What to Eat When the Scale Is Stuck

Give your metabolism a makeover with this plan that will fuel your body while torching fat.

Posted on | By Haylie Pomroy
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Your body is a beautifully complex laboratory of biochemical reactions, and all it takes to get you stuck is for one little thing to go wrong. Maybe it’s inflammation and water retention? Maybe it’s a digestive problem? Maybe it’s your hormones?

In my world, food is medicine. My specialty is healing and sculpting bodies using food. You might be familiar with my book, The Fast Metabolism Diet? It is a total rehab for your metabolism. But my new book, The Burn, is laser-focused on your weight-loss plateaus and chronic health woes or those reasons why your scale gets stuck.

Focus on the Why, Not the Weight Loss

The Burn offers three nutrition plans that are designed to push your body to blaze through the barriers that are preventing it from dropping pounds by targeting the three common causes for most scales getting stuck and other health issues. Those three common problem areas are:

  • Inflammation
  • Digestive dysfunction
  • Hormonal imbalance 

WHY #1: INFLAMMATION

Do you:

  • Have puffy bags and/or dark circles under your eyes?
  • Have trouble getting rings off at the end of the day?
  • Have fat accumulating around your lower back and hanging over your pants?
  • Feel dehydrated, even though you keep drinking water?

When there’s inflammation in the body you are holding on to excess fluid–water and lymph. There’s a slowdown in the natural systems of elimination. This causes a rise in acidity in the body and excess subcutaneous fat or cellulite accumulation because the body is trying to find places to store the toxins that are building up.  

Fixing the Why: Try the I-Burn

The I-Burn is a three-day plan that targets your body’s reaction to food by nourishing and restoring the organs and systems that manage toxin removal: your kidneys, lymphatic system and bladder. This is a high-speed toxin purge that is designed to reduce edema and scavenge cellulite. The result will be fast, effective weight loss of up to three pounds in three days.

The I-Burn: Why You’ll Lose Weight

The I-Burn targets the body’s inflammatory reactions to food and is designed to scavenge subcutaneous fat. You will also:

  • Create an excretion reaction so your body starts flushing toxins instead of holding on to them.
  • Hydrate your body to dilute toxins and help the kidneys work more easily to flush them out.
  • Deluge the body with kidney-supportive micronutrients.
  • Make the body more alkaline. A stable pH increases the rate at which the body metabolizes, or burns through food and creates an environment that stimulates the fat cells to release fat for fuel.

Inflammation Intervention: What to Eat for It

The I-Burn plan enables you to lose up to three pounds in three days by focusing on the healing of the kidneys, lymphatic system and bladder function. You’ll eat anti-inflammatory foods like lemon, celery, daikon radish, parsley, pink grapefruit, wild-caught fish and healthy fats like avocado, walnuts and pine nuts. These foods will flush out, detoxify and hydrate the body. Your cheekbones will become more prominent, your swollen ankles will return to size and your complexion will appear more radiant.

Tip: For three days, have the I-Burn Soup for a snack or a lunch. 

WHY #2: DIGESTIVE DYSFUNCTION

Do you:

  • Notice bloating after eating meals?
  • Have heartburn or indigestion once a week or more often?
  • Have fat stores that feel hard and dense, and have a protruding stomach or thick hard rolls around your waistline?

When you have digestive trouble, your gastrointestinal system isn’t working properly the body’s natural elimination systems are also slowed down, which causes the accumulation of thick, heavy, resistant yellow fat.

Fixing the Why: Try the D-Burn

The D-Burn is a five-day nutrition plan that targets your body’s digestion and assimilation of foods by soothing and healing the mucosal lining. You are going to stimulate the right digestive enzymes to not only break down the food you eat, but also digest and eliminate the excess fat you will be burning through. You could lose up to five pounds in five days eating incredible food.

The D-Burn: Why You’ll Lose Weight

The D-Burn unlocks the body’s digestive barriers and torches torso and back fat to create a flat belly and tighter body. You will:

  • Promote healthy gut bacteria.
  • Target yellow fat, which is the hard, dense fat that likes to cling to your belly and torso.
  • Speed up the elimination of broken-down fat.
  • Nourish the digestive system so there are fewer digestive issues but also banished bloat.
  • Strengthen and nourish the lungs so you can breathe more calmly and deeply.

Digestive Intervention: What to Eat for It

The D-Burn enables you to lose up to five pounds in five days. You’ll eat foods that will de-bloat the tummy, clear out the lungs and sinuses and flood the body with a lot of energy. You’ll be feeding the body good gut flora with the vegetables, fermented foods and healthy fats that are on the menu like red cabbage, coconut, grape seed and extra virgin olive oil. You’ll also enjoy plenty of herbs and spices like basil, cilantro, cumin, ginger, parsley, thyme and rosemary. At the completion of this plan you’ll notice your belly looks flatter and your hips and thighs are tighter.

Tip: For breakfast, have the D-Burn Smoothie each of the five days.

WHY #3: HORMONAL IMBALANCE

Do you:

  • Lose hair at the crown of your head or grow it in weird places?
  • Have rapidly gained weight that refuses to budge?
  • Feel moody, irritable or weepy?
  • Have high cholesterol?

A hormonal imbalance in the body means there’s a problem with the production and proper synthesis of hormones. It causes an overabundance of fat cells or aggressive weight gain.

Fixing the Why: Try the H-Burn

The H-Burn is a 10-day plan that targets your body’s transformation of food into hormones by facilitating the work of the liver, gallbladder and thyroid. Your energy will soar and you will feel rested, alert and alive. The result will be fast, effective weight loss of up to 10 pounds in ten days.

The H-Burn: Why You’ll Lose Weight

The H-Burn addresses the hormonal system, repairing and facilitating the proper synthesis of hormones to reshape lumps and bumps into gorgeous curves, sleeker hips and thinner thighs. You will:

  • Deeply nourish the liver, gallbladder and thyroid.
  • Nourish the entire endocrine system with intensive micronutrients that support the proper production and regulation of hormones.
  • Target white fat, which is the lumpy, jiggly, tenacious fat that likes to accumulate in large amounts and in strange places and throwing your body shape out of proportion.
  • Emulsify and release fat by using thermogenic combinations of foods, herbs, spices and teas that ferret out and dissolve hormone-induced fat.
  • Stabilize the emotional symptoms like moodiness, irritability, aggressiveness, anxiety and depression.
  • Deluge the body with healthy fat to stimulate fat metabolism and to repair dry or cracked skin, splitting nails and strawlike hair.

Hormonal Intervention: What to Eat for It

The H-Burn plan enables you to lose up to 10 pounds in 10 days. The foods you’ll eat will help you stabilize the natural hormone regulatory system so the body can release and incinerate fat. Your targeted nutrition will include vegetables like spinach, yams, asparagus, cauliflower, dandelion root and fennel; fruits like Asian pears, grapefruits, green apples, papaya and lots of protein from wild-caught fish, beans, and raw nuts.

Tip: Have the H-Burn Tea with each lunch or dinner.  

Your body wants a fast metabolism, to be healthy, strong and energized. If it’s not, then something in the system has gone awry. These three nutrition plans are quick, intense, plateau-busting blazes that will help you burn through your particular roadblock by scorching it quickly. Get the rest of The Burn recipes here

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Article written by Haylie Pomroy
Celebrity nutritionist and wellness consultant