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Initial post: Mar 30, 2009 5:03:45 PM PDT
Diane Kress says:
As a registered dietitian and weight loss specialist with over 25 years of experience, it became clear to me that over 45% of conscientious dieters could not lose weight and keep it off using conventional "calories-in minus calories out" diets. The latest research indicates there is an alternative metabolism, Metabolism B, which involves a hormonal imbalance of insulin (a fat gain hormone). On April 27, The Metabolism Miracle will be released by DaCapo Lifelong. It is the first and only scientifically based program that solves the mystery of Met B. Easy to follow with sample menus and will finally allow weight loss for those who simply could not accomplish it due to their genetic makeup.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2009 1:01:30 PM PDT
J.L.K. says:
Hi Diane,

I just purchased your book May 10 (Mother's Day) and haven't started yet because I'm still in the process of reading all the information. You are on to something here Diane... I have an insulin issue, and this really makes sense to me. There are so many idiots who tout their "eat less, move more" concept, and more and more Americans are fatter than ever. I'd love to keep in touch regarding my progress.

Would you be interested in starting a blog or discussion group regarding your protocol, either on Amazon or Yahoo?

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2009 3:04:07 PM PDT
Diana0921 says:
The book will make an impact on so many people's lives. This issue is so significant. Those of us who have Met B (more than 45% of dieters who cannot lose weight and keep it off) cannot benefit from traditional diets. As a result, we get heavier and sicker....cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, depression, anxiety, GERD, osteoporosis are just a few of the health problems that are exacerbated by untreated Met B. I'm glad you chose the book and I am very interested in hearing your progress,questions, etc. I am interested in a blog, yes, as it would very likely help those with Met B compare notes, etc. Diane

Posted on Jun 30, 2009 9:22:13 PM PDT
IrishGal says:
This is the first I have heard about this book, but it sounds very interesting. After having a complete hysterectomy 7 years ago and immediately going into full blown menopause, the weight is coming on faster than I can get on a scale...not that that exercise is pleasant. Dr Kress, do you think this book would work for menopausal women, or is our lot in life and fate sealed?

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 7:46:47 AM PDT
T. Hayes says:
Hi Diane,

I just purchased your book and can't wait to get started! I was diagnosed with Metobolic Syndrome 7 years ago and it's getting worse- I know this diet is my answer. Where is your practice and do you accept new patients? I need someone who specializes in my problem. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2009 6:07:54 PM PDT
Diana0921 says:
Metabolism B is a genetic predisposition...meaning that you are born with the propensity for Metabolic Syndrome that consists of midline fat deposits, rising cholesterol and triglycerides, rising blood pressure, and even elevating blood sugar. It is often at the time of hormonal upheaval (adolescence, pregnancy, perimenopause, menopause) that the symptoms of Met B show themselves. Those symptoms include changes in labwork, rapidly increasing weight, fatigue, carb cravings, irritability, poor short term memory, etc. Yes, this book will work for any menopausal woman with Metabolism B....and that includes the millions of women (>45% of dieters) who were born with this alternate metabolism. No, your fate is not sealed.....this time, you are in control! Good luck......Diane Kress

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2009 6:13:20 PM PDT
Diana0921 says:
Metabolic Syndrome is progressive. Unless you get to the root of the problem (excess insulin release and insulin resistance) it will not "go away." The medications you would be prescribed for hypertension, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar don't stop the condition, they just bandaid the aftermath. The Metabolism Miracle was written to get to the root of Metabolic will burn fat, decrease cholesterol/triglycerides, blood sugar...and regain your quality of life. This works as I've used it with over 3500 patients at my Nutrition Center in Morristown, NJ. I do accept new patients but I will honestly tell you that the Metabolism Miracle book includes the entire lifestyle program I teach at the Center. Good luck and if you are interested in coming in for an office visit, see for contact information. Best, Diane Kress

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 6:32:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2009 6:34:51 PM PDT
K. Barber says:
I just heard about your book today. I am interested in it. Almost 10 years ago, when I was 17 I had a gastric bypass. I was successful in loosing 200 lbs, however I have gained all of that back. I live off carbs, and I know that is my problem. I do not eat much meat because I can't process it very well. Sweets, chocolate, ice cream, anything sweet is my life blood. I have tried to stop eating them, but my will power is next to nil. I have also tried to get exercising and always find an excuse even though I have paid out a lot of money on that. Do you think that your book will honestly be able to help a 390 lb, 26-yr-old female?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2009 7:22:09 PM PDT
Diana0921 says:
Dear K.,
Take a look at the blog section of " This is the official website for The Metabolism Miracle. On the blog is an entry that will really answer what most likely happened to you when you regained all the weight you lost. You can't "bypass" an over-active pancreas. When you had the surgery, your stomach pouch was decreased to about 2 ounces in capacity (the size of a golfball). Over the next 1 to 1.5 years this pouch stretched to approximately 8 ounces. At about this time, your increased stomach capacity allowed you to ingest enough carbohydrate to enable your Met B pancreas to restart over-releasing the fat gain hormone, insulin. Your weight gain and carb cravings returned and you eventually regained your weight. It was not your fault. Your original weight and your regained weight were most likely a product of uncontrolled Met B. Follow The Metabolism Miracle. Think positively. After day 3 of the Step 1, you won't need willpower....fat burning begins and your cravings and appetite for carbs will naturally diminish. As you lose weight, your desire and ability to exercise will return. Please get medical clearance before exercising and find out what types of exercise would be best for you at this time. Best of luck to you........Don't worry......this is going to work for you!
PS: always remember to take the recommended supplements (vitamins and minerals) required forever after a gastric bypass....Diane Kress

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 11:33:07 PM PDT
Hunk Golden says:
What did I miss? This book is the #2 seller on Amazon right now (congrats to author), was it on a television show or something?

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 5:39:30 AM PDT
Diana0921 says:
Hi Hunk!
Smiling here. The Metabolism Miracle was featured on AOL Health 7.1.09. Check out the article on the website: The program has been successful for 10 years, data compiled, the program written in book format, released on May 1, 2009 by DaCapo Lifelong. I'm a Registered Dietitian, Medical Nutrition Therapist with over 25 years experience in weight reduction. It is the first program that addresses all the components of Metabolism B (metabolic syndrome) and affords permanent weight loss and improvement in cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, and blood sugar.....Take a look! Diane

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2009 6:51:55 AM PDT
Hi Diane,
How would thid effect weight loss for people with thyroid dysfunction, specifically Hypo thyroid? My Doc say I have no thyroid production and while I can lose small amounts of weight on many diets with or withour exercise, the process is very slow and not sustainable. I am on a replacement dose of thyroid meds.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2009 7:21:43 AM PDT
Diana0921 says:
Hi Judith,
Anyone with hypothyroidism has Metabolism B! Just to make this make sense....I'm fairly certain that when you were diagnosed with hypothroidism you felt that the lack of thyroid production was the cause of weight loss problems. But, even when your thyroid was regulated (Synthroid, Levoxyl, Armour thyroid) you still had difficulty losing weight....very slow and not long lasting loss. This is because your Met B was not controlled in the process! The Metabolism Miracle will help regulate your insulin production (insulin is another hormone in the endocrine system) and for the first time in a long time, you will lose weight and keep it off, energy will return, your labwork will improve, and you will have health of mind and body! Good luck, Judith! You've found the answer......Diane

Posted on Jul 10, 2009 8:56:16 AM PDT
Leigh H says:
Hi Diane,
I am 29 years old. A mother of 2, a 3 year old and an 8 month old. I have struggled with my weight since 18, but was in my best shape before my first pregnancy (I was a vegetarian who ate the bare minimum and ran on a treadmill everyday). My life has changed with children. I hardly have time to do anything for myself anymore especially exercise, with the exception of an exercise video that is quite often interupted. I try to take the kids for a walk everyday just to get moving more. I am no longer a vegetarian. When I was younger and wanted to diet I would eat salad 2 times a day and drink lots of water and the weight would come off. Now if I do that the weight doesn't go anywhere and I feel like I am going to pass out. I am 5'5" and 190 lbs. My blood sugar is fine, my cholesterol is 208, my blood pressure is very low!!! It is often a problem, usually 90's / 60"s. I have had problems with orthostatic changes for years (blacking out, dizziness). Since my first pregnancy my blood pressure drops randomly, my systolic will fall to the upper 70's, I feel faint and have to lay down immediatly then I will get nauseous and stomach cramping. These "episodes" are random and usually happen if I am standing in the same place for a long period of time or if I am in the heat for many hours I also have terrible swelling in my feet most of the time, and I drink 8 glasses of water daily. I have been to my general practitioner, a cardiologist, neurologist. All my tests come back fine, the one piece of advice everyone gives is lose weight and drink more water! I am frustrated and tired. I have done weight watchers and it stopped the weight gain but didn't help taking off much. Does it sound like I have metabolism B? I see that alot of people who have posted have problems with their sugar and hypertension so I am left wondering if this diet is even right for me since I do not have these problems. I just bought your book today and will start reading it tonight. Any added advice would be very much appreciated! Thanks for your time.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009 12:55:03 PM PDT
K. Barber says:
Can you have Metabolism B if your Cholesterol and Sugars are good?

Posted on Jul 10, 2009 1:55:47 PM PDT
Diana0921 says:
Metabolism B is progressive. It can be "diagnosed" using 3 methods: labwork, family/personal medical history, and personal symptoms. At my Nutrition Center, I use all 3 parameters to decide Met A or Met B. It appears that the personal symptoms often occur first....fatigue, carb cravings, midline fat, depression/anxiety, easy weight gain, difficult weight loss, problems with concentration and short term memory, irritability, etc. Medical history (family or personal) usually contains overweight/obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, hypoglycemia, pre diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or even gestational diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, PCOS. Labs are very telling. Depending on what "stop" you are at on the Metabolism B train, Glucose can be either low or high, triglycerides either low or high, LDL cholesterol is often elevated, total cholesterol is often elevated, HbA1C can be low or high. At the beginning, blood levels are on the low side, as the process continues and the pancreas fatigues, blood levels begin to trend up. Diane

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2009 11:40:48 AM PDT
Dear Judith and Diane:

Thanks for the comments on hypothyroidism. I too have hypthyroidism as a result of Hashimoto's disease, which is autoimmune thyroiditis. I have had it for 16 years, and I have no living thyroid tissue left, as of two years ago. I take a whopping dose of replacement meds, but I managed to gain 90 pounds after my first pregnancy at 40, despite being married to a physician. I would say two things to Judith - 1)first, make sure your treatment is agressive and intense. Even a mild hypothryroid state will leave you miserable. Take the meds on an empty stomach each morning and wait an hour before eating. Your TSH should be between 1 and 2. You should have your blood levels checked every 3 months. In this healthcare climate, it can be really hard to get adequate treatment for hypothryroidism. Don't just get a prescription and return 6-12 months later for antoher blood test. and 2) try to get a doctor who is receptive to giving you T3 (like Cytomel) or exxperimenting with what type of hormone works best for you. Most doctors won't do this, no matter how sick you get. Get a doctor who will work with you until the symptoms of hypothroidism are really addressed.

Now about weight loss. There is no doubt that I have metabolism B. I began cutting out nearly all simple carbs and concentrating on lean meats, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables in January. I'm still at it, and I've lost over 70 pounds. My blood sugar is now close to normal - sometimes still a little high in the morning. My cholesteral is now normal and my blood pressure is now normal. I still have about 40 pounds to go to my goal, but after 6 months of walking, I am now jogging, so I think I will meet my goal. I am buying your book in hopes that it will help me with the last pounds, but after reading the summary, I suspect that I was doing what you suggest anyway. (I got my plan from a diabetes educator under my health plan.) The weight does come off slower when you need to get your thyroid hormoes artifiically, but it does come off. The secret for me has been lots and lots and lots of exercise and the use of T3 as well as T4 thryoid hormone, but it can be done. Can't wait to crack open your book - I ordered it shipped overnight!

Gail Brown

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2009 7:22:39 PM PDT
Diana0921 says:
Hi Gail,
Here is what will crank your fat burning up. The Metabolism Miracle is built to cover all the bases of metabolic syndrome: weight gain over and above calorie intake (midline fat, especially), hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and blood sugar issues. It is a very unique program in that it is the first program that goes to the root of Met B's problem, excess release of insulin in relation to rises in blood sugar. The book will show you that blood sugar rises from 2 sources....carbs and the liver's release of sugar! That is why your sugar is high in the morning. Your liver is responsible for fasting blood sugar. The first Step of The Miracle calls for a total rest of the pancreas/liver combo. I don't think you ever did this very important step. After 8 weeks of rest, Step 2 will reprogram the pancreas/liver to function "normally" without over-release of insulin or over-feeding of liver glycogen. This is it! Your program was on the right track but this tweaking of your overly zealous pancreas will send you on your way to your goal weight and optimal health! Good luck! Diane

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2009 4:19:38 AM PDT
M Hayes says:
I'm so glad I've come across this book. I had a complete hysterectomy 8 weeks ago at age 56 and was getting depressed I now would never loose the weight I gained in 2 pregnancies and over the years. I too have tried countless diets and after the first week never lost anything. Over the years I have learnt not to eat certain things unless I want to fall sleep soon after. Diabetes runs in the family too. I've sent for the book and I so hope it will work for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2009 6:51:20 AM PDT
is there a relationship between insulin and thyroid ? In other words with hypothyroidism is there also a higher risk of insulin problems?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2009 6:05:22 PM PDT
Diana0921 says:
Hi there,
I am also glad that you found The Metabolism Miracle. The program matches the metabolism of people with the genetic predisposition to Metabolism B. This is the gene for type 2 diabetes that runs in your family. I hope you are having a speedy recovery from your surgery. You will find that after 3 days on the program, your energy will begin to return, your tummy fat will begin to lessen, your health of mind and body will improve......and you can and will lose weight permanently. Good luck to you! Diane Kress

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2009 6:06:59 PM PDT
Diana0921 says:
Hi Judith,
Yes, there is a direct relationship between hypothyroidism and Met B. They are both hormonal malfunctions and are both in the endocrine system. If a person has hypothyroidism, they are on the gene line for Met B. The Metabolism Miracle is written for those with hypothyroid! Good luck.....Diane Kress

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 3:02:54 PM PDT
Ro says:
Hi Diane,
I purchased your book about 5 weeks ago and couldn't wait to start your diet thinking that my problem in trying to lose weight was a metabolism B issue as you described. My husband, who was diagnosed as a borderline diabetic, brought the book to my attention. After reading it, we both started the program. I loved how you described all the medical terms in the book. Well, my husband and I have been on the diet now for more than 4 weeks and I only lost 3 prounds. My husband didn't weigh himself at the start of the diet, so I can't report any progress for him, although he said he doesn't feel as though he's lost any. We've followed the plan exactly as you've described an although I feel better and seem to look better, the scale is not showing any significant change. I don't want to give up since I've given up on so many other diets in the past. Please give me some measure of hope to cling to. I sure would love some encouragement. Gratefully.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2009 4:26:27 PM PDT
Diana0921 says:
Hi Ro,
Well, I'm sure you read in the Miracle that progress is to be checked after the 8th week of the program. This is not a traditional weight loss program (composed of fat, muscle, water weight loss), it is a hormonal balance of the fat gain hormone, insulin. Insulin's imbalance results in excess fat inside (cholesterol, triglycerides) and outside (midline fat, back fat, love handles). The first to "go" is inside, circulating fat and excess blood sugar. Then, the body moves on to fat burning on the outside. If you take a look at BLOG tab, there is an entry from August 21, 2009 that will show how much FAT you are anticipated to lose after every 8 weeks of the program. Because it is all fat loss, it will appear as a greater change in body size than typical weight loss.
Stay off the scale for the entire 8 weeks. Then, compare your loss to what is projected on the blog. You will be there if you did the program with 85% or better accuracy. Make sure you are exercising (30 minutes, 5 days/week) drinking adequate water, eating throughout the day with no gaps of over 5 hours, and not stacking 5x5 carb foods. 5x5 foods are options for meal time and bedtime snack only. Good luck and check are only half way to the end of the 8 week period! Diane

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2009 5:41:12 PM PDT
Ro says:
Hi Diane,
I was so blown away by your speedy and thoughtful response. My husband and I just finished reading your reply. I remember reading that you shouldn't weigh in until the 8th week, but I was so curious that I couldn't help but get on the scale. I promise not to weigh in for another 4 weeks.:) I suppose what got me discouraged were the write ups in Amazon about your book. Some people reported losing lots of weight in a couple of weeks on the diet (I guess they cheated by weighing in early also) so I was hoping for better results. But of course I will follow your advice and also check the BLOG tab as you suggested. I'm doing everything but the 5 days/week exercise, although I'm pretty active. I'll try to do better in that regard.
Just one last issue that I'm having trouble with is finding low carb wraps (1 carb each). I found a website that can ship and they have a no carb bread, but they want $25 for shipping since it's a perishable item. Do you have any suggestions.
Again, thank you so much for your advice. I'm much more hopeful now and your message is just what I needed! :)
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