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The Hormone Diet Review

written by Head Health Nutter September 17, 2009

It’s been awhile since I  first mentioned The Hormone Diet in “Are We All Just Hormonal?“. But after 10 weeks and completing the 3rd step in Dr. Natasha Turner’s health program, the time has come to review my results and the diet itself!

Down to the nitty gritty and what we all want to hear about…

The Results

This is very personal information but for you, dear Readers, I’m willing to share almost anything. One of the best aspects of Dr. Turner’s book is that she encourages us to assess our health before her program and after. So here they are for your review:

Hormone levels

Start date: cut off point for inflammation; low serotonin; low GABA; low dopamine; excess progesterone; cut off point for excess testosterone; low thyroid; and cut off point for low acetylcholine.

End of 10 weeks: I’m pleased to report that ALL my hormone levels are balanced!


Start date: 135.7 End of 6 weeks: 127.0 End of 10 weeks: 131.2


Start date: 29″ End of 6 weeks: 26″ End of 10 weeks: 27″


Start date: 40″ End of 6 weeks: 36.5″ End of 10 weeks: 38″

Waist-to-hip ratio (ideal is <0.9 for men; <0.8 for women)

Start date: 0.73 End of 6 weeks: 0.71 End of 10 weeks: 0.71

Body fat percentage

Start date: 27.1 End of 6 weeks: 26.0 End of 10 weeks: 24.3

Body pH (ideal is 7.2 to 7.4)

Start date: 6.45 End of 6 weeks: 6.75 End of 10 weeks: 6.85

Dr. Turner suggests to also measure blood pressure, resting heart rate and a blood test from your doctor. However, I was too excited to start the diet and so failed to measure these health components at the beginning, so I felt no need to record them after 6 and 10 weeks.

Diet Review

The results speak for themselves: The Hormone Diet is practically miraculous! Thank you Dr. Turner!

As you can see, I went up slightly in weight and inches in the last 4 weeks. This is most likely due to several factors which add lean muscle mass:

  1. After the anti-inflammatory detox (2 weeks) and the reintroduction phase (2 weeks), I started eating dairy and animal protein again in order to follow Dr. Turner’s Glyci-Med Dietary Approach to eating (a combination of the low-glycemic and Mediterranean diets).
  2. While on the anti-inflammatory detox and reintroduction phase, I stopped working out and concentrated only on walking, yoga and Pilates. Once the 4 weeks were up, I started pumping iron again, starting with once a week and working my way to 3 times a week. I used Doc Turner’s exercise program at the back of the book.

What I really love about Dr. Turner’s program is all the wonderful recipes she includes in her book and extra recipes she offers on her website. Many of them are versatile for both the anti-inflammatory detox and the Glyci-Med approach. Out of dozens that my hubby and I tried, there were only 2 that we weren’t so hot on.

There is only one thing I should mention that may have affected these results. In order to cure my food addictions (carbs, sugar and caffeine which I had slowly been redeveloping since March) so that I could take on Dr. Turner’s program, I chose to do the USANA Reset Program and started taking their nutritional supplements a week before I began The Hormone Diet.

Click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2 of my USANA review and hear how I was feeling prior to starting all this compared with after!

I’m unsure how doing the USANA Reset and taking their nutritional supplements affected my results from The Hormone Diet but I do know that USANA helped me take on the challenge of the anti-inflammatory detox!

So what do you think of these results, Readers? Are you ready to rebalance your hormones or what? If you found this post helpful, share it with your friends on your favourite social networking site.

Stay tuned for an upcoming book review on The Hormone Diet and if you’d like to read more of these kinds of health product reviews, subscribe to Live Lighter’s RSS feed or via email!

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Connie February 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

I’m so glad I found your blog. I’ve been reading her book and am going to start the detox but I was curious to find what other people thought. Your views are very reassuring! Thank you!!

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) February 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Hi Connie! Congrats on starting The Hormone Diet – Dr. Turner really knows what she’s talking about. 🙂

Please come back and let us know how you do!

Steph @ Live Lighter.org

Claire May 18, 2010 at 10:22 am

Natasha Turner referenced articles and wrote a book. There is nothing informative in her book – It is just plain old information that is attainable any where. She also had someone ride the internet putting in so many good comments that the bad ones are hidden. I bought the book and wish I could get my money back. What a waste!

Head Health Nutter May 21, 2010 at 2:35 am

HI Claire. Sorry you didn’t like the book or the program. As you can tell by my review, I felt my money was well-spent. Thank you very much for your opinion – I guess it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Steph

Andrea September 12, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Just finished reading the book today. Start the Hormone Diet tomorrow and am super excited! I feel great knowing I am taking a positive step towards excellent health.

Head Health Nutter September 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm

That’s a great attitude, Andrea! I bet you’re rockin’ the hormone diet. Enjoy the recipes. yum.

Please come back and share your experience with us!

Thalma May 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Hi I have had Thyroid problems for 20 year and had a constant battle with weight and health I started the detox phase and after the first week Ive lost 2 kl love the recipes and even at this earl stage can fee that this is right for me Thank you Natasha

Head Health Nutter May 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Hear, hear, Thalma! I second that thank you to Dr. Natasha Turner. I love the recipes, too, and still make them often even tho I’m not on the diet. 🙂

Wishing you balance! Steph

Brenna April 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm


Thanks for the review on the Hormone Diet I was considering it but wanted to know what others thought of the book. Now if only there was something for vegans. It seems a real struggle to find an approach to eating that addresses the hormone issues for those of us who for religious reasons do not eat any animal products. If you have any suggestions I would be delighted!!!

Head Health Nutter May 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Hi Brenna, thanks for popping on Live Lighter and you’re most welcome for the review! Hmm, the protein needed in our diets do present issues for vegans. The only thing I can suggest is to increase your intake of legumes, nuts and seeds. If I come across any other ideas, I’ll definitely pass them your way!

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With just about all the different, weight reduction info on the internet today, on thousands of different blogs. How does a individual knows nothing about weight-loss, truly understand exactly what works, and exactly what does not deliver the results? Many blogs tell you that one particular weight-loss method will give a person weight-loss results, then another blog claims that it does not work.

Head Health Nutter December 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Your name suggests your comment is spam but I had to publish it because it’s a great question! You’re totally right in your observations. Everyone is different, and what works on one person won’t necessarily work with another.

That’s why at Live Lighter I advocate self-education and self-awareness. It’s important to educate yourself about how the body works in general, be aware of your specific health issues or weaknesses, and try different methods (with help from your health practitioner) to see how you react to them.

Weight-loss is a very easy equation, in general and if you don’t have any health issues that interfere with it. It’s simply calories burnt versus calories consumed. To lose weight, you must burn more calories than you are consuming. That’s just the weight-loss factor, but to be healthy takes a lot more factors into consideration.


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