Fast Metabolism Diet: Round One Review

July 14, 2014, In: Healthy Eating
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I have no idea how it happened, but somehow I put on some extra weight. Gasp!! Ok, so this has happened before. In my 30s weight snuck up on me but I was able to get that off by restricting calories. But then when I wasn’t paying attention, they’d sneak back on. I’d get it back in check and keep the cycle going. Until this last time, I starved myself and the pounds didn’t budge. I worked out and the pounds didn’t budge. What the heck happened? A friend of mine told me she was going to do the Fast Metabolism Diet. Her sister had done it and lost weight, and kept it off. She told me a little about it and it didn’t sound like a diet, it sounded more like clean eating. I was all over that. I consider myself a health nut and a plan where I could lose weight and not feel all week and loopy because I wasn’t getting enough calories sounded great.

First thing I did was purchase the book and companion cookbook and spent about a week reading and understanding the plan. I originally wanted to start the week of Labor Day, but we took a motorcycle trip that weekend and I was traveling on the first day. I realized there was no way to make that work on the back of a bike so I started that Tuesday. The way you schedule your days is key. The plan is broken down into three phases every week. Most people plan their week so they can have P3 Friday – Sunday because that is when there is the most flexibility in the food choices. My P3 was Saturday – Monday. It worked fine, but I would have preferred to have Fridays on P3.

The Phases:
  • Phase 1 (days 1 and 2): high-glycemic, moderate-protein, low-fat. Think whole grains and fruits.
  • Phase 2 (days 3 and 4): high-protein, high-vegetable, low-carbohydrate, low-fat. Think green veggies and low fat proteins.
  • Phase 3 (days 5, 6 and 7): high healthy-fat, moderate-carbohydrate, moderate-protein, low-glycemic fruit. Everything above and healthy fats and oils. Think avocados and nuts.

The three phases are repeated four times, for a total of 28 days. The claim is you can lose up to 20 lbs in 28 days. So how did I do? I wanted to lose 20 lbs. I lost 11 lbs. Still, 11 lbs in just 28 days is awesome! Plus the benefit of a healed metabolism was totally worth it.

My four weeks:

Week one: By the end of the first day a dull headache started and continued for four days! The second and third day the headache was the worst and I felt weak and wasn’t able to eat dinner. Went home from work and feel asleep. You’re not supposed to skip meals, but the thought of food made me nauseous. That didn’t stop me, I knew I was detoxing and had read if I got through it I would feel great. I had tried to do a three day cleanse before and the headaches stopped me then. People told me it was from not having caffeine. But I only drink one cup a day. From my reading, I think it’s more likely a combination of things: eliminating caffeine, sugar and processed food.

I should mention that I am pescetarian (vegetarian who also eats fish) and I don’t care for overly fishy tasting fish. This really limited my options for this diet. I’ve been vegetarian for over 15 years and pescetarian for 3, I’m used to having limited options. I forged forward with big intentions to cook meals from the book! I soon realized there were beans in everything. Beans, beans and more beans. So many beans, that I couldn’t eat them without a gag reflex kicking in.

I ended week one down 6 pounds. The first week was my biggest weight loss.

Week two: I felt much better this week, however, I had to put my cat, Boots, down. I had Boots for 17 years and having to let him go emotionally drained me. I had energy from the diet, but mentally I was down. During P1 I felt great. During P2 I was very sluggish and it was hard to workout. I found a post Haylie Pomroy wrote about this which basically said the body is releasing historic fat and along with that, toxins.

In terms of the foods I ate, I decided to mix things up this time. I kept recipes from the book that I liked but adapted some to the foods I prefer. In P2 I added tofu, only a little and I made sure it was non-GMO.

All in all, things went well in week two until the weekend. My boyfriend plays guitar and his band played out. There was a lot of temptation to drink. The apple pie shots looked good! I resisted. I wasn’t going to say anything about the diet, but I felt rude turning drink after drink down. I finally explained that I was on a diet that was detoxing my system. That worked! I actually gained support and understanding.

I ended week two down 3 pounds, for a total of 9 pounds.

Week three: I coasted through this week eating pretty much the same things I ate during week two. I was frustrated because towards the end of week two I had stopped losing weight and didn’t lose any more during week three. That’s until I put on a pair of jeans that I had just tried on the week prior and they fit! I wasn’t losing pounds, but apparently I was losing inches.

P2 was better then it had been in week two. The sluggish feeling was there, but not as bad as week one, thank goodness!

For me, weekends seemed to always be the roughest. We went riding on Saturday and I was prepared, brought some almonds incase I needed to eat. Then we decided to go out for dinner. We had to leave two places because there was nothing on the menu I could eat. All fried foods! The third place we stumbled across turned out to have awesome atmosphere and had a vegan bean burger with a sprouted wheat bun, it was worth the hunt.

I ended week three down 0 pounds, but down in inches.

Week four: The first day I was down 1 pound, out of my slump. There was a big celebration at work and a big tray of cookies. I could smell the sugar. Surprisingly, it didn’t bother me. I kept thinking of that horrible headache I had in the first week and had no desire for them. That weekend my boyfriend played out again. I decided I was so close to the end of my 28 days that a glass of wine couldn’t hurt and I enjoyed every sip of it. 🙂

I ended week four down 2 pounds, for a grand total of 11 pounds.

Big lessons:

So was it worth it? Without a doubt, yes! As I mentioned, I’ve always been a health nut and thought I understood nutrition. I learned so much and will take away even better eating habits. A few things I learned:

  • I go too long without eating. That goes back to all that calorie counting I used to do. I only had so many calories for the day, so some stretches I would be starving. That’s exactly what my metabolism thought too, that I was starving and it held on tightly to fat. I would let myself crash and that is so bad for the metabolism. Now I bring enough food for the day and make sure I eat every 2-4 hours. If I start to feel hungry, I grab a snack fast.
  • Corn is bad. The corn we eat today is genetically modified and it’s hard for our bodies to digest. The sugar is concentrated and that makes our blood sugar spike, shutting the metabolism off. Oh corn, how I used to love thee. The other thing about corn, it’s in everything. Sneaky corn, look out for it!
  • I started reading labels a little closer and realized sugar is in everything too! No wonder I had that detox headache for four days.
  • I don’t really need coffee. OMG, did I really type that? I never thought I would feel that way but I do. A big glass of water and breakfast within the first half hour of waking gives me plenty of energy to start my day.
The benefits:
  • I feel healthy! No sluggish feeling and I have energy all the time.
  • In the morning, I wake right up and I’m alert. I set my alarm for 5:00 and I’m not hitting snooze over and over again. I make breakfast and workout. I never had the energy to workout first thing in the morning, but now I do.
  • My eyes looked brighter, the color seemed clearer.
  • A reset metabolism! I no longer crave sweets, but if I do eat some my metabolism should be able to handle it.
What’s next:

I was off the FMD for about three weeks. It’s summer and it’s hard to follow a strict diet, especially on the weekends. I ate clean during the week and did my best come Saturday. However, I still have those 9 pounds to lose! So it’s round two for me. Anyone want to join me?

Salute, Denise

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