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Mary Claire Haver, MD

The Doctor-Developed, Patient-Proven Plan to Burn Fat and Tame Your Hormonal Symptoms

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The Galveston Diet by Mary Claire Haver, MD is a women's health book that introduces a life-changing eating plan for women over 40. It provides evidence-based strategies to target inflammation, balance hormones, and encourage healthy weight loss.

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    Component #1: Adopt an intermittent fasting regimen.

    If you've been following trends in the fitness world, chances are you've already heard a lot about intermittent fasting. And although it might just sound like another fad diet at first, it's actually a hot topic for a very good reason: it works. 

    At its core, intermittent fasting involves sticking to a specific schedule of eating and fasting. Incorporating it into your weight loss journey is a beneficial practice due to its numerous health benefits. This is particularly true for women experiencing hormonal changes during midlife. 

    A 2014 study showed that individuals who follow an intermittent fasting plan for three to 24 weeks can expect to see a three to eight percent reduction in weight and a four to seven percent decrease in waist circumference. Another study conducted in 2018 revealed that individuals with type 2 diabetes were able to stop taking their diabetes medication after practicing intermittent fasting for a year. In addition, intermittent fasting has been shown to have other beneficial effects, such as reducing inflammation, lowering the risk of cancer and dementia, and improving mood and cognitive function.

    The Galveston Diet recommends incorporating the 16:8 intermittent fasting method. You'll fast for 16 hours straight and eat for the remaining eight hours. Typically, the eating window starts at noon when you have lunch and ends at 8 p.m. when you finish dinner.

    This is the easiest schedule to maintain for two reasons. One, it closely resembles most people's regular eating schedules, so you won’t feel a dramatic change. And two, you'll be sleeping for a good chunk of your fasting period, preventing you from feeling hungry and grabbing an unhealthy snack. 

    If the noon to 8 p.m. eating window isn't your cup of tea, that’s completely okay. The Galveston Diet is all about finding what works for you. You can adjust your eating and fasting hours to suit your schedule, whether that means starting your eating window earlier in the morning or ending it later at night. If the 16:8 pattern feels too restrictive, you can always experiment with the 14:10 method or other variations until you find your sweet spot.

    It's also important to ease into intermittent fasting, especially if you've never done it before. Instead of diving right into it and skipping breakfast entirely, try dipping your toes in first by gradually pushing back your eating time by half an hour. For instance, if you usually have breakfast at 8, start eating at 8:30. Slowly extend this until you reach your target start time. 

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    What is The Galveston Diet about?

    The Galveston Diet (2023) is a science-backed diet program for women experiencing perimenopause or menopause symptoms. With a focus on science-backed approaches, this diet program includes a special meal plan designed for six weeks and a variety of healthy, delicious recipes. It is designed to help women in midlife improve their overall health and wellness while managing the challenges that come with this stage of life.

    Who should read The Galveston Diet?

    • Women in their mid-30s and up
    • People who want to shed some pounds
    • Fitness enthusiasts looking to maintain their weight

    About the Author

    Mary Claire Haver, MD, specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. She received her Culinary Medicine Specialist certification at Tulane University, and is the mind behind the Galveston Diet, a program which has helped more than 100,000 women achieve their health goals. 

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