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The Hormone Diet

Does It Allow for Dietary Restrictions or Preferences?

Vegetarians and vegans: The diet includes protein sources that would work for you.

Gluten-free: You give up gluten for the first 2 weeks of this diet. After that, gluten isn't completely off-limits. Turner does advise readers to avoid some processed carbs, like white flour and white rice, and to steer clear of any foods that they felt they had a bad reaction to after the detox phase.

Cost: Eating organic will probably add to your grocery bill. Beyond your food shopping and supplements, the hormone tests Turner recommends may not be covered by your insurance.

Support: None, though Turner runs a Toronto clinic that offers health assessments, nutrition and exercise coaching, and other health and wellness services.

What Else You Should Know

Cost: Eating organic will probably add to your grocery bill. Beyond your food shopping and supplements, the hormone tests Turner recommends may not be covered by your insurance.

Support: None, though Turner runs a Toronto clinic that offers health assessments, nutrition and exercise coaching, and other health and wellness services.

What Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, Says:

Does It Work?

Research suggests that a Mediterranean diet, similar to Turner's, can aid weight loss. You will lose weight on the plan because it is low in calories.

But promising that it can "balance hormones," cure a whole host of problems and diseases, restore sleep, give you glowing skin and healthier hair, and more is not based on solid, scientific evidence.

Eating a clean, natural, preferably organic diet free of preservatives and processed foods is ideal, but it's not practical or necessary for weight loss or good health. Nor are the tremendous amounts of supplements, including herbal and bowel cleansers.

Is It Good for Certain Conditions?

Following a Mediterranean-style, low-carb diet is a sensible approach to healthy eating and weight loss that could benefit most people. Reaching a healthy weight can improve many conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

The Final Word

The cocktail of supplements and the hormone theories are unfounded and not recommended. Keep in mind that many things affect your hormone levels. It's not just about your food. To say that certain foods are "hormone hindering" is inaccurate and oversimplifies the role of nutrients in the body.

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