Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body!

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Have you lost and gained the same five, ten, or twenty pounds over and over? Our culture of nutritionally deficient dieting, stress-dominated living, and toxin-filled eating has abused our endocrine systems, hormonal balances, and metabolisms to the point where weight loss is nearly impossible. Millions of people are in this frustrating position, and weight loss expert Jillian Michaels has been there, too. After years of exercise and painstaking dieting, she figured there had to be an easier and more effective ...
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Overview

Have you lost and gained the same five, ten, or twenty pounds over and over? Our culture of nutritionally deficient dieting, stress-dominated living, and toxin-filled eating has abused our endocrine systems, hormonal balances, and metabolisms to the point where weight loss is nearly impossible. Millions of people are in this frustrating position, and weight loss expert Jillian Michaels has been there, too. After years of exercise and painstaking dieting, she figured there had to be an easier and more effective way to become healthy and stay slim. And there is! It's all about training your hormones to automatically burn-not store-fat.
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The weight-loss reality series Big Loser has made health and wellness specialist Jillian Michaels a big winner. Not only have Michaels's teams been superlative weight reducers; in her top-selling Making the Cut and appearances on TV shows including Oprah, she has espoused diet guidelines that have helped thousands of readers. Master Your Metabolism goes even further, pinpointing hormone-balancing strategies that can activate your fat-burning genes. This valuable book combines essential information on human metabolism with the budget-minded shopping lists and tips, online resources, food charts, guidelines for eating out, and recipes that can help make her wisdom work.
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Michaels (Making the Cut; Winning by Losing), the strength trainer for television's The Biggest Loser, here addresses the influence that hormone balance-affected by estrogen, insulin, testosterone, cortisol, epinephrine, leptin, and others-has on weight loss. Various internal and external influences can cause hormones to over- or underproduce, resulting in not only weight gain but serious illness. Michaels's plan emphasizes natural foods, organically grown and unprocessed. She describes which foods affect which hormones and how plastics and pollutants in our air and water and additives in many different products can also cause imbalances. She makes a good case for not using bioidentical hormones. Michaels claims that most prescription drugs should be eliminated but does recommend doing this under a doctor's supervision. This generally responsible program is bound to be popular with the public. Not an essential purchase, but a good one if you need this type of material.
—Susan B. Hagloch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307450739
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 194,773
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jillian Michaels
JILLIAN MICHAELS, best known as a strength trainer and life coach for the NBC hit series The Biggest Loser, is the author of the bestselling Making the Cut and Winning by Losing.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction: Take Back Your Metabolism Why Hormones Matter-to All of Us 1

Part 1 This is your Metabolism on Hormones

Chapter 1 Let Me Guess-Is This What's Happening to You? How I Came to Realize My Hormones Were Totally Screwed Up 9

Chapter 2 Meet the Key Players How Your Hormones Determine Your Metabolism 31

Chapter 3 How You Got This Way Why the Land of Plenty Is Not Good-in More Ways Than One 63

Chapter 4 How the Diet Works Overview of How the Remove/Restore/Rebalance Plan Resets Your Metabolism 84

Part 2 The Master Plan

Chapter 5 Step 1-Remove Eliminate the Antinutrients That Trigger Your Fat-Storing Hormones 91

Chapter 6 Step 2-Restore Discover the Power Nutrients That Feed Your Fat-Burning Hormones 119

Chapter 7 Step 3-Rebalance Adjust the Timing, Quantity, and Combinations of Food for Maximum Metabolic Impact 153

Part 3 The Master Tools

Chapter 8 The Master Lifestyle Strategies Remove Toxins in Your Home, Restore Lost Nutrients in Your Diet, and Rebalance Energy to Erase Crushing Stress 167

Chapter 9 The Master Meal Plan and Recipes The Meal Plan and 15-plus Quick and Easy Meals to Get You In and Out of the Kitchen Fast 195

Chapter 10 The Master Remedies Programs for 6 of the Most Common Hormonal Disorders 217

Chapter 11 Welcome to Your New Metabolism How to Carry the Remove/Restore/Rebalance Program into the Rest of Your Life 231

Chapter 12 The Master Shopping List Your Grab-and-Go Guides for the Farmers Market and Grocery Store 233

Resources 243

Selected References 249

Index 273

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    Missing: Illustrations, Info Boxes, Recipes, and More

    I purchased this book hardcover and absolutely loved it. HOWEVER, the vast majority of the reference information, go-to guides and charts, as well as the entire shopping list and recipe section is missing from the electronic copy. I purchased this eBook solely as a quick reference for this information when I am out and about or at the grocery store and unfortunately it is useless for this purpose. Go out and buy the book, don't waste your money on an electronic copy!

    58 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

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    Understanding Your Enemy

    OK, I admit it, I read this book looking for a quick fix. Hoping for a 14 day program to free myself from the fat packing tyranny of my metabolism. I should have known better. What I got was an education. Jillian Michaels, the tough coach of The Biggest Loser, has lived her research and presents it in an easy-to-understand, if not do, manner. Early on she tells you that this book has nothing to do with exercise. Well, that's a relief! She also says that it doesn't have to do with counting calories either.

    The book does discuss in depth (for the layman, anyway) what we are doing that works against our metabolism and how to mend out ways. We need to Remove, Restore, and Rebalance. Jillian tells us what changes we can make to get our hormones and thus our metabolism working for us so we can be healthy, toned, and fit.

    She stresses the importance of real foods, but points out that it doesn't have to be all organic either. However, if the label on your food is mostly chemical names, it's probably not doing you much good. Some of this you've heard before: drink lots of water, eat your vegetables, try to have less stress in your life, shop the perimeter of the store. But here she explains why this stuff matters. There are charts of symptoms you can use to figure out which hormones you have been working against. There are also helpful lists of what to do and what to eat.

    The hardest advice from this book for me was "Remove toxins from your environment." I use plastics, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, I bring my clothes to the dry cleaners, I wear makeup and nail polish. Not that Jillian is saying don't use this stuff. She is, in fact, giving us more healthful substitutes. But it's just a lot to do, a big impact on how I am used to living (I whine).

    But, back to the good stuff. The book includes a section on the nutrients you need to add back to your diet, tips on rebalancing how you use your energy (where she does suggest 4 to 5 hours a week exercise along with disparaging my "walk across parking lots" and "take the stairs" plan), and a reminder to be good to yourself. You gotta love a book that tells you that.

    And, finally, I get my 14 days of menus (with recipes!).

    43 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2009

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    Hormones, Diet, and Health

    The title of this review seems to sum up the book nicely I think. Potential buyers need to know that this book has nothing at all to do with exercise. It also has nothing to do with calorie counting. While this IS first and foremost a diet book, buy it if you want to lose weight and would like more information as to what role hormones play in you being overweight AND what you can do about it. Having said that, the book is all about the major hormones, such as insulin, thyroid, estrogen, etc..., what they do, how they work, and what role they play in your health and weight. The book proposes a three step "Master Plan" (remove, restore, and rebalance), and comes complete with recipes and meal plans- which many will appreciate. A great read on its subject, get it if you want to get a good grasp on the interaction between you hormones, diet, and health. Do keep in mind, however, that while Jillian is promoting the role of hormones in weight maintenance, she does state in the book that she also eats between 1800 and 2000 calories and day, as well as exercises 5 hours a week- which no doubt plays a major role in her svelte figure. Readers who have trouble sticking to a diet or exercise program might also be interested in "The Sixty-Second Motivator".

    29 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

    AWESOME BOOK - DO **NOT** BUY IT AS AN EBOOK

    I bought a nook yesterday, read the sample of this book, and purchased the entire ebook almost immediately.

    (1) Jillian clearly explains things that you kind of already new (junk food bad!), but she explains it in such away that makes you understand REALLY the whys, and, more importantly, the WHY it can do permanent damage AND why you have to stop immediately. SUPER motivational. I am totally going through my kitchen and tossing the cans. Gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about whats going into my food!

    (2) I read the ebook through.... and then immediately went to Barnes and Noble to look at the physical book. All of the wornderful charts, pics, side tables, etc, that makes this book a five star are impossible to read in the ebook (very small font) AND non-resizable AND the charts that span multiple pages are in the wrong order - and sometimes in different sections of the book entirely. Complete waste of information.

    (3) I called B&N customer service and got the credit back for the ebook and am buying the hardcover instead. YES ebooks are normally non-refundable, but B&N are staffed with rational people - no one expects you to pay for a book that is obviously defective.

    (4) Since B&N lumps all reviews for all formats of a product into one, I wanted to makes sure I gave the book itself 5 stars - but I placed in the title a warning about the ebook, which deserves 1 star. Well, maybe 2 stars. The readable content is still very good.

    25 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

    Lots of info, not very useful for average household

    First off I was disappointed to read I was already doing most of this! Especially as it relates to Frankenfoods. I get it. Artificial = bad.
    But when she goes on to list every single chemical compound we must avoid, it becomes overwhelming. There's no question she's done the research and has the knowledge. The question is, how much can an average person actually do to follow her advice? I will try to follow what I can and continue to rely on my common sense way of shopping and eating but I'm not sure I can follow this to the letter when it comes to packaging, etc...

    16 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2009

    A Must Read

    Jillian is fearless in her quest to expose how corporate America is poisening us and making us fat. Her book is an enlightening expose and a credible solution to health and weight loss. Jillian explains how we can literally change our physical destiny. That our weight and or health are not genetic sentences handed down from our parents. I feel empowered for the first time with the knowledge in this book. I have already cleaned out every cabinet in my house and just from the week long change in diet I have slept better and my energy levels are drastically improved. I love this book. If you have been struggling with diet for years or just care about your health it's a must have

    16 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    Jillian does it again!

    I am an avid reader of Jillians books and blogs. She is by far the most realistic trainer of our day. She tells it like it is and most importantly does INTENSE research before putting anything out there for you. This is a book like none other with credited medical research to back it up. Once again, Jillian hit it out of the park!! Bravo.

    11 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

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    DO NOT BUY e-Book VERSION!!

    This book is great, I think all of the info. given is a sensible way to at least help get your metabolism back on track, and certainly a great guide for eating healthy. Thus the high-star ratings. So big thumbs up to Jillian.

    BUT! Do not purchase this as an e-book. The thing is, there are many graphs and charts that the e-Book format "sees" as pictures and therefore, you CAN NOT make them bigger on your Nook. OK, so I thought, I'll check it out on my computer and be able to see them better that way.

    GUESS WHAT!!?!?! The e-Book reader for your computer just displays empty little boxes where there should be a chart or a graph!

    WOW B&N, you REALLY THOUGHT THIS ONE THROUGH, RIGHT???

    I mean how many books will I NOT read (and I read a lot of non-fiction, full of "charts/graphs/and other illustrative sidebar material) on my new Nook??? Maybe enough to try to sell the damn thing on craigslist.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2009

    Great book, but not worth ebook! Spend the extra on the real book. Ebooks may be good for recreational reading, but a book like this requires a lot of printing recipes and referring back to pages and chapters. With an ebook YOU CAN NOT PRINT OR COPY

    Great book, very informative. Seems very easy to follow the diet plan and it makes sense. It explains why it works and how it benefits your body. It also sheds light how your body chemistry can cause other ailments in your body. Symptoms that you may have can be resolved by your diet. I haven't started it, but I entend to next week. I DO NOT recommend buying an ebook for this book. Spend the extra money on the real deal. You will want to print recipes, charts, exercise regimens, menus, grocery lists and other informative information. With an Ebook, you can NOT PRINT or copy and paste!!!! So I have to read and take notes to have handy. The recipes and meal plans are printed small and you have to zoom in on each one... time consuming. It would have been easier to read it out of a book.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    "Nuggets" of Knowledge.

    *Much of the information Jillian Michaels provides in this book, I believe, you may have read or heard before. In my opinion, chapter 2, chapter 10, and the resource section were the most valuable to me. Chapter 2, Metabolic Hormones, was the most valuable information to assist with regulating your metabolism and to manage your weight. Pages 74-75, "Endocrine Disruptors Abound" chart, supply a list of various chemicals that have an impact on your endocrine system. Pages 96-99, "The Master Guide to Fats" chart, provides information on the various fats in food and how the fats impact on the body. Pages 126-128, "Hormone Trigger Foods: Testosterone," is a chart of foods to reduce or raise testosterone & how these foods accomplish the task. Pages 130-131 chart of "Hormone Trigger Foods: Cortisol," since cortisol is a hormone you do not want floating around your blood stream too often because it is the "fat-storing" hormone you want to eat foods to regulate it, this chart gives you the information on cortisol. Page 132 was very enlightening, *** "Reading Your Fruit Labels," says a fruit with a label of 5 (five) numbers beginning with the number 8 {for example: 84011} means it was genetically engineered. Next, page 164 says to assist with weight lose or weight management, follow this advice: (1) EAT breakfast. (2) EAT every four (4) hours. (3) Do not eat after 9 PM. (4) NO carbohydrates at night. (5) Eat until you are full, not stuffed. (6) Meals should be 40% carbohydrate, 30% fat, and 30% protein. In chapter 9 you will find a meal plan and recipes. Then in chapter 10, "The Master Remedies" Jillian offers programs for six (6) of the most common hormonal disorders. Chapter 11 offers advice on how to use the information in this book. In my opinion, you should hopefully find this book educational, informative, and valuable; from reading the book you know it is well planned and provides "doable" solutions.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2009

    Very informative!

    I found myself reading the first 10 pages saying "yes", that's me. I could totally relate to what Jillian speaks about in her quest for losing weight and finding out what might be the problem. Although I tested negative for thyroid issues, I will still put into practice all the great information. I found myself relaying parts of the book to my husband. He was so impressed that he will soon be reading it as well. Great, great information. While some of it is overwhelming at times, I think everyone can benefit from most of the book.

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2009

    Not realistic

    This is not a book for an average working adult. The idea's are great but not possible to incorporate the cost into regular life. this is perfect for the rich and famous.

    7 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

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    Worth the read!

    This is a great book. If you can put this into practice, you WILL see results. To get any great result with your weight loss, you do need to do work and this is a helpful tool in that area. It opens your eyes to ways to lift your metabolism that you may not have thought of before or known about - but now that you do, you can start to change. While it's ultimately aiming at a 'diet' it's focusing on raising your metabolism which helps you burn calories at a high rate - so not only will you loose weight from eating the right foods etc, but the weight lose will happen faster and in a more healthy way because your metabolism is now boosted and is working for you even when you are resting. Not that I have much to loose, but I've tried this now for one week and have noticed a big difference not only in my physical appearance but in my day to day health (with a weight loss of 8lbs already). I'm not as reliant on Coca Cola to give me my caffiene fix and I'm sleeping better at night.
    This is a lifelong plan that if you put your mind to it, you can do, and it's so worth it, because not only are you going to look better, but you are going to feel better. I do already and I'm only on week one. Give it a try. It's worth it.

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    Amazing Book

    Jillian has delivered a powerhouse book. I feel that for the first time I understand WHY I have been struggling with weight loss for so many years. Understanding that my metabolism can be changed is so empowering to me. For anyone who has struggled with weight loss in their lives this book is a must have.

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    This book changed the way I think about diet and nutrition.

    In this book, Jillian explains in a straightforward, easy-to understand, and personalized way how a person's metabilism can become totally out of whack due to toxins in our food and environment as well as stressful and sedentary lifestyles. She outlines step-by-step directions for eliminating harmful foods in our diets and replacing those with healthful, natural foods to get our metablisms back in balance and in optimimum working order. By making a few of the simple changes to diet that Jilian recommends, I'm not only losing weight steadily, but I have more energy and feel much better. I know these are changes that I can live with permanently. If you've been on a yo-yo with weight loss or are confused by the "high fat", "low fat", "low carb", "no carb", etc. diet plans out there, pick up this book.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2009

    Powerhouse book

    This book provides real answers and powerful solutions where other health and wellness books fail. The information in this book is life changing for me. It is so scary to think how little we know about our foods and lifestyle products. The cool thing is that in this book Jillian teaches you what to look out for and what to replace the bad stuff with. Her passion comes through on every page. Highly recommend.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    A must read for all women

    The title of this book may get you to pick it up to read initially, but it is about so much more than just your metabolism. You will learn exactly what your hormones do, and just might figure out the answers to some of your health issues.

    Jillian writes in such a way that you feel like you are hanging out with a good friend--a very informed friend. She and Mariska van Aalst have put together a book that you will refer back to many times. This is one to buy and put on your booke shelf. If you are a woman heading for menopause, it is a must read.

    My sister and I will both be making appointments with an Endocrinologist. Our regular family physician is throwing medications at us for problems we both believe have to do with our hormones. If this sounds like you. Read this book and you too may want to see someone who specializes in hormones.

    Amazing job Jillian and Mariska!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Good reminder of the importance of great eating

    For me as a nurse, it was a good review of what things are good to eat. I am starting to practice watching what foods I put into my body a little more closely. For example, I have stopped using artificial sweetners in things like coffee, tea and other drinks. I am reading the lables more carefully and looking for HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and the like. The book offered some great basics to nutrition. It is also reminder of how things have changed in our world from even just the past 30 years with food. Glad to have read the book.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    Vegetarians Beware!

    I bought this book because the concept sounded really neat. However, upon reading one line, I returned the book immediately. I will have to paraphrase, but it went something like this: Yes, you are going to have to eat somebody's mother. Meat is part of this regimen. If Jillian Michaels wants to lure people into reading this book, she'll have to do a lot better than that. What a way to put it, even if you're not a vegetarian! I do not know if she is trying to sound really tough because her bottom line is that we need to lose weight, but she just sounds ignorant and cruel. I'd rather eat more kindly and lose weight and not eat somebody's mother or, for that matter, somebody's child. And the publishers really need to put that line of hers on the jacket cover. They would probably have a lot less returns of this book that way. Thanks, but no thanks.

    4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    I love this book!

    I have been tired and having other health issues that my doctors only wanted to address with meds. After reading this book I not only knew why my health was bad but not only is it in my hands to change it but I have help along the way! A must read for anyone who just doesn't feel right and wants to be healthy and happy without meds

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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