Your questions answered: The Fast Metabolism Diet

Here are the top 10 questions about the Fast Metabolism Diet — answered. Have questions about thyroid, gallbladder issues? Read on. You can also find answers to your questions on the FAQ page on this site

1. My thyroid or gallbladder has been removed. Can I do the diet?

In my clinics, people with thyroid and/or gallbladder issues are frequently referred to me by their medical doctors. Especially for those with these issues, a diet that supports healthy metabolic function is important, and that’s what the Fast Metabolism Diet is. These are real, healthy, whole foods — we should all eat like this all the time. By cutting out processed foods, fake sugars, and wheat, you are doing your body a huge favor. Everyone’s weight loss on the Fast Metabolism Diet is different, but these foods will certainly work for you to improve your health and metabolism.

2. Is there an Android app?

Yes, the Fast Metabolism Diet App is available for both iPhone and Android.  Please Click HERE to get information on downloading the FMD app for iPhone or Android.

3. I have a crazy schedule. How can I make this work?

The best questions so far have been from a flight attendant who travels international routes, and from someone who works the graveyard shift. Yes! You can do this. The key is making sure you eat every 3 to  4 hours. You still want to follow the phase guidelines, but no one says “breakfast” has to be breakfast foods. As long as you eat a grain and a fruit (for Phase 1 breakfast), that’s fine. And if you find yourself up really late, be sure to add a snack if it’s been 4 hours since you’ve eaten. And be sure to have breakfast or a snack 30-45 minutes after you wake up.

4. I have a lot of weight to lose. How do I adjust the diet’s portions?

If you want to lose less than 20 pounds, follow the standard portions outlined in the book.
If you want to lose more than 20 pounds, add 1/2 portion to that standard portion, so 1.5 portions.
If you want to lose more than 40 pounds, eat 1.5 portions but double the veggies.
Read more about portions, here.

5. I’ve had gastric bypass or lap band surgery. Can I do the diet?

You’ll need to consult with your physician on this one. The foods themselves will be fine, but depending on your own situation, your doctor may advise adjusting the portions. Please take the book along with you to your appointment and discuss it with him or her. In addition, some vegetables and foods are restricted for certain patients, but there are enough food choices, you’ll be able to adjust.

6. I have Celiac or gluten sensitivity.

It’s actually really easy to do the Fast Metabolism Diet gluten-free. There’s no wheat on the diet already, and there are plenty of other gluten-free grains to choose from like quinoa, buckwheat, teff, brown rice and wild rice. It may be difficult for you to find a sprouted grain bread that will work (that doesn’t have sugar, soy or corn in it), but you can just choose another grain.

7. I started the diet yesterday and have had a terrible headache.

Sounds like you gave up caffeine for the diet, which is great. But the number-one symptom of caffeine withdrawal is a bad headache. The symptoms should dissipate in about three days. Read my post on giving up caffeine for some tips.

8. I’m on Phase 1 and I’m still hungry.

You can always add phase-specific vegetables, even if they aren’t specific for that meal or snack. Don’t let yourself feel hungry!

9. Help! It’s been four days and I’ve only lost 1 pound.

Everyone is a little different. Assuming you’re following all the guidelines, give it a chance. Some people don’t lose much the first week, then lose during the second week. And for some others, it’s the opposite. If you get through two weeks and it doesn’t seem like anything is happening, get your labs done (the book discusses doing this) to make sure there isn’t an underlying issue. Also, stress can make a big impact on your weight loss, so try to do some stress-relieving activities.

10. Oh no! I messed up and ate the wrong thing on the wrong day.

Don’t panic. If you accidentally ate the wrong food on the wrong day, just get back on track the next day. Same thing if you have a big event or something that throws off your schedule. Just get back on track the next day. And if you’re in a situation where you fall off the wagon for several days, keep in mind that you can always start over.

Got more questions?

Check out our FAQ section for lots more answers.