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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Visionary health expert Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, has always been a trendsetter. With millions of followers nationwide, she has the uncanny ability to pinpoint major health concerns and provide solutions years ahead of anybody else.

Highly respected as the grande dame of alternative health and award-winning author of 30 books, she single-handedly launched the weight loss/detox revolution in her New York Times bestseller The Fat Flush Plan. A Connecticut College and Teachers College, Columbia University graduate, Dr. Ann Louise was recognized as one of the top ten nutritionists in the country by Self magazine and was the recipient of the American Medical Writers Association award for excellence. She has been a popular columnist for First magazine since 2003.

Website: www.annlouise.com


Below is my Master Formula to ensure optimal fat burning and overall vitality. I have taken the liberty of including select brand names for some of my favorite smart staples.

Banish all of the fake fats that inhibit metabolism, dampen thyroid function and promote inflammation. Eliminate all hydrogenated fats and partially-hydrogenated fats like margarine, shortening and soybean oil and the foods they are contained in like French fries,...

Knives
I would be remiss if I did not remind you how important the right knives are for chopping, paring, slicing, and carving-everything from fruits and veggies to roasts and turkeys. At the very least, you will need one high-quality utility knife and one four-inch paring knife for the majority of your cutting needs in the Smart Kitchen. If you are planning to purchase a new knife set and you want something durable, then I highly recommend MAC Japanese knives, which...

Stocking Your Smart Kitchen
With a well-stocked fridge, freezer, and pantry, you can't go wrong when preparing a meal or grabbing a healthy snack.

Many of the foods you'll need for your Smart Kitchen can be found in the grocery store, while others are available in your local health food store or co-op.

The Smart Fridge

Oils and Fats: High lignan flax oil, fish oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, roasted walnut oil, pine nut oil, high...

This simple Tune-UP not only works quickly, it resets your metabolism so you can keep right on losing! p>My metabolism-boosting 3-Day Smart Start has all the right stuff—including the essential Smart Fats. Many of my clients lose up to seven pounds in three days while most shed at least three to four pounds with a flatter tummy and no more cravings or blood sugar highs and lows.

Why It Works
The Tune-UP can be broken down into five factors like...

Progesterone

The sex hormone Progesterone is also balanced by estrogen's sexy Smart Fats:

  • High lignan flax seeds and flax oil
  • Chia
  • Walnuts

If there was ever a "magic bullet" hormone therapy on the planet, natural progesterone comes really close. Many women's bodies are simply not producing enough. Either because they are not ovulating regularly—although many are still menstruating—so...

HERE ARE MY TOP TUNE-UP TRICKS TO CLEAN UP ESTROGEN OVERLOAD.

1. Learn to love or at least like flax seeds and high lignan flax oil. Their estrogen-modulating effect is well documented, but what is not well known is their possible connection to hypothyroidism. So, here’s the glitch: While lignan-rich flax seeds are extremely healthy, they do contain a substance known as cyanogenic glycosides, which metabolize into thiocyanate, a chemical that has...

By decoding all of your body’s distress signals and making some simple diet and exercise changes, you can restore optimal health while speeding up metabolism, overcoming stress and banishing hunger. Smart Fats are one of the top strategies for natural hormone therapy. They can help head off PMS, perimenopause and menopause symptoms, and even andropause (male menopause), while hormonal weight gain is dialed back.

ESTROGEN DOMINANCE DEFENSE
In fact, nothing...

Hunger Hormone—Cholecystokinin (CCK)

The hunger hormone CCK is balanced by a combination of omega-6s and 9s:

Pine nuts and pine nut oil
As the most concentrated energy source, Smart Fats release the hormone CCK signaling a short-term urgent intense message of satiety. Without that particular message, we will continue to feel hungry and dissatisfied after a meal. What happens when you reduce or eliminate the hunger-reducing Smart Fats from your...

The “big four” hunger hormones that work in synergy with each other (and all the other hormones as well) are adiponectin, cholecystokinin (CCK), leptin and ghrelin. Similar to how the thyroid hormone controls metabolism, and insulin and cortisol are driven by stress, these hunger hormones affect appetite.

Although they are relative newcomers to the weight loss game, the hunger hormones can also be set straight by the right Smart Fats and some healthy lifestyle adjustments, like...

This fat storage stress hormone is blocked by antioxidant-rich sesame and omega-3 oils:

  • Sesame seeds and toasted sesame seed oil
  • Fatty fish and fish oil SPOILER ALERT: Insulin is the one hormone that you have THE most control over of all. It is controlled primarily by what you put in your mouth. All foods trigger a hormonal response. Carbs and most simple sugars stimulate secretion of the hormone insulin while protein produces the hormone glucagon and essential...

The slim-stimulating effects of bitters may be the world’s best-kept secret—but I’m letting you in on it in my new Radical Metabolism Plan! If you aren’t losing the weight you want to, then it’s time for a radical change. Bitter foods like coffee, cacao, cabbage, ginger, and dozens more, stimulate the liver, promote better bile flow, and boost your fat-burning metabolism, all of which are key components of losing weight and getting healthy. Bitter foods are a big deal! So why...

Forget about Whole30—it’s time for a Fab4 to get your weight loss on track! Are you ready to spend a Radical 4 days flushing toxins and losing weight? I challenged some of the “slowest losers” to try just the first 4 days of my new Radical Metabolism plan to show how fast you can lose even stubborn weight with the right tools.

Just listen to what my Radical group of ladies had to say after the Fab4:

Debi C.:I can’t believe I lost 7.6...

If you have an over 40 sluggish metabolism or a thyroid issue, then follow these 5 Radical Rules to lose weight and feel great!

"When I turned 40, it seemed like every bad habit I'd ever had caught up with me and my health and weight paid the price. I didn't have the energy to do the things I enjoyed, and looking in the mirror all I saw were lumps and bumps in places there used to be curves. No matter what diet or exercise program I tried, I couldn't lose the weight or feel...

Radical Metabolism doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive—here's how you can save both time and money on the plan.

It's no secret that eating healthy and taking nutritional supplements is an excellent investment in your health and for your weight loss goals, but sometimes the budget or a busy schedule can get in the way of your best intentions. Over the past four decades, I've worked with thousands upon thousands of men and women looking to improve their health and slim...

For the last three decades I have found myself rewriting the rules of nutrition—and now, with Radical Metabolism, I'm at it again. Why? Because the latest science paints a new picture, and it's not a pretty one. I am well past fifty, and in moving through that transition I was personally challenged by a metabolic slowdown. The plan in this book has...

There is probably nothing—and I mean nothing—like unrelenting stress to sabotage weight loss. Stress really does a number on your body. The sad thing is that stress, no matter where it comes from, will have the same detrimental biochemical effect—a spike in cortisol, your body's premier fat storage hormone. Cortisol is released by the adrenal glands as part of our "fight or flight" mechanism. While you may be aware of stress—whether it is physical, emotional, or psychological—you...

Meet Omega-7 - The New "Kid" on the Block

Make way for omega-7. It is the latest powerhouse Smart Fat, which someday may rival coconut in popularity. Studies from Harvard, The Cleveland Clinic, Hawaii, and Japan have suggested that omega-7 is a force to be reckoned with. This awesome omega can be found in its most biologically available form in anchovies, while sea buckthorn is the highest source of a vegan omega-7. Macadamia nuts and macadamia nut oil are not far behind. Research...

The essential GLA (gamma linolenic acid) is not just your ordinary Smart Fat. Distinctively different than thyroid-targeting coconut oil, GLA is a multitasking essential fatty acid that activates brown fat to effortlessly burn calories from heat. Our bodies need to get GLA from foods because we cannot manufacture this essential fatty acid without an outside source. GLA has proven benefits to ignite a slow metabolism and is a healer for PMS, bloating, depression, diabetic...

Smart Fat Series: Eat Fat Lose Weight

Nutritional short falls may not be the direct cause of thyroid imbalances but they sure can magnify unpleasant symptoms. The ones I find most lacking are vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin E, zinc, iron, iodine, potassium, selenium and the amino acid tyrosine. Please note that iodine may be contraindicated with those who have Hashimoto's.

Virus
Viral overload is the last, but by no means, the least...