How I Lost 12 Pounds in 5 Weeks and Detoxed my Skin
Six months prior to my wedding this past June, I decided that I wanted to drop a few pounds so I could easily fit into my wedding dress. I wasn’t overweight, but all my jeans were tight so I knew that I must have put on a few lbs!
I also knew that by going on a strict diet of eating clean, organic foods would not only help me lose weight, but improve my skin naturally.
I am no stranger to clean eating, so I knew that I would have to be disciplined no matter what diet I chose, so I did some research wanting fast results for a kick start, so I tried the Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy.
I have no affiliation with Hayley whatsoever, I’m just sharing with you what I did to lose 12 lbs in five weeks, which totally motivated me.
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The Fast Metabolism Diet Overview
This diet was easy on the one hand, because it definitely doesn’t leave you feeling hungry, but you will have to shop!
On this metabolism reset diet, you eat 3 meals and 2 snacks per day of clean, unprocessed food, and you rotate foods within three phases within a weeks period.
You can go crazy with the recipes, or you can keep it simple like I did and eat a lot of the same foods, so it’s as easy or as complicated as you make it.
This is not a “fad” diet – you could eat this way forever and be perfectly healthy. Eating whole, natural foods most of the time is what you should be aiming for anyway, but the key to this diet is the rotation of the foods throughout the three phases within the week.
The recommendation is to follow the diet for a minimum of 4 weeks and the author claims you can “lose up to 20 pounds in 28 days.”
Like most diets that work, you are allowed no dairy, nothing white (no white bread or pasta), no alcohol, and no caffeine. I will admit that I cheated and still had coffee in the morning, but only after my lemon water, no one’s perfect…
You must eat only certain fruits/veggies/meats depending upon which phase you’re in, either 1, 2 or 3. One thing that helped me was to download the user friendly Fast Metabolism app – it cost $1.99 and it helped me a lot with the shopping.
You can also enter all the foods you eat as you go along to make sure you don’t miss a component, and the app reminds you to drink water, which I liked!
If my pics are not that appealing, I apologize. I wasn’t even planning on posting these pics, I had taken the pictures to text to a friend to show her what I was eating on the diet!
I’m showing you the simple version; the following is a brief overview of each of the three phases and what I ate.
Phase 1 – Mon/Tues – Lots of Carbs and Fruits “Unwind”
In Phase 1, which is best started on a Monday, you eat high sugar fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe and pineapple. Carbs are also specific, and I typically ate brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato, sprouted grain toast, and brown rice pasta. There are a lot more choices, but this is what I chose to keep it simple.
Lean proteins for me consisted of egg whites (you can’t have the yolk in Phase 1), chicken, white fish, turkey, and lean beef filet. Vegetables are endless, you can eat as much as you want, whenever you want. You’re not going to gain weight eating an extra serving of asparagus!
A typical day in Phase 1 for me looked like this:
- Breakfast – Brown rice hot cereal with a big bowl of mixed fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe or kiwi).
- Snack – Fruit (usually more of the same from breakfast)
- Lunch – Grilled chicken salad with all the veggies I had on hand, tomato, red pepper, carrots, with a little Spike seasoning and Balsamic dressing only (you can’t have fats in Phase 1 such as olive oil – you get used to it, trust me), and a small side of brown rice or quinoa (about 3/4 cup)
- Snack – Fruit (again, usually more of the same or just watermelon or just cantaloupe – whatever you like as long as it’s a high sugar fruit)
- Dinner – Grilled filet mignon, sweet potato and either a big salad or steamed asparagus or broccoli (sometimes I would eat chicken again, or fish….)
Phase 1 is the “Unwind” phase, where you unwind stress and calm the adrenals, flooding your body with all the good stuff you love and crave – fruit and brown rice pasta, rice and crackers, toast, and lean proteins. These high carb, moderate-protein, low fat foods nourish the adrenals and soothe stress.
Phase 1 Exercise – Recommended to do one day of vigorous cardio like running, elliptical or aerobics class. I play beach volleyball so I stuck with that for Phase 1 exercise.
Phase 2 – Wed/Thur – Lots of Proteins and Veggies “Unlock”
Phase 2 is the tough phase for most because you can’t eat fruit or carbs! This is the phase where you start to see the weight fall off! In Phase 2 there are no carbs, just lean protein and veggies, and NO FRUIT at all aside from lemon or lime in your water.
I ate a lot of egg whites, chicken, sliced turkey (cut thick like at Thanksgiving), beef jerky, and a TON of vegetables. It’s only two days, so it’s not like it’s the end of the world, that’s the great thing about this diet, nothing last longer than a couple of days so you don’t feel deprived!
A typical day in Phase 2 for me looked like this:
- Breakfast – Egg white omelet with red pepper, onion and asparagus (no toast in this phase)
- Snack – Beef jerky with celery sticks
- Lunch – Big serving of sliced turkey, and an even bigger serving of steamed broccoli or asparagus, side of mustard
- Snack – 2 boiled egg whites (you have to remove the yolk, can’t have that until Phase 3, and more celery (I know, boring, but it was easy and celery is a diuretic)
- Dinner – Steamed white fish with red pepper topping, and an all you can eat salad with all the veggies you want
Phase 2 is the “Unlock” phase, where you unlock fat stores. Mixing only lean proteins and veggies forces your body to lay down muscle and scavenge for fats, and since your adrenals are primed from phase 1, your body is primed to release fat cells.
Phase 2 Exercise – Recommended to do at least one day of strength training (weight lifting). Focus on lifting heavy weights with low reps. You won’t have a lot of carbs during this phase so you won’t have the energy for cardio.
I tried playing volleyball once during phase 2 and thought I was going to die, I was dizzy and had to stop. 30 minutes of lifting to build muscle during this phase is much more appropriate, which I learned the hard way.
Phase 3 – Fri/Sat/Sun – All of the Above, Plus Healthy Fats and Oils “Unleash”
Phase 3 is glorious! After coming off of phase 2, only eating lean proteins and veggies, you can incorporate healthy fats and eat carbs and fruit again and it tastes soooo good!
This means you can use olive oil on your salad or drizzle it on your steamed veggies, you can eat avocado, hummus, the whole egg, and nuts! The fruits are to be low-glycemic fruits such as blueberries, strawberries or raspberries (you can’t have those high sugar Phase 1 fruits).
Phase 3 can seem a bit complicated, because you need a carb, protein, fat, veggie and a fruit, and sometimes that takes some careful planning.
Phase 3 offers far more variety, so that’s why it’s best you start this diet on a Monday, so that you can enjoy Phase 3 over the weekend!
A typical day in Phase 3 for me looked like this:
- Breakfast – Slice of sprouted grain toast with almond butter and crushed blueberries on top, 2 egg white and 1 whole egg omelet with veggies (the almond butter is the healthy fat in this meal and the egg is the protein).
- Snack – hummus and carrots, or half of an avocado with balsamic dressing
- Lunch – Tuna salad wrap made with safflower mayonnaise, with celery, carrots, cilantro on sprouted wheat toast, side of strawberries
- Snack – 12 almonds
- Dinner – Salmon, with a sweet potato and a nice big salad with both balsamic and olive oil – yum!
Phase 3 is the “Unleash” phase, where the full power of a stoked metabolism is the focus between hormones, heart and heat. These three are responsible for cranking up the metabolism and metabolic heat in the body and really boosting the burn. I always lost the most weight in phase 3!
Phase 3 Exercise – Recommended to do at least one day of stress-reducing activity like yoga, deep breathing, or enjoying a massage! My first week I certainly did enjoy a massage – I opted for a deep tissue massage to help me purge all those toxins from my body that I knew were surfacing. I also did yoga during the other weeks when I was in this phase.
How the Fast Metabolism Diet Helped My Skin
My skin had five weeks to detox naturally and to absorb all those vitamins and minerals that work to repair and rejuvenate the skin.
Eating a diet rich in fruits and veggies not only helped with my complexion, but my nails grew, my hair grew, and even my freckles lightened up.
I also committed to a skin lightening routine using Illuminatural 6i which boosted my results and you can read more about that here.
Even after the five weeks was up, I was so used to eating clean, that I continued to make better food choices leading up to my wedding day which kept the weight off easily and my skin looking flawless.
Resetting your metabolism is truly something to experience, more specifically, when you do have a cheat meal after this diet, your body burns it off more quickly.
So when it came time for the honeymoon, I did derail a bit, but you only live once and honeymoons are meant for splurging! However, my body didn’t hang on to it because I had reset my metabolism and got my inner fires burning!
Lemon Water for Weight Loss and Clear Skin
For one your eyes will be puffy, because when you’re dehydrated your body will try to hang on to whatever it can and retain water in places you don’t want it to, like underneath your eyes and your belly.
You need water to flush toxins from your organs and to hydrate your cells, or your skin will look dull, drab and dry, and bottom line you will feel like crap.
Drinking lemon water wasn’t a specific component of the Fast Metabolism Diet, but I incorporated it into my routine knowing it would give my weight loss a boost and help my skin in the process.
Click here to read “Wedding Day Skin – The Benefits of Lemon Water”
Topically treating your skin is only part of the equation to obtaining flawless skin. What you eat directly affects your skin, not to mention how you feel.
You must nourish your skin from the inside out to provide essential vitamins and minerals for a clear and bright complexion.
To detoxify your body and your skin, which is the largest organ of your body, you need to eat clean. You need to eat lots of fresh fruit, veggies (organic if possible), lean proteins, and whole grains such as brown rice or quinoa and you need to drink water – lots of water!
Incorporating a good amount of lemon water will also not only help you lose weight, but its antiseptic properties will help to clear your skin from the inside out.
I had great results from the Fast Metabolism Diet and lost 12 pounds in 5 weeks preparing for my wedding day. In the process I picked up healthy eating habits that have stuck with me. My metabolism got so fired up that even now when I have a cheat meal, my body burns it off more quickly.
Eating clean, and eating so many fresh fruits and vegetables, along with the lemon water, helped to clear my skin of blemishes and gave me a much brighter and more evened skin tone.
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User Questions and Answers
User Questions and Answers
Q: I am just starting this diet, I see only positive reviews in line .. But my experience has been horrible .. The amount of food the app has you eat ( for example if I choose egg whites it says 4 1/2 !) I started out eating what they said and a 107 oz of water ( per the app again) and I felt like I would puke! Too much food too much fluid . Day two I cut to a third, what was recommended and by noon I was crying because ibfelt so sick and bloated and generally not good . So full from all the food I have to keep eating every 2-3 hours.. Not to mention a splitting head ache ? What am I missing ? Why am I the only person who feels this way. Any advice.. Tomorrow is day three .. I am petrified ! This diet was recommended by my MD . My fiancé and I are trying to do this together ... I find it complicated to keep switching what you eat all The time . I finally broke down and had half a cup of real coffee with unsweetened rice milk and two excedrin and had a huge salad for dinner with beef and pineapples .. And balsamic dressing .. And quinoa. .. Stayed on plan but gosh ! I felt better after the coffee. But I know that is a no no. My experience is so different from every one elses. Hopin for some insight . Of course my fiancé lost 4 lbs on first day .. I am petrified to weigh cause of how bloated I feel !! -Kimberley
9 out of 9 people found this question helpful.
Q: I am at the end of my second week on the FMD, and really love how I feel! The first week I lost 4.5 lbs, On the first Sat. I ended up out to dinner with a group, at a restaurant that had nothing on the menu to that I could eat, I sparingly, so on this second week I have somewhat stalled. I understood the stall the two days after being slightly off the diet- but a whole week? Any suggestions or insight? -jeanne
4 out of 4 people found this question helpful.
Q: Is soy bean allowed in any phase? -Tere
Rule #4: No Soy
Sorry, soy lovers. It\'s true that non-GMO tofu, edamame, and tempeh can be healthy foods, especially if you don\'t eat animal protein, but not when you\'re trying to heal your metabolism. Soy is estrogenic in nature, meaning is contains plant estrogens that are close to the estrogens your own body manufactures, and I know no other substance more perfectly suited to increase belly fat. Plus, most soy is genetically modified (GMO), which makes it harder for your body to break down.
3 out of 3 people found this question helpful.
Q: This is a second week I am on diet and didn't lose a pound. I follow meal plans strictly, but I don't drink so much water - perhaps half I should and have maybe two fruits more than in the diet on the "fruit-days". I'm not sure how others are loosing weight on this diet. Before this diet I already eat healthy, even more healthy than this diet. The only exception to my regular diet is elimination of dairy products (only fermented - yogurts, kefirs, buttermilk) and I eat very minimal amounts of rye breads an much more fruits. Besides, this is practically how I normally eat. I wanted to loose about 8 lbs. I am very disappointed and I think this diet is not working. Thank you. -Eva
2 out of 2 people found this question helpful.
Q: how long have you been able to keep the weight off? -Reach
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