I have long been a proponent for safe and sane weight loss. I believe the research that a calorie deficit is required to lose weight which means you have to expend more calories than you put in, 3500 calorie deficit per week to lose a pound to be exact. However, in my decade in the fitness industry helping thousands of people stay healthy I have met individuals who, for some reason, no matter how much the exercise and how much they cut their calories, can not seem to lose weight.
This is one reason I was intrigued to receive, read and review THE THYROID SOLUTION DIET Boost Your Sluggish Metabolism to Lose Weight by Ridha Arem, MD. The opinions expressed about this book are my own,I received no compensation for this review. You should always check with your medical professional before starting any health or fitness program.
For a book about dieting there was a large proportion of chapters dedicated to information, a ton of information, almost too much information. There are some pretty long discussions about hormones, nothing so in depth that you need a degree to understand the concepts, they just were a little dry to read. That being said, I was impressed with the knowledge presented and I do enjoy expanding my mind.
THE THYROID SOLUTION DIET book includes:
· More than 50 recipes and meal plans
· A list of favorite foods to eat for weight loss that make this diet unique
· Detailed exercise programs with 100 step-by-step photos
· The 15 common causes of metabolic problems that lead to weight gain
· The hidden factors and toxins in your environment that lead to weight gain and how to eliminate them
· Techniques to control cravings
· Mind-body relaxation methods for counteracting stress and reasons why stress makes you gain weight
· Success stories from Dr. Arem’s patients
· Information on why organic foods do minimize damage to metabolism and are integral to a successful diet and optimal health—which contradicts recent studies that diminish the importance of organic foods
Who is Dr. Arem and why should you take note of what he has to say? Ridha Arem, M.D., is an endocrinologist, clinical professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and director of the Texas Thyroid Institute in Houston, Texas. He served as chief of endocrinology and metabolism at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston for many years. You can visit www.aremwellness.com for more information or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm2NlIc_XEo to watch a video of Dr. Arem.
What do I personally think of the diet? There were a few places in the book where certain foods were to be avoided because they cause a unwanted reaction “x” and then other sections where that same food were to be eaten because the caused a wanted reaction “y’”. I always find these situations confusing and they never seem to be addressed by any authors. A simple explanation of why and when you would eat them should suffice. I am also not a big fan of diets offered in “Phases”. The weekly shopping list can help simplify meal planning for many and so can the 10 Tips for long-term weight loss which include “pay close attention to sleep and stress” two of the biggest hindrances to weight loss in my mind and experience.
There are photos of exercises but they are black and white and about 1 inch in size – I would suggest to those who are new to working out, overweight, or obese – do yourself a favor and meet with a trainer at least once to get some good tips and an honest eye to watch your form. The exercises are really good ones but the Common Errors listed “starting out with a range of motion that is too deep” can be vague for someone new to lunges and unaware of what an appropriate range looks like.
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is suggested, which I definitely agree with. Zumba in the Circuit and Butts N Gutts are two classes that I teach that use this method of training and I can attest to the quick results clients have seen, and I myself have had after pregnancy. “People who exercise in intense spurts have about a 15 percent higher resting metabolic rate” (meaning they burn more calories when they aren’t working out).
Here is a quick guide to jump start eliminating toxins in your environment from Dr. Paul Thompson. He is a nationally renowned surgeon, Age Management practitioner with the Cenegenics Medical Institute. He has helped patients around the country reverse diabetes, combat obesity, fights off genetic health risks, and has guided them to living longer and healthier lives. Dr. Thompson’s Tips (www.drthompsonstips.com / Twitter: @drthompsonstips).
Dr. Thompson says “we are bombarded with toxins every day, even though we think we are being healthy”. These toxins can affect endocrine systems resulting in children experiencing earlier puberty and irregular hormone levels, diabetes, depression, and thyroid in adults.
The most common sources of these neuro-endocrine toxins are:
· Plastics, including storage containers, wraps, can linings and water bottles
· Pesticides & fertilizers- which affects many of the foods you feed your family everyday.
· Common Cosmetics
· Common Cleaning products
Here are Dr. Thompson’s Tips to avoid these toxins to protect you and your family from A Toxic Takeover
1) Plastics: Avoid Them!
Whether it is plastic water bottles, wraps or food containers.
Use a water filtration system, it avoids the use of plastic water bottles and saves a bunch of money
Use glass food containers to store those leftovers.
2) GO Organic, Organic, Organic.
By going organic you can avoid the whole toxin trap. It may be a little more expensive on the front end but what is your health worth? You will SAVE MONEY in the long run in the healthcare you and your child will may need.
3) Cosmetics and cleaning products.
Look for the natural products. Companies realize this is becoming more and more important to the healthy and educated consumers so the products perform well and there are plenty on the market. Once again there is a bit more of a cost…but lots of visits to the doctor do as well.
4) Parents: Stay Away from BPA!
Look for BPA and BPS free toys. These are often found in the plastics and are a potent Neuro endocrine toxin.
Dr. Thompson’s Final Prescription
Good luck, a little extra time and money spent selecting food, cleaning and storing products, and toys will keep your family happier and safer. But for many it is the transition that is the tough part. Once you do, your long term health will change as you age.
Dr. Thompson is currently the CMO and CEO of Cenegenics Texas Medical Institute in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. (www.Cengenicstexas.com ). He is a cofounder and board member of USMD a Medical Development Company. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons & the Chief of Surgery (20 years), Chief of Staff, and head of the Credential Committee at Southeast Missouri Hospital.