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Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss [Kindle Edition]

Mark Hyman M.D.
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No wonder it’s so hard to lose weight—our bodies are designed to keep weight on at all costs; it's a matter of survival. It’s embedded in our DNA. Our diet has changed dramatically over the past ten thousand years, but our genetic blueprint has not—our bodies are not designed to process the types of food we are fed today. It's like putting diesel fuel into a regular car—it just won't work. And making matters worse is the fact that diets don't work either: less than 6 percent of weight-loss attempts succeed. The average person who goes on a diet actually gains five pounds. But a medical revolution is under way, finally showing us precisely how the powerful forces that keep weight on can actually be reprogrammed to automatically burn fat and keep weight off for good. By learning how to work with our bodies instead of against them, we can ignite the natural fat-burning furnaces that lie dormant within us. For the first time ever, Dr. Mark Hyman makes this new science of weight loss available to the general public. This medical revolution is based on a groundbreaking concept called nutrigenomics—the science of how food talks to our genes. This science is actually startlingly simple. Food contains information and instructions for our bodies—eat the right foods and send instructions of weight loss and health; eat the wrong foods and send messages of weight gain and disease. After spending the last ten years conducting pioneering, hands-on research with over two thousand patients at Canyon Ranch, one of the world's leading health resorts, Dr. Hyman has discovered the seven fundamental causes of obesity. While fad diets have identified one or two of these causes, never before have they all been integrated into a single, simple plan for automatic weight loss.

UltraMetabolism is an easy-to-follow eight-week plan to help you lose weight based on your own unique genetic needs. The program includes menus, recipes, and shopping lists, as well as recommendations for supplements and exercise and lifestyle treatments designed to create a healthy metabolism—an UltraMetabolism—permanent weight loss, and lifelong health.


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From Publishers Weekly

Physician Hyman (Ultra-Prevention: The 6 Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for Life) delivers plenty of scientifically grounded information about weight loss myths, effective individualized strategies centered around the theme of stoking metabolism and a detailed six-week plan—complete with menus and recipes—that "will help you lose 11 to 21 pounds" in those first six weeks. The data and prescription the author provides are far from simple, and results, if attained, are not automatic. But dogged readers will come away from the book with a thorough understanding of dieting principles, such as the timing of meals, portion size, glycemic load, phytonutrient index, the weight loss benefits of relaxation and the optimized functioning of the thyroid. There are straightforward principles buried in the text, such as "eat fruits and vegetables" and "move your body," plus tips for eating out (e.g., "don't be afraid to ask for substitutions in a dish," "request a 'crudités platter'... instead of the breadbasket" and "order a light drink"); adhering to these tips alone should prove beneficial. The opportunity for readers to remember and apply any of the more involved information is a possible positive side effect. (Apr.)
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"Dr. Hyman, an expert's expert on healing, shares his secrets to harvesting your body's potential for weight loss. Reading this compelling book is the next best thing to entering a cutting-edge health program."

-- Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., coauthor of the New York Times #1 bestseller You: The Owner's Manual


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  • File Size: 1888 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743272560
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (March 21, 2006)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000GCFD6I
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318 of 328 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life March 30, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I respectfully disagree with those reviewers who claim there is nothing new in this book. They must have skipped to the last chapters and simply read the dietary recommendation at the end - and even those are different in both form and function. I have read, and been on, about every diet out there -- atkins, south beach, california, grapefruit - you name it. I have been on the Ultra Metabolism Phase 1 plan for 3 weeks, have lost 7 lbs - never feel hungry at all - but more importantly - I HAVE NEVER FELT BETTER! I didn't even know I felt that bad!

You must read this book from the beginning and then all the way through - taking each of the tests and determining the areas where your body is not functioning properly. I had no idea so many of my symptoms were tied to stress and cortisol release. I have a friend who had no idea she had hormone imballances but identified them and sought a functional medicine physician to correct them - and is ecstatic - and she was a vegetarian before she even read the book. I have another friend whose breast cancer physician had her read this book and go on the diet as part of her treatment! All three of us feel transformed.

I can't recommend this book enough. I was exercising 4 days a week ,hardly eating ANYTHING, and still gaining weight, and now I know WHY and what do to about it. If you will strictly adhere to the phase 1 guidelines ( which will require shopping at your local Whole Foods or natural foods market ), I bet you will lose weight and feel great doing it too.
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221 of 236 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more than I ever imagined! March 20, 2006
Format:Hardcover
When I first read Ultra Metabolism, I had the simple intention of loosing a couple of pounds. After I read and re-read the book, I was changed forever! The information and guidance given by Dr. Hyman has already made profound differences in my family's life. In just one week my skin was smooth and glowing. My daily headaches were gone after eliminating aspartame filled gum. I no longer crash at 3:00pm in need of a coffee fix. Just three days into the detox, my husband stopped snoring, after a week the dark bags under his eyes were gone, and in just two weeks, he has already lost 9lbs.

I feel healthy, educated and informed.

H. Marker, California
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339 of 374 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening :-() March 21, 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book. If you can put this into practice, you WILL see results. To get any great result with your weight loss, you do need to do work and this is a helpful tool in that area. It opens your eyes to ways to lift your metabolism that you may not have thought of before or known about - but now that you do, you can start to change. While it's ultimately aiming at a 'diet' it's focusing on raising your metabolism which helps you burn calories at a high rate - so not only will you loose weight from eating the right foods etc, but the weight lose will happen faster and in a more healthy way because your metabolism is now boosted and is working for you even when you are resting. Not that I have much to loose, but I've tried this now for one week and have noticed a big difference not only in my physical appearance but in my day to day health (with a weight loss of 8lbs already). I'm not as reliant on Coca Cola to give me my caffiene fix and I'm sleeping better at night.
This is an 8 week plan that if you put your mind to it, you can do, and it's so worth it, because not only are you going to look better, but you are going to feel better. I do already and I'm only on week one. Give it a try. It is so worth it.
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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, bad title November 5, 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I never would have read this book, except for a very effective promotion by AOL, because the title sounds to me like the name of a fen-phen drug. "Ultrametabolism -- your weight-loss miracle!"

But it's not. It's quite the opposite. This is only a diet book because in the course of finding the causes of his patients' multiple maladies, Dr. Hyman had them alter their diets, and found that as a side-effect, they lost weight.

Dr. Hyman cites sound research (there are end notes so you can check out the research yourself), and then, based on reason and his own practice, puts these bits of information together to show how those little bothersome ailments -- itchy feet, dandruff, itchy eyes, fatigue, reluctance to get out of bed in the morning -- as well as some more serious problems like eczema, high blood pressure, and extra weight -- can often be tracked to what we eat.

Based on this book, I put my family on a no-gluten and no-dairy diet, with the result that one daughter had great improvements in her eczema as well as a decrease in anxiety, and my two other children had improvements in their ADD symptoms, one drastically so. My fatigue has gone away, and I'm now tired of tolerating "band-aids" for problems. I'm pushing to get to root causes so that we can be as healthy as we are meant to be. I've bought this book for one friend and recommended it to many more. I also recommend it to you.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy-To-Follow, Reader-Oriented Book July 24, 2008
By J. Owen
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because of a recommendation by someone that had implemented, and kept using Ultra-Metabolism "steps" with great success. Upon reading Ultra-Metabolism, I recognized information I use and share...all the time.

Why read or buy another "weight-loss" book when the Seven Keys to the New Science of Weight Loss are listed on page 73-74? According to Dr. Hyman, everyone has his or her own instruction manual. So why purchase this book? I would suggest that you download guides from [...] This may be enough for you. The book serves as support and offers reminders to help people keep on track.

Ultra-Metabolism quizzes you and guides you, step-by-step, to deciphering your own metabolism, and a whole lot more, in what he calls an "Ultra-Metabolism Prescription". Again, Dr. Hyman instructs us that this is the basis for generating the right instructions to your own body, through diet, and ... Ultra-Metabolism.

Dr. Hyman follows the premise of food containing information to talk to our genes, or "Nutrigenomics". In addition to offering exciting, cutting-edge research, he offers nutritionally-sound advice on how you can talk to your genes: Eat real, whole foods; eat foods high in phytonutrients; eat foods with a low glycemic to control appetite; eat more fiber intake to lower body fat; get your meal timing right to help turn on your metabolism; reduce stress (stress makes you fat, relaxation makes you thin); exercise in a manner that turns on metabolism; and reduce inflammation.

"Eat breakfast daily: Spread your food intake and calories throughout the day; Wait at least two to three hours after your last meal before going to sleep."

Where have you heard this before?
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Published 13 days ago by Leo A. Urbanski
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is a great book. Dr. Hyman has his act together - once you go through the program it will show you by example, what all of the bad foods do to you when you eat them. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Andy LaCombe
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
It is a good product and I am happy wit it and I will purchase it again when we need it.
Published 1 month ago by Gasem M Al-Idan
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra-Metabolism
You must buy the cookbook that goes along with this book. It contains specific recipes designed to help you lose weight and turn on your fat burning metabolism by eating the proper... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Colorado RN
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good information.
I got some good information and it all makes sense but I'm not good at following any plans. Marc Hyman gives very good information.
Published 2 months ago by Elaine M Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars not entirely plant based
I think Dr. Hyman is unduly influenced by the animal product industry. I wish he would take the leap into veganism.
Published 2 months ago by Thank You
5.0 out of 5 stars Living in harmony with our genes.
If you are at your wits end about your weight, you have come across the right path.

Dr. Mark Hyman's scientific approach, will give you hope to regain your health,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jackie M. Sthilaire
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but strict
Great book but the diet plan was cutting out more then I had planned. The book was very insightful about how food effects your body.
Published 2 months ago by Giniamay
5.0 out of 5 stars Feedback
Enjoying this book and the contents - I like to do things the healthy way and stay off medications so very interesting and has Great Contents for our daily diet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tammi Gemaehlich
5.0 out of 5 stars good information
Book reads fast, very understandable and makes sense for the novice

I ordered the Kindle edition, but think It might be better to have the hard copy to write notes and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Living in the 'Burg
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An internationally respected physician, researcher, educator, activist, and five-time New York Times best-selling author, including The Blood Sugar Solution (also a PBS special), The UltraMind Solution (also a PBS special), The UltraSimple Diet, UltraMetabolism, and UltraPrevention (winner of the Books for a Better Life Award), Dr. Hyman has dedicated his life and career to ensuring optimal health - UltraWellness - for all individuals. His new book and PBS special, The Blood Sugar Solution, will be released March 2012 to address the global epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular and other related diseases.
His revolutionary "secret" to achieving UltraWellness? Dr. Hyman is the world's leading pioneer and practitioner of a ground-breaking and emerging approach to medicine that treats our system, not our symptoms. This new health paradigm is a systems-based, patient-centered method (called Functional Medicine) to preventing and treating disease and promoting health that works on two intertwined platforms: identifying and addressing the underlying causes of disease instead of just managing and masking symptoms and employing emerging trends in science and medicine, and integrative medicine.
Dr. Hyman teaches that there are seven keys to achieving UltraWellness, centering on Optimizing Nutrition, Cooling Off Inflammation, Balancing Hormones, Optimizing Digestive Health, Enhancing Detoxification, Boosting Energy and Metabolism and Calming the Mind. By connecting these dots, he provides a way of get our bodies to work the way they were designed. We come to understand all the influences on our biology which are at the root of illness, and how our lifestyle and environment interact with our genes to create the imbalances or balances that are the real determinants of disease or poor health.
Practicing what he preaches, Dr. Hyman is the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he directs a team of physicians, nutritionists and nurses who utilize this comprehensive, life-changing approach to health, involving diet and lifestyle modifications, in combination with nutritional and specialized testing, nutritional supplementation, and medications to address individual needs, from creating wellness to treating chronic, complex medical problems. The overarching goal is to bring about harmony of body, mind and soul while empowering us to take back our own health.

At its core, Dr. Hyman's transformative approach is centered on diet and lifestyle modifications. He maintains that our grocery store should be our drug store: "What is at the end of our fork," he declares, "is more essential and important than what it at the bottom of our pill bottles." And, "each meal is a chance to heal." In short, healthy food equals healthy relationships equals healthy world.

Innovative, empowering, a catalyst, advocate, the experts' expert, healer...Dr. Mark Hyman is re-defining health, re-defining disease, re-defining medicine so that we can feel as good as we've ever felt.



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Why can't anyone spell "lose" correctly?
Thank you, L.L. Nelson -- I thought I was the only person in the world driven crazy by people who can clearly read but can't learn! While reading these reviews I was stopped repeatedly by the use of 'loose' where 'lose' was intended. Let's hope these people don't lose their pants once they've... Read More
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Boy, that's pretty cynical. The fact that some of us are articulate and enthusiastic about finding a solution to a decades long struggle hardly adds up to "planted" reviews. I'm not sure what your beef with Hyman is, but I'd be real interested to hear exactly what in this book fails... Read More
Apr 21, 2007 by Being |  See all 2 posts
Detox instructions are thoroughly confusing
Mr Egan,

You can't possibly be linking Dr Hyman's name in the same sentence with Kevin Trudeau's, can you? Trudeau is a snake oil salesman. At least Hyman has a decent reputation that has actually helped people.
Oct 18, 2006 by R. Gangi |  See all 5 posts
Its about connecting the dots....
Rhumatoid arthritis has been linked to candida and dehydration. You will see the results you want if you cut out sugar all together.
Can you tell me if Ultrametabolism is similar to The Fat Flush series of books in its theories?
Apr 9, 2006 by Pepper G. |  See all 4 posts
spelling and so on
Ha, Ha, touche Vanessa....
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