One of our team members was reading a book called “The Metabolism Miracle” by Diane Kress and we found there very good information about the metabolic diet and how it works. So we decided to share it for the benefit of our readers.
If you are wondering what is a metabolic diet, keep reading this article to learn more about it…
What is a Metabolic Diet?
There are a large number of celebrities and writers sharing their own versions of metabolic diets and there a few which do fall in the metabolic diets but known by different following names:
- Fast Metabolism Diet
- High Metabolism Diet
- MD Diet Factor
- Metabolism Miracle
Of course there are many more and you got the point that most of these all are different versions of metabolic diet which is designed to focus on changing your body metabolism through a well-planned diet. In most of these diets, the focus is to reduce the carbohydrate intake to lose weight. As you may know that not all carbohydrates are created equal, so the target is to include complex carbohydrates e.g. whole grains, oats, brown rice etc. You need to keep this in mind that there is no place for refined carbohydrates, processed carbohydrates, processed sugar and refined flour.
Here are some highlights of this type of diets:
- Whole grains
- Eat small meals throughout the day
- Most of the followers take 3 small meals with 2 snacks to kick start the body’s metabolism
When you do any type of dieting by taking less calories, your body defense mechanism kicks in to protect body from hunger. So when food intake is lowered, your body tries to reduce the metabolism to save energy. So the purpose of the metabolic diet is to reset the functions of liver and pancreas so that body does not lower the metabolism.
Then there is a good explanation in the book about the 2 types of metabolism i.e. Type-A Metabolism and Type-B Metabolism.
The type-A metabolism keeps the people fit and slim and the type-B metabolism makes people overweight and obese. Your body metabolism depends on a hormone called insulin.
The main goal of the metabolic diet is designed to reset and restart the malfunctioning metabolic mechanism through foods. There are 3 stages of food modifications which needs to be followed strictly if you are on a metabolic diet.
How to Change Your Body Metabolism?
The main function of your body is to convert food into fuel. The faster your metabolism is, the faster your body can convert food nutrients into energy. When you got a slow metabolism, your body tends to store nutrients as fat instead of burning them up. The goal of a high metabolism diet is to boost your metabolism, so your body burns more fat rather than storing it.
When you eat low carbohydrates diets, your body will burn more fat for energy, thereby producing more ketones, which are believed to suppress or decrease appetite. The goal of this diet is to teach your body to keep burning body fat for energy.
If you are wondering what the ketones are… it is the acid made by the body to use it when there isn’t enough insulin in your blood and your body starts burning fat in the place of carbohydrates. You need to keep this in mind that too much ketones can be toxic (this phenomenon is called ketoacidosis). If you have a low level of ketones, it’s fine but a high level of ketones in the body, you need to see your doctor.
Are the Metabolic Diets Safe?
Some of these diets promise too fast weight loss and it can be a challenge. So play it safe and always work with these diets in a natural way.
Losing weight in a natural and slower ways is always a good option and doing it via diet modification can be a safe alternate to many other options.
Coming back to the recommendations of the book author for the metabolic diet, here are the highlights:
- The foundation for this metabolic diets are proteins, vegetables, and low carbohydrates. Cut down on the carbohydrates.
- Control each portion size
- During the first stage of the foods modification, take proteins such as skinless lean meat, seafood, low-fat cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, unsweetened soy products etc, fats such as sour cream, margarine, mayonnaise, vegetable oils, olives, avocados, nuts, seeds etc, vegetables such as asparagus, green beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, radishes, tomatoes etc, and carbohydrates such as yogurts, sugarless juices, milkshakes, sugarless puddings, etc.
- During the second stage, include products such as cereal products, pasta, plain bread, unsweetened fruits, and low-carb baking products.
- For the final third stage, you still need to watch for your carbohydrates and you can start adding sweet fruits and berries, as well as, small portions of desserts to the menu but keeping a strict control on the portions.
Our Recommendation for the Metabolic Diets
While the high metabolic diets can be beneficial for weight loss, but we believe more scientific research needs to be done. Even though the modifications are done via eating the right kinds of foods to lose weight, people with certain medical conditions should be careful about changing their diet. Everyone on a high metabolic diet should be aware of the ketone levels in their body.
Our recommendation is to talk to your doctor before starting any new diet and see if the high metabolism diet is right for you.