Be aware: this is only the goal of this diet, not necessarily its outcome. Results vary from person to person. Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any other) diet.
The Hormone Balance Diet was invented by Ralph Moorman. The goal of the diet is to get your hormones in balance in order to become healthier (and possibly lose weight). According to Moorman you can do this by adjusting your diet, by doing more sports and by limiting stress.
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Your hormones regulate, among other things, hunger and fat storage. According to Moorman, a good balance can be achieved by avoiding some products and eating more of others.
The diet is very similar to the Paleo diet. You avoid processed products such as ready-made meals, ‘light or diet’ products and enriched food products. You also avoid gluten, like in the gluten-free diet.
The Hormone balance diet has some rules. These are
Moorman's advice is not to exercise long and hard, but short and intense: 2-3 times a week, no more than an hour each time.
In addition to a good diet and exercise, Moorman states that limiting stress is important for hormonal balance.
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Several books have been written on this diet: 'The Hormone Balance Diet' (Dutch), ‘The Hormone Factor' and ‘Hormone balance for women' (Dutch). If you’d like to know more about this diet you can read one or more of these books.
Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any) diet.
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2-3 times a week with a maximum one hour each time.
Moorman is absolutely right in the fact that hormones can sabotage weight loss, just think of insulin for your sugar level or thyroid hormone. He chooses unprocessed products, which I think is great. I think less great is that he immediately goes for gluten-free while very few people can't tolerate gluten, so you make it difficult to stick with it for a long time, also partly due to the other restrictions. And I would say not little alcohol but no alcohol.
With the professional help of a dietitian it should be easier to reach your goals. Please contact a dietician in your area or talk to a doctor before starting any diet.
Please take note that most diets do not have a scientific basis.
Consult your doctor or dietician before starting a diet, especially if you have a chronic condition like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease or kidney disease.
If you think you might have an eating disorder (like anorexia or bulimia), it is important to look for professional help. Contact your (house) doctor or find help elsewhere. Here you can find a list of several websites that can provide (online) help. These sites also provide information for people that know someone with an eating disorder.