The Fast Metabolism Diet: Lose 20 Pounds in 4 Weeks and Keep It Off Forever by Unleashing Your Body's Natural Fat-Burning Power by Haylie Pomroy

The Fast Metabolism Diet: Lose 20 Pounds in 4 Weeks and Keep It Off Forever by Unleashing Your Body's Natural Fat-Burning Power

Haylie Pomroy ha ayudado a miles de pacientes a perder hasta 20 libras en cuatro semanas--todo a traves del poder quemagrasa que tiene la comida--. Conocida como "la guru del metabolismo," Haylie nos recuerda que la comida no es el enemigo: la comida es, por el contrario, la rehabilitacion que necesitas para revitalizar tu metabolismo lento y averiado, y convertir asi tu c...

Title:The Fast Metabolism Diet: Lose 20 Pounds in 4 Weeks and Keep It Off Forever by Unleashing Your Body's Natural Fat-Burning Power
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ISBN:0307986276
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Number of Pages:256 pages

The Fast Metabolism Diet: Lose 20 Pounds in 4 Weeks and Keep It Off Forever by Unleashing Your Body's Natural Fat-Burning Power Reviews

  • Cherylck

    Diet is easy to follow, but her instructions are too wishy-washy. Many conflicts between the recipes at the back and detailed charts. The charts are incomplete, you need to re-read sections thoroughly in order to grasp the "my way or the highway" instructions.

    HATE, Hate, hate the kindle version. Charts are too small and with the disorganization of the book chapters and headings, I am constantly going back and forth. I had to contact the book's publisher to get pdf versions in order to actually

    Diet is easy to follow, but her instructions are too wishy-washy. Many conflicts between the recipes at the back and detailed charts. The charts are incomplete, you need to re-read sections thoroughly in order to grasp the "my way or the highway" instructions.

    HATE, Hate, hate the kindle version. Charts are too small and with the disorganization of the book chapters and headings, I am constantly going back and forth. I had to contact the book's publisher to get pdf versions in order to actually read the meal plans.

    I am a serial dieter. I can follow a well laid plan carefully; therefore I get results. The recipes are pretty great but they are so lacking in quantity and variety. Pomroy supposedly has cookbook coming out in Dec '13.

    It is a real shame that her scientific background, which serves as the basis for the diet process, is touched on superficially. This book needs more! More recipes, more attention to detail and more step by step instructions. Scientifically sound, it is working for me, but I can see others getting easily frustrated and giving up before 28 days.

    Oh, and she has a forum on her website. Another case of rushing to get things out there...it's not moderated and dieters are floundering with seeking answers.

  • Heather Truckenmiller

    I can't figure out how to rate this book. Do I rate it purely on writing, or on content? And how would I rate the content, the diet, without trying it to see how it works? I'm at a loss.

    The first half of this book reads a lot like an infomercial. You'll read about clients who have been angry - yes "angry" - at her "because this was so easy", and you'll read about how this is not a diet, and about how much food you get to eat, etc.

    It sounds great. A little too good to be true.

    And then you get to

    I can't figure out how to rate this book. Do I rate it purely on writing, or on content? And how would I rate the content, the diet, without trying it to see how it works? I'm at a loss.

    The first half of this book reads a lot like an infomercial. You'll read about clients who have been angry - yes "angry" - at her "because this was so easy", and you'll read about how this is not a diet, and about how much food you get to eat, etc.

    It sounds great. A little too good to be true.

    And then you get to the actual diet. Which "isn't a diet!", but eliminates all corn, wheat (only sprouted breads & tortillas 2 days a week) dairy, caffeine (not even decaf coffee or tea is allowed) refined sugar, and most fats. That, to me, is a diet. For 28 days, no yogurt, no cheese, no coffee. Definitely no desserts, ice cream, not even a hamburger at a cook out - that is a diet. It made me a little angry, after all of the hype, to read how difficult this diet will be to follow. Although she states over and over that all of these ingredients can easily be found in any grocery store, that is definitely not true in my area. I will have to visit a health food store for items like almond butter, and sprouted bread. But, to be fair, my local grocery store has horse and buggy parking and the entire store is smaller than the entrance area of some super wal-marts.

    I googled the diet and found a couple of blogs where women have tried it, and apparently it does work. Other sites have stated that of course it works, it is an extremely low calorie, low fat, diet. Quite a few have tried the diet, lost up to 10lbs the first week, but then quit the second week because it was so restrictive. That is my fear, that it is just way too restrictive for 28 days.

    The exercise is just as regimented. I've been running 3 times a week, this program allows running only two days a week, day one and day two - phase 1 of the diet. On days 2 & 3 strength training only, and days 4-7 yoga or meditation only. I'm nervous that I would lose the progress I have made with my lung capacity and running on that schedule. It also eliminates all flexibility. Currently if I have to switch my run days around do to weather, or our schedule, it's no big deal - but on this plan, if it's thunder storming on Monday and Tuesday, or the kids schedules get in my way, I either have to find a treadmill or skip my run for the week and substitute some other cardio exercise. That concerns me almost as much as the restrictive food choices. But I DO need to add more strength training, I've known that for awhile.

    The facts and science seem sound, although I have not researched them to be sure they are accurate, they make a lot of sense. The three phases each week allow for a lot of variety. The diet is do-abe, it's just not as easy as she hyped it up to be in the first few chapters.

    With all of my reservations, the book still just makes enough sense to make me want to try it. I think I will ease myself into it first. Rather than starting the full diet straight off, I will try a week of making sure I drink that much water (half your body weight) eating every 3-4 hours (at least 5 times a day)making sure I eat within 30 minutes of waking up, and for the first week I will try her specific breakfast recipes. I'm not expecting the drastic results that her diet offers, but those are sound principles that I should have been following all along anyway.

    She is honest that this is like a medical treatment, and you have to treat it as such. If a dr told me I had to follow a specific therapy after a surgery, I would do it, no matter how difficult. In theory. In reality, I tend to follow the drs instructions only about half as long as they prescribed them for, and that is why I doubt my ability to follow 28 days of this diet as well.

  • Cecilia

    I'm starting week 3 and I feel AMAZING. This takes willpower and it is best to have a support system with your family/friends. It IS hard, but if I can do it, anyone can. I'm eating MORE food on this diet than I normally do and I've lost about 8 lbs in two weeks and I'm literally shrinking before my eyes! I've lost a solid 5 INCHES from my waist.

    After the first week, I wondered what I had gotten myself into, but I stuck with it and I'm so glad I did! I would suggest though that if you're a suga

    I'm starting week 3 and I feel AMAZING. This takes willpower and it is best to have a support system with your family/friends. It IS hard, but if I can do it, anyone can. I'm eating MORE food on this diet than I normally do and I've lost about 8 lbs in two weeks and I'm literally shrinking before my eyes! I've lost a solid 5 INCHES from my waist.

    After the first week, I wondered what I had gotten myself into, but I stuck with it and I'm so glad I did! I would suggest though that if you're a sugar nut like me or even your coffee, don't make the same mistake I did - don't go cold turkey....the first two days were rough!

    I went on vacation for 3 days and was able to stick to this...with some work. I prepacked my grains and nuts for breakfast and snacks, bought my salads and fruit while out and about and kept a water bottle filled at all times.

    If this 47 year old, sugar-hooked, processed food lover can do this, YOU CAN!

  • Cathlene Burk

    This is my miracle book. I'm following the instructions as closely as possible, and I'm loosing weight for the first time in years. All with good food, and with feeling like I've been eating enough, or some days, too much. I wish I had this book 5 years before I spent a ton of money on doctors, diet supplements, exercise classes etc.

  • Tara

    Bottom line: Lost 10 lbs. and more than 2" off my waistline in 28 days. I'd say that was pretty successful.

    Pros: You get to eat carbs and yummy food and you don't starve. The portion sizes are very reasonable. Success is very motivating, and baggy pants feel great. You are also eating super healthy food. Avoiding the long "no" list was not as hard as I expected (except it was sweet corn season, so I HAD to have an ear on day 29, but skipped the butter). Now I'm done with the first 4 weeks, I'm g

    Bottom line: Lost 10 lbs. and more than 2" off my waistline in 28 days. I'd say that was pretty successful.

    Pros: You get to eat carbs and yummy food and you don't starve. The portion sizes are very reasonable. Success is very motivating, and baggy pants feel great. You are also eating super healthy food. Avoiding the long "no" list was not as hard as I expected (except it was sweet corn season, so I HAD to have an ear on day 29, but skipped the butter). Now I'm done with the first 4 weeks, I'm generally sticking with it (though not quite so strictly). It helps establish good eating habits. It didn't take a ton of exercise, just doing a cardio, a strength training, and a yoga session 1-2x/week for each type. In all honesty, I didn't keep every rule to a T, but I think my infractions were few and minor (e.g. eating tomatos and carrots in Phase 2, and a couple things I ate in small quantities had a wee bit of sugar, not separating out egg yolks in Phase 2 except once, not everything was organic, and went more than 4 hours without eating a couple times, etc.) I think I do have more energy.

    Cons: It did seem like I spent almost every spare minute of the month prepping meals. I did try to cook a few meals ahead on weekends, and on work days I got all meals prepped for the following day on the evening before. It got better as the month went on as there were more leftovers available. You do get a little hungry in Phase 2, but I suspect I should have been eating even MORE protein than I did, but organic food, and meat in particular, is expensive. Loved Phase 3. Eating 2 snacks a day was cutting back from my usual 4 snacks/day, although you can always add more vegies. At one point, I thought I would binge on all the forbiddens when 28 days were up, but I'm still motivated to keep going, as I would like to drop another 25 lbs. The jury is still out on how this will go over the long haul.

    P.S. I have no gall bladder (which is something she talks about stoking in the book), and it was still effective.

  • Denise

    In a little over a week this plan has totally transformed my life. I have lost 6 pounds and my flabby middle is disappearing right before my eyes. Not to mention that I am less anxious and much happier. It sounds difficult to do but it really isn't. Since the diet changes every couple of days you never get bored. The key is to plan and to cook ahead and freeze. My approach to food has drastically changed. I am cooking way more than I ever have and I haven't felt this good in years. Just do it fo

    In a little over a week this plan has totally transformed my life. I have lost 6 pounds and my flabby middle is disappearing right before my eyes. Not to mention that I am less anxious and much happier. It sounds difficult to do but it really isn't. Since the diet changes every couple of days you never get bored. The key is to plan and to cook ahead and freeze. My approach to food has drastically changed. I am cooking way more than I ever have and I haven't felt this good in years. Just do it for a week and then see how you feel. I am guessing you will finish out the 28 days. If you have an IPhone I highly recommend the app - easy to plan your meals and automatically generate a grocery list. And her new cookbook has a lot of great recipes. Good luck'

  • Kristen

    If you follow the plan faithfully, you will: spend a LOT of money on groceries; devote as much time to planning, shopping, preparing and eating your food as you would working a part-time job; drink more water than you ever thought you could; eat a wide variety of foods; and you will lose weight.

    If you continue to use the principles she puts forward after the 28 days are up, you will continue to lose weight. 35 lbs in three months and counting.

  • Diana Spindler

    So, having gotten quite sick of carrying my fat around, I decided to be a bit more positive and try Pomroy's fast metabolism diet. I've now been on it for 11 of the 28 days recommended, and I plan to go through to the end, and perhaps even go beyond that to lose all 30-35 pounds, getting myself to my ideal weight of 130-135.

    Let me say, before I tell you how the diet is going for me, that it's clear to me that this diet is not for people who have a large amount of weight to lose--say, more than

    So, having gotten quite sick of carrying my fat around, I decided to be a bit more positive and try Pomroy's fast metabolism diet. I've now been on it for 11 of the 28 days recommended, and I plan to go through to the end, and perhaps even go beyond that to lose all 30-35 pounds, getting myself to my ideal weight of 130-135.

    Let me say, before I tell you how the diet is going for me, that it's clear to me that this diet is not for people who have a large amount of weight to lose--say, more than 40-50 pounds. I know this because I was once around 90 pounds overweight and at that time in my life, this diet never would've worked for me. It's *very* restrictive and it's designed for the person who's already familiar with healthy eating and who also works out, at least to some degree. If you are more than 40-50 pounds overweight, the habits that got you to that point are probably unhealthy, and jumping into something like this will probably be overwhelming. That's not to say there aren't people who could bust through the barriers of those bad habits, but I know I couldn't have, not because I didn't have resolve, but because making such a dramatic change would've doomed me to failure from the outset. In my opinion, it would take a huge amount of resolve to go from being 90 pounds overweight and not exercising to giving up dairy for a month, eating only healthy fats and ONLY three days out of each week (the rest of the week, you basically eat NO fats except what's already in the lean meat and whole grains you're allowed) and to exercising regularly. It would have been tough, to say the least.

    Also, it's important that you either already know, or are willing to learn, a bit about cooking for this diet. Since you can't use "bad" fat (butter, mayo, sour cream, etc.) or sugar (ketchup, BBQ sauce, store-bought salad dressings, etc.) to flavor your food, you have to be creative, which requires some knowledge of how to build flavors. I use lemons/limes and apple cider vinegar with salt and pepper on arugula, for example, and it's actually delicious. Most veggies can be flavored with lemon and vinegar, and you won't even miss the oil, especially if you add the right amount of salt and pepper. This diet requires adjusting your palate, but if you do it right, and you know a little about building flavor, you'll be fine. Also, in the 3rd phase of each cycle, you get to use "good" fat--like hummus, avocados, nuts and nut butter, olive oil--which gives you that fix you might have missed for the first two phases of the cycle. What's lovely, too, about the 3rd phrase is that it's the longest, so you get to use those healthy fats basically nonstop for three bliss-filled days.

    Finally, you also need to be organized with this diet. You need to plan ahead for the week instead of just running to the store when you need something. One of the main concepts of the diet is not letting yourself get to the starvation point. If you feel hungry, and your stomach is growling, you have to shove something in your pie hole. You can't let the hunger linger because that's what slows your metabolism, and it also makes your body consume your muscles, not fat. So, you need to have the foods allowed for whatever phase of the diet you're in around at all times. For instance, since I know that for phase 3 (the last three days of each week) I will need to have avocados ripened and ready to eat, I go and buy them while I'm in phase 1 or phase 2 and let them sit on the counter until they're ripe, then put them in the fridge for later in the week. Anyone who eats avocados knows that, generally speaking, you can't just go and buy an avocado at the store and be able to eat it that same day. You need to plan ahead, is the point, for every phase. It requires time and organization.

    Having said all of that, I went into this diet already knowing quite a lot about healthy eating, but I still had the attitude that "especially at this age (40), I'm basically going to have to starve myself if I want to lose weight." I had this attitude because I was doing moderate to high cardio 5 days a week *and* doing strength training and Pilates on top of that, and I felt that doing that amount of exercise *should* allow me to consume a lot of calories every day, but it didn't. I went through a phase when I first moved myself out of the "obese" category where I basically starved myself all day and then ate a big (nay, ginormous) dinner, plus three-quarters of a bottle of wine. Eventually, I burned myself out with that and started feeling exhausted every day. And I decided I needed to take better care of my body, so started eating a small breakfast (two eggs), having some green juice in the afternoon with some crackers and hummus, and then eating a regular sized dinner (along with three-quarters of a bottle of wine). At first, I put on about 5-8 pounds, then the scale hovered around 150 for a while. Then, over about eighteen months, I ended up gaining around another 15 pounds, which is where I found myself at the start of this diet. When I was in the 150s, I almost felt I could live with that, but when I tipped 160, I resolved to do something about it because I absolutely don't want to be this overweight, especially after knowing what being ten pounds away from my goal weight feels like.

    So that's where I was when I started the fast metabolism diet. Now, first off, Pomroy recommends giving up caffeine for the 28 days. I, however, refuse to give up my morning coffee. I'm not a huge caffeine person, but I need that one cup in the morning to give me a little wake-up. But it's a fairly small cup, and I don't put any sugar in it, just a little creamer, and that's it. In the first week, I didn't want to give up wine either, but my weight loss was too slow, so I've now given that up, at least for the time being. I do believe I could get away with one glass of wine a few nights a week, but for now, I'm really giving it my all to stay off the alcohol until the diet is over.

    The great thing about this diet is that you do actually consume a lot of food, but it's very nutritious food. My digestive health is wonderful and my energy level is high. I can't say that I crave the bad foods that I love (cheese, for example), but I have had moments of missing them. At the same time, my body feels totally nourished in a way I don't recall ever feeling before, and when I'm hungry, I eat the designated snacks or meals that I've already bought and put in the fridge and I don't oscillate about whether I should eat something that's not allowed. I just do what I've already planned, and it works great.

    The exercise regimen is also kind of great because I used to run myself completely down trying to make up for all the calories I consumed. I hated going to the gym some days, but I knew I had to go. This diet gives me permission to vary my workout and to be less stressed out about it. I do two days of cardio, two days of heavy strength training, and two days of Pilates. The variety is a relief, and my body feels healthier than ever.

    So far, I've lost 7 pounds, which is a huge triumph because that's despite cheating last week with (too much) wine and lingering Christmas candy. Because I made those bad calls in the first week, I think I'm going to have to do at least an extra, if not two, week on the diet to make up for it. Either way, it's almost worth it just for how healthy my body feels.

    **UPDATE**

    I've officially finished 28 days of this diet, and I've lost 10 pounds total. Not as accelerated as Pomroy claims in the book, but I cheated by having caffeine every day and a (large) glass of wine here and there. Otherwise, I followed the diet exactly. I *was* feeling really amazing because of all the nutritious eating for a while there. I think I still would be if it weren't for a medical condition that has returned--electric-shock drumming in my foot, which wakes me several times a night every night, resulting in a lot of stress as well as lost and disrupted sleep ... and which the doctors *can't* seem to identify. (Hopefully this condition will leave me soon, and I'll return to good health.) The stress, of course, is terrible for weight loss (and a whole bunch of other things). That's not the diet's fault though. I think it's a healthy and sustainable way to drop some weight, and I plan to do it indefinitely, though a little less strictly, since I still have more weight I want to lose and it's especially important right now that I maintain my health as best I can.


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