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- Print Length: 347 pages
- Publisher: Harmony (April 9, 2013)
- Publication Date: April 9, 2013
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009UAO0B6
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"Without question, Haylie is the biggest celebrity weight loss guru… period. And here's the reason so many stars and athletes flock to her: it works, and it's easy. Unlike all of the "quick-fix" gimmicks and fad diets, the weight STAYS off. I dropped 25 lbs. in the first month, and 10 more after, all with great food, and no counting calories. I call her my witch (the good kind). It's not magic, but it sure feels like it."
-David Swift, CEO Swift Entertainment
"As I was reading The Fast Metabolism Diet I felt like the kid from Chorus Line who sang 'I can Do That.' So I'm doing the diet and watching the 2O ugly pounds drop…. Buy a case of books and watch your neighborhood shrink to right size."
-Albert Clayton Gaulden, founding director, The Sedona Intensive and author of You're Not Who You Think You Are and Signs and Wonders.
Q&A with Haylie Pomroy
Q. Why is metabolism so important?
A. First of all, metabolism isn’t a thing—it’s a process! It’s how your body converts food into either fuel or body substance (muscle, fat, bone, blood). If you have a fast metabolism, your body easily processes nutrients into heat and energy, or into creating a strong body. If you’ve got a slow metabolism, you’re storing—instead of burning—and more of your food ends up stuck to your thighs and belly as fat. The good news is that you can CHANGE your metabolism by eating the right foods.
Q. In the book you talk about the importance of switching up what you eat and how it can help you lose weight. Can you explain?
A. To start fixing your broken-down metabolism and lose weight, you’ve got to re-train it: You have to confuse it to lose it. And by eating the right nutrient-dense whole foods on the right days and at the right times, that’s exactly how you’ll get your metabolism burning fast and hot, like it should be.
It sounds like magic, but it’s really just good, solid science. The book is the product of 20 years of clinical experience, of helping people lose weight and keep it off. It’s worked for my clients—many of them athletes and celebrities—and it can work for you too. Each phase of the diet—and the specific foods within that phase—sets off precise reactions in your body, coaxing it to unlock and burn fat. It’s the constant switcheroo that forces your metabolism to get going again!
- Phase One focuses on fruit and whole grains
- Phase Two emphasizes alkalizing veggies and lean proteins
- Phase Three balances proteins, veggies, fruit, and whole grains, plus healthy fats
Q. And I don’t have to count calories?
A. Nope! Your metabolism doesn't count calories and neither should you, as long as you follow the diet's guidelines for which foods to eat and when to eat them. A "calorie" has nothing to do with your weight or metabolism; it's actually a unit of measure—the amount of energy it takes to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius!
Q. Is this diet really for everybody?
A. The Fast Metabolism lifestyle is the way we SHOULD be eating all the time, not just for the 28-day course of the diet! With The Fast Metabolism Diet, you'll learn healthy eating habits that will improve your physical and mental well-being, no matter how much weight you need to lose. There's plenty of flexibility for working around food allergies or sensitivities, and any other restrictions imposed by medical conditions.
Q. So you're saying real food, not processed is the way to go?
A. We eat only real food on the Fast Metabolism Diet. Nothing fake, nothing with an ingredient list as long as your arm. Fat-free and sugar-free diet junk are off the table too. The diet lists healthy portion sizes too—you’ve got to fuel that metabolism. And you won’t go hungry. In fact, many of my clients are surprised how much food they get to eat.
So say bye-bye to frozen low-cal dinners and fat-free “diet” foods. That’s fake food—it’s just a load of chemicals that drag down your metabolism.
Luckily, real food is really pretty easy. The Fast Metabolism Diet book includes more than 50 super-simple recipes—including family favorites like my Slow-Cooker Chili and Pepperoncini Pork Roast—that you can tailor to your preferences and cooking style.
Q. So what happens after I've reached my goal?
A. Learn how to live the Fast Metabolism lifestyle! Once you create your fast metabolism, you get to use it! Enjoy barbecues, birthday parties, holiday feasts—and really enjoy them. With the Fast Metabolism Diet, you’ll learn how to keep that metabolic fire roaring so you can handle every diet curve life throws your way. By the time you hit your goal weight, you'll have built exactly the habits you need to live a balanced, food-loving life. You don't have to follow the phases anymore (although you can). Just follow the diet's rules for maintenance and remember the true meaning of "DIET": Did I Eat Today?
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Week 1: (Mon.-Tues.) I’m not a morning person and usually rely on coffee for a jumpstart, but have gone a day or two without it, and did not experience headaches. However, in the spirit of making the transition as smooth as possible, I stopped drinking coffee two days before the start of Week 1; (Wed.) it is a LOT of food; (Thurs.) I didn’t feel like a zombie when I got out of bed this morning…. Must be that energy boost that other reviewers mentioned; I am starting to miss my small dark chocolate treat after lunch, but it’s only 28 days.. I can do this!; (Thurs. p.m.) I have a mild headache from the Phase 2 no carbs, but it’s not horrendous; (Fri a.m.) Holy-mother-of-blueberry-muffins, this is working! Down 5.4 lbs. in 4 days!; (Sat.) Oops. Drank beers with my honey last night and I’m up 1.2 lbs. Ooph. (Sun. a.m.) I decided to do weight and measurements this morning as opposed to tomorrow, because today is Super Bowl Sunday, and I intend to drink beer during the last football game of the season.
So, overall for Week 1, I’m down 4.4 lbs. and 2.5”. Because I knew I would not be able to follow the No Alcohol Rule, I stuck to the other rules like glue. (Drank martinis or red wine in the evenings, but learned my lesson with the beer. NO beer for 28 days. Learn from my mistake, kids.)
Week 2: (Mon-Tues) Even though I jumped off the wagon for Super Bowl Sunday, I woke up Super Bowl Monday feeling amazing! Which has never happened…. I usually feel like a deflated tire. The energy and mental clarity I feel in the morning is incredible; (Wed-Thurs) I used to hit a slump in the afternoon right after lunchtime, but that is g-o-n-e; also, no “no carb” headaches this week, woo hoo!; (Fri, Sat, Sun): Phase 3 does rock.
Overall for Week 2, the number on the scale didn’t budge, but I did lose another 2”, so I’m not going to let that discourage me. On to Week 3!
Week 3: I feel so good, I convinced my mom and (skeptical) sister to join me on this journey! I struggled in previous weeks with Phase 2, but this week I made sure to have a lot of variety and I barely even noticed I was in Phase 2. Also, organic nitrate/sulfite-free wine is delicious and affordable at $10.00 - $12.00/bottle. Also, raw organic cashew butter is one of the best things I've ever eaten (bought it on Amazon, along with spelt pretzels which are super delicious).
Overall for Week 3, I am down another 4 lbs. and 2”! Total to date: 8.5 lbs. and 6.5”! (Sister is down 4 lbs. and starting Week 2!)
Week 4: I realized that I have been eating certain vegetables in Phase 2 that are not on the list, and was eating the wrong portion size for grains in Phase 3. It is definitely beneficial to print out the phase “pocket guide,” phase specific food lists, and the portions page to keep handy. I totally slacked on exercise this week, but have also found that if I write the exercise down in my calendar, I’m more likely to do it. Coincidentally, the 28th day of FMD is also the 28th day of my cycle, so I’m feeling a little bloated, but still down another 1.5”!
Total for the 28 days is 8.5 lbs. and 8”!! I feel so incredibly amazing that I am starting the 28 days all over again!! No cheating with the beer, double-checked my lists prior to filling out food maps and grocery shopping, and my exercise is on my calendar…. I’m ready!! Woo hoo!!
The first four days were hell. To change one's eating habits so dramatically took its toll; Pomroy does warn you that Phase 1 and 2 are designed to challenge your body and she is correct. I almost quit several times the first few days but had committed to trying it for at least the first week. However, on the morning of day 5, I realized that all of my arthritic joint pain was gone and that it didn't hurt to walk downstairs, my hands were not swollen, and my neck and back worked properly. The anti-inflammatory effects of this diet are not to be underestimated. This motivated me to continue and of course, Phase 3 is easier to follow.
I just completed the first 28 day cycle. I have lost 24 pounds and 3" off of each measurement (chest, waist, hips). I feet great, although I still feel a little tired and drained on the second evening of each Phase 1 & 2 cycle. Nevertheless, I have more energy overall and am losing weight steadily. This is a miracle to me, after 7 years of watching my body change without being able to control it.
The good news is that eating this way gets easier. I created a one sheet guide for each phase, with the outline for food combinations and a list of what I liked to eat. I don't use any of the recipes in the book, they are not to my taste, and I don't eat meat or poultry, so I've had to find my own solutions and adapt my own recipes. The up side is that you give up certain foods only for a few days, then they come back around again. I love apples and pears, so they are my main fruits on Phase 1. Fish, egg whites, and giant salads are my "go to" foods for Phase 2. Salmon, whole eggs, and raw nuts are my mainstays on Phase 3 with the added bonus of raspberries and blackberries. As my joint inflammation recedes, I am able to push my exercise more and I'm getting much stronger and more fit. One warning - if you take thyroid meds, you should be careful eating a lot of raw cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, etc. as these type of vegetables can interfere with thyroid uptake (thiocyanates). Cooked forms, including lightly steamed, avoid the problem. Since kale in quantity is recommended in Phase 2, just be aware of this if you are on thyroid medication. I included steamed spinach in my veggie dishes to get the benefit without the problem.
I still have 66 pounds to lose, but now I have hope and a plan that works.
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There is a bit of meal preparation to be done, but I prepared in batches and froze meals, which really helped stay on track. The recipes are not great - but I took the principals of each phase and adapted them to make meals I enjoyed. As long as you stick to the foods you are allowed in each phase - you can't go far wrong with the diet. I first bought the book on kindle but it is very hard to read the charts, which are tiny, so bought the book instead.
A lot of people seem to go for egg white but if you don’t like them you have no option at all.
So all in all I think it has potential but if you are a vegetarian or even pescatarian (fish 5 times a day) you don’t have any real options. So I’ve given 3 stars for the concept.
The book isn’t the easiest to navigate, it’s very jumpy and flicking back and forth, I put tabs in it to try and help. I feel the writer had a good concept but it hasn’t translated well into the book. If it was rewritten, I think it could be done in a far more understandable and referrable way.
So far I'm impressed by the level of information in this book and what I feel I have learned from it.
I've already ditched the sugary "protein" milkshake diet I was trying to survive on and understand really well why I lost nothing on it except money.
I'm getting ready to buy all the food I need and start after my holiday next week. I'm very optimistic and feel I have a good structured plan to follow based on real food, good science and the right type of exercise at the right time.
I find the book hard to put down because it feels like it contains the secrets we never knew before when trying to lose weight.
Like other reviews, I will update this with a progress report.
I wrote my review in April 2019, now it is December 2019, I decided after 8 month I write my experience.
Until I was 19 years old I could eat anything without gaining fat. I started to gain weigt, so I sarted to do diets, since then my life is all about dieting. Now I am 31 years old, and when I'm eating, I'm "walking on eggshels". I don't eat anything which can make you fat, no sugar, no gluten, no dairy etc. Still I have 30 kg extra weight, my metabolism incredebly slow, it is possible because of the years of starving. I made the first round with this book, the first 4 weeks, I lost 2 kg. I was happy, it was better than with any other diet. However after I went back my normal, starving life, I gained it back. So I gave a second chance to the book and half year later, I made the diet one more time. I lost 3 kg, but unfortunatelly I gained it back, even I tried to eat healthy. I'm sure, the diet works for many people, as I could see in the reviews. Maybe if I do it more time, it will work better for me as well, it is possible I have destroyed my metabolism with the continous starving. So for me the book did not make the miracle, I am desperate to find a solution for my problem.
It only negitive is that some of the foods mention in the recipes are not available in England.