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MELJONES3478 SparkPoints: (15,754)
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5/11/13 11:48 P

Great information. Thank you!

5/11/13 11:34 P

Don't really like hot spices . I'm not an egg eater so I am looking for protein breakfast choices.

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5/11/13 8:55 P

VELVETMERLIN, adding spices (I assume you mean hot spices?) to your food will indeed boost your metabolism a very tiny bit in the short term, but the advantage is lost pretty quickly as your body adapts, and is minuscule to the point of pointlessness. If you like spicy, enjoy it, but don't expect it to make you start losing weight.

TRAE42 Posts: 2
5/11/13 7:32 P

I agree with DIETITIAN BECKY... In 2009 I did just what she talked about and lost 20-25 lbs in 3 months time. I just wish I can find the meals I entered on my tracker back then so I can do the same thing this time around. I bought a 3 month membership to a gym close by and worked my buns off 4-5 days a week but enjoyed the kick boxing classes with people and zumba and the eliptical machine burns calories faster than a treadmill I found out.. I had fun & it was well worth it.

5/11/13 4:48 P

From what I know, adding spices to your food is supposed to help speed up your metabolism (I don't know how much) but I don't try it so I don't know how well that works. Besides, even adding spices can't guarantee it anyway for some people. A little sidetracked from your topic, but thought I'd mention it. :)

5/11/13 2:49 P

I am planning on starting the metabolic miracle diet the first of the week. I'm looking to gain control and it appealed to me. I'm looking for a partner. I am 53 years old with some minor but annoying health issues like high blood pressure, and fatigue.

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2/10/13 5:42 A

Grace I just joined this site - did you lose weight with Metabolism Miracle? Thanks. Cindy

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7/28/12 9:10 A

You and I have similar issues. What is Metabolism Miracle? If it will help me loose this belly fat I would be willing to take a look at it too. I am soooo tired of looking like a balloon.

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7/19/12 12:03 A

starting tomorrow, gotta say the book makes sense to me!

Edited by: ELVISDOG13 at: 7/19/2012 (00:03)
GRAC4EVR Posts: 20
7/8/12 6:54 P

I am 55 and started all kinds of problems with menopause, including thyroid issues and major fatigue for awhile over the past 4 years. After allot of reading I have decided to begin the Metabolism Miracle because I have read more good then bad and healthy eating isn't working for me at this stage of my life. The belly fat doesn't go away for nothing. My job is very active, I should be super skinny! My goal is to lose 25lbs, I have never tried a low carb diet before. If any of you have any advice on this diet I would love to hear it. Tomorrow I will shop for my groceries and Tuesday is the day I plan to begin. I will post my results : )

5/23/12 6:47 A

I'm new to the low carb way of eating but having tried so many other food strategies to lose weight, none which worked long term, I have to say Dr. Atkins book makes sense to me. I am hypo-thyroid and glucose impaired (aka pre-diabetic). Weight loss for me is so slow despite eating 1200-1500 calories per day. It's very frustrating to be eating sensibly, being moderately active yet still having doctors tell you to lose weigh. I would say "How? What else can I do?" I started Atkins Induction 3 days ago and am down 6 lbs. I know it's too early to say anything permanent yet but it certainly is nice to see the weight drop quickly.
Cheers to all.
Have a great day.

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4/8/12 10:19 A

I think you make some very good points, JWOOLMAN. Sometimes following a very restrictive eating plan isn't about whether you can sustain it for life; it's more about getting out of a rut that was unsuccessful for you (for health and/or weight control) and learning more about how to make long-term healthy choices.

For example, I know several people who followed a low-carb diet for awhile and learned that they felt better and were able to control their weight better when they ate a modified carb-restriction diet long-term.

Someone else might find that they feel bloated or tired from wheat products, or dairy products, or too much processed sugar. Or trying a vegetarian diet might show someone they feel better when not eating meat on a daily basis.

It took me years to figure out that I can eat all the pasta and cereal (yes, WHOLE-GRAIN) in the world and I won't feel full. Maybe if I'd tried an Atkins or South Beach plan, I could have leaned that years ago, but I've never considered anything that restricted certain food groups. Who knows.

But yes - calling it a "miracle" is ridiculous!

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4/8/12 3:13 A

I followed a forum elsewhere for a while that discussed the diet plan in that book. I looked at the Kindle free sample also. I think the author's idea of Metabolism A and Metabolism B types actually was the framework she came up with to explain her actual clinical experience with her clients, so I wouldn't say it wasn't an acceptable or substantiated approach in practice. Medicine is often wrong about the theory even if right about the practice. (I am a chemist and a physicist and much of my work as a scientific translator is in the biomedical and pharmaceutical area, so I can read the research literature and also routinely translate clinical trial materials.)

The forum regulars felt the program was quite successful for them. They definitely lost weight (after failing on other programs) and more significantly, lost inches (didn't need a scale, they could tell from their loose clothes) and also felt much better, sleep improved, energy levels up. In some cases at least I felt they were actually dealing with hidden food allergies or intolerances to items limited or excluded in the early phases of the diet. The symptoms and improvements they were describing before and after getting on the diet matched my own experiences with food allergies. If you stay away from non-fatally allergenic food long enough (and a couple of months may be long enough), then you can often start eating it again in moderation, just not at every meal or every day. The very restrictive phase of the "metabolism miracle" approach was limited to about 8 weeks - if I'm remembering correctly, they needed to get 5 grams of carbohydrate at intervals throughout the day, at least 3 times a day (no skipping). Then the next phase required 15 grams for the same pattern. Can't remember what the 3rd phase was, but less restrictive than phase 2 certainly. The author felt this would help readjust the metabolism, so it was never intended to be a permanent extremely restrictive diet.

It certainly was readjusting their eating - they were discovering a much wider variety of foods than they had ever eaten before out of necessity. Knocking out most fruits, potatoes, and wheat/other grains in the early phases was quite a readjustment. (Did you know that you can mash cauliflower as a substitute for mashed potatoes?!?) They were eating more veggies, nuts, and seeds in particular so they were getting all the benefits from that. The diet knocked them out of a rut of eating the same thing again and again, as most odd diets do. My guess is that limiting or excluding grains was the most beneficial for them, since many people can't really deal with as much wheat as we routinely eat in the United States. But my guess is also that they could have accomplished the same thing by rotating grains (maybe excluding wheat entirely for a while, since it is such a common but hidden problem) and other foods and watching their reaction to them. They may not have needed to toss all the grains out, just temporarily ditch ones that were bothering them. They also were eating more protein and fat than before, which may also have been beneficial. Fat is very satisfying, and so that probably automatically limited their calories without counting. The eating pattern required may also have been keeping their blood sugar within a better range, since the plan required eating at certain intervals. One woman said that although she didn't have a weight problem, she had developed other problems (fatigue in particular) and that she had been in the habit of just grabbing a banana or apple while running around during a busy day. Maybe she was just prediabetic, and/or just needed to combine the fruit with some protein. Or needed to eat more frequently. Regardless of the reason, the MM diet worked to reverse her problems.

I have some food allergies and have done food rotation schemes at various points to diagnose and deal with them, especially under stress when rotating is quite relaxing. When I eat several small and simple vegan meals a day (maybe just a couple of foods at once for most), I notice that many of them actually fit within the phase 1 or phase 2 of that "metabolism miracle" plan quite naturally and also I lose weight if I need to do so on that scheme without any pain. My total carbohydrates for a typical day seem to be usually under 200 grams, maybe 250 grams max (generally around 50% of total calories, which is within a recommended range). That's without real planning also. When I eat wheat, it's rarely more than 2 slices of bread in a day. I'm not deliberately restricting carbohydrates, though. I just got used to a lot of variety when testing and initially dealing with food allergies many years ago, so I have plenty of other things to eat besides wheat. I do like to combine fruit with a protein food such as nuts or seeds or peanuts or other oily legumes, however.

So although I wouldn't call the plan a miracle, I can see why it works for quite a few people. The theory doesn't worry me, theories can be right or wrong but the practical advice can still be sound. Generally people who use the plan consider themselves "carbohydrate addicts", which also makes me suspect hidden food allergies or intolerances to certain high carbohydrate foods, since the phenomenon of "allergic addiction" is real. But maybe it's just the blood sugar spiking that was causing them grief, and altering their eating pattern to avoid the spikes is what worked. If you think you're having trouble with carbohydrate foods, it would be worth at least looking at the plan for ideas. You just have to experiment to see what works for you.

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4/7/12 1:01 A

I think MPLANE has hit the nail on the head.. for me, low carb works, so I use it, but for many, that is just not sustainable.

If you want to start any diet, do research first. Make sure you are doing it correctly. Low carb requires more than just cutting carbs. Which carbs you eat matter just as much as how many. Jus jumping on a diet, can ultimately do more harm than good.

RUNNER5ISH Posts: 612
4/6/12 11:37 P

Eating within my calorie range and exercising most days is what works for me. I had to shake my head at Prevention when I read your post. I used to subscribe to that magazine probably 10 years ago and every month they had some new diet. I remember The Peanut Butter Diet and the Ice Cream Diet. Give me a break, Prevention.

4/6/12 10:12 P

What works for weight loss, is basically taking in fewer calories than you are burning daily.
Begin here at sparkpeople. You will receive a weight loss calorie range.
Start weighing and measuring all your foods and beverages. Enter these into your nutrition tracker. Stay within your SP calorie range. You will quickly learn, where within the calorie range, you feel the best, have the most energy, and are experiencing a 1/2 to 2 pound weekly weight loss.

SP Dietitian Becky

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4/6/12 9:26 P

What are your goals? to lose weight and how much or to maintain...

1SHIRLEY Posts: 27
4/6/12 9:18 P

Thanks for your feedback. What do you recommend? I'm not new to the board, but haven't been participating for so long . It's fun to see what works for different folks.

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4/6/12 7:48 P

After trying many "diets", I think the biggest issue overlooked by many (like myself) is the sustainability of the diet. For a short while, any diet which restricts caloric intake will work. But could it be followed in the next 10 years? A lifetime? If it cannot provide the nutrition and energy for a lifetime in the best way possible, it is not worth considering.

Also, I think if there is no medical reason, to remove from one's menu a particular nutrient such as carbs or fat, or any food group such as dairy or grains etc, is simply unfounded. For many years what I did not know was when to stop eating, not what not to eat or what to eliminate completely from my kitchen.

1SHIRLEY Posts: 27
4/6/12 7:42 P

Thanks for your feedback. What do you recommend? I'm not new to the board, but haven't been participating for so long . It's fun to see what works for different folks.

1SHIRLEY Posts: 27
4/6/12 7:39 P

Thanks Russell. Looks like what you are doing is working. I've tried many diets and though I always liked Weight Watchers, I don't seem to have luck with the new program so thought I'd go with low carb. I know my carbs and calories, so think I'll go with counting those. What do you think?

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
4/6/12 5:08 P

I know it is said that people can have a " metabolic advantage " on low carb which I follow, but throughout the years, I noticed that the advantage was that I ate less per day average. I lose weight eating 70% fat with 2000 calories, but that week, I may have averaged 50% fat, and 1600 cals.

I could claim a metabolic advantage, but in reality, I am manipulating blood sugars to prevent cravings, and eating less. It only works for me for this reason. Still better than anything else I have done.. but miracles are usually hogwash.

Read the book, and pay attention to what they are saying.. something in there might be causing you to eat less, but it isn't a miracle, even though it feels like it sometimes when you drop 5 lbs in a

What your focus should be is if this would help you lose weight. Look beyond the headlines, and see what kind of diet it is by the sample menus. Most diets fall into a few general categories.. cabbage soup diet isn't one of Since Atkins is working for me.. Paleo, or other low carb would probably work for me also. So for me low carb is a "miracle", not just Atkins. Atkins is the name of one kind, and the people trying to make money off low carb products.

You might find that the diet works great, but do not want to buy anything they are selling. Maybe a related diet could work better. Find out what category this fits into, and then look at the sample menus of them all.. without the names of the diets. We tend to think the latest version is the best, when it really matters what foods we will be eating on the different variations. After all you should be on this for a very long time. You have to like the food. I eat Atkins because I like the food. I really don't like the foods on South Beach.

Personally, I would never follow a diet with miracle in the name.

4/6/12 4:42 P

This diet uses many terms and phrases that are inaccurate and not based on scientific research. These phrases are used to get attention, sensationalize the diet/book, and hopefully get you to buy the book. Examples include:
--clean up your metabolic mess
--reset and rejuvenate your metabolism
--reprogram your body to respond normally to carbs
--out of whack metabolism

This book describes physiological patterns that are not widely accepted. The author refers to a condition and names it "metabolism B". However, there is NO such medical diagnosis.The closest would be insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, or pre-diabetes. There is no supported research given and no medical references to back up all the author's theories and health claims. This book is anecdotal, based on the author's personal opinion but not published in a scientific format.
This diet is not nutritionally sound. And for those with the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance...there are much better eating plans than this approach.

There is no "miracle" weight loss plan, as the author of this book would like you to believe.

I do not support the concepts in this book.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky


1SHIRLEY Posts: 27
4/6/12 3:43 P

I notice that Prevention is advertising this diet, which I've never heard of. Has anyone tried and had success or anyone using it now?

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