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The Hormone Diet: Lose Fat. Gain Strength. Live Younger Longer.

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  407 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
With hormonal imbalance, the risk of conditions associated with aging – cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis or heart disease – is magnified. If our hormones are in balance, we have the potential to age gracefully and remain youthful.

The complete fat-loss and preventative health guide for men and women has finally arrived. What's the secret? It's in your hormones!

In The Hormone
Paperback, 480 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Random House Canada (first published April 7th 2009)
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Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
Written by a Naturopathic Doctor, this book is such an excellent resource for learning about the hormones in our body and what happens when they are out of balance. I found it extremely fascinating and helpful to get the background and explanations on which hormones will pack on weight and which ones will help to lose weight and the things we can do to have optimal health.

I personally followed this plan to lose weight under the guidance of my own Naturopathic Doctor, starting with a liver clean
Liz S.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow. This book is FULL of information. Takes you probably at least a 1/3 of way before you will get into the intty gritty of their "diet" that is much more a program to follow to get your body back into hormonal balance. Can see using this book in conjunction with a doctor/naturopath's advice more more effectively since the self-diagnosis part of their book is overwhelming and confusing a bit. Really like the fact they show it isn't just about eating that working on sleep, stress, etc is a huge ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
My doctor recommended this to me to help balance me out and it has been incredibly helpful. I'm just on the first phase (get my sleep problems taken care of) and will be for a while due to my history. Still, I've learned a lot and feel that this will be really helpful as I work toward having more overall health.

I read this for a second time to learn about more effective sleep and supplementation. The sleep tips really work! I'm sleeping so much better now.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is a fad diet book like any other - in spite of the author's protests to the contrary. Besides being a 'fad diet' book there's nothing new in it's pages. Careful marketing is likely the only reason it was ever published.
Natalay Goldstein
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a really excellent book because it is informative and still easy to read. Most of these types of books are either too technical or ridiculously simple and uninformative. I picked up some really good tips.
Alicia Hobbel
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
You can just skip this book and read about hormones on Wikipedia, it's faster and more interesting. The book provides some information, but most of it is the standard eat healthy, exercise and make sure you get enough sleep. Which is great, but you don't need so many pages to say it.
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, favorites
Tons of information in this book, and very enjoyable to read, I renewed it from the library twice, and now I think I just have to buy it, definitely something I will reference quite often.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: health, non-fiction
It's complicated, but a very informative read. Perhaps I would have preferred a condensed version.
Christine Rice
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fitness-diet
I am completely impressed with The Hormone Diet. It is professionally written and the writing has personality. It is written by an ND – a Naturopathic Doctor. In the acknowledgements, the author says a MD – medical doctor – reviewed the book to offer their suggestions and opinions. Additionally, it is full of research, and it is structured in a way that is pleasing to read (the chapters are broken up with lots of subheadings and sections, and several diagrams and charts). It is a long book (480 ...more
Laura (booksnob)
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
Earlier this year in January (2012) I suffered from incurable, painful headaches and no pill could cure them or make them feel better. I had a horrible headache every single day in January. I also began to have intense hot flashes and could not sleep at all. I was physically exhausted and miserable because I was in so much pain. I knew my problem was hormonal and so I did what every American does with a computer, I googled it.

What I found was the book The Hormone Diet by Natasha Turner. The Hor
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I am impressed with the amount of information this book contains. At first it was a bit overwhelming but once I began to discard the information that did not pertain to me it became more manageable.

The premise is, all of the hormones work in tandem to keep the body working properly; if one hormone is out of balance it can throw a wrench into the entire works and cause problems that may present themselves as an ache or pain of inflammation. The kicker is, that ache or pain of inflammation is an i
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: health-wellness
Turner gives a good basic background on endocrine imbalances and even helps the reader pinpoint what hormones their body is producing in excess or not enough of. I found some of her suggestion very helpful and she shed some new light on inflammation in the body, but over all the book wasn't well put together. It could be better formatted for easier understanding and flow. She doesn't make certain things clear, e.g. She clearly states to avoid caffeine yet a chapter or so later she encourages rea ...more
Anna Silalahi
Dec 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lostinterest, health
Basically just flipping through like a magazine-reading.
Don't like the type of diet which gives a strict deadline, meal plan, and selling products. I read this several types of diet, like Body Ecology, GAPS, all have very strict initial start, eliminating carbs and all, basically mainly ditching solid food; which I am not quite fond of.
I can't use whey protein since it's dairy based. I don't know about under 1% lactose in whey protein but hows all the pregnant cows hormones (despite being grass
Stephanie Sosa
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is great for those who are aware of their hormone imbalance, and would like to take a naturopathic approach to balancing hormones. I went to an endocrinologist, and found that my sex hormones are completely out of whack. I found myself suffering from hormonal acne, stress and weight gain despite my healthy lifestyle. The Hormone Diet, helped put everything into perspective for me. It provides great information about hormones and their functions, supplements necessary to achieve balance ...more
Susan Visser
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
We all know that hormones in our bodies are incredibly intertwined and complex. Natasha does a fine job of explaining how they work and what happens when they are out of balance.

I wish our medical system was more tied up with the recent research that is being done in the area of hormones and that our doctors treated all parts of us rather than ignoring the impact of hormones.

I will try the detox and a month or two of the diet that is recommended, just to see if it actually works. I have my doubt
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
One of the most informative books I’ve read on hormonal imbalances and the countless problems that ensue. There are many quizzes to determine which imbalance(s) are likely, and the proper steps to correct the imbalance(s). Most of it does deal with diet, exercise and supplements, but they are catered to the specific issues that need to be corrected. And the author gives a good explanation on the importance of detoxing before attempting to lose weight. Overall, I think the solutions given are man ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book b/c it gave me some good steps to help me get my hormones back in balance. I don't know that it is very practical to do her entire "diet" at my stage in life, but I can definitely start making small changes when I feel out of whack. She also lists some recipes in the back of the book that sound pretty good & are easy to make with few ingredients. I also appreciated the test you can take from the book to see what hormones you may be low in & how to get them back to norma ...more
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like to check out diet books from the library to look at their recipes, because I figure they're probably lower in fat. I don't usually care to follow the diet, because I think that there's really only way to lose weight and keep it off for me (watching what I eat and exercise). I'm not into crash diets, but I did think that this was educational for me, since I actually did read it and not just look at the recipes.
Sarah Joy
This book takes a hollistic approach to treating womens health issues. Includes a 14 day detox diet to help pinpoint foods that cause inflammation and ruin hormonal balance, as well as beneficial food lists. I like this book overall, but it fell short because it lacked citations of sources so that readers could take the book with a little more credibility to their Western doctors when they are seeking diet-based treatment vs drugs and surgeries.
Katherine A.
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
An interesting read, albeit dry, but it's a bit complicated to follow as a diet/how-to book unless you really are suffering from SOME kind of allergy and need to pinpoint exactly what is causing it. There are a few good tips about health in general, but it jumps around a lot. I wouldn't recommend trying to read/follow on a Kindle.
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
While I can't say I learned a great deal (of new information) from this book, it was a helpful summation of what I already knew and provided me with motivation to put into place some changes from which I saw immediate results. It includes useful lists / resources for returning to, and I am already missing my library copy.
Aleisha Z Coleman
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked it, but I don't know if I really liked it so thus it gets a 3. The information seemed to be repeated a lot, which maybe without a basic understanding of biological macromolecules of protein, fat and carbohydrates it was needed. Anyway, I generally like the recommendations of this book and it has given me some hope that be able to change my relationship with food and health!
Irene J.
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work
Soo... the secret of losing fat and living a healthier life is none other than to balance your body. And how to achieve this? Start to limit sugar intake as a start, have a good night sleep, learn to eat more raw food, and make peace with yourself.
Taryn Lau
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. Finally a "diet" book that explains what is going on inside your body and gives you steps to take to solve it naturally without medication. It's so much more than a "Diet" and exercise plan. Thank you Dr. Turner for writing this book and sharing your own story!
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has lots of information and suggestions. I was disappointed with the actual diet plan which basically just seems like sensible healthy eating and not really anything new. The book did help me to make some positive changes in my lifestyle.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the book that helped me see the need for me to take control of my own education about the many types of hormones we produce. I don't want a doctor to stick a bandaid on my life and for me to go on deteriorating in so many ways. Now it's up to me!
Dec 03, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
she has a lot of great advice. she is being featured on BookLounge on youtube with a series of short vids with advice presumably from her book.

here is one of those vids:
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic, health
Lots of helpful information. Needs to be processed in chunks. Interesting focus on inflammation as the major cause of lots of health issues.
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I learned more about how my body works and how important hormones throughout my bodies systems play a definitive role in my overall health.
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Best book EVER! Period.
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