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Cortisol is the body's main stress hormone, prompting our fight or flight mechanism when dealing with a highly stressful situation, like being chased by a lion. However, the human body was made to deal with short bursts of stress (like being chased by a lion), not prolonged, continuous levels of stress (like mortgage payments, project deadlines, ...
Cortisol is the body's main stress hormone, prompting our fight or flight mechanism when dealing with a highly stressful situation, like being chased by a lion. However, the human body was made to deal with short bursts of stress (like being chased by a lion), not prolonged, continuous levels of stress (like mortgage payments, project deadlines, and traffic jams). This kind of stress causes the body's cortisol levels to rise, and scientific research has shown that high cortisol levels are associated with obesity, diabetes, fatigue, and even Alzheimer's disease.
This new edition describes the results of the latest research about the connection between cortisol and HSD, and cortisol and testosterone. If we keep cortisol and HSD and testosterone within normal ranges, we’re able to maximize the metabolic effect of diet and exercise regimen and improve weight loss.
In the first edition, Talbott introduced his SENSE program, that teaches participants how to manage stress and reduce cortisol levels. The program has been refined in the second edition with the help of the new research and the results of Talbott's test of the SENSE program over the past 5 years he know it works. For the past 5 years, he has been actively researching (and refining and tweaking) this popular program to make it more and more effective in helping people to lose weight.
SENSE is a program that combines Stress management, Exercise, Nutrition, Supplementation, and Evaluation into a comprehensive and highly effective (yet easy to follow) program that delivers results. During these 5 years, Talbott has combined different dietary approaches with varied exercise regimens and myriad supplement combinations until finding just the right combination that works best for the majority of people.
This edition contains 25% new material and a revised program to help everyone manage cortisol, stress, and their weight.
Posted February 4, 2003
This is one of the most helpful books I have ever read. The author has the ability to explain cortisol and the risks of a chronically elevated cortisol level in layman¿s terms. Anyone who is struggling with stress, fatigue, or a problematic appetite must read this book. If you follow the book¿s advice, you will experience an amazing improvement in your quality of life. The book is an informative resource on dozens of vitamins, minerals, and supplements. I also liked the helpful daily food plans in the appendix. But, I think the most important aspects of the book is the author¿s overall message: (1) chronically elevated cortisol levels result in numerous health and ¿enjoyment of life¿ problems, and could ultimately set the stage for disease; (2) chronically elevated cortisol levels and associated problems are completely avoidable with awareness and behavioral changes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2003
This book was great. The suggestions are practical enough that anyone can put them to use, yet powerful enough that they work. Talbott uses metaphors which help accentuate the importance of Cortisol control in an easy to understand and sometimes humorous way. I've been practicing Talbott's suggestions for two months and can definitely notice a difference. In today's high stress society this book will help just about anybody from the corporate businessman to the elite athlete.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2003
This book is an essential tool in helping people understand how stress can adversely effect their health. The author gives you a simple understanding of the negative effects of stress and cortisol. Most importantly he then gives you a practical and simple way to combat those negative effects. The thing I like most about the book is its ability to explain the very complex cortisol problems stress creates with simple terms and examples. I personally didn't think stress was a big factor in my life. However, I found myself saying, "that's why that happens!" or, "Wow, I better change that bad habit!" over and over again while reading the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2003
The authors have done a wonderful job of telling a very complex tale in an easy to read format. Not only does the book explain the physiological problems associated with stress, it gives simple and effective methods to combat stressful lifestyles. A must read for anyone interested in health and fitness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2002
I am the author of The Cortisol Connection - so you could say that I have a somewhat "biased" view of the book (I like it)...but I also feel that the book can do a great deal to help you understand WHY cortisol-control is a "good thing" for your long-term health, but also HOW to approach cortisol-control using diet and lifestyle. If you suffer from chronic stress such as bills, work, family demands, deadlines, sleep deprivation (less than 8 hours/night), or are dieting, you are likely experiencing unhealthy cortisol levels. Cortisol is the key hormone in the ¿Fight-or-Flight¿ stress response and it regulates certain metabolic functions. Your body needs cortisol to survive, but too much cortisol for too long can lead to a variety of health problems. Recent research has shown a close connection between chronic stress, elevated cortisol levels and serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression and osteoporosis. The Cortisol Connection gives details on supplements that have been proven to control cortisol levels and their metabolic effects. It also explains how other popular supplements (such as ephedra) actually increase cortisol levels and have a negative effect on long-term weight control. Through the "SENSE" Program (Stress management; Exercise, Nutrition; Supplements; Evaluation) you will learn how to create practical programs for reducing stress, lowering cortisol, avoiding weight gain and improving your long-term health.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.