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Master Your Metabolism – A Book Review

by Susan · 10 comments

Jillian Michaels’ Diet and Lifestyle Plan for Optimal Metabolism Management and Fat Loss

In the no nonsense book, Master Your Metabolism, Jillian Michaels promotes a three step diet plan and lifestyle shift to repair the damage done to metabolism so as to achieve fast and healthy fat loss.

According to Michaels, the trick to mastering metabolism and burning fat is to have the right balance of hormones. Michaels insists that any positive or negative change to diet, habits, and lifestyle can have a major impact on hormone activity and metabolism.

Michaels further reports that people become overweight due to hormone level decline and endocrine disruptors. She states that these disruptors can include being sedentary, yo-yo dieting, eating foods that are highly processed and sprayed with pesticides, not getting enough sleep, and toxins in the environment.

The Fat Loss Master Diet

In Master Your Metabolism, Michaels reveals a master plan to recalibrate hormone levels and reset metabolism through the diet.

1. Remove anything from the diet that are not whole, natural foods. Michaels believes foods that are processed, contain hydrogenated fats, refined grains, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, colors and preservatives, glutamates, and those “less than stellar” should be avoided at all costs.

2. Restore foods back into the diet that stimulate fat burning hormones such as legumes, berries, meat and eggs, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and whole grains. Michaels believes food choices should also be organic.

3. Rebalance hormones by controlling the timing, quantity, and combinations of meals. According to Michaels, meals should be consumed every 4 hours, starting with breakfast, and should not continue past 9 pm. Michaels further suggests that eating until satisfied and combining protein, fats, and carbohydrates at every meal is also necessary.

The Fat Loss Master Lifestyle Plan

Michaels reports that toxins ingested from the diet and in the environment, such as air pollution, cosmetics, and industrial waste can wreak havoc on biochemistry and metabolism. Michaels suggests a number of ways to remove toxins from various areas in the home. A few of these suggestions include:

  • Avoid use of unsafe plastic, such as PVC found in cling wrap, cooking oil bottles, and plumbing pipes
  • Avoid use of polycarbonate found in sports bottles, baby bottles, and food storage containers
  • Replace chlorinated paper products with non chlorinated versions
  • Discontinue use of cosmetics containing mercury, lead, toluene, formaldehyde, and parabens
  • Replace chemical laden home cleaners with natural cleaners
  • Do not use weed killer
  • Eliminate the use of all prescription and over the counter drugs

In general, Master Your Metabolism is a unique perspective on metabolism, offering a comprehensive diet and lifestyle plan to balance hormones for successful weight loss.

If you adapt even a handful of the recommendations in this book and continue with your fat loss workouts you will be well on your way to mastering your metabolism!

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1 Susan October 29, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Thanks to all for the comments!

Brenda, I absolutely support the use of pharmaceuticals in some situations, including yours. I got migraines as an adolescent and definitely know what you mean. However, I think that doctors overprescribe these days, and way too easily. For example, instead of working with patients to help them with lifestyle changes so they can lose weight, they just write a script for a blood pressure or cholesterol medication. Can’t sleep? Here’s a drug for that. Restless leg syndrome? Take this.

It is all a very big business making a lot of people rich and taking years of peoples’ lives. The bottom line is that, even though they can do some great things, drugs are still chemicals and poisons.

2 Brenda October 29, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Personally, I think she has a lot of good information that I agree with especially eating whole natural foods and eating every 4 hours, when you are an avid fitness person, if you are not I do not agree unless you are truly following the whole natural foods! However, I do not agree with her about getting off prescription drugs, I ‘m sorry but sometimes that is not quite possible. In a perfect world I would love to not take a thing but I’m sorry there is NOTHING natural that I have ever seen cure my migraines (and I’m talking a true maigraine-those that get them know what I ‘m talking about) . On another note, I ‘ve had eye issues for 6 months that no doctor can tell what is wrong and I ‘ve analyzed food cosmetics, environment and everything else under the sun to to no avail, read countless books and researched the internet. Finally, I was prescribed a medicine from a specialist and I have relief and no longer want to rip my eyes out from the extreme irritation. I’m still researching so I can get off them but right now I have no side effects and I can see clearly, not blood shot, itching, etc… so I’m staying on it! I agree with Rachel Ms. Michaels is a meany so I’m choosing not to buy her book!

3 Amy October 28, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Jillian Michael’s has some interesting theories on metabolism. I’d like to read more. I’m also glad to hear that her suggested changes don’t have to be a total overhaul, doing some will have benefits. Thanks!

4 rebecca October 28, 2009 at 10:28 am

Very informative, thanks!

5 Rachel October 27, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Very interesting!! Sounds like some serious changes (for me at least) so I’m happy to read that adapting a handful of Michaels’ ideas can be beneficial. I may have to check out this book even if I do think Ms. Michaels is a meany :) She clearly knows her stuff.

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