Lose 20 Pounds in 4 weeks with Advice from the Metabolism Whisperer
On a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz introduces nutritionist Haylie Pomroy who many women reverently refer to as “the Metabolism Whisperer” for her uncanny success at helping women reshape their bodies with a food-as-medicine focus on health that can raise your metabolism, burn your fat, and help you lose 20 pounds in 4 weeks.
“I light a match inside of you to ignite your fat burn,” says Haylie Pomroy who claims that with her advice she can get any woman out of a metabolism slump. “I look at your diet, your weight, your habits, and even your blood work to create what works for you and your busy life. My cure―food. I don’t count calories, I don’t measure fat, and you get to eat what you love. Food is medicine. And when taken correctly, it can help you unwind stress, unlock the fat stores and unleash the burn.”
Dr. Oz tells viewers that one of the biggest reasons why women can’t lose weight like they used to when they were younger is due to that their metabolism has gone into a slump. This slump is caused by changing hormones, their diet and common bad habits that we pick up in life.
To help women identify whether their body is in a metabolism slump, Dr. Oz’s special guest has created a metabolism checklist outlined below that you can use to evaluate your metabolism condition.
1. Have you had your thyroid and estrogen levels tested?
According to Ms. Pomroy, everyone knows that your thyroid hormone levels can affect your metabolism; and as such, doctors typically test a woman’s TSH, T3 and T4 hormone levels, but not her “Reverse T3” hormone levels.
Reverse T3 thyroid hormones are “misshapen” thyroid hormones that do not work well with thyroid hormone receptors in the body, and as a result adversely affects your thyroid and normal hormone levels. Signs that your body has this include brittle hair and cracks in the skin on the heels of your feet. If you have elevated Reverse T3 levels, Ms. Pomroy says that this can be remedied by eating selenium and iodine rich foods such as kale and seaweed.
“These are great things to tickle your metabolism,” says Ms. Pomroy.
A problem with estrogen hormone exams is that doctors typically only have the levels of estradiol checked. According to Ms. Pomroy, when having your estrogen levels checked, ask that they also look at your estrone levels. Estrone is what is referred to as a compensating hormone that is secreted by fat cells and the adrenals when estrogen levels begin to drop―especially during peri-menopause and menopause, which results in fat storage around the middle giving women a muffin-top body shape.
To treat elevated estrone levels, Ms. Pomroy recommends eating cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli and asparagus.
2. Have you tried more than 3 different diets in the past year?
“With every restrictive based diet you are on, you can consider your metabolism reduced by a good 20 percent each time you do that,” says Ms. Pomroy who explains that the problem with the majority of the diets is that they are restrictive diets that say you need to exclude carbs, or exclude fats and proteins, or exclude whatever is currently in vogue at the time. However, doing this multiple times a year subjects your metabolism to a restriction diet assault that essentially lowers your metabolism further with each dieting attempt.
3. Do you eat a fat-free diet food in at least one meal per day?
“I always say, ‘If it’s fake, take a break’ or ‘If it’s free—don’t buy it,’” says Ms. Pomroy. Her point about eating fat-free diet foods is that often times they contain what she refers to as “obesegens” ―chemicals that encourages the body to store fat in other ways when you attempt to starve it of natural fat in foods.
4. Do you eat the same types of foods every day?
“Your metabolism is actually geared by the food you take in,” says Ms. Pomroy who explains that eating the same types of food every day puts your body in a metabolic rut where your metabolism is no longer challenged to deal with different types of foods. This lack of challenge she says actually leads to a slowing down of the metabolism because the same enzymes are working on breaking down the same foods and eventually a type of resistance builds up where your metabolism is not working as well as it should.
The 3-Phase Metabolic Boosting Solution to a Metabolic Slump Problem
To help her patients get out of their metabolic slump, Ms. Pomroy created a 3-phase metabolic boosting program that she discovered helped her patients lose up to 20 pound in just 4 weeks. A summary of her 3-phase program is as follows:
Phase 1 Metabolic boosting solution: Calm your adrenals (2 days)
Ms. Pomroy points out the adrenals are glands that pump out a lot of hormones that are involved in fat storage regulation. One example she gives is the release of the hormone cortisol when the body is overly stressed from a too-busy life and causes increased fat storage around the waist.
To bring hormone levels from the adrenals back into a healthy balance, she states that the first 2 days of phase 1 is to get the body out of its crisis mode to where proteins and nutrients rather than fat are what are being stored by the body while fat is being burned. To achieve this, her advice goes contrary to what many other diets recommend—eat carbs to soothe the body.
Ms. Pomroy states that eating complex carbs such as brown rice, couscous, and oatmeal are foods that the body can easily access for their nutrients. Other carb recommendations include fruit such as mangoes, pineapple and watermelon. What this does is causes the body to calm down, decrease cortisol levels, and begin taking in and storing nutrients from these foods rather than storing fat.
Phase 2 Metabolic boosting solution: Unlock fat stores and build muscle (2 days)
“During this phase you want to do a lot of the lean proteins,” says Ms. Pomroy. “You’ll want to do a lot of chicken, fish, turkey and turkey bacon. A lot of these proteins will help support this very important organ of metabolism called the liver, which will help shuttle or export fat into the bloodstream,” she says explaining that as the proteins are broken down into amino acids, one amino acid in particular—carnitine—is especially helpful in exporting fat from the liver into the bloodstream where it will be burned.
However, it takes more than lean protein to boost your metabolism as Ms. Pomroy tells viewers that with the protein you have to eat a lot of green vegetables. Green vegetables contain alkalinizing enzymes which she says will reduce inflammation and decrease the body’s acidity from exercise while fueling it with lean protein.
Phase 3 Metabolic boosting solution: Unleash the burn with healthy fats (3 days)
The last phase of Ms. Pomroy’s metabolic boosting program is to get the body to burn fat by taking in healthy fats such as coconut oil, raw nuts and seeds, olive oil, grape seed and flax seed oils, all of which work to lower inflammation, stimulate digestion, and block new fat from being stored in the liver.
Repeating this 7-day cycle for 4 weeks will result in a faster metabolism and significant weight loss while still eating the foods you love.
For more information about how to lose weight by fixing your slumping metabolism, Ms. Pomroy is the author of the diet book “The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat more food and lose more weight” that guarantees you can lose up to 20 pounds in 28 days.
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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show— “How to Overcome Your Metabolism Slump”