The Fast Metabolism Diet is based on a book by Haylie Pomroy, which first hit the shelves in 2013. Though it didn’t stand out from among the hundreds of other books for many years, it suddenly found in the spotlight when Angela Basset gave it her praise. Basset give the diet the credit for her ongoing fitness at age 60.

Pomroy has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Colorado State University. That said, she is not a registered dietitian or a practicing nutritionist. Still, The Fast Metabolism Diet has built some positive reviews over the years.

What is The Fast Metabolism Diet?

The Fast Metabolism Diet isn’t a long-term plan. Instead, it is a 28-day strategy that involves three different phases. The claim is that by using these phases each week, a dieter will speed up his or her metabolism. The idea is to rotate among high-carb, high-protein and high-fat meals each week.

The Fast Metabolism places a restriction on wheat (except natural yeast or sprouted wheat), corn, soy, dairy, caffeine, refined sugar, dried fruit, alcohol and fruit juice. It also restricts nitrates, which are found in processed and cured meats.

How to Follow the Fast Metabolism Diet

Aside from the food restrictions, Fast Metabolism Diet followers must eat within a half hour of waking, and again every three to four hours throughout the day. This should work out to five meals per day. Dieters are also required to drink lots of water. To find out how much they need to drink, dieters must divide their weight in pounds in half, then drink that many ounces of water each day. Therefore, a 140 pound woman would be required to drink 70 ounces of water.

To follow the Fast Metabolism Diet, there are also optional supplements available. They are recommended for “maximum metabolism impact” over the 28 day length of the diet. Aside from that, dieters must also follow the phases of the diet. These phases dictate the way in which macronutrients are balanced in every meal throughout the day. Portion sizes depend on the starting weight of the individual and how many pounds he or she must lose.

The Fast Metabolism Diet Phases

• Phase 1 – Days 1 and 2 of each week – No fat, high carbohydrates, moderate protein.
• Phase 2 – Days 3 and 4 of each week – Low fat, high protein, low carbohydrate.
• Phase 3 – Days 5, 6 and 7 of each week – High Fat, moderate carbohydrates, moderate protein.