When I am not shopping, baking or wrapping gifts this holiday season, I am spending my spare time reading every book I can get my hands on by Ann Louis Gittleman, PhD, CNS. She's the best-selling author of The Fat Flush Plan, whose latest bookFat Flush For Life is just hitting book stands now. Why? Because I think she has the answer to my unexpected weight gain and can help.
After losing every pound I gained from my last pregnancy by eating healthy and exercising daily, I suddenly without warning found five pounds attached to my hips and thighs. Nothing in my routine or diet has changed. It happened over night about two months ago. I'm not kidding! My mom claims it's because the big 4-0 is just around the corner. She may have a point, but I'm still going to fight back for my girlish figure. Anyway, I started researching online for some answers. Gittleman's name kept popping up on my search. I contacted her media person to get my hands on Fat Flush For Life before it was released. Hey, I'm a blogger. It's a perk of the job.
What I like about Gittleman's approach to weight loss is that it isn't just about losing weight, but making your body healthier. While all her Fat Flush books are based on detoxifying the body by cleansing the liver and the lymphatic system, I also like how she emphasizes healthy fats, supplements and foods that help balance female hormones like mine that may be contributing to my unexplained, over-night weight gain.
Fat Flush For Life takes a seasonal, year-long approach to detoxing and weight loss. It's based upon principals in traditional Chinese medicine and designed to tap into nature's harmonious cycles.
Gittleman's latest book also contains nuggets of nutritional information that everyone can incorporate into their diet for better health. For example, Gittleman explains that a copper-zinc imbalance can impact a body's ability to eliminate toxins. She notes that our environment and diet can cause elevated copper levels, which can suppress the thyroid, cause hormone imbalances and lead to weight gain. Eating foods that are high in zinc can combat this effect. Needless to say, I'm planning to stock up on zinc-rich pumpkin seeds.
I'll be the first to admit that I don't do "diets", but I definitely plan to integrate her natural detoxifying strategies into my own daily routine.Fat Flush For Life offers a wealth of holistic nutritional advice that anybody looking to start the coming New Year off to a healthier start will want to read.