What IS the Fast Metabolism Diet?
The fast metabolism diet uses real whole foods for getting your metabolism to work harder and faster in order to burn fat and lose weight.
The 28-day fast metabolism diet is made up of three phases repeated for four consecutive weeks:
Phase 1: (Monday – Tuesday): Unwind, relieve stress and calm the adrenals with lots of carbs and fruit. Phase 1 helps the body to de-stress and relax by allowing you to eat foods high in carbs and fruits, moderate in proteins, and low in fats.
Phase 1 Foods:
- Vegetables – Broccoli, beets, bean sprouts, green leaf lettuce, onions, radish, pumpkin, peppers, tomatoes, winter squash, carrots, celery, cucumber, butternut squash, all kinds of beans, zucchini, parsnips, etc.
- Fruits- Berries, apple, watermelon, tangerine, pineapple, pomegranate, lime, lemon, mango, orange, papaya, fig, kiwi, cherry, guava, apricot, cantaloupe, etc.
- Starch & Grains – Brown rice, rice flour, brown rice crackers, brown rice pasta, brown rice cereal, black barley, quinoa, fusilli, sprouted grain bagels and bread, nut flours, tapioca, rice milk, tapioca flour, triticale, oats, etc.
- Beverages- Water and herbal tea (non-caffeinated).
- Others- Garlic, ginger, black pepper, white pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, rosemary, sage, thyme, apple cider vinegar, tomato sauce, mustard, chicken broth, vegetable broth, beef broth, pickles, tomato paste, bay leaves, cilantro, mint, chives, oregano, cumin, white vinegar, curry powder, cumin, fennel, nutmeg, basil, etc.
Phase 2: (Wednesday – Thursday) Unlock stored fat and build muscle with lots of protein and veggies. In phase 2, your body will be conditioned to accelerate it’s metabolic rate to burn up what you eat, and to start utilizing the stored fat as energy.
Phase 2 Foods:
- Vegetables- Asparagus, French beans, yellow beans, green beans, kale, white beans, bib lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, all types of mushrooms, onions, pepper, garlic, onion, cucumber, collard greens, rhubarb, watercress, spirulina, leek, swiss chard, spinach, etc.
- Fruits- Citrus fruits
- Protein- Lean cut beef, lean ground turkey, turkey bacon, chicken breast, turkey jerky, smoked salmon, tuna, oysters, cod, egg whites, etc.
- Beverages- Buttermilk, coconut water, fresh vegetable juice, and herbal tea.
- Others- Baking powder, cream of tartar, red wine vinegar, coconut vinegar, ginger powder, vanilla extract, black pepper, white pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, rosemary, sage, thyme, apple cider vinegar, tomato sauce, mustard, chicken broth, vegetable broth, beef broth, pickles, tomato paste, bay leaves, cilantro, mint, chives, oregano, cumin, white vinegar, curry powder, cumin, fennel, nutmeg, basil, etc.
Phase 3: (Friday – Sunday): Unleash the burn (hormones, heart and heat) with all of the above, plus healthy fats and oils. Phase 3 is the most active phase of the fast metabolism diet, meaning that your metabolism is at its most active, and you’ll start to effectively burn mega calories.
Phase 3 Foods:
- Vegetables- Artichokes, Brussels sprouts, green beans, beets, butternut squash, French beans, bok choy, cauliflower, kale, radish, watercress, leek, zucchini, celery, wax beans, asparagus, spinach, sweet potato, all types of onions, lettuce (except iceberg), collard greens, fennel, eggplant, garlic, green onions, peppers, rhubarb, shallots, okra, tomatoes, celery, cabbage, palm hearts, mushrooms, olives, cucumbers, and bean sprouts.
- Fruit – Cherries, lime, lemon, grapefruit, cranberries, coconut, coconut water, coconut milk, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, rhubarb, and prickly pears.
- Protein – Beef tenderloin, ground buffalo, chicken breast, skinless chicken, turkey, lamb chops, rabbit, sirloin steak, lean ground beef, lamb liver, roast beef, deli meat, turkey bacon, sausages, herring, shrimp, salmon, crab, calamari, lobster, smoked oysters, tuna, sea bass, trout, whole eggs, nuts, legumes, seeds, black beans, cashew milk, almond milk, pinto beans, fava beans, kidney beans, butter beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, lima beans, lentils, vegan cheddar cheese, great northern beans, cannellini beans, and almond cheese.
- Fats & Oil – Hazelnuts, almonds, pecan nuts, coconut milk, almond butter, almond milk, hemp seeds, coconut butter, walnut butter, walnuts, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, sunflower seed butter, peanut butter, flax seeds, chia seeds, avocados, hummus, olive oil, pistachios, sesame seeds, sesame oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, and rice bran oil.
- Miscellaneous – Carob chips, baking powder, mint, celery seed, cream of tartar, red wine vinegar, coconut vinegar, ginger powder, vanilla extract, black pepper, white pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, rosemary, sage, thyme, apple cider vinegar, tomato sauce, mustard, chicken broth, vegetable broth, pepper flakes, cardamom, beef broth, pickles, tomato paste, bay leaves, cilantro, mint, chives, oregano, cumin, white vinegar, curry powder, cumin, fennel, nutmeg, and basil.
- Beverages – Coconut water, fresh fruit and vegetable juice, vegetable smoothies, and buttermilk.
Many of it’s users report that the fast metabolism diet isn’t a diet so much as it is a return to a healthier way of eating. The fast-metabolism diet includes eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, proteins, legumes and half your body weight in ounces of water every day.
On top of that, wheat, corn, dairy, soy, refined sugar, dried fruit and fruit juices are all forbidden. So are alcohol and caffeine. (Check please!) As for the extreme amount of water the fast-metabolism diet recommends, dietitians agree that drinking water is an effective way to reduce your food intake, especially at about dinnertime.
In the fast-metabolism diet, consuming organic produce whenever possible helps to stop additives, preservatives, pesticides, insecticides and hormones from slowing down the liver’s job of burning fat. But we all know that consuming organic foods ONLY is nearly impossible.
Dietitians recommend choosing organic produce whenever possible, saying that it’s important to stay away from chemicals that affect so many functions in our bodies, including the metabolic reactions responsible for burning fat.