Your questions answered: The Fast Metabolism Diet

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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.

10 Responses to Your questions answered: The Fast Metabolism Diet

  1. dianeHPG December 12, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Hi Melanie. Haylie has her own protein powder that works on the diet. Its base is pea protein, so you could use pea protein, which is vegan. There are dairy and soy-based protein powders on the market and of course neither dairy or soy are permitted on the FMD.

  2. Vic January 5, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    Still no Android App?

    • dianeHPG January 5, 2015 at 10:31 am #

      Sorry, Vic, not at this time.

  3. dianeHPG January 12, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    Siouxzie, please see the following in our newly searchable FAQ section.

  4. dianeHPG January 21, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    Hi Adriana. Thank you for your question! Check out the top 5 ways to get your questions answered: https://hayliepomroy.com/where-to-find-answers/

  5. dianeHPG January 21, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    Hi PVT. Thank you for your question! Check out the top 5 ways to get your questions answered: https://hayliepomroy.com/where-to-find-answers/

  6. dianeHPG January 22, 2015 at 12:25 am #

    Hi Debbie. Thank you for your question! Check out the top 5 ways to get your questions answered:
    FYI..If your goal is to lose more weight, increase your portions. See this article for help: https://hayliepomroy.com/?p=5008

  7. dianeHPG January 27, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    Hi Donna. Thank you for your question. Whey protein isn’t part of the diet. You could try pea protein though. If you have additional questions, please check out the top 5 ways to get your questions answered:

  8. dianeHPG February 10, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    Hi Amane. Thank you for your question. The FMD is 28 days and the Burn plans are 3, 5 and 10 days. Which plan are you doing? Also, if you are on the Burn here is a recent blog in which Haylie answers this question: https://hayliepomroy.com/substitutions-the-burn-recipes/
    If you have additional questions please check out the top 5 ways to get your questions answered: https://hayliepomroy.com/where-to-find-answers/

  9. dianeHPG February 10, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

    Hi Luz. The best way to reach customer service is via the following page: https://hayliepomroy.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

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