Imagine a world in which you can eat more than you regularly eat, and still lose more weight than you would normally lose. That sounds like The Dream, doesn’t it? Well, that is exactly what the fast metabolism diet promises to do. The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy offers a better program than other diets, with yummy recipes that are easy to follow.
The fast metabolism diet is designed for people who want to lose weight but still eat naturally and safely. The book promises you’ll lose 20 pounds in 28 days, meaning you are getting there slow and steady, not fast. One of the important messages is that food is not your enemy. In fact, food is your medicine to a slimmer and healthier body. The question many people have, of course, is how to make the fast metabolism diet work for them. Simply ordering the book is not the solution; you need to understand a few things first.
How does your metabolism help you lose weight?
First thing you need to understand is how your metabolism works. Let’s get a bit medical here, and explain what metabolism is. Simply put, it is the “process in living organisms whereby chemical processes produce the energy required to sustain life.”
That’s it. During this process, all the organic compounds you consume are broken down, giving you more energy and heat. At the end, simple molecules build complex compounds. For example, protein is a complex compound built from simple molecules. And we know protein repairs our body tissue and builds our muscles.
But muscles aren’t the only body part for which we need fuel and energy. The metabolic process also provides fuel and energy for our bones, blood, fat and everything else.
It is important to understand that some people have a fast metabolism, while others have a slow metabolism. The faster your metabolism is, the more calories you burn, thereby providing more energy for your body. When you have slow metabolism, nutrients are stored, not burned. And that’s the problem: because fat is stored all around your body, you gain weight instead of losing it.
So, how does the fast metabolism diet help? Well, the diet suggests that even the slowest metabolism can be sped up to a point where you burn calories. How? By consuming the right foods.
How does the diet work?
The good news is that you will be eating a lot—and you will still lose weight. Very few diets allow as much food as the fast metabolism diet. The trick is that there are three phases, and the three phases comprise one week. You repeat the phases for four weeks. During the week, you are rotating food portions, food types and everything else.
- Phase 1: Lasts from Monday to Tuesday. You consume lots of carbs and fruits.
- Phase 2: Lasts from Wednesday to Thursday. You consume vegetables and protein.
- Phase 3: Lasts from Friday to Sunday. You consume everything allowed in Phase 1 and Phase 2, and you add some oils and fats.
During each week, you consume whole and healthy foods that calm your adrenal glands, feed your thyroid, and reduce stress on your liver. Basically, you reduce the risk of storing fat. That being said, let’s break the diet down, phase by phase.
Let’s start with the portion size for Mondays and Tuesdays. Here is a breakdown of every product:
- There is no limit as to the amount of vegetables you can eat, as long as they are the right type of vegetables.
- You are allowed 4 ounces of meat and 6 ounces of fish for your protein intake.
- You may eat one cup of cooked grains.
- You can eat one piece or one cup of an appropriate fruit.
- One smoothie is also allowed.
- Bear in mind, all these limits are for one meal, not for the whole day. You need to eat three main meals per day. These meals should be rich in carbs and moderate in protein. Two fruit snacks are allowed.
- Fat is not allowed during Phase 1, and you cannot use it for cooking or add it to your food.
For breakfast, focus on grains and fruit. For lunch, eat vegetables, fruits, grains and protein. Dinner is grain, protein and vegetables. Timetables are also important:
- Breakfast: 30 minutes after waking up
- First snack: 2 hours later
- Lunch: 3 hours later
- Second snack: 2 hours later
- Dinner: 4 hours later
Vegetables you can consume during Phase 1 include: arrowroot, beans, yellow beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, lettuce, onions, mushrooms, peppers, spinach, sprouts, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, and squash.
When it comes to fruits, focus on apples, apricots, berries, cherries, figs, grapefruit, kiwis, lemons, mango, oranges, peaches, pears, and pineapple. Avoid high sugar fruits like banana and grapes. Also avoid avocado, since it is rich in fats.
As a general rule of thumb, avoid nuts and seeds during Phase 1, since oil and fat is not allowed.
Source your protein intake from animal protein like lean meat, lean poultry, lean fish and eggs, or from vegetable protein such as beans and legumes.
Last, but not least, permissible grains include barley, brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa seeds, buckwheat, nut flours, and rice milk. You’ll get a complete list of foods when you order the book.
Phase 2 is when you focus on protein and vegetables. After the first two days of the diet, the next two put emphasis on high-protein meals. Portion sizes are the same as Phase 1. The difference is in the meals.
During Phase 2, your three main meals should be composed of high-protein foods. Your snacks are also protein-based. The timetable is the same as Phase 1. There are a few differences in the foods allowed, however.
For example, during Phase 2, limit your fruits only to lemons and limes (fruits that support the liver function). There are also limitations on vegetables. During Phase 2, you should not eat starchy vegetables like beets, carrots, pumpkin, sprouts, sweet potatoes, potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, and zucchini. You should focus more on leafy greens. Nuts, seeds, avocado and oils are still very much forbidden.
Once you get to the weekend, you unleash the burn. This is the moment where you focus on food rich in healthy fats, moderate in protein, and extremely low in fruits and carbs. Portion sizes are the same, and we will get to the foods you should eat and avoid in a minute. The only difference is now you need to include fats, which you can do with half an avocado, a quarter cup of raw nuts, some seed butter, salad dressing, or regular healthy oils like olive oil.
Your breakfast is fruit, fat or protein, grain and a veggie. Your lunch is fat and protein, vegetable and fruit, and for dinner you add grains. Snacks are composed of veggies and fat or protein.
Since the only addition to the fast metabolism diet in Phase 3 is fats, let’s list some healthy fats. They include: avocado, olives, nuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, coconut milk, almond milk, chia seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, coconut oil, hummus, olive oil, grapeseed oil, walnut butter, and seed and nut butters.
Note: During Phase 3, you need to drink a lot of water—about half of your body weight. Avoid caffeinated beverages.
Can you modify the diet to be vegan and gluten-free friendly?
Yes, the good news for vegans, vegetarians and people allergic to gluten is that the diet can easily be modified to suit their needs.
For example, vegetarians can use legumes and fish for any meat recipe. During Phase 2, they can eat eggs and fish for protein.
Vegans use legumes for all meat and fish recipes during Phase 1 and 3. During Phase 2, vegans can break the no-soy rule and use organic, non-GMO soy products like tofu, tempeh and edamame. However, cook the tofu without fat.
For a gluten-free diet, avoid grain bread, products that contain barley, durum, bulgur, semolina, and conventional oatmeal.
What about exercise?
If you’ve ever tried a diet or wanted to lose weight, you know that nothing works without exercise. So, even though the book is called The Fast Metabolism Diet, you still have to exercise. Pomroy accepts that fact and embraces exercise; however, your exercise follows the guidelines of the phase you’re in.
For example, during Phase 1, you can do cardio work, but only on one day. That means you can exercise either Tuesday or Monday, not on both days.
During Phase 2, your goal is to build muscle as you consume lots of protein. That said, your focus is on strength training. Do slow repetitions with heavy weights. Again, work out just one of the two days.
Phase 3 is all about calming your body down and refreshing. In other words, yoga and meditation. You can also try massage.
Why is the fast metabolism diet good for you?
Instead of listing the benefits of the fast metabolism diet, we will list some aspects that make the fast metabolism diet better than other diets.
- There is no calorie counting. You can eat as much as you want as long as you avoid the foods that are forbidden.
- The diet is simple and easy to follow. You can find all of the ingredients in a basic grocery store. You don’t have to look for specific products.
- The allowable foods are inexpensive (which cannot be said for many diets).
- The ultimate goal is to change your eating habits into a healthier lifestyle.
- The eating plan is healthy for everyone. While you are losing weight, if you are cooking for everyone in the home, all of you are living healthier life.
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