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Wednesday, 9 May, 2007 12:17 PM

Can Unbalanced Hormones Be Making You Fat?

Renowned doctor explains how to unleash your body’s fat burning potential

We’ve all heard it before: to lose weight, your body must burn stored fat. Yet despite counting calories and maintaining a regular exercise regimen, many of us still can’t shed the pounds. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 66% of adult Americans are overweight and while the majority of them probably want to trim down, they’re losing the battle of the bulge. That could be because they’re not armed with the right weapons. You see, they’re not just fighting fat. New research reveals the true culprit behind the weight loss struggle. Hormones.

According to author and nutritional expert Dr. Eric Berg, being overweight is your body’s reaction to a dysfunctional glandular system. Until your glands function in a healthy manner, your body will stubbornly hold on to excess fat. “People think if they lose weight they will be healthy,” says Dr. Berg. “But the truth is they must first get healthy before their bodies can kick into fat-burning mode.”

Dr. Berg’s new book, The 7 Principles of Fat Burning, explains why body shape is the best indicator of which hormones are unbalanced. You’ve probably heard of pear and apple-shaped bodies but didn’t understand the cause of each particular body shape. “For instance, women who carry the bulk of their weight in the lower body have been referred to as having a pear shape,” says Dr. Berg. “I call them an ovary type because the ovary system is not functioning properly and the hormone estrogen will cause fat to accumulate around the hips more than any other place.”

In the book, Dr. Berg explains why assessing body shape is crucial to creating the right plan to nurture the glands back to healthy functioning. Readers can take an extensive quiz to identify their specific issues and discover their individualized body type. Because each gland controls distinct body features, readers quickly learn to differentiate one gland from another. The thyroid gland, for example, controls hair, nails, skin; energy level and body temperature compared to the adrenal gland which controls all stress responses and sleep patterns.

As Dr. Berg discovered through his extensive work with patients, each body shape requires corrective actions in addition to eating and exercise plans to restore the body shape. “Your metabolism is controlled by hormones,” says Dr. Berg. “You have 6 fat burning hormones which are each triggered differently. To lose weight you must learn how to avoid the fat storing triggers and stimulate the fat burning hormones instead. Most people have been mistakenly focusing on the calories—the wrong thing.”

The 7 Principles of Fat Burning is concise yet comprehensive. Unlike some books that lose the reader in scientific jargon when attempting to explain complex mechanisms of the human body, Dr. Berg has penned an easy to understand guide for anyone struggling to lose weight. The science behind each body type’s diet and exercise plan is explained in no-nonsense terms that make it clear to the reader why the plan will work.

The book also explains the truth behind some of the most popular weight loss mantras, such as why drinking 8 glasses of water a day can actually harm some body types, how hormones in meat affect your body, and why eating in moderation—a one-size-fits-all approach to dieting—simply doesn’t work.

Dr. Berg points out five key elements to weight problems that most people don’t fully understand:

  • Why stress causes the body to store fat
  • What your food cravings mean
  • Why Europeans are thinner than Americans
  • How to avoid foods that trigger hormone induced fat
  • Why sleep problems are linked to weight problems

The 7 Principles of Fat Burning is not your standard weight-loss fare. Dr. Berg’s plan for better health stands out from the pack because he teaches readers how to attack the true cause of their weight problems; unbalanced hormones. As he so aptly explains, the bottom line is clear: you can achieve weight loss and better health after you help your body’s glandular system operate in a balanced way.


The 7 Principles of Fat Burning
By Eric Berg
288 pp., Hardback $24.95 US
KB Press 2006

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About The Author:

Eric Berg, DC is a chiropractor specializing in nutritional research and weight loss. He has his own alternative healthcare practice located in north Virginia. Dr. Berg has trained more than 1300 doctors in his methods, resulting in the treatment of over 35,000 patients. He is an active member of the Endocrinology Society.

Dr. Berg has published three books, “The 7 Principles of Fat Burning,” “Healthy Hormones, Healthy Life,” and “Dr. Berg’s Body Shape Diets.” He is also the creator of Fat Burning Tracker, which is a web-based internet tool to help get instant feedback on what a person is eating and doing to affect hormone influences.



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