Blogger buddies…have you ever found something that just “works” and you want to shout it from the rooftops?…
I believe I have found “that thing” that works for me.
Take a look at a picture of me less than 2 months ago, and one from last week… my “soft” chin/face/cheeks have tightened up and I am glowing.
Over the past 30 days, I have adjusted my eating patterns based upon the guidelines in the book: The Metabolism Miracle~ written by Diane Kress, RD, CDE, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator.
I have had some amazing results--- more than just physical changes---I FEEL better all around (more energy, no cravings, happier)! Many of you have asked me for more information about what exactly I’m doing, so here it goes…
One of Joe’s coworkers was telling him about this book and Joe just could not stop thinking about me. He borrowed the book to bring home to me (which was a BOLD move, eh? Who brings home a diet book for his wife?!)..but the items outlined, described me perfectly~ here were some of the KEY phrases that jumped right out at me and slapped me in the face:
- fatigue & tire easily (like tired all the time, even after getting 7+ hrs of sleep)
- gain weight easily and find it difficult to lose
- diets that have worked in the past fail you
- people around you can eat more and yet weigh less than you
- mild depression, anxiety, irritability, short fuse (super fun to be around~ tee hee)
- cravings for sweets, candy, bread, pasta or chips
- midline fat around the waist regardless of your efforts
- decreased libido
- you feel an energy slump late in the afternoon
- have trouble sleeping
- have racing thoughts
- often forgetful and worry about your short-term memory
- bright light or headlights at night bother you
- have frequent dull headaches
If you have the majority of these symptoms, then you likely have something the author calls Metabolism B or Met B (which is different from “normal” peoples’ metabolism).
“Individuals with Met B will never succeed at following a traditional weight-loss diet because their alternative metabolism follows a different set of rules than those of the standard metabolism.”
It is something that you are born with---45% of those struggling to lose weight were BORN with the genetic predisposition to Met B. (Update: The present day percentage has increased from 45% to 55%! YIKES!)
Health conditions that are linked to Met B:
(I have the ones in bold & have a strong family history of many more)
- ADD or ADHD
- anxiety or panic attacks
- elevated cholesterol
- chronic fatigue
- mild depression
- type 2 diabetes
- gestational diabetes
- GERD (gastric reflux disease)
- high blood pressure/hypertension
- infertility related to hormone imbalance
- metabolic syndrome
- midline fat deposits (a roll around your middle) and increasing weight without increasing food intake
- PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
- sleep apnea
- sleep disturbances
If you or a relative currently has or has had several of the medical conditions listed above, then you likely have Met B. Crazy, huh?! Is this hitting home with any of you??? Especially those of you who had trouble getting pregnant. It sure did for me.
I actually cried the first time I was reading this book. For the first time EVERRRRR, I felt like someone actually GETS ME! I just kept texting Joe all the things I was reading. Once I understood what was going on inside of my body (the relationship between my liver & pancreas…how my pancreas overreacts and releases excess insulin) it all made perfect sense. You’ll have to read more about it…Diane explains it beautifully in the book.
So, about the plan:
There are 3 steps with The Metabolism Miracle. I am currently in step 1.
8 wks~ A low-carb period to rest your overworked pancreas and liver while shrinking fat cells. Your energy will soar and you’ll feel content. You will lose weight and your belly fat will slim down. Cholesterol, trigylcerides, blood sugar, and blood pressure all decrease. Oh, and I LOVE that you do not weigh yourself for 8 weeks! So liberating. I AM NOT DEFINED BY A NUMBER ON SCALE, amen?!
8 wks or longer until you reach your desired weight~ Reintroduce healthy carbohydrates in the proper amount and at the right time, to promote continued fat burning and weight loss. Gently restart your rested pancreas and liver.
Lifetime weight maintenace~ Opening your diet to more carbohydrates, including the treats that you may have been missing on Steps 1 & 2. Keeping your health and energy levels in tip-top shape and maintaining your weight loss permanently.
Other things that I LOVE about this way of life:
~ EXERCISE: Intense exercise isn’t necessary! 30 minutes of increased activity (it can be broken up throughout the day), 5 days a week. A light bike ride, walk around the neighborhood, swim in the pool, etc.
~ SLIP UPS: For a specific party or special occasion (a one time thing), don’t change anything during the day to compensate for the party. Enjoy the party, eat what you want and then return to your plan by eating an appropriate snack before bedtime that very night! (no more than 1 slip up a week)
For a long weekend, holiday, or vacation~ eat what you want and then as soon as you get home, go through a quick 10 day detox (Step 1), followed by 10 days of reprogramming (Step 2). SUPER EASY and you don’t have to feel guilty. The trick is PLANNING for the slip up, and planning for the clean up afterward as well.
TOTALLY doable, right?!
~ HEALTHY FOODS: I don’t have to buy any expensive diet shakes or weight-loss products. It is a rounded diet full of healthy veggies, protein, good fats, good carbs, etc.
My fav things to eat on Step 1:
- low carb bread and tortillas
You can also have diet sodas, coffee, liquor and wine! I bought The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook that has tons of recipes. I NEED MY SWEETS and I always make sure to have plenty of the peanut butter cookies on hand.
By following the steps in this book, I have seen remarkable improvements in my physical, emotional, and mental health~ and I am just beginning! I wasn’t necessarily trying to lose weight, but wanting to BE HEALTHY and feel better, ya know? Have more energy. Get that twinkle back in my eyes. The weight loss and shrinking waistline are just an added bonus.
Exactly 2 months in between pics…
I hope that some of you reading this post will be able to relate to my situation and know that this plan can help you too! It will change your life. I promise.
*This post was not a part of any product review, nor was I compensated in any way. I just wanted to share my amazing experience with my blog buddies! All of the info addressed in this post (and direct quotes) are from the book: “The Metabolism Miracle” by Diane Kress, RD, CDE.