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The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight Hardcover – 9 Apr 2013
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“This is not a fad diet. It’s a medically proven method of food as medicine to fight obesity, cure chronic illness, and heal a broken metabolism. Haylie’s years of experience and wisdom blends the perfectly delicious plan to create revolutionary results.”
-Dr. Jacqueline Fields M.D.
"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.
About the Author
With clinics in Beverly Hills, Burbank, Irvine, and Fort Collins, nutritionist HAYLIE POMROY' is highly regarded in Hollywood and in the medical community for her ability to effect rapid, healthy weight loss. Her impressive client list includes celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Cher, Raquel Welch and Robert Downey Jr.
She appears regularly on NBC's Extra and Access Hollywood, and in Marie Claire, People, Star, and more. Haylie is Vice President of Clinical Research and Development for East West Essentials, and a registered wellness consultant and holistic counselor.
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First - about me so you know what you are dealing with. This is my first Amazon review ever. I am at least 60 pounds over weight. I have lost (and gained back) weight on at least three different programs and know I will lose weight with Weight Watchers if I really work at it and am very patient - but I knew it would take a long time and lots of deprivation to lose all that I need to lose to improve my health. Before I found this book I was pretty discouraged. I am tired of counting calories and had already worked out for myself that "calories" are a largely inaccurate concept when applied to food. I am pre-diabetic and have joint and skin issues. If that seems like too much sharing, I apologize. Personally, I hate reading reviews without enough information to understand the writer's point of view.
I read the basic details provided above and knew adhering to this program would involve a huge change in my lifestyle. I have a friend (a tiny, little friend who needed to lose about 20 pounds) who had lost weight on the FMD and she loved it. She loved the app and just followed it - but I needed more convincing. More motivation. When I first read about the diet I was hoping for something easier, looking for a way to eat more of what I love (cheese, sugar and corn) and wanting a magic wand. Then I read V. Canfield's review and it gave me the excuse I was looking for - I told my friend that the diet was a starvation program it would be unhealthy to eat so few 'calories'. She was surprised and told me that she never got hungry and had a hard time eating all of the food on the program. I went on WW Simply Filling program and told myself it would be ok - I would just have to starve and work out for years - sigh. I lost 3 pounds in two weeks and then I gained it all back - plus one more.
I went to the FMD website and read more and more about it. Desperate to stave off impending diabetes, I decided I would just buy the book and read it. I read it twice. I got excited about the science and appreciated the psychology of constantly changing things up every few days. It took me 3 weeks of organization and food testing and tasting to get ready to try the diet. I cleaned out at least half of my pantry and my fridge and finally convinced my husband to give it a try (he needs to lose 35 pounds).
We eat constantly. Sometimes I don't think I can get all of the food down. I am NEVER hungry - and I really like the food. I hate lettuce and celery and really prefer fried food to grilled; I can't tell you how much I love icing - but I discovered something new - I LOVE real food. Who knew? Blueberries and strawberries taste sweet to me now and I had no idea how much better organic hummus tastes. And calories? Today I am scheduled to eat 1785 "calories". I am down 9 pounds and my husband lost 7. My skin is clearer. Unbelievably we can both see a difference in our bellies - I have lost 15 pounds before and not seen this much change. This is exciting.
I find it very sad that V. Canfield's inaccurate representation of the program (the calorie counts artificially assume that you can only eat from the cook book, chooses some very lean recipes and then ignores that veggies are unlimited) review has turned so many people away from this program.
If you are inclined to be swayed by V. Canfield - please read the FMD website first. Note that this diet has a great many creditable proponents and has obviously worked for so many people. I kept trying to find detractors and really couldn't - other than V. Canfield who not only seems to be a sort of semi-professional "commenter" but, based on the review, didn't even try the program.
Change takes work. This is a program that makes that work more of an eating evolution - not a life time of deprivation.
****UPDATE**** 1/7/2015. I have been on the FMD program for 9 months now (except for the period between Thanksgiving and New Years Day) and have lost 95 pounds! I stuck to the program religiously until September - so 6 months. Then I started eating on the maintenance plan (basically phase 3 with the food from all the phases thrown in) and I continued to lose weight - just more slowly. When I get stuck, I just do a couple of phase 2 days and that usually helps me to lose a couple of pounds. I absolutely love eating this way. I feel fantastic and have left all of my health problems behind. I have energy to spare. I truly understand the concept of using food as medicine now. Beginning Thanksgiving week, I started eating holiday foods - so sugar, corn, wheat etc. The first week or so I was careful to just cheat a bit here and there. At first, I actually lost 8 pounds after T'giving, so I started feeling a bit bullet proof, obviously I had cured my metabolism and could now eat whatever I wanted, I thought. Grin! By Christmas time I was eating enough sugar that I was beginning to retain fluid, feel pain in my joints and have indigestion - all things that disappeared on the program. I gained back 5 of the 8 pounds I lost right after Thanksgiving and it has taken me a week to get rid of the sugar again - it is incredibly addictive! I managed it pretty easily by eating phase 3 again - with extra fruit and fat whenever I felt sugar cravings. I have lost 2 pounds this week and I am beginning to feel better. Over the holiday, while eating the sugar, my face got puffy, especially under my eyes. Loosing this much weight, I was really worried I would have horribly saggy skin (I am 55) - but I was looking pretty good until this past month when my face looked bloated and my eyes puffy from eating holiday foods. Sugar really is evil! I am in this for the long haul - aiming to lose at least 100 pounds - so stay tuned! I almost forgot to mention that my husband quickly and easily lost 30 pounds (of course!) and then decided he could go back to coffee with cream and pizza, etc. He gained back 8 pounds before he decided he really preferred the way he felt on the program - so he is still eating with me most days.
***1/23/2015 FOOT NOTE: I started this program to lose weight and I thought of my improved health as a natural benefit of weighing less, until I saw this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWXrRftyOMY
Now I fully understand the truth behind the FMD. Once you watch this you will never look at food in America the same way again!
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!!