You can follow the same diet as your best friend, your mom or even your physician. And yet the results can be dramatically different. Why? Registered dietitian Diane Kress says she knows the answer. And in an exclusive interview, she told us about what she's discovered after more than 32 years of research and professional practice. She's put all the details into her best-selling book "The Metabolism Miracle: 3 Easy Steps to Regain Control of Your Weight . . . Permanently" (click for ordering information).
"I became alarmed when I analyzed the charts of hundreds of my patients and began to notice a disturbing trend,"she recalls now. "Although they came to their appointments, claimed to follow their diet/exercise program, and seemed motivated and conscientious; there was no significant improvement in their statistics. As time passed, there was no significant weight loss and many times I found weight regain."
Bottom line, says Diane: "For these patients, the low calorie, low fat diet with exercise simply did not work."
After researching the distinctions, Diane recognized "a real trend. Most of the patients who could not succeed on a low calorie, low fat diet with exercise had striking similarities." Among those similarities: Belly fat, failure to lose weight on diets that were previously successful, fatigue, memory problems, insomnia and carbohydrate cravings.
"Those who fell into the unsuccessful category shared the same symptoms, lab work, and personal and family medical history AND they could not lose weight on the traditional diet," she says.
And so Diane devised two metabolic types:
- Type A= those who could succeed on traditional diets that cut calories and increased activity.
- Type B= those who really could not succeed on the “calories in/calories out” plan.
If you have the symptoms described above, from belly fat to memory problems to carb cravings, Diane says that you have Metabolism B and "are overweight from an overproduction of insulin in response to a normal rise in blood sugar or the liver’s release of glycogen."
Diane's "Metabolism Miracle" book also has a companion cookbook "The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook: 175 Delicious Meals that Can Reset Your Metabolism, Melt Away Fat, and Make You Thin and Healthy for Life" (click for details).
What to anticipate on the Metabolism diet and her other weight loss book, targeted at those with diabetes: "The Diabetes Miracle: 3 Simple Steps to Prevent and Control Diabetes and Regain Your Health . . . Permanently" (click for more information):
- Step 1: Known as carb rehab. Lasts for at least 8 weeks. This low carb period rests the overworking pancreas and liver as it helps to shrink fat cells and reduce fat in the bloodstream (cholesterol and triglycerides). Energy increases, lose inches of body fat, decrease labs including glucose, lipids, A1C, and blood pressure. Liberal intake of neutral foods such as lean protein, heart healthy fat, neutral vegetables as well as 5 grams net carb from carbohydrate sources at meals and bedtime.
- Step 2: Known as transition. Begins to reintroduce carbohydrate foods to the rested pancreas and liver. 8 weeks or more beginning right after Step 1. A certain type of carbohydrate (lower glycemic index) of a certain amount (lower glycemic load) at a certain time (no more than 5 hours without the appropriate amount of carb grams) promotes continued fat burning and weight loss. Gently reawakens the rested pancreas and liver.
- Step 3: Known as lifetime weight maintenance. Opens the door to an individualized amount of carbohydrate grams for each individual based on gender, height, desired weight, and activity. Keeps labs normal, medication requirements down, and energy levels high for a lifetime of good health and weight maintained at your desired amount.
How much can you lose? Diane offered these examples:
- Woman who is 5’4” tall and weighs 175 pounds can expect to lose 6-13 lbs of fat at the end of 8 weeks. Because this is all fat loss, she will appear as if she has lost 12-26#. For every pound she loses, she will lose an inch of fat!
- Man who is 5’9” tall and weighs 290 pounds can expect to lose 22-29 lbs at the end of 8 weeks. Because this is all fat loss, he will appear as if he lost 44-58 lbs. For every pound he loses, he will lose an inch of fat from his body!