The Fast Metabolism Diet - Haylie Pomroy
I loved the concept of this book. I have Hashimoto's (hypothyroid), celiac disease, and reactive hypoglycemia and have been trying to lose those last 10 pounds from around my middle. I do heavy impact cardio 6 days a week, follow Weight Watchers, and have been unable to lose any weight in the last 4 months. Obviously my metabolism is stalled.
The book is celiac friendly which is my biggest challenge with most diets. I do not use caffeine, drink alcohol, or use artifical sweeteners. So with most of the major eliminatons already taken care of I thought this would be not too difficult to implement. OK, maybe chocolate was going to be the hardest part.
I am a high impact Jazzercise addict (it is not your mother's 1980s leg warmer Jazzercise anymore) so losing the 500+ calories burned each day and the exercise endorphines would be a challenge. I was willing to give that up for Phases 2 and 3.
The biggest problem is that the book says it is OK for hypoglycemics. The best way for hypoglycemics (especially the ones with reactive hypoglycemia -- over production of insulin) to maintain relatively stable blood glucose levels is to combine carbs with protein. This part of the plan concerned me.
In Phase 1 you are consuming a great deal of fruit with little to no protein. In Phase 1 my blood glucose levels were on a rollercoaster. Just what my endocrinologist does not want to have happen. I ate vegetables and drank water until I could not stand it anymore. I was always hungry shortly after a meal or snack. I felt like I was always eating. I was sluggish and felt like I was in a fog doing mundane things like running errands. Not fun, but I made it through the first two days.
Today was my first day of Phase 2. I was a bit worried by the lack of carbs (low glycemic or otherwise) but I hoped if I started the day off with a nice omelet and lots of veggies I could make it work. I went and did a body sculpting class with weights and kept my heart rate relatively low to stay within the no cardio rules. By the time I got home I was feeling awful, my blood glucose was low, so I had my snack. I felt a bit better and took a shower. By the time I got dressed my blood glucose was crashing again.
I bailed on the diet. I ate a normal balance of food groups and within an hour my blood glucose had stabilized and my brain fog had lifted (I did not remember signing my son's form for school the evening before, but my husband reminded me that I had).
Bottom line: Hypoglycemics beware! This is not a feasible eating regimen for maintaining a stable blood glucose level. You will crash and you need to be careful. I purposely did not lie down when my glucose was crashing because that would have been dangerous.