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Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body!

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Does it feel as if you’re fighting your body to lose even one pound—or just to maintain your current weight? Respected health and wellness expert and bestselling author Jillian Michaels has been there, too. So she consulted top experts in the field of metabolism and discovered that she’d inadvertently been abusing her endocrine system for years. After “fixing” her own meta ...more
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Published March 23rd 2010 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2009)
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Aug 18, 2016 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, health
This is a good resource for those interested in restoring some natural balance to your body. Jillian gives advice on removing chemicals and toxins from both your home and your food, and instead going organic. She has extensive DO and DON'T lists, which can get overwhelming, but I'll summarize my takeaways from this book:

Don't eat it unless it came from the ground or had a mother. Choose organic whenever possible. Avoid crash diets and don't starve yourself. Take time to exercise.

Obviously, there
Bark's Book Nonsense
Well, this book mostly made my head hurt. She makes a few helpful suggestions such as throwing out everything in your fridge and cabinet that didn't grow in the earth or have a mother (does that mean we can eat people?!) and she tells you to eat 4 small meals, 4 x's a day and not to eat after 9 but I learned a whole lot more about hormones and how they effect your body and your metabolism than I ever wanted to know. I seriously don't think I'll retain any of it as I couldn't stay focused on the ...more
Dec 26, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book from cover to cover and changed my diet completely. Before it, I was keeping myself at 1200 to 1400 calories a day and honestly I was losing about a 1/2 pound to a pound a week...but i was miserably hungry and had no energy and was pretty grumpy. If I went over my calories by having a glass on wine or dessert I would gain a couple pounds right away - it was not making sense! Once I read this book I learned about how certain foods, toxins, preservatives, etc...effect your hormone ...more
Nov 10, 2012 Krista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book to read around the campfire late at night--it will scare the heck out of you.

I'll sum it up so you don't have to read it:
- The world is full of toxins.
- We're all going to die.
- Buy everything all-natural and 100% organic. All your food, clothes, sheets and pillowcases, towels, cosmetics, household cleaning agents. Toss everything you own. Now.
- Move into a bubble.

OK, and here's the actual useful stuff that we already knew anyway:
- Processed foods: bad. Whole foods: good.
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As a lifelong dieter who has "tried everything," I found Jillian Michael's book to be informative and thought provoking. It prompted me to do a lot more reading and thinking about the impact that processed foods, artificial sweeteners and other chemical additives have had on the functioning of my body. I want to emphasize this first because I think that this is probably the greatest value of having a book like this out on mainstream bestseller lists.

Having said that, here's problem #1 with the b
Mar 14, 2012 L rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is like attending a dinner party where you know and like all the guests and you're having pre-dinner drinks, laughing and talking about the food you're about to eat; and then you all sit down at the table with smiles on your faces and dinner is revealed: it's a big ol' can of crazy. How can this book have gone from making sense to making a case for the asylum in mere pages?

For someone like me, this gave me basically nothing new. For years, I've done all that Michaels says to do, minus
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Brad Cramer
I read this book because I got it free from Parade Magazine. I normally wouldn't read Jillian because she's always seemed like too much of a self-promoter for me to take her seriously. But I also thought this would be an interesting read given that my wife is a dietitian. I would read a section and then quiz her to see what she thought. Generally, Jillian's research was in-line with what my wife had learned. In fact, by the end I sort of found myself skimming and saying, "Michelle already taught ...more
Jeannine Woods-majka
This book changed the way I look at everything I consume! As a personal trainer I do not lecture organic. It's hard enough to get people to eat chemical ridden "supposedly" healthy foods. The problem with our society is we want to lose weight for vanity, not health. Only do people come to me with nutrition help because their doctors have told then to or they're going on meds or border line diabetics. They think they don't need advice lol!

We as a family are on a strict budget. I gave up a lot of
Jun 03, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I generally avoid fad diet and fitness books by celebrities. So I was surprised a couple months back to read a recommendation for this book in an article about natural eating - not only in the article but also in the comments section. So I put it on hold at the library and then, once I got it, let it sit on my desk for a couple of weeks - I mean, yes, I watch The Biggest Loser, but well, Jillian Michaels doesn't exactly limit her endorsements to natural products. But after finally reading this b ...more
Sep 12, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All nutrition books say this is not a diet...but I have to say this is not a diet. Jullian Michaels (love her or hate her, Biggest Loser fans) goes into great length on chemicals in our foods that do not belong in our bodies. Further, she recommends eating all organic. I will be a while considering that one at the current price of a gallon of organic milk, as a for instance. But I have no argument with the premise that we are eating alot of chemicals and non food additives that cannot be good fo ...more
First of all, I love Jillian. Completely. I started with watching Biggest Loser, of course, but grew to love her expertise by listening to her podcasts as I went to and from work. She knows her stuff! As a result, I'm not working her Body Revolution program, which is working well for me and I'm losing weight as a result.

The book is more than a "how to eat" book - it focuses on the WHY of your body, and introduces the novice to the world of hormones and what they do to your body. The only downsid
Another book of "secrets" to a perfect body. Sadly, I must report that this is once again not the case. There are no secrets. She also uses up a bunch of pages with recipes, which I find particularly annoying in this kind of book. It's just a space-filler in my opinion.

On the other hand, there is some really useful (and scary) information about plastics and how they affect our hormones and our metabolism. The book is worth the price just for those chapters. I was so horrified by her descriptions
Apr 03, 2012 Marisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2012

So, there were things I really liked about this book. I like the focus on the science behind how your endocrine system works and found all of that REALLY interesting and enjoyable to read. However there were also things I really DIDN'T like. For one, Jillian goes on and on about organics and eating real food and how fat is a necessity in the diet. She talks about how the fats found in grass-fed, pastured cows' products (both milk and meat) are important to our health as protective fats and we ne
Apr 13, 2009 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Let me first say that in the past year I have increasingly been drawn to basic foods (without all the packaging etc.) and have loved it. My favorite breakfast is a hot cereal made of oats, millet, quinoa and other grains. My husband makes bread in our house. We've increased our fruits and veggies. Still I think that many people take "organic" too far for our family.

Jillian starts out with her experiences of her childhood and her connections to food and then goes on to her youth where she started
Oct 24, 2016 Lani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, cooking
This book will scare the hell out of you! She kind of makes you paranoid to breathe with all the chemicals lurking in your home, food, water, makeup and anything else you might touch or ingest everyday. Yes, it's probably all true, but sometimes ignorance is bliss when we can't afford to live in a HEPA air house and eat organic foods at every meal. I did learn that Doritos has 5 different glutamate type additives that make them so addictive. I freaking knew it! Those are my crack snacks. I now h ...more
May 24, 2009 Robynhode rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read MANY health and exercise books in my time, but this one is probably up there with the best. Jillian, with clear insights from others in sports medicine, health science and endocrinologists, has potentially discovered what it takes to get a person's metabolism back into balance because of the discovery of so many items that is wreaking havoc with our hormone balance, that ultimately, controls how hard it is to lose fat from the body. I was taken aback a little bit that she gets into har ...more
Aug 08, 2009 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was prepared to like this book, and I expected to like it, but in the end I had a number of problems with it. First, the 2 chapters on hormones were really confusing. I'm a reasonably intelligent reader, but after awhile, my eyes just glazed over. There was a lot of information presented, and not always presented well.

Second, and much more importantly, there is a second topic to the book that is not mentioned in the title. Michaels has a certain world view about local farmers, one's "carbon fo
Jun 27, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jillian Michaels. Some people whine about her tough love approach, but like it or lump it, what she says is the truth. You are not going to get healthy if you continue to eat crap, processed foods and if you don't challenge your body for at least 5 hours a week. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator a few times a week is NOT going to cut it - you have to work your ass off. Switching to low-fat or "diet" crap food isn't going to do it, either. Eat REAL food, just eat less of it.

Very informative. I am on the same page as Jillian, eat green (natural foods without chemicals & hormones). Glad to see the mainstream fitness professionals promoting this way of eating. Forget faux foods (100 calorie snack packs, etc...) and get back to eating real nutritious food.

While eating green (organic) is not new to me, the hormonal effects of food on my body is. I feel this book was well written and didn't confuse me as other more technical books have. With that said, the book does
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Oct 29, 2011 Megs ♥ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
So much information that I already knew made this feel like a major waste of $10. Maybe it might be helpful to some people, but a quick google search about "organic foods", "balancing hormones" or even "mastering your metabolism" could probably give you all of this info in this book...for free. Also, without all of her own personal opinions put in there! I do love Jillian. She kicked my butt many times doing the 30 Day Shred, but this book was a waste of time. I gave this two stars only for her ...more
Sarah O'connor
I LOVE Jillian Michaels and wish she would be my trainer (for free!). This is more of a diet and hormone explanation book than an exercise book. I haven't necessarily changed my eating habits but it did make me think more about what I put in my body that isn't necessarily food. She talks a lot about processed foods and basically how they aren't things our bodies recognize (because they are chemicals and man-made) and that is partly/possibly/probably the cause of a lot of our health issues. She e ...more
Jan 07, 2014 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot of good information. In fact it was so crammed with information that I don't think I can ever eat anything, wear makeup or go anywhere ever again. I am horrified by how much crap these millionaires are having put in to our food because it makes them a buck. Thanks to Jillian Michaels for opening my eyes a lot more. I've got some changes to make for my family's health and wellbeing.

Marci Kielman
Very informative! It is a little scary what we believe to be "healthy" is actually harmful. It has changed the way I grocery shop!
Apr 22, 2013 Tiffani rated it liked it
Really liked the book but it did seem to have a sort of dooms-day feel. I love the cookbook though!
Feb 05, 2010 Deena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got bored and couldn't finish. No hot body here.
Despite its title, this book primarily focuses on achieving health through making permanent changes to your lifestyle, advocating a gradual overhaul with the focus on improving health, with weight loss as a side bonus.

The book opens with an introduction from Dr. Christine Darwin. It then moves to Jillian giving a brief introduction to her own health journey. It was fascinating to learn about how she became a trainer in her late teens, got her job on The Biggest Loser, and was diagnosed with PCOS
Jul 29, 2012 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has some good information - about how your hormones affect most of the other systems in your body, about how to improve your eating habits and how to make better choices. Unfortunately, implementing the full program as Michaels advocates in this book is simply not workable for anyone who has a job, children, or limited funds - i.e. a "real" life in the real world.

Here are a couple of the main aspects of this program I have issues with:

1) Michaels advises moving to eating ALL organic -
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Sep 10, 2016 Justin Tapp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body! is Jillian's approach to diet. I didn't find it too bad. What I do find bad is that she's now sold out and is putting her name on the type of unregulated caffeine-heavy supplements she condemns in her book. How does that happen?

Jillian's premise is this: hormonal imbalances are what contribute to problems like hypothyroidism and symptoms that another book I reviewed would say point to "Met
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Jillian Michaels is one of the leading health and wellness experts in the country. Perhaps considered one of the most demanding people on television for her role as trainer and life coach on the NBC hit series "The Biggest Loser," Michaels has created a brand name for herself and motivates millions of viewers every week on television, approximately one million subscribers on her website and many m ...more
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