The Rosedale Diet, turn off your HUNGER switch! By Ron Rosedale, MD and Carol Colman
The essence of the word diet from both Greek and Latin is “way of living” or “leading life.” Our interpretation of what it means to eat in moderation to reduce weight or to eat for a special purpose is a modern interpretation. For my part, I like the original and it is in that sense that I would like to recommend this month’s book.
The author, Dr. Ron Rosedale is an expert in nutrition and metabolic medicine, as well as an anti-aging specialist. He has worked with both obese and those whose weight has become a burden on their souls. Mostly people end up with Dr. Rosedale when nothing seems to work, not exercise, not hunger, not Atkins. Like many of us, their patients may have been successful in the early stages of a new program, but it doesn’t last, and these people often regain the weight they lost in a very short time.
What makes Rosedale’s program so different is that he has become an expert on a hormone discovered only in 1994 called Leptin. It seems that leptin is the master hormone, all of our hormones have leptin as a companion. If leptin is not working properly, none of the other hormones can do their job well.
So what does leptin do? It is responsible for the continuation of the species and as such indicates that enough fat is stored in our fat cells for reproduction to take place. It controls appetite and weight loss by telling the brain when to eat, how much to eat, and when to stop. According to Dr. Rosedale’s book, “New research shows that leptin may be one of the body’s most important hunger control mechanisms. Control leptin, you control your weight.”
Do you have your attention? Good because this book has about 150 positive testimonials on Amazon alone. The good doctor is on to something.
And you will probably be surprised at the antidote to excess sugar, the culprit here, eating more fat. Hmmm, where have we heard that before? One of my mottos is “don’t be afraid of fat.” However, it seems that I have to modify my way of making fat according to this diet plan. And I’m totally in favor of making the adjustments because there’s still a lot to love, like guacamole, some cheeses, meats, nuts, and butter.
Not to mention Dr. Rosedale’s twenty years of research and the thousands of patients regaining a healthy weight.
The program is not an Atkins copycat, although certain carbohydrates are taboo. Protein can also be turned into sugar and stored as fat when there is too much of it, such as bread. And the all-you-can-eat-bacon-steak-and-cheese feast that is an Atkins program is not healthy and does not promote long-term results.
Many middle-aged women are struggling with weight gain now, more than ever in their life.
The Rosedale diet can help. If you are willing to do it your way for 21 days, your cravings will decrease and you will begin to lose weight.
You will not be hungry, if you are, eat more, insists the doctor.
You will need to prepare some food for yourself or shop at a health food store you can trust to avoid cooking with “bad” oils like corn or peanut.
You will have to enjoy the things you eliminated a long time ago and the foods you trust to satisfy those cravings. Trust me, it will all pay off in the long run. When your body is working as it should, you won’t have the cravings, you’ll feel full when you eat, you’ll have more energy to exercise or get on with your day.
Oh, and since leptin is such an integral part of the entire endocrine system, you might even see fewer PMS symptoms, migraines, bloating, and other obnoxious results from a runaway system.
The book has assessments so you can see where you are, what your protein needs are, and more. There are about 100 recipes, a good place to start, although once you learn the suggested foods, you will probably want to create your own.
If 2009 is your year, I suggest you buy this book and commit to it. 21 days, how hard can it be?
Remember that a diet is a way of life. How about trying a way of life that has been shown to result in a healthy body that looks, feels and functions as designed?