More and more people who want to lose weight are turning to the new "hormone diet." But what is it exactly? Does it work? Here's what science has to say about it.
Say goodbye to high protein diets, intermittent fasting, and the keto diet. Meet the latest fad: the "hormone diet." The premise of this diet is that if a person hasn’t managed to lose weight after several attempts, it’s probably because their hormones are working against them.
Several books have been published on the subject, praising the merits of this technique. Apparently, following this specific diet, along with physical exercise, will make you lose weight fast by "tweaking" or "resetting" your hormones.
What does science have to say?
Despite this new diet's surge in popularity, most scientists are sceptical about it. Overall, the hormone diet’s nutritional approach actually isn’t bad.
But if people do in fact loseweight from it, it’s not because they've 'reset their hormones,' but rather because they've created a deficit between how many calories they're consuming and the number of calories their body burns. As of now, there is no scientific proof that the hormone diet actually works by ‘tweaking’ a person’s hormones.
Moreover, not managing to lose weight despite a healthy and balanced diet and regular physical activity could be a sign of something more serious, like diabetes or an underactive thyroid. However, people who suffer from these ailments can’t just go on a diet. They must first be treated and follow their physician's health plan.