Dr Oz: Dr Emma Hormone Diet Protocol Review

Calgary_Weight_Loss_hcgWe often get question about the “Dr Emma” hormone diet. Dr Emma has been an annual advisor to Dr Oz on the hormone diet for several years. On the most recent Dr. Oz show on the hormone Diet  program, it was nice to see another confirmation of what we have seen with our hormone weight loss patients. Since January 2010, we’ve had over 40,000 patients lose weight on the IAPAM’s Clean Start hormone Weight Loss program, so to say we speak with authority on this subject is an understatement.

Its interesting to see Dr Emma come from following the diet, to modifying it from year to year. It seems we regularly hear about someone who has “improved” the original hormone diet. Almost always, when we look deeper, we see they have increased the daily calories and added supplements or shakes that only they sell! If you look at the original protocol diet, you’ll see it consists of a very low carb, higher protein diet, without any additional sugars and starches. I’m not really aware of any supplements, bars, shakes or powders that don’t contain sugars or starches!

Dr. Emma mentions a reason to increase the calories is to help maintain your muscle mass while on the diet, I suspect it has more to do with her selling her shakes and supplements. In our BIA tests, we have found that the fat vs. muscle loss is consistent with her findings, however our patients are following the original Dr. Simeons hormone diet protocol. In reviewing the 40,000 patients who follow the original diet (including taking prescription hormone, not hormone drops) are not hungry and lose primarily fat, not muscle.

If you increase the calories per day, then you are in essence just giving the patient a diabetic ketegenic diet, similar to Dr. Bernsteins diet program. When you are doing a ketogenic diet, you can then offer the supplements that Dr. Emma offers her patients, which are protein bars, soups, protein powders, supplements, raspberry ketone powder, fruit drinks (see her available products for purchase here: http://dremmasdiet.com/products/). We at Glenmore Healthcare do not promote or encourage shakes and supplements, we want you to eat real food, that you can buy at any grocery store!

Also beware of non-approved hormone food. They also had a chef with “updated” recipes, who was using sauces, ham, omelet, yogurt, etc. However, she also said she was hungry during the Dr. Emma hormone diet, and by straying from the allowable foods list on the original protocol, that is why she was probably hungry. We do know when patients don’t follow the original diet, they are hungrier. so this makes sense.

She also thought that because women are pregnant they sometimes get nausea and don’t feel like eating, this may be the part of how hormone that effects hunger. Personally, I think that hormone interacts with Leptin (which is a hormone that tells your body you are full), so I don’t buy that theory.

I do like this quote from Dr. Emma, since it helps better describe the program to patients: “it’s the diet that drives weight loss; it’s the hormone injections that effect how you lose the weight.” This makes sense, because after people lose 30lbs they should be requiring less calories, but in fact (Resting Metabolic Rate testing confirms this), they can eat a similar amount of calories. This is due to the muscle being retained (which burns more calories than fat).

Another item we certainly agree on is that exercise should be part of the program. She doesn’t really say what exercises are allowed, but with our program we want you to do a 20 minute walk every day.

In summary, Dr. Emma, as we’ve seen many others do in the past, is trying to create a “new and improved” hormone diet protocol that works better and saves muscle mass. However, our experience with over 40,000 patients is that the original protocol saves the same amount of muscle mass and patients are not hungry. There is no point in increasing the dosage and daily calories since people should not be hungry. On the original protocol, they lose the weight, they lose fat, and their metabolism is reset. I do agree with exercise, and we have included it from the beginning. She only has 1,000 patients, whereas the IAPAM Clean Start hormone Weight Loss program has over 40,000, so I think we have a better feel for what works and doesn’t work.

Be well,

Jeff Russell

Executive Director

Glenmore Healthcare

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