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Lose 20 pounds in 28 days with Fast Metabolism diet cookbook:Turkey Chili recipe

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It's not you, it's your metabolism. If that's what you've been saying about your weight loss wars, expert Haylie Pomroy agrees. She's the author of "The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight."

The plan helps you lose up to 20 pounds in four weeks, all using the fat-burning foods that Haylie has proven work for turbo-charged weight loss.

In an exclusive interview, Haylie told us about how her Fast Metabolism Diet works, and gave us a taste of her new cookbook that complements her diet: "The Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook: Eat Even More Food and Lose Even More Weight".

"The key to a fast metabolism is selecting targeted, micronutrient-rich foods that act as a catalyst to convert fat into fuel. The Fast Metabolism Diet does this in a way that cross-trains your metabolism, yielding better results for your effort. I call it “confuse it to lose it.” I’ve already done the heavy lifting – selecting the optimal foods for each phase of the diet," she said.

Why do women have so much trouble losing weight?

"Our adipose tissue – our fat cells -- actually function as an endocrine gland. That is, our fat cells create hormones like adiponectin and leptin, affecting insulin and cortisol – hormones that help regulate fat use and storage. Meanwhile, women’s ovaries and uterus produce estrogen and other sex hormones," she explained.

"All of our hormones work together like a huge orchestra, so when one or more changes – like our estrogen production changes during menopause -- it can drastically disrupt the balance of all the others. If the body’s metabolism is not fast and strong, a big hormonal change like menopause completely wreaks havoc. Fat cells feel compelled to take over where the ovaries and uterus have stopped. You can end up with out-of-whack fat storage and weight gain."

To solve those weight wars, Haylie has created a plan that balances your hormone, boosts your metabolism and provides you with diverse fat-burning foods combined with stimulating, intensely flavored choices.

"This can help control the neurotransmitters (hormones) that trigger food cravings and binge eating. There’s a rhythm and structure to the FMD plan that becomes soothing to the body, lowering the anxiety hormones that come with skipping meals and then binging on food. My clients say their food cravings and desire to binge decrease dramatically after they settle in to the diet," she said.

And for those who survive on foods labeled "fat-free" and "diet," Haylie has a message: "Eat real food!" You can try her favorite recipe below, which even children love. Ready to get started on turning your own metabolism and body into a fat-burning machine while eating fabulous foods? Then get "The Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook: Eat Even More Food and Lose Even More Weight."

Turkey or Buffalo Chili

Serves 6

Prep time: 25 minutes. Cook time: 5 to 8 hours, depending on slow-cooker setting

Ingredients

1 to 1½ pounds lean ground turkey or buffalo meat

½ cup diced red onion, or more if desired

2 Tbls. fresh parsley or cilantro

1 heaping Tbls. chili powder

1 Tbls. minced garlic

½ tsp. crushed red chili flakes

15-ounce can white beans

15-ounce can kidney beans

15-ounce can black beans

15-ounce can pinto beans

15-ounce can lentils or adzuki beans

4 cups chopped zucchini

28-oz can crushed tomatoes

1 heaping tsp. sea salt

Brown the turkey or buffalo meat in a skillet and drain.

Turn a slow cooker to high setting. Add the meat, onion, parsley, chili powder, garlic, and red pepper flakes to the pot. Stir, cover and set aside.

Open and partially drain all 5 cans of beans; I leave a little liquid in to make my chili a little juicier. Add the beans, zucchini, and tomatoes to the cooker. Stir well. Keep the cooker set on high for 4 to 5 hours or adjust heat to low and simmer for 6 to 8 hours.

Stir and taste occasionally, adjusting seasonings as needed. Add the salt just before serving to best preserve its nutrients.

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