About the UltraMetabolism Diet
- Understanding the myths about dieting and foods is part of the program. Dr. Hyman's book outlines seven key myths that can cause weight gain: starvation, calories, carbohydrates, fats, skipping meals, the French paradox, and protection by the government. Not all fats and carbohydrates are bad; some, such as omega 3 fatty acids and complex carbohydrates, are essential to a healthy diet. Calories matter, but it is the type of calorie, not just the amount. Metabolism is actually slowed by skipping meals and starvation. Eat proper portion sizes at regular intervals for the best results.
- Dr. Hyman points out seven keys to weight loss. These keys are based on science and provide the backbone for the program. Included in the keys is how to take care of problems that prevent weight loss and that can actually cause weight gain, such as an underperforming thyroid gland, stress, liver health, and appetite control. The use of herbs, supplements, lifestyle changes and the proper diet boosts the metabolism, resulting in weight loss and improved health. Do interval training and be more active daily for exercise.
- An important aspect of the UltraMetabolism diet is discovering food sensitivities. Food sensitivities can be actual allergic reactions to specific foods that involve the immune system, or an intolerance for a food that you cannot digest and use properly. The most common foods that cause these problems are dairy, eggs, corn, soy, peanuts, and gluten. Test for food sensitivities through a blood test, skin test or elimination diet.
- The UltraMetabolism diet includes a detoxification step. The body is exposed to toxins through food and the environment. Dr. Hyman's diet begins with a detoxification phase that lasts for three weeks. During detoxification, you remove certain foods from your diet. Avoid eating gluten, dairy, beef, pork, alcohol, caffeine and eggs. Eat whole foods in abundance, including fresh fruits, vegetables, lean chicken, beans and gluten-free grains.
- Phase 2 of the UltraMetabolism diet is to maintain a healthy metabolism. You reintroduce foods and look for reactions to them. You should continue to avoid those foods that cause reactions. This part of the diet is very personalized based on what foods work for each individual. Some foods to avoid for continued health are ham, bacon, sausage, white flours and rice, and caffeinated or sugary beverages.
- Speak to a health care provider before beginning any diet or making drastic lifestyle changes. This is especially important if you have any medical conditions or are taking medications.