younger and leaner in 28 days

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Four weeks is enough to feel younger, athletic and energetic, losing weight precisely at the critical points: word of Emanuele De Nobili, expert in preventive, regenerative and anti-aging medicineAnd Margaret Enricothe author who stole his secrets in a book co-written for Sperling & Kupfer, The Hormonal Reboot Diet. A diet not based on maniacal calorie counting and exhausting fitness sessions but on changing habits to rebalance hormones. What can be responsible for an overly rounded face or pronounced calves (the fault of excess cortisol), cellulite (have you checked your testosterone levels?), hair loss or thinning (it could thyroid dysfunction).

Hormones affect our metabolism, our energy levels, on the telomeres responsible for aging, on the resistance of muscles and bones, on the immune and circulatory system. They affect our sleep, the appearance of the skin, the condition of the nails and hair, the health of the heart, but also our mood, our memory and our ability to concentrate. They are tireless process activators and guardians of our health,” they write in the introduction to the volume.

COP_The hormonal reboot diet

The pillars of food

To balance hormones, just pay pay attention to the choice of food – favor the richest in minerals and electrolytes suitable for facilitating muscular, nervous and circulatory functions – and when to consume them; furthermore the hormonal reboot method invites keep stress under controlpractice “hormonal gymnastics” and introduce natural supplements to be personalized according to its deficiencies or excesses.

A few simple rules on which to build your new power supply: first consume natural foods, preferably of seasonal and organic plant origin (pesticides are among the main endocrine disruptors), by reducing meat consumption as much as possible and favoring vegetable proteins or those contained in blue fish (caught and not raised) and in eggs (in free-range hens ); avoid dairy products and cereals with gluten (to “cleanse” the intestine, promoting better absorption of nutrients and therefore more efficient cell function) and limiting foods with added salts, sugars and fats; and finally hydrate well, but no alcohol or coffee.

The five steps

The first three days are those of detox: raw and cooked vegetables, fruits and plenty of fluids (never in plastic bottles!) to reduce the feeling of hunger. Switching to an all-vegetable diet may initially cause trouble sleeping, fatigue, constipation or diarrhea, and headaches, but these are transient symptoms that you shouldn’t worry about.

The second phase (days 4-7) reintroduces certain foods such as carbohydrates from gluten-free cereals (rice, quinoa, buckwheat) at lunch, while at third phase (days 8-14) proteins of vegetable (legumes) and animal (fish only) origin are reintegrated even at dinner.

The fourth phase (days 15-21) relies primarily on protein (at lunch, dinner, and sometimes even breakfast) to rest insulin production by the pancreas and to teach the metabolism to use excess stored fat as an energy source, one of the main causes of the so-called “silent chronic inflammation”.

Finally in the fifth phase (days 22-28) you return to a complete diet, which will serve as a model for continuing on your own, with partial reintegration once a week of cereals containing gluten from ancient grains (except for those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance or thyroid diseases) and red meat (pastured cattle).

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