Metabolic Myth #3: Losing weight is simply calories in, calories out.
For years we have been told that dieting is all about calories-in, calories-out. But it’s just not true. In fact, the entire concept of calories is completely misguided. You can’t tell me that a 100-calorie serving of delicious butternut squash, or succulent strawberries, or fiber-filled oatmeal has the same nutritional “value” as one of those tiny 100-calorie packets of chemical-laden cookies. A calorie is not a thing. It’s just energy, and what really matters, much more than the number of theoretical “calories” you do or don’t consume, is how your body uses the food once it gets inside you. Which is why in Phase 3 of the Fast Metabolism Diet we’re going to make sure that food gets used as fat-burning fuel.
Metabolic Repair Phase 3: Unleash the burn. Duration: 3 Days
Now that your fat stores have been unlocked, your body can start using that old fat as fuel until it’s gone for good. In this phase, you'll get to enjoy the delicious whole foods from Phase 1 and Phase 2, but now you’ll be adding healthy fats to every meal: Coconut, avocado, olive oil, raw nuts and seeds – all of which help you torch old fat right along with the natural dietary fat that’s coming in.
The foods you eat in this phase are also rich in inositol and choline, cofactors that metabolize fat and keep it from getting blocked in the liver; they keep all that newly released fat from being reabsorbed.
Once you’ve cycled through the three phases, your body’s metabolism is running fast and hot. You’re no longer in starvation mode. Instead, you’re feeling satisfied and your hormones are happy. You can say goodbye to those old diet myths and keep nurturing your metabolism with real, whole, nourishing foods. Follow my program to rehabilitate your metabolism, and you may never need to diet again.
Phase 3 Sample Meal Plan
Breakfast: Egg and toast with tomato and onion (Fruit, fat from the egg, grain and veggie)
Snack: Hummus and veggies (Fat from the oils in the hummus and veggie)
Lunch: Avocado Turkey Lettuce Wrap (fat, protein and veggie)
Snack: Almond butter stuffed celery (fat and veggie)
More Signs That Your Metabolism Needs Rehab
If you’re stuck on the chronic-dieting treadmill, that’s one big blinking sign that your metabolism isn’t working like it should. Talk to your doctor; some simple lab work can give you a better picture.
- Estrone: One of the three forms of estrogen, estrone can be a culprit if you’ve gained weight around your midsection. Supplementing with diindolylmethane, or DIM, a phytonutrient found in cruciferous vegetables, can help.
- Thyroid function and RT3: Your thyroid produces the hormones T3 and T4 that really fuel fat-burning. But Reverse T3, or RT3, is a fat-storing hormone. For thyroid-based weight gain, I recommend foods rich in iodine (like kelp) and selenium (like shellfish).