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Haylie Pomroy has helped countless clients lose up to 20
pounds in just 4 weeks –all through the fat-burning power of food.

Hailed as “the metabolism whisperer,” Haylie
reminds us that food is not the enemy, it’s the
rehab needed to rev-up your sluggish, broken-down metabolism and
turn your body into a fat-burning furnace.
 
On this plan
you’re going to eat a lot. You’re going to eat three full
meals and at least two snacks a day – and you’re still going
to lose weight. What you’re not going to do is count a
single calorie or fat gram. You’re going not to ban entire food
groups. You’re not going to go carb-free or vegan or go cold
turkey on the foods you love. Instead, you’re going to rotate what
you’re eating throughout each week according to a simple and
proven plan carefully designed to induce precise physiological changes
that will set your metabolism on fire.
 
Phase I
(Monday-Tuesday): Lots of carbs and fruits
Phase II
(Wednesday-Thursday): Lots of proteins and veggies
Phase III
(Friday-Sunday): All of the above, plus healthy fats and
oils
 
By keeping your metabolism guessing in this specific
and deliberate way, you’ll get it working faster. This isn’t
just a theory, it’s the results-based product of Haylie
Pomroy’s successful programs.  It’s worked for
celebrities, for athletes, and for people with chronic illnesses who
need to lose weight, doctor’s orders.  Now it’s going
to work for you.
 
In 4 weeks not only will you see the
weight fall off, you’ll also see your cholesterol drop, your blood
sugar stabilize, your energy increase, your sleep improve, and your
stress dramatically reduce. All thanks to the miraculous power of real,
delicious, satisfying food!
 
Complete with 4 weeks of meal
plans and over 50 recipes – including vegetarian, organic, and
gluten-free options – this is the silver bullet for the
chronic dieter who has tried every fad diet and failed, the first time
dieter attempting to kick her metabolism into gear, and anyone who wants
to naturally and safely eat her way to a skinner, healthier self.

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March 17, 2014

Fantastic Results **UPDATED 1/23/2015**
I have been on this program for 7 days so far. I know it may seem a bit early to post a review, but wanted to do so now for two reasons; first, I am excited by my results so far - I have already lost 9 pounds - and second, I was dismayed by the inaccurate review (V. Canfield) that deterred me from trying this diet program months ago.
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!
5

October 9, 2016

Something that actually works!
Starting this diet is a challenge. It took me a week (at least) to get comfortable with it. I ended up printing the lists and using that. The app was helpful in reminding me when to eat but not very flexible. I did the diet to the best of my ability - I did not give up coffee but went to 1 cup. The first weeks I didn't realize that the fruits you could eat on days 1 & 2 (watermelon) could not be eaten on days 5 and 6. I did not drink all the water, but increased from what I usually did. Days 3 & 4 were hard but I could do it since it was only 2 days. I learned to make spelt bread in my bread machine which was a lifesaver. Anyway... in spite of all of my imperfections with the diet I lost 18 lbs. 18 !! I am 50, and have no had that kind of success for many years. I mostly stuck with the plan for 7 more weeks and lost a total of 29 lbs. The weight stayed off for several months until recently when I began eating too much sugar etc again and I gained back 4 lbs, but I am back on the diet and confident I will lose the 4 lbs and then some. I think what helped me with this diet is I was never bored or sick of the food choices. Push through the challenging early days it is so worth it. You can do this! And at least for me, being perfect was not necessary. Do the best you can.
5

February 27, 2017

) I didn’t feel like a zombie when I got out of bed this ...
Hi. I am a 41 year old female, living a fairly healthy and active lifestyle, who has been a calorie counter for more years than I can remember. Two years ago, I experienced swift, unexplainable weight gain (70 lbs. in 10 months, while going to the gym, working with a trainer, and still counting calories). I consulted with several doctors, underwent numerous blood tests, everything was normal; except that I was stuck with this excess weight that would not budge. I heard about FMD from my dental hygienist and decided to check it out. I took a week to thoroughly read the book, plan a Week 1 food map, then shop. I was ready to go!

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!!
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June 13, 2015

Skip this book, and just buy the cookbook.
Please note, that this is a comment on the book, NOT the diet. Not counting the index... this book has 246 pages. Only 20 or so of which actually describe the diet, and/or give you useful information. The rest is fluff. Customer testimonial style stories, a small number of recipes, and "cute little metaphors", i.e. waste of time/space crap. That said, you can find the same exact USEFUL information and diet description in the first 20 or so pages of the The Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook. Skip this waste of money book, and just start with that one. Save yourself the $20, get the same info, and a LOT more recipes!! Hope this helps...
5

April 23, 2017

It's difficult but it really works
After losing my thyroid gland to cancer 7 years ago, my metabolism went haywire. I slowly gained 90 pounds over 7 years, even though I remained active and ate a healthy diet. Any attempt to lose weight worked for about a week or two - I would lose 2 or 3 pounds, then my body would reset and resume gaining without any change on my part. I grew tired of doctors insisting that I was doing something wrong. I knew it was a metabolism issue, probably as a result of my body not being able to synthesize T3 from the T4 of synthetic thyroid meds. The Fast Metabolism Diet was my last chance, and it seemed to address the issue of metabolic disorder in a sensible and healthy way, so I gave it a try.

The first four days were hell. To change one's eating habits so dramatically took its toll; Pomroy does warn you that Phase 1 and 2 are designed to challenge your body and she is correct. I almost quit several times the first few days but had committed to trying it for at least the first week. However, on the morning of day 5, I realized that all of my arthritic joint pain was gone and that it didn't hurt to walk downstairs, my hands were not swollen, and my neck and back worked properly. The anti-inflammatory effects of this diet are not to be underestimated. This motivated me to continue and of course, Phase 3 is easier to follow.

I just completed the first 28 day cycle. I have lost 24 pounds and 3" off of each measurement (chest, waist, hips). I feet great, although I still feel a little tired and drained on the second evening of each Phase 1 & 2 cycle. Nevertheless, I have more energy overall and am losing weight steadily. This is a miracle to me, after 7 years of watching my body change without being able to control it.

The good news is that eating this way gets easier. I created a one sheet guide for each phase, with the outline for food combinations and a list of what I liked to eat. I don't use any of the recipes in the book, they are not to my taste, and I don't eat meat or poultry, so I've had to find my own solutions and adapt my own recipes. The up side is that you give up certain foods only for a few days, then they come back around again. I love apples and pears, so they are my main fruits on Phase 1. Fish, egg whites, and giant salads are my "go to" foods for Phase 2. Salmon, whole eggs, and raw nuts are my mainstays on Phase 3 with the added bonus of raspberries and blackberries. As my joint inflammation recedes, I am able to push my exercise more and I'm getting much stronger and more fit. One warning - if you take thyroid meds, you should be careful eating a lot of raw cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, etc. as these type of vegetables can interfere with thyroid uptake (thiocyanates). Cooked forms, including lightly steamed, avoid the problem. Since kale in quantity is recommended in Phase 2, just be aware of this if you are on thyroid medication. I included steamed spinach in my veggie dishes to get the benefit without the problem.

I still have 66 pounds to lose, but now I have hope and a plan that works.
5

October 27, 2017

Potential diabetic cure, but CAUTION
The word of caution first, then the great news. Bottom line at the end. We're using this for a weight and age challenged diabetic male. He was on Metformin, slow release insulin shots, plus a maximum dose insulin pump. He failed to heed advice to check his blood sugar or consult with his doctor before starting the diet, and the morning of day 3, I made a fortuitously timed visit and found him passed out. I gave him about a liter of Sprite (a LOT of sugar to the bloodstream), despite that, his blood sugar was only 43 when the paramedics arrived. It must've been close to 0 when I found him, and I can't believe I got him to drink-that he wasn't in a diabetic coma.
Let me stress that this is not the author's fault. If he would've worked with his doctor and monitored his blood appropriately, this would not have happened. After the scare (he thought he was having a very bad stroke), he's been regular contact with his doctor and checking his blood frequently. He knows the warning signs of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose), and what to do.
Now the great news... On day 4 he was able to completely stop his slow-release insulin shots! And he drastically reduced the dosage of his insulin pump within one week. (He aquired diabetes with a weight gain. Certain white bloods cells enter fatty tissue and produce chronic inflammation and insulin resistance. I thought he'd have to lose more fatty tissue before his medications would substantially change. I'm glad to be wrong.)
He was always complaining about not having enough to eat before the diet. Now he says he's full when he's supposed to be having snacks on the diet. He eats the snacks but doesn't want them. Wow. And he's lost 10 pounds in less than 10 days. I know the weight loss won't be as fast every week but, again, wow.
I love that the book shoots for natural foods (avoiding preservatives and additives). I firmly believe the main reason the USA is higher (usually much, much higher) than other countries in cancer rates is that we consume more (usually much, much more) processed food and the chemicals therein than any other country.
Bottom line: It might take time to go through the book, but it's well worth it. The food is healthy and there are recipes for many tastes. If you are diabetic, diet with a physician's supervision and monitor your blood glucose multiple times a day (we're at 5 or 6 times until more stable). You will lose weight, reduce diabetes (we know someone who got to completely stop his insulin), and feel full. Yet another person we know has lost more than 20 pounds and says she is eating more food than she ever has before.
Good luck! If you have questions, reply to this and I'll try to answer them.
2

March 22, 2018

The Book is okay BUT (unfortunately there is a BUT) is going to be Hard to Lose 28 pounds in 28 days....
(2.5 starts) The book is okay because it shows you some "healthy" food alternatives but the 28 pounds loss in 28 days, it did not happened and I followed the book by the letter... MAYBE if you have private consultations with the author you might reach the 28 pounts in 28 days but you will probably spent big $$$.

If you look at the existing forums about the "Fast Metabolism diet" most people the lost weight, lost between 10 to 14 pounds in 28 days. Myself and other group of folks doing the diet about the same time, loss in the above range the highest was 14 pounds. So it was not just one person's result.

NOTE: you may find an exception to the rule and for some unexplained reason someone lost the 28 pounds in 28 dyas but this is a REAL EXCEPTION not the rule (= great majority) if you are following her book.

Unfortunately for me Is just like other diets where your obtain the normal weight loss range.

Like most diets, the First week can have good weight loss, second week an okay weight loss the remainder weeks not that great...definitely not 28 pounds in 28 days.

Also once you are done with the 28 days and go back to your normal food (my is not too junky and not 100% healthy but more for healthy), after a week or so your "Fast Metabolism" results will not continue going on. So for me it does not seem that the "Fast Metabolism" last more than the time that you are doing the diet.

My PROS and CONS

PROS

* Learned about Alternative Healthy food choices and continue using some of them

* Learned and experiement with NOT having coffee for a month....pretty hard during the first few days but after that, I was surprised with the positive effects. Don't need to have as much coffee as I used to have.

* Drinking more water, half of my weight a day as she suggested.

CONS

* Is just a another diet book

* I never saw the author (or her staff) replying to any forum questions, including in her website, facebook, etc The questions that were asked. Usually the answers came from other folks that were doing or did the diet.

* Average weight loss in the forums that I saw was between 10 to 15 pounds in 28 days and most of them had to do a 2nd time right after they were done to loose the remaining pounds. Total of 56 days (almost 2 months)

* The FAST METABOLISM effects does not last after the diet (in my experience), in her book she mentioned some of her patients after they are done with the 28 days just did the Fast Metabolism diet once every quarter or twice a year or a few even change to it and use it every day. But she says that there is No need to keep it doing forever .

I was willing to do once in a while (for maintenance) but not be depended on it for the rest of my life, like what happens with other diets.

* The phases 1,2,3 theory is interesting but definetely phase 2 needs more food options which I did not find in her book or website. Most people complaint about that phase and I never saw a reply back from her just "crickets chirping" - Very disapointing....

* Preparing the food takes a while (more than normal if you are not used to cook from scratch all the time) so make sure you make a few days extra of food and freeze it so you don't need to be in the kitchen for a long time.

I hope this will help you in your decision, is not a bad diet and you will eat healthy for a month but the final promissed results MAY not happen. The bottom line is just another diet book :-(
5

March 12, 2018

I've never been obese or super unhealthy, I'm knowledgeable about what to eat but ...
This book has changed my life. I've never been obese or super unhealthy, I'm knowledgeable about what to eat but don't always put it into practice.I was struggling to get off the last 10-15 lbs I've been carrying around after I had my son 3 YEARS ago. I worked out pretty regularly and ate decently but the scale barely moved, or it would go down 2 then up 1. Something had to give. I told my husband if someone would just tell me WHAT to Eat to lose weight I would EAT IT. So... I came across this book and decided to give it a try. I highly suggest reading through it and really understanding how this works. It is not just another fad diet that will make you lose drastically and then when you're "done" you gain it back. This helps you lose weight While it revs up your metabolism so it's long lasting. But I also wouldn't suggest eating super healthy and then all of a sudden going back to eating crap. You really need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but after eating like this for 28 days you really understand what to put in your mouth and when and you start to really like healthy food, and choose it over crap food.
Week 1: Lost 4 lbs (was so excited I really thought I would lose 4 lbs per week!)
Week 2: Lost 2 lbs. (still pretty good and I feel amazing!! My skin is starting to glow and I feel much lighter)
Week 3: Lost 2 lbs. (the scale went up this week before it went down but I didn't lose faith)
Week 4: Lost 2 lbs (this week I did drink coffee with cream and sugar on 3 different days I couldn't resist)
Overall I am so happy with 10 lbs down! I am now on week 5, I really want to keep going. I would like to drop another 5-7. You start to get used to what to eat and it's not so bad except for phase 2. The only things that I struggled with were no coffee, I LOVE my creamy dunkin donuts goodness in the morning. But I highly recommend if you are going to stick with coffee only have it 1-3 days a week not everyday! Phase 2 is definitely the HARDEST phase (no carbs not fat days) , I was hungry all the time but I just sucked it up. The book does say you aren't going to be hungry but honestly you are. If you don't like veggies then you have to find a new love for them (I never really ate them except salad). My shopping cart at the grocery store is so much healthier now, I mainly shop the perimeter which is the best way to do it, everything is fresh. I suggest making extra and freezing it for the next week! There will be a lot of cooking. I also did not exercise like the book suggested, I did run here and there on the specific days and I did weight lift a little but not hardcore and not consistent. Probably could have dropped another few if I did but I am perfectly happy.
Benefits: I don't feel sluggish and tired anymore even if I don't have a good night's sleep, I have more energy, I look healthier, I am losing weight almost daily :) And my blood work at my physical last week was STELLAR.
Give it a try, I want to suggest this book to every overweight person I see, It is HARD, it takes dedication, but so does any diet. If you are going to diet at all, then do this one, you won't regret it!!

***update***
Now on week 7. I've lost 5 more pounds ;)
It has become second nature. It's awesome! And I did have a night out here and there, with some wine and chocolate cake. If you are going to "cheat" i recommend still staying away from dairy and wheat.
5

March 1, 2017

Love this Diet! Don't download the Kindle version!
As I'm sure many others have noted, this is more of a lifestyle change than an actual diet. I've just completed my first 28 days and will be starting again on the weekend. In the 5 days between, I am mostly sticking to the rules (5 smaller meals, eat within 30 minutes of waking, etc), as these are easy habits to maintain.

The results speak for themselves: 19 lbs lost in 28 days, 3.5 inches off my waist, 2.5 inches off my hips, and on average an inch everywhere else. I do have a lot of weight to lose, so it will always come off faster at the beginning for people in my situation but, based on this first month, I have no doubt that this is a sustainable option for anyone trying to lose a lot of weight and keep it off in the long term. I managed to achieve this despite several "cheats" ( I definitely did not reach the daily H2O goals, I exceeded the portion sizes for some of the healthy fats regularly, and didn't always get to do the workouts).

My recommendations for anyone wanting to start this are as follows:
1. DO NOT get the Kindle version!
2. take time beforehand to really plan your meals and your day/week.
3. If you can, get your food from various sources. It's easier to buy everything at once at Whole Foods, but not affordable for me. I got some of the more specialized ingredients there, but shopped around (with coupons) for the more regular foods (organic vegetables & frozen fruit, lean meats, etc).
4. Set alarms for mealtimes (the app has this function)
5. Cook large batches of whatever you like, portion & freeze. I did this with ground beef, which I used in many different meals in all phases (lettuce wraps in 2, bolognese sauce in phase 1, spelt burritos in phase 3). A definite time and sanity-saver.
6. If you're crazy enough to stop caffeine cold-turkey like I did, I recommend doing it over the weekend.

Good luck!
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Jun 17, 2013

I'm starting week 3 and I feel AMAZING. This takes willpower and it is best to have a support system with your family/friends. It IS hard, but if I can do it, anyone can. I'm eating MORE food on this diet than I normally do and I've lost about 8 lbs in two weeks and I'm literally shrinking before my eyes! I've lost a solid 5 INCHES from my waist.

After the first week, I wondered what I had gotten myself into, but I stuck with it and I'm so glad I did! I would suggest though that if you're a I'm starting week 3 and I feel AMAZING. This takes willpower and it is best to have a support system with your family/friends. It IS hard, but if I can do it, anyone can. I'm eating MORE food on this diet than I normally do and I've lost about 8 lbs in two weeks and I'm literally shrinking before my eyes! I've lost a solid 5 INCHES from my waist.

After the first week, I wondered what I had gotten myself into, but I stuck with it and I'm so glad I did! I would suggest though that if you're a sugar nut like me or even your coffee, don't make the same mistake I did - don't go cold turkey....the first two days were rough!

I went on vacation for 3 days and was able to stick to this...with some work. I prepacked my grains and nuts for breakfast and snacks, bought my salads and fruit while out and about and kept a water bottle filled at all times.

If this 47 year old, sugar-hooked, processed food lover can do this, YOU CAN! ...more
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March 5, 2019

Pseudoscience
I bought this book because it was recommended by a friend who had indeed lost weight over 28 days. Of course if follow this diet you will lose weight, but I think its totally unsustainable because its a miserable diet. After doing some research its obvious that many claims in the book are just made up pseudoscience, such as vegetables controlling the alkalinity of the blood, shocking your body into releasing fat etc. There are so many exclusions that I found it miserable from day one.
Why NO dairy unless your lactose intolerant, NO fats (even healthy ones) for 4 days of the week? why carb heavy for 4 days of the week , it basically goes against proven science. Caffeine is scientifically proven to boost metabolism , yet NO caffeine. The diet itself is so complicated, what you have to eat each day, its a total overhead and not something thats easy to put into a busy schedule, so it may be fine for her "hollywood" dieters who want a trendy diet and have a personal assistant, but I don't think its practical. IF you like this diet , there are about 20 pages in the book that have actual info on what to eat, the rest is pseudoscience tosh that isn't worth reading, I found the first useful info on around page. Just check it out on some of the unbiased sites on the internet such as health line, if you really want to lose weight, there is free advice that will be healthier and more satisfying. The biggest shock to me was the statement that "You won't believe you can east so much food - FIVE times day. I'm not obese just want to drop a few pounds, and I'm a 6'3" male and finding that my entire food for a day consists of a bowl of oatmeal, berries and a couple of oranges and small meal in the evening does not feel like a lot of food. I felt hungry all the time. To balance that it does promote organic food and it basically a macrobiotic diet which is proven to be good and avoids refined grains and sugars, but is total avoidance rather than cutting back the right thing - I doubt it. Zero alcohol as well may be a struggle for some.
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September 15, 2018

Doesn’t work!!!
I followed this diet and instructions strictly and exactly to the letter. I take my cooler with food and water everywhere including restaurants (where I watch my husband eat nice meals), movie theatres, horse ranch, etc. I have had all blood tests done...and I mean ALL...to make sure levels and hormones were all in check. Even did saliva tests for adrenals. I followed “exercises”, plus did a lot more. Results: 6 lbs lost first week. 1.6 lbs lost in last 3 WEEKS. Total of 7.6 lbs lost. SERIOUSLY? Then there’s the recipes...yuk!! They are the blandest, most boring, tasteless crap I’ve ever had. My husband, who’s Me. Healthy, won’t eat the food so I have to cook double meals all the time. He helps when he can to ease the burden of the MASSIVE shopping/prepping/cooking/clean up/packing time this diet requires. And the cost...HUGE!! I averaged $223/week just for me!!!! Save your time, money, energy and frustration, and do Weight Watchers or something.
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September 12, 2018

Great diet, but you need to know this before you do it
I just finished the 4 week diet about 3 days ago...I never write any reviews, but I decided to do it this time because the reviews helped me to make the decision to buy the book and follow the diet.
The only information I was missing when I read the reviews was a comment from someone around my age or maybe this person didn't post their age but here I go with my review:

My name is Laura, I am 29 years old, 5'3 tall. When I started the diet my weight was 138.7. I didn't think I will lose 20 pounds at any point ,but I was hoping at least to lose 10. I ended up at 132 so, I lost almost 7 pounds. I didn't cheat once, I drank nothing but water during the whole diet. I was really successful at drinking half of my weight in oz of water.

I did my cardio Monday and Tuesday, weights Wednesday and Thursday, sometimes yoga or a massage the other days. I weighted my food, measured everything...grains, rice, and vegetables. My husband helped me with the meal plan and to pick the recipes..

Overall I would say, I did awesome!!! I followed everything as I was supposed to but before you start make sure you are not the following:

Lazy: You are going to be cooking a lot!!!! Even if you do it on Sundays for the whole week is a lot of cooking so, this is not a diet for lazy people or people who hate cooking

Cheap: Hahahaha sorry but it is true! You are going to spend some money, because you gotta buy a lot of Organic stuff and you all know it is not cheap

Someone who hates working out: It wasn't hard for me to follow the work outs, I am used to running 3-5 days per week so doing it just 2 times was easy. I think what she is asking for is not too crazy or too much.

Let me tell you what was hard for me: I love, loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee sweets so Phase 2 was hard specially the first week. It gets easier, but I hated it the whole time.

I would say the people who lost the 20 pounds probably had a lot of weight to lose in general, I am happy with my results, I have a couple pounds more to lose, but that is because I have a specific target.

I think the main benefit that you will get from this diet is to learn how to eat, what is good or not for you body and how to make better choices in regards the food you eat, snacks and stuff like that

Before I started the diet I was making so many mistakes like: Not eating before an event the whole day...now I know what to do

It is a good diet, it is a great diet but, It is not for everybody....at least I know that some of my friends won't do it...just because it requires a lot of effort and cooking
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May 29, 2013

I can't figure out how to rate this book. Do I rate it purely on writing, or on content? And how would I rate the content, the diet, without trying it to see how it works? I'm at a loss.

The first half of this book reads a lot like an infomercial. You'll read about clients who have been angry - yes "angry" - at her "because this was so easy", and you'll read about how this is not a diet, and about how much food you get to eat, etc.

It sounds great. A little too good to be true.

And then you get to I can't figure out how to rate this book. Do I rate it purely on writing, or on content? And how would I rate the content, the diet, without trying it to see how it works? I'm at a loss.

The first half of this book reads a lot like an infomercial. You'll read about clients who have been angry - yes "angry" - at her "because this was so easy", and you'll read about how this is not a diet, and about how much food you get to eat, etc.

It sounds great. A little too good to be true.

And then you get to the actual diet. Which "isn't a diet!", but eliminates all corn, wheat (only sprouted breads & tortillas 2 days a week) dairy, caffeine (not even decaf coffee or tea is allowed) refined sugar, and most fats. That, to me, is a diet. For 28 days, no yogurt, no cheese, no coffee. Definitely no desserts, ice cream, not even a hamburger at a cook out - that is a diet. It made me a little angry, after all of the hype, to read how difficult this diet will be to follow. Although she states over and over that all of these ingredients can easily be found in any grocery store, that is definitely not true in my area. I will have to visit a health food store for items like almond butter, and sprouted bread. But, to be fair, my local grocery store has horse and buggy parking and the entire store is smaller than the entrance area of some super wal-marts.

I googled the diet and found a couple of blogs where women have tried it, and apparently it does work. Other sites have stated that of course it works, it is an extremely low calorie, low fat, diet. Quite a few have tried the diet, lost up to 10lbs the first week, but then quit the second week because it was so restrictive. That is my fear, that it is just way too restrictive for 28 days.

The exercise is just as regimented. I've been running 3 times a week, this program allows running only two days a week, day one and day two - phase 1 of the diet. On days 2 & 3 strength training only, and days 4-7 yoga or meditation only. I'm nervous that I would lose the progress I have made with my lung capacity and running on that schedule. It also eliminates all flexibility. Currently if I have to switch my run days around do to weather, or our schedule, it's no big deal - but on this plan, if it's thunder storming on Monday and Tuesday, or the kids schedules get in my way, I either have to find a treadmill or skip my run for the week and substitute some other cardio exercise. That concerns me almost as much as the restrictive food choices. But I DO need to add more strength training, I've known that for awhile.

The facts and science seem sound, although I have not researched them to be sure they are accurate, they make a lot of sense. The three phases each week allow for a lot of variety. The diet is do-abe, it's just not as easy as she hyped it up to be in the first few chapters.

With all of my reservations, the book still just makes enough sense to make me want to try it. I think I will ease myself into it first. Rather than starting the full diet straight off, I will try a week of making sure I drink that much water (half your body weight) eating every 3-4 hours (at least 5 times a day)making sure I eat within 30 minutes of waking up, and for the first week I will try her specific breakfast recipes. I'm not expecting the drastic results that her diet offers, but those are sound principles that I should have been following all along anyway.

She is honest that this is like a medical treatment, and you have to treat it as such. If a dr told me I had to follow a specific therapy after a surgery, I would do it, no matter how difficult. In theory. In reality, I tend to follow the drs instructions only about half as long as they prescribed them for, and that is why I doubt my ability to follow 28 days of this diet as well.




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Sep 05, 2018

This wasn't for me. The bad news is that the recipes are not as flavorful as I want and I find a lot of the food either too salty or bland.
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Aug 24, 2014

If you follow the plan faithfully, you will: spend a LOT of money on groceries; devote as much time to planning, shopping, preparing and eating your food as you would working a part-time job; drink more water than you ever thought you could; eat a wide variety of foods; and you will lose weight.

If you continue to use the principles she puts forward after the 28 days are up, you will continue to lose weight. 35 lbs in three months and counting.
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Jun 27, 2013

This is my miracle book. I'm following the instructions as closely as possible, and I'm loosing weight for the first time in years. All with good food, and with feeling like I've been eating enough, or some days, too much. I wish I had this book 5 years before I spent a ton of money on doctors, diet supplements, exercise classes etc.
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Jan 18, 2016

You can find a detailed summary of this diet at the bottom of my review. I made it so I could post it on my refrigerator and it has helped me a lot. I understand there is also an app to help you through the phases.

I've been fortunate to have a fast metabolism for most of my life, but was dismayed to note it slowed down considerably once I reached my 50's. I ate less and less but still kept putting on pounds and inches. I didn't see how I was going to change this trajectory until I found this You can find a detailed summary of this diet at the bottom of my review. I made it so I could post it on my refrigerator and it has helped me a lot. I understand there is also an app to help you through the phases.

I've been fortunate to have a fast metabolism for most of my life, but was dismayed to note it slowed down considerably once I reached my 50's. I ate less and less but still kept putting on pounds and inches. I didn't see how I was going to change this trajectory until I found this book. I'm happy to report that this health plan did wonders in restoring my fast metabolism.

The nutritional plan is rather strict, but well worth it. There are a lot of little details and I missed many of them the first week or two. Despite this, I still had great results. The only days I felt deprived were the Phase 2 days (since I am not a big meat eater). But it really is not that hard to get through the two Phase 2 days and then you have the enjoyment of Phase 3, when you can enjoy healthy fats. When I did this diet with my daughter, she compared the final hours of phase 2 to the eager anticipation of Christmas Eve . . . only a few more hours and then you can delight in nuts, etc. So when anyone in my home is doing this diet, our standard line every Thursday night is, "Tomorrow is Christmas!"

I found I quite enjoyed the exercise recommendations: running on Phase 1, weight lifting on Phase 2, and yoga on Phase 3. I believe the exercise is key to the success of this plan. I hadn't run for years and had never lifted weights so it was very satisfying to get into shape.

When I first did this diet back in October of 2013, I dropped the 10 pounds I'd been trying to lose for years, and amazingly, was able to keep it off even while indulging in plenty of holiday goodies. Not only that, I also felt like I shed 10 years as well as the 10 pounds. I seriously feel great living this health plan.

It has been over two years since I first did the fast metabolism diet. I've repeated it a few times--about every 6 months or so. Sometimes I just do it for one week, other times I go the full four weeks. I'm always happy with the results because it really works to speed up my metabolism on top of helping me meet my weight loss goal. So I drop the weight and it stays off for a good long time before I start thinking that it's time to do the diet again.

I tried most all of the recipes in the book but find I like adapting my own recipes to meet the criteria for each phase. Also, you can find tons of recipes for each phase on Pinterest and Haylie Pomroy's website.

Here is my detailed summary of The Fast Metabolism Diet:

The Five Major Players:
1. Liver--manufactures carnitine which escorts fat to the mitochondria. This influences 90% of the metabolic rate.
2. Adrenals--secrete hormones regulating the body's response to stress of all types (physical, mental, emotional, environmental)
3. Thyroid--performs many metabolic tasks so T3 is key to the metabolic rate. RT3 is secreted in times of stress and blocks the T3 receptors
4. Pituitary--stimulates the thyroid
5. Body Substance: white fat, brown fat, and muscle--brown fat is thermogenic and enhances your metabolic rate because it releases a ton of energy from food. It is stored around the neck, under the collar bone and behind the shoulder blades.
Three Phases:
Phase 1--Unwind Stress and Calm the Adrenals Days 1 & 2
Phase 2--Unlock Stored Fat and Build Muscle Days 3 & 4
Phase 3--Unleash the Burn--Hormones, Heart, and Heat Days 5, 6, & 7
Rules:
1. You must eat five times per day
2. You must eat every three to four hours except when sleeping
3. you must eat within 30 minutes of waking
4. You must stay on the plan for the full 28 days (keep repeating if needed until you reach your target weight, then repeat either full 4 weeks every 6 months or 1 week every month)
5. You must stick to the foods allowed in the phase
6. You must follow the phases in order
7. You must drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day
8. Eat organic whenever possible
9. meats must be nitrate-free
10. Exercise according to your phase
11. No wheat (excepting sprouted or natural yeast wheat)
12. No corn
13. no dairy
14. no soy
15. no refined sugar
16. no caffeine (or alcohol)
17. no dried fruit or fruit juices
18. no artificial sweeteners or fat-free diet foods
Phase 1 (high-glycemic, moderate-protein, low-fat phase)
High in carbohydrate-rich foods
brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, rice milk, rice pasta, tapioca
High in natural sugars
mangos, apples, cherries, cantaloupe, melon, kiwis, figs, peaches, pears, pineapples, strawberries, watermelon
High in B & C vitamins
Lean beef, turkey, tuna, lentils & legumes, oranges, guavas, kiwis, lemons and limes
Moderate amounts of protein
Vegetables
green beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucmbers, chilies, onions (green, yellow, red), jicama, kale, leeks, lettuce (except iceburg), mushrooms, parsnips, peas, peppers, pumpkin, spinach, sprouts, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, zucchini, squash
Herbs, etc
Brewer's yeast, broth, all dried and fresh herbs, garlic, ginger, ketchup (sugar free), mustard, pero, Liquid Aminos, pickles, pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, curry, raw cacao powder, nutmeg, onion salt, sea salt, salsa, tomato sauce or paste, stevia, vanilla, peppermint, vinegar (except rice)
Low fat
Phase 1 Exercise:
Do at least one day of vigorous cardio, like running, or an upbeat aerobic-based exercise class

Phase 2 (high-protein, high vegetable, low-carbohydrate, and low-fat phase)
High in foods that support liver function
leafy greens, broccoli, cabbage, onions, garlic, lemons
High in lean proteins
Lean beef & pork, chicken and turkey, low-fat fish (cod, halibut, smoked salmon), tuna, turkey bacon & sausage, nitrate-free jerky, boiled egg whites
Rich in alkalizing green, low-glycemic vegetables
kale, collard, chard, lettuce, arugula, watercress, mustard greens
High in carnitine-producing foods
Beef, chicken, cod asparagus
No fruits or grains (except lemons and limes)
Low in fat
Veggies
same as phase 2 but no beets, carrots, peas, pumpkin, sprouts, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, squash or zucchini
Herbs
same as phase 2 but no salsa, tomato sauce, paste or ketchup
Phase 2 Exercise
Do at least one day of strength training (weight lifting). Focus on lifting heavy weights with low reps
Phase 3
(high healthy-fat, mod-carbohydrate, mod-protein, low-glycemic fruit phase)
High in healthy fats
nuts and seeds, avocados, coconuts, olives, olive oil, safflower mayo, Tahini
Higher-fat proteins in moderate amounts
salmon, sesame and almond butter, hemp seeds, hummus, tuna, turkey bacon & sausage, shrimp, whole eggs, crab, clams, chicken, lean beef
Lower-glycemic fruits
blackberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, plums, raspberries, cranberries, grapefruit, lemons and limes
Lower-glycemic vegetables
artichokes, asparagus, beans, cauliflower, bok choy, leafy greens, spinach, seaweed, sweet potatoes
Moderate amounts of unrefined carbohydrates
Barley, wild rice, oatmeal, quinoa, sprouted-grain bread
Thyroid-stimulating foods such as
seaweed, coconut, oil, shrimp, lobster
Foods rich in inositol and choline
Legumes, liver, nuts and seeds (almond milk), brussel sprouts
Veggies
same as phase 1 plus rhubarb, radishes and those listed under healthy fats and low glycemic vegetables
Herbs, etc.
same as phase 1 plus carob chips
Phase 3 exercise
Do at least one day of stress-reducing activity like yoga, deep breathing, or enjoy a massage


Portion sizes for 15 - 40 pound weight loss goal:
Food-- Phase 1-- Phase 2-- Phase 3
Meat-- 4 to 6 oz-- 4 to 6 oz-- 4 to 6 oz
Fish-- 6 to 9 oz-- 6 to 9 oz-- 6 to 9 oz
Legumes-- 1/2 to 3/4 c.-- 1/2 to 3/4 c.-- 1/2 to 3/4 c.
Grains-- 1 to 1.5 c-- none-- 1/2 to 3/4 c.
crackers-- 1 to 1.5 oz-- none-- 1/2 to 3/4 oz
bread-- 1 to 1.5 slice-- none-- 1/2 to 3/4 slice
Oats-- 1/2 c. uncooked-- none-- 1/4 c. uncooked
(15 lb goal)-- 1 c. cooked-- none-- 1 c. cooked
Oats -- 1.5 c. cooked-- none-- .75 c. cooked
(20-40 lb goal)-- No uncooked ........................................
Fruit-- 1 to 1.5-- 1 to 1.5-- 1 to 1.5 cup or piece
(Lemons/limes unlimited)
veggies-- Unlimited-- Unlimited-- Unlimited
Oils-- None-- None-- 4 - 6 Tablespoons
Hummus-- None-- None-- 1/3 - 1/2 cup
Guacamole-- None-- None-- 1/3 - 1/2 cup
Avocado-- None-- None-- 1/2 - 3/4
Raw nuts-- None-- None-- 1/4 - 3/8 cup
nut butter-- None-- None-- 2 - 3 Tablespoons
dressings -- 4 to 6 Tbsp-- 4 to 6 Tbsp-- 4 to 6 Tbsp
Smoothies-- 12 to 16 oz-- 12 to 16 oz-- 12 to 16 oz
*Herbs, spices, broths, condiments are all unlimited for all phases

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January 21, 2019

Recipe incorrect
If I could give zero stars I would. On my first day I made the "Oatmeal Fruit Smoothie" from her recipes in the Kindle edition. The recipe calls for "1 cup of steel-cut oats" placed in a blender and pulsed until they reach a powdery consistency. This was a complete typo. It should have been 1/4 cup of oats. I got so sick from this smoothie that I had to leave work. It is completely negligent that this hasn't been corrected by now. It is obvious that making money is the whole point because if not something would have been done by now. I am completely turned off to this diet and Haylie Pomroy.
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Nov 23, 2015

So, having gotten quite sick of carrying my fat around, I decided to be a bit more positive and try Pomroy's fast metabolism diet. I've now been on it for 11 of the 28 days recommended, and I plan to go through to the end, and perhaps even go beyond that to lose all 30-35 pounds, getting myself to my ideal weight of 130-135.

Let me say, before I tell you how the diet is going for me, that it's clear to me that this diet is not for people who have a large amount of weight to lose--say, more than So, having gotten quite sick of carrying my fat around, I decided to be a bit more positive and try Pomroy's fast metabolism diet. I've now been on it for 11 of the 28 days recommended, and I plan to go through to the end, and perhaps even go beyond that to lose all 30-35 pounds, getting myself to my ideal weight of 130-135.

Let me say, before I tell you how the diet is going for me, that it's clear to me that this diet is not for people who have a large amount of weight to lose--say, more than 40-50 pounds. I know this because I was once around 90 pounds overweight and at that time in my life, this diet never would've worked for me. It's *very* restrictive and it's designed for the person who's already familiar with healthy eating and who also works out, at least to some degree. If you are more than 40-50 pounds overweight, the habits that got you to that point are probably unhealthy, and jumping into something like this will probably be overwhelming. That's not to say there aren't people who could bust through the barriers of those bad habits, but I know I couldn't have, not because I didn't have resolve, but because making such a dramatic change would've doomed me to failure from the outset. In my opinion, it would take a huge amount of resolve to go from being 90 pounds overweight and not exercising to giving up dairy for a month, eating only healthy fats and ONLY three days out of each week (the rest of the week, you basically eat NO fats except what's already in the lean meat and whole grains you're allowed) and to exercising regularly. It would have been tough, to say the least.

Also, it's important that you either already know, or are willing to learn, a bit about cooking for this diet. Since you can't use "bad" fat (butter, mayo, sour cream, etc.) or sugar (ketchup, BBQ sauce, store-bought salad dressings, etc.) to flavor your food, you have to be creative, which requires some knowledge of how to build flavors. I use lemons/limes and apple cider vinegar with salt and pepper on arugula, for example, and it's actually delicious. Most veggies can be flavored with lemon and vinegar, and you won't even miss the oil, especially if you add the right amount of salt and pepper. This diet requires adjusting your palate, but if you do it right, and you know a little about building flavor, you'll be fine. Also, in the 3rd phase of each cycle, you get to use "good" fat--like hummus, avocados, nuts and nut butter, olive oil--which gives you that fix you might have missed for the first two phases of the cycle. What's lovely, too, about the 3rd phrase is that it's the longest, so you get to use those healthy fats basically nonstop for three bliss-filled days.

Finally, you also need to be organized with this diet. You need to plan ahead for the week instead of just running to the store when you need something. One of the main concepts of the diet is not letting yourself get to the starvation point. If you feel hungry, and your stomach is growling, you have to shove something in your pie hole. You can't let the hunger linger because that's what slows your metabolism, and it also makes your body consume your muscles, not fat. So, you need to have the foods allowed for whatever phase of the diet you're in around at all times. For instance, since I know that for phase 3 (the last three days of each week) I will need to have avocados ripened and ready to eat, I go and buy them while I'm in phase 1 or phase 2 and let them sit on the counter until they're ripe, then put them in the fridge for later in the week. Anyone who eats avocados knows that, generally speaking, you can't just go and buy an avocado at the store and be able to eat it that same day. You need to plan ahead, is the point, for every phase. It requires time and organization.

Having said all of that, I went into this diet already knowing quite a lot about healthy eating, but I still had the attitude that "especially at this age (40), I'm basically going to have to starve myself if I want to lose weight." I had this attitude because I was doing moderate to high cardio 5 days a week *and* doing strength training and Pilates on top of that, and I felt that doing that amount of exercise *should* allow me to consume a lot of calories every day, but it didn't. I went through a phase when I first moved myself out of the "obese" category where I basically starved myself all day and then ate a big (nay, ginormous) dinner, plus three-quarters of a bottle of wine. Eventually, I burned myself out with that and started feeling exhausted every day. And I decided I needed to take better care of my body, so started eating a small breakfast (two eggs), having some green juice in the afternoon with some crackers and hummus, and then eating a regular sized dinner (along with three-quarters of a bottle of wine). At first, I put on about 5-8 pounds, then the scale hovered around 150 for a while. Then, over about eighteen months, I ended up gaining around another 15 pounds, which is where I found myself at the start of this diet. When I was in the 150s, I almost felt I could live with that, but when I tipped 160, I resolved to do something about it because I absolutely don't want to be this overweight, especially after knowing what being ten pounds away from my goal weight feels like.

So that's where I was when I started the fast metabolism diet. Now, first off, Pomroy recommends giving up caffeine for the 28 days. I, however, refuse to give up my morning coffee. I'm not a huge caffeine person, but I need that one cup in the morning to give me a little wake-up. But it's a fairly small cup, and I don't put any sugar in it, just a little creamer, and that's it. In the first week, I didn't want to give up wine either, but my weight loss was too slow, so I've now given that up, at least for the time being. I do believe I could get away with one glass of wine a few nights a week, but for now, I'm really giving it my all to stay off the alcohol until the diet is over.

The great thing about this diet is that you do actually consume a lot of food, but it's very nutritious food. My digestive health is wonderful and my energy level is high. I can't say that I crave the bad foods that I love (cheese, for example), but I have had moments of missing them. At the same time, my body feels totally nourished in a way I don't recall ever feeling before, and when I'm hungry, I eat the designated snacks or meals that I've already bought and put in the fridge and I don't oscillate about whether I should eat something that's not allowed. I just do what I've already planned, and it works great.

The exercise regimen is also kind of great because I used to run myself completely down trying to make up for all the calories I consumed. I hated going to the gym some days, but I knew I had to go. This diet gives me permission to vary my workout and to be less stressed out about it. I do two days of cardio, two days of heavy strength training, and two days of Pilates. The variety is a relief, and my body feels healthier than ever.

So far, I've lost 7 pounds, which is a huge triumph because that's despite cheating last week with (too much) wine and lingering Christmas candy. Because I made those bad calls in the first week, I think I'm going to have to do at least an extra, if not two, week on the diet to make up for it. Either way, it's almost worth it just for how healthy my body feels.

**UPDATE**
I've officially finished 28 days of this diet, and I've lost 10 pounds total. Not as accelerated as Pomroy claims in the book, but I cheated by having caffeine every day and a (large) glass of wine here and there. Otherwise, I followed the diet exactly. I *was* feeling really amazing because of all the nutritious eating for a while there. I think I still would be if it weren't for a medical condition that has returned--electric-shock drumming in my foot, which wakes me several times a night every night, resulting in a lot of stress as well as lost and disrupted sleep ... and which the doctors *can't* seem to identify. (Hopefully this condition will leave me soon, and I'll return to good health.) The stress, of course, is terrible for weight loss (and a whole bunch of other things). That's not the diet's fault though. I think it's a healthy and sustainable way to drop some weight, and I plan to do it indefinitely, though a little less strictly, since I still have more weight I want to lose and it's especially important right now that I maintain my health as best I can. ...more
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Dec 01, 2016

I feel inspired after reading this. I like that you eat from every food group and you only have to eat specific foods for 2 days at a time. It seems like it would be easier to maintain than many other diets. I may change my rating after I've tried it.

In January 2017 I went on this diet and I lost 18 pounds in 28 days! My sister lost 15! More importantly though, I felt so energized, my body seemed to run better than ever - it was a noticeable difference. My hair, nails, and skin were stronger and I feel inspired after reading this. I like that you eat from every food group and you only have to eat specific foods for 2 days at a time. It seems like it would be easier to maintain than many other diets. I may change my rating after I've tried it.

In January 2017 I went on this diet and I lost 18 pounds in 28 days! My sister lost 15! More importantly though, I felt so energized, my body seemed to run better than ever - it was a noticeable difference. My hair, nails, and skin were stronger and healthier than I've seen them in years. I felt so good on it that I decided to keep going. I'm not as strict with it - I'll allow dinners out here and there that aren't phase-specific and I'm exercising more because I really had to pull back with that during the diet. But as my new "normal" for the next while I'm going to be eating like the diet and have these occasional nights out or whatever. I must have a fast metabolism now because not a single time I've had a treat meal have I gained weight yet. I don't go nuts and pig out on really unhealthy things but still, this feels like my body can handle extra on occasion and I don't have to feel guilty about it. I am more excited for a workout after a meal like that. I'm on week 6 now and down 23lbs and counting!

I will say though that this diet requires a LOT of planning. I plan the entire week before it happens. And every day I think about what's coming the next day so I'm prepared. This is all about preparation! So be warned for people with busy schedules.

Ending week 11 at 40lbs lost!

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May 21, 2013

Diet is easy to follow, but her instructions are too wishy-washy. Many conflicts between the recipes at the back and detailed charts. The charts are incomplete, you need to re-read sections thoroughly in order to grasp the "my way or the highway" instructions.

HATE, Hate, hate the kindle version. Charts are too small and with the disorganization of the book chapters and headings, I am constantly going back and forth. I had to contact the book's publisher to get pdf versions in order to actually Diet is easy to follow, but her instructions are too wishy-washy. Many conflicts between the recipes at the back and detailed charts. The charts are incomplete, you need to re-read sections thoroughly in order to grasp the "my way or the highway" instructions.

HATE, Hate, hate the kindle version. Charts are too small and with the disorganization of the book chapters and headings, I am constantly going back and forth. I had to contact the book's publisher to get pdf versions in order to actually read the meal plans.

I am a serial dieter. I can follow a well laid plan carefully; therefore I get results. The recipes are pretty great but they are so lacking in quantity and variety. Pomroy supposedly has cookbook coming out in Dec '13.

It is a real shame that her scientific background, which serves as the basis for the diet process, is touched on superficially. This book needs more! More recipes, more attention to detail and more step by step instructions. Scientifically sound, it is working for me, but I can see others getting easily frustrated and giving up before 28 days.

Oh, and she has a forum on her website. Another case of rushing to get things out there...it's not moderated and dieters are floundering with seeking answers. ...more
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Jun 23, 2013

First of all, DO NOT buy this book online or for an e-reader. This is what I did and regretted it. You can't print out the charts in order for you to follow the darn thing. I went to my local library and got it from there. STILL, the charts are done in grey and dark grey and not printer friendly.

I gave it two stars instead of one because I did really like her explanation of the five major players in the role needing to take care of for a faster metabolism. It was very informative and have a First of all, DO NOT buy this book online or for an e-reader. This is what I did and regretted it. You can't print out the charts in order for you to follow the darn thing. I went to my local library and got it from there. STILL, the charts are done in grey and dark grey and not printer friendly.

I gave it two stars instead of one because I did really like her explanation of the five major players in the role needing to take care of for a faster metabolism. It was very informative and have a better understanding because of this. Aside from this Chapter, everything else I read in this book sounded way too familiar from other diet books. The recipes are non-impressive and have gotten better low-fat recipes elsewhere.

In conclusion, I recommend that anyone who is even considering a diet should ask yourself what kind of weight are you trying to lose. Are you in your 20's, 30's, or older? I was trying to lose the few couple of pounds I gained around my waist due to being over 40 and pre-menopausal. Ask you doctor questions about your own particular situation and then find a good diet match for your case. ...more
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Jun 01, 2014

In a little over a week this plan has totally transformed my life. I have lost 6 pounds and my flabby middle is disappearing right before my eyes. Not to mention that I am less anxious and much happier. It sounds difficult to do but it really isn't. Since the diet changes every couple of days you never get bored. The key is to plan and to cook ahead and freeze. My approach to food has drastically changed. I am cooking way more than I ever have and I haven't felt this good in years. Just do it In a little over a week this plan has totally transformed my life. I have lost 6 pounds and my flabby middle is disappearing right before my eyes. Not to mention that I am less anxious and much happier. It sounds difficult to do but it really isn't. Since the diet changes every couple of days you never get bored. The key is to plan and to cook ahead and freeze. My approach to food has drastically changed. I am cooking way more than I ever have and I haven't felt this good in years. Just do it for a week and then see how you feel. I am guessing you will finish out the 28 days. If you have an IPhone I highly recommend the app - easy to plan your meals and automatically generate a grocery list. And her new cookbook has a lot of great recipes. Good luck' ...more
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May 02, 2013

Of COURSE you're going to lose weight following this plan. It's super regimented, and your meals are small. The plan is far too strict for a normal person to follow, though I think it's an interesting theory that you need to "trick" your metabolism by changing up the types of food you eat frequently. I am curious about it, but not enough to be a slave to a highly regimented meal plan for a month.

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