The body’s metabolism and various processes are regulated by hormones, substances secreted by the different glands that aid in certain functions. A fine example would be insulin which is produced by the islets of Langerhans which are located in the pancreas and produces the hormone insulin. Diabetes is an illness that is related to insulin. Hormone diet aim to fix ailments that are related the endocrine system by supplying the body with hormones or by helping it produce hormones. This article will give an overview of the different hormone diets.
HCG Diet (human chorionic gonadotropin) a hormone that is found in pregnant women. The hormone keeps the mother’s body fat available as nutrition for the fetus. Followers of the HCG Diet claim that HCG in pill, oral drop, or spray form, helps them lose body fat in the hips, thighs, buttocks, and belly. A 500-calorie diet accompanies the plan and proponents claim that they feel comfortable no matter how low their calorie intake is because they draw their nutrition from their fat stores thanks to HCG. Medical professionals are doubtful of the claims. A low calorie diet is not good for the body and the claim that the supplements do burn fat is lacking in scientific evidence. Another name for this diet is the growth hormone diet.
Testosterone diets aim to boost muscular growth and burn fat through food and supplements to reduce estrogen levels while keeping testosterone levels up at the same time. The diet recommends healthy cholesterol, lean meat, green vegetables that are not broccoli or similar carbs that are rationed according o protein intake and workouts. The dieting plan changes every six weeks for variety.
One kind of hormone diet, Estrogen diet, is targeted at older women who are in menopause as a natural way to supply their body with hormones that they can no longer produce in sufficient amounts at that phase of their life. The diet recommends omega-3 rich food sources, avoiding sources and bad fats, vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, bok choy and mustard green, moderate soy consumption, ground flax seeds, low sugar consumption, garlic and onions, and food sources that are rich in anti-oxidants. The food sources have to be organic if possible.
Insulin diets aim to solve insulin resistance syndrome via low carbohydrate, moderate protein, and moderate fat diet. The problem stems from insufficient exercise and subsistence on refine food. It recommends a diet that that uses non refined and non starchy carbohydrates, moderate amounts of lean meat, milk, nuts, and eggs as sources of protein, moderate amounts of healthy fats and oils and lots of water. Two examples of diets that are similar to this diet are The South Beach Diet and The Paleo Diet. Exercise is also recommended.
The endocrine diet is program that aims to keep the body’s overall hormone regulating systems in shape and it aims to solve fatigue, depression and insomnia, weight gain or loss, hypersensitivity to temperature and hair loss.
The there are lots of hormone diet to suit different needs but it is best to follow the doctor’s advice and doing some research before committing to one.