It's All About Your Metabolism

Author Haylie Pomroy explains her plan to help you boost your metabolism.

It's All About Your Metabolism
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Diet plans and books for years have told us that it's all about calories-in, calories-out. The traditional diet is all about what you can't have. For real, lasting weight loss, forget about deprivation. Instead, focus on real, whole, nourishing foods, not calories!

The right nutrient-dense whole foods, eaten at the right times, truly nourish the body, while most processed foods, sugar, dairy, corn, wheat and alcohol just stand in the way, wasting your body's resources – resources that you need to process and flush away toxins and stored fat.

Get the notion of "diet" foods right out of your head. Fast Metabolism foods are decadent, rich and tantalizing: Mangos, coconut, avocado, prime rib, lobster. These are all foods your body loves. They have the nutrients that can ignite your metabolism and fuel the burn. On the other hand, zero-calorie soda, frozen diet entrees and fat-free yogurt can actually slow your metabolism and can contribute to weight gain.

With the 3-Phase Fast Metabolism Diet, it's all about building a strong body that can support itself under stress and ignite the hormones that promote fat burn. It's a whole-body makeover, from the inside out.

Whole grains and natural sugar calm and nourish your adrenals

Your tiny adrenal glands play a huge role in how you respond to stress, pumping out combinations of hormones, including cortisol, aldosterone and epinephrine, levels of which can vary depending on whether you're experiencing stress or pleasure.

When you're eating a strategic diet designed to repair and enhance your metabolism, you feed your adrenals so they can do their job without slowing down your metabolism. Otherwise, they can pull nutrients from where you don't want to lose them, like your muscles. Your adrenals don't care about calories. They care about nutrients!

In Phase 1 of the Fast Metabolism Diet, we focus on supporting your adrenal glands with the natural sugars in pineapple, mangoes, strawberries and more, along with whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and oatmeal.

Build muscle with amino acids

Your muscles and bones also thrive on specific nutrients from whole foods. Lean cuts of chicken, turkey, beef and fish, combined with lots of alkalizing green vegetables like kale, celery and broccoli, create the perfect recipe for the formation of amino acids.

Those amino acids are the building blocks of muscle, and generally the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism will be. Your muscles want to stay in “build” mode by processing those lean proteins and dark leafy greens. In Phase 2 of the Fast Metabolism Diet, that's exactly where we focus.

Eat fat to lose fat

Finally, we've been taught by our food industry that all fat is bad. Just scan the shelves of fat-free this and fat-free that. But our bodies actually need fat – such as the healthy fats found in olive oil, avocados, nuts and coconut.

When you eat the right fats in the context of a healthy diet – like we do in Phase 3 of the Fast Metabolism Diet, it can help your body burn stored fat, along with the fat you're eating. It's a beautiful process! And because you haven't eaten many fats in the first two Phases of the diet, your body is ready to dig in and torch fat like never before.

The meal plans and recipes in the Fast Metabolism Diet and The Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook are designed to get your metabolism humming again by cycling through these three distinct phases. Please visit for more, and to join us for a 7-Day Metabolism Makeover starting Feb. 17.

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