Happy Hormones Slim
Jorge Cruise of “Happy Hormones Slim Belly,” the author of
many weight loss books and a few workout books explains that the weight loss
industry has been misleading people. Most diets he explains are about “count
calories, eat less and exercise more.”
Jorge further explains that hormonal stages begin around age
40 for women and last until age 60. Weight loss is dependent on keeping insulin
levels low by avoiding sugars and cutting carbs; however, for women, after age
40 there is more desire to eat carbs which creates a complex situation. Eating carbs is known to increase the neurotransmitter known
Serotonin is responsible for making you feel good, less anxious
and less depressed. Depressed people have decreased levels of serotonin and
take serotonin reuptake inhibitors to increase serotonin levels. Serotonin also
moderates mood, appetite, cravings, and impulse control. This need for
serotonin after age 40 is due to decreased serotonin levels.
The decreased serotonin levels for women causes
extreme carb and sugar cravings but by eating that, they become overweight and
obese. Jorge Cruises’ solution to the carbohydrate and
neurotransmitter problem is to fix a broken metabolism and to lose weight
long-term by what is known as Women’s Carb Cycling. This method, distinguished
by science will reset your insulin sensitivity, keep you slim, while promoting
serotonin levels, that keep you happy, energized and craving free. Through carb
cycling according to Cruise, you can lose up to 7 pounds the first week and 2
The name of the game according to Jorge Cruise is sugar
calories. Sugar calories are defined as any carbohydrate in food (including all
sugars). According to Jorge’s experiences, 100 sugar calories per day maximum
provides the greatest amount of weight loss without the negative side effects
of slashing carbs. Popular diets such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and
Nutrisystem can unfortunately count on as many as 650 to more than 900 sugar
calories per day. That spikes insulin quite a bit and leads to weight gain.
After taking in large amounts of sugar calories you can be
certain that your body will produce fat and cling onto stubborn fat without
satisfying hunger. With Cruises’ plan you’ll consume your total calories
similar to the more popular plans but you’ll be limiting your sugar calories.
With this approach, while cycling carbs, you won’t be disappointed or hungry,
weak, deprived and fat. Instead you should feel energized, happy and completely
When carb cycling you will eat two days in a row called slim
days. These days have a total of zero sugar calories, which is quite amazing. One carbohydrate is equal to four sugar calories. Just take your carbohydrates and
multiply by four to get the total sugar calories.
In the book “Happy Hormones Slim
Belly” Jorge Cruise has outlined your meals for the first four weeks. That
includes slim days (zero sugar calorie days) and happy days. The happy days are
the other 5 days out of the week following the two slim days. During happy days
you’ll eat up to 500 sugar calories for five days in a row. The happy days are
meant to keep your serotonin levels topped off which will eliminate cravings,
overeating and negative moods.
I’m skeptical of Jorge Cruises’ plan to keep your serotonin
levels stacked. He hasn’t provided any research that proves that 500 sugar
calories or 125 grams a day of carbohydrates is enough to keep serotonin levels
at a sufficient level to keep me happy.
I know from experience that serotonin
levels increase further after 125 grams of carbohydrates. How do I know
that 125 carbs is enough? I know when I eat 300 grams of carbs a day, I’m
smiling quite a bit but 125 aren’t much if you ask me.
I definitely know that everyone’s genes are different and I
believe some people release more serotonin or less serotonin to different
amounts of carbs. Some people may be quite resistant to serotonin release from
a carb to carb basis than neighbor Jessica that only needs 50 carbs a day to
keep depression at bay? See what I mean? What scientific study says 125 carbs
is optimal? What studying has he himself done or surveys of people has he done
on people that point to 125 carbs per day? He provides references which you can study. The references are at the end of the webpage, they were provided in his books as scientific citations for his diet protocol.
Jorge Cruise does provide three references to clinical
studies. One of the studies states that intermittent fasting increases insulin
sensitivity. Intermittent fasting means you are going without any calories
what-so-ever for a certain period of time. I see that for
the zero sugar calorie days there is still consumption of food, which isn’t
technically a “fast.”
The second reference from Jorge Cruise says that restricting
carbs for two days a week increases insulin levels by 22% and helps women lose
twice as much weight as those who diet every day of the week. Now this study
sounds a lot more applicable because that is exactly what the plan is, to cut carbs
for two days a week.
Ironically, insulin increases by 22% but in his book,
Jorge states that insulin is directly responsible for the production of fat,
the clinging on of fat and the storage of fat yet a 22% increase in insulin is
effective in “women losing twice as much weight as those who diet every day of
the week.” That’s quite impressive if you ask me, despite the increase in
insulin, there is still a large decrease in weight loss. The 22% increase in
insulin probably doesn’t offset the benefit of going two full-days without
carbs, which is extremely difficult to do. Thanks to Jorge Cruise, he provides
a meal plan in his book for two full days each of four weeks of eating without
consuming any sugar calories.
The third references states: “Intermittent fasting reduces
blood pressure and increases insulin sensitivity. Cellular and molecular
effects of intermittent fasting on the cardiovascular system and the brain are
similar to those of regular physical exercise.” I think this sounds good but
once again the diet plan for the two slim days does not call for fasting. Food
is still to be consumed during breakfast, lunch, dinner along with two snacks
and a treat for dinner. How is that study relevant to what Jorge Cruise has
planned for us? Study the diet below in the collapse element, provided is the
foods for the two slim days of week .
TWO SLIM DAYS
SLIM DAY 1
Sauteed Vegetable Frittata & Coffee with half-and-half, 0 sugar calories
10 almonds, 0 sugar calories
Chicken Caprese Stacks, 0 sugar calories
1 string-cheese stick, 0 sugar calories
Zucchini Boats, 0 sugar calories
Sweet Skinny Waffle, 0 sugar calories
SLIM DAY 2
Cinnamon-Nut Cottage Cheese & Coffee with half-and-half
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 0 sugar calories
Dijon Salmon, 0 sugar calories
1 hard-boiled egg, 0 sugar calories
Steak Kebab, 0 sugar calories
Sweet Skinny Waffle, 0 sugar calories
For the above Happy Hormone Slim Belly Recipes, see here.
Happy Hormones Slim Belly is from Jorge Cruise an author of
quite a few diet books and workout books. He found a clinical study that showed via the benefit of cutting calories for two days a week. Unfortunately
and to my dismay, the main study that Jorge cited as the source for his theory
on carb cutting for two days in a row is not related to the bold title he
printed right above the study. Jorge states “Restricting carbs for two days a
week increases insulin levels by 22% and helps women lose twice as much weight
as those who diet every day of the week.” He then points right underneath that
title I just mentioned to a clinical study.
I looked up the clinical
study, and having a background in science, I can interpret it correctly. The
study did not study carb restriction. The study found that when you cut
calories by 25% for two days a week, you get the same weight loss that you
would get if you cut calories seven days a week. This is quite a remarkable
study if you ask me. I only need to cut my calories two days a week instead of
all seven for the same benefit? Thank goodness this happened, right? That
sounds like a good deal but Jorge is stating that by cutting carbs two days a
week you lose twice as much weight as those who diet everyday of the week, but
Jorge has no proof that this has ever been clinically proven, instead his proof
that he points to says something completely different.
What does that mean?
Well, it sure looks like he is mis-representing what he is stating in his book,
I’m a bit upset about it and want an explanation. Where is his study, or where
is his proof that what he suggests we practice is a proven scientific finding? In fact, in the introduction of the book,
Jorge states that his findings have scientific backing. I don’t know where Jorge learned to cite
scientific evidence but he sure doesn’t have an academic background with this
atrocious example of misrepresentation.
I feel if I pay for something that is going to tell me how to do something
different in my life such as eating differently, there should be evidence and
proof that this new lifestyle I’m going to adopt indeed has worked on people in
the past. Jorge, comes up short by not providing proof or scientific merit to
his teaching. I sure don’t like it but if you believe in Jorge, you are welcome
to try his diet, it just might work, just know that he can’t prove to you that
it does work.
Perhaps he has already tried this experimental diet with some of
his clients that he serves but didn’t explain any of those findings in his
book. Just because someone doesn’t have
a clinical study supporting his diet doesn’t mean that he hasn’t tested it out
on many people, having found success in many of them, right? My only problem is
that he cited something that doesn’t support what he states, which marks him as
quite questionable if you ask me.
He may just have derived his diet plan and
discovered his diet plan from the fact that intermittent caloric restriction
results in the same weight loss as continuous caloric restriction. That
derivation is quite a few steps away from what the clinical study found.
If you want to try George's diet and have access to all the recipes and other insights, you can get Happy Hormones Slim Belly here from Amazon.com.
Happy Hormones Slim Belly
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