirty-nine. She complained of cramps, headaches, and other symptoms, and she felt bewildered by this new turn of events. Another patient, forty-two years old, felt guilty about how often she kept “losing her cool,” after priding herself on being a patient, calm wife and mother. “This isn’t me,” she insisted. The third woman, forty-five, a successful business executive, was experiencing profound fatigue for no plausible reason. “I used to be a ball of energy. I don’t understand what’s happened to me,” she said.


I didn't buy this for the "lose weight" aspect of it, I bought it for the hormonal information. I actually thought there was nothing more I could learn about balancing, etc. but what I learned in this book was priceless. I've trouble with my thyroid and have been trying to deal with it w/out medication and what I learned in this about the connections was so helpful.

For many of us, simply learning about what is actually supposed to happening down there can help us figure out what is going wrong. It’s somewhat shocking and embarrassing how many women have no idea what the stages of their cycle are, what happens during each one, and why it’s important to have a regular cycle (if you are not on a birth control medication or have an IUD or something that may alter the naturally occurring cycle).
Finally, a doctor who addresses more than just treating the symptoms! Dr. Gottfried does an excellent job explaining various hormonal imbalances, why they occur, how they affect women, and provides practical solutions to fix them. She includes a comprehensive questionnaire to help you learn if you have a hormonal imbalance and what type (thyroid, high and/or low cortisol, low progesterone or estrogen, high androgens).
Erika Schwartz, MD is the leading authority on hormone supplementation in wellness and disease prevention. In The Hormone Solution, Dr. Erika shares her successful, proven program to help women of all ages prevent, reduce, or even eliminate the symptoms of hormone imbalance naturally. To date more than 100,000 people have read and successfully followed DrErika’s programs.
When I first got my pager, I was so excited. Somebody was telling me that a patient was very sick, and there were all those issues to be dealt with. I turned to the nurse and said, “You’d better call a doctor.” She said, “You are the doctor.” At that moment, I realized the responsibility I had stepped into in this long white coat. Throughout my residency, I never got over the stress of being on call.
I loved this book and found it to be very informative. I have read quite a few books on balancing hormones but found this one to be more complete as it addresses many different aspects of weight loss and hormone balancing, not just the use of bio-identical progesterone cream. It describes how hormones are affected by stress, depression and ageing, and offers natural and alternative homeopathic solutions, creams, and mind body techniques to bring hormones back into balance.
You may have already heard of my good friend, Harvard-educated doc, and bestselling author Dr. Sara Gottfried MD. If you haven’t, she is about to change your life. Dr. Sara is an expert who understands that hormonal imbalances are behind your belly fat and low energy. She has a brand new book that can reset your metabolism, rebuild your confidence, and end your emotional roller coaster ride in just three weeks—yes, 21 days.

So, if we now know this as the new formula for fat loss, then surely we need to start thinking about all the factors that upset our hormonal balance and, therefore, ultimately make us fat. But I'll tell you a secret before we get into a discussion of the eight most common fat-packing hormonal imbalances and the reasons why we are fat. This program fixes them all.


Since hormones control our appetite and stimulate metabolism, achieving and maintaining hormonal balance plays an essential role in achieving lasting fat loss. Yes, diet and exercise are important. But the lasting solution must also include sleeping well, conquering inflammation, detoxification, optimizing digestion, limiting stress and introducing supplements or natural (bio-identical) hormone replacement. All of these factors influence our hormonal activity--and, ultimately, our weight-loss success--in truly dramatic ways.
It's an easy to understand book, with very practical solutions to balancing hormones. Dr. Gottfried recommends lifestyle changes and supplements before attempting pharmaceutical solutions. I really like that approach. That said, it's difficult to self-diagnose using just her questionnaires. As she explains, if your root cause is low progesterone, it can cause excess estrogen in parts of your cycle. You could be treating high estrogen, when the root cause is low progesterone. Without testing, you ...more

When it comes to weight loss, most people don't think about hormones. But when you develop resistance to your seven major metabolic hormones—cortisol, thyroid, testosterone, growth hormone, leptin, insulin, and estrogen—your body adjusts by increasingly raising your hormone levels and ultimately slowing down your metabolism. And a slower metabolism leads to weight gain and difficulty losing weight. The solution, Dr. Sara Gottfried contends, is to reset the efficiency of your hormones by repairing and growing new hormone receptors.


We used to think that developing Alzheimer’s disease was inevitable, but that is no longer the case. Personalized lifestyle medicine has been shown in a case series led by UCLA professor Dale Bredesen, M.D. to reverse Alzheimer’s disease. But there is one important fact that is often overlooked: the disease shows up, progresses, and is treated differently in women … [Read More...]
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