The Hormone Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on July 22, 2015

The Hormone Diet review
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The Hormone Diet is a weight loss diet and book from naturopathic doctor, Natasha Turner. It is based on the theory that imbalanced hormones can lead to weight gain, belly fat, stress, sluggishness, sugar cravings, poor libido, and other health problems.

In her book, “The Hormone Diet: A 3-Step Program to Help You Lose Weight, Gain Strength, and Live Young Longer”, Turner describes how healthy hormonal balance is important for men and women of all ages and in every stage of their life. She also clearly explains all of the different lifestyle habits that are required in order to restore full hormonal balance and teaches the specific ways that these tasks need to be preformed to balance hormones and burn fat.

Turner’s Hormone Diet requires you to follow a certain food plan. She refers to her food plan as “Glyci-Med” because it consists of a mix of foods that are low on the glycemic index (GI) and are part of a traditional Mediterranean diet.

More specifically, the foods you will eat raise blood sugar slowly and consist of edible items like lean protein (ex. eggs, wild-caught fish, chicken breasts), fruits, vegetables, whole grains (ex. quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice), as well as flaxseeds, chia seeds, most nuts, olive oil, and other unsaturated fats and oils (ex. canola oil).

While following this diet, you will need to avoid or limit your consumption of certain foods such as processed meats, fried foods, saturated fat, full-fat dairy, white bread (and other simple high-GI carbohydrates) peanuts, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, and alcohol.

For the most part, you are expected to make healthy food choices about 80% of time, but you are permitted to enjoy two “cheat meals” every week. On this diet you will eat every 3 to 4 hours.

Exercise is also recommended. Turner suggests about 30 minutes of exercise per day, 6 days a week. Exercises should be made up of a mix of cardio, strength training, yoga, and interval training.


There is a good chance that you will lose weight on the Hormone Diet, as it is low in calories. Furthermore, being a Mediterranean-style diet, the recommended foods are healthy, which can be beneficial to most people, especially to those who have heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes, as losing weight can help to improve these health conditions.


The Hormone Diet may not be a practical diet for everyone. In fact, many people may have a hard time getting past the first two week “detox” phase of the diet, which requires you to give up dairy, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, gluten, and most oils. Furthermore, this diet requires you to eat only whole foods (preferably organic) that you cook yourself. Buying organic may cause your grocery bill to spike.

Furthermore, Turner recommends taking multivitamins and other supplements. However, there is no solid scientific evidence that taking these supplements, or eating an organic diet that is free of processed foods and preservatives, will be enough to balance your hormones or is necessary for good health and weight loss.

It is recommended that before you consider following Turner’s advice, you first speak with your personal healthcare provider about dieting for weight loss.

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