The word "diet" often conjures up the idea of a bare-bones meal plan that deprives us of life's most delicious (albeit unhealthy) indulgences, only to be revealed as yet another lose-weight-quick scheme that leaves us in worse shape than when we started. For those intrigued by the clean eating movement and the concept of fueling your body with nutritious foods without feeling starved at the end of the day, it's worth trying these fast metabolism diet recipes that'll keep you fuller longer.
But what is the fast metabolism diet, anyway? Developed by author and nutritionist Haylie Pomroy, the revolutionary eating program eschews the obsession over calorie counting and is instead designed to "induce precise physiological changes" in order to hack your metabolism into working at its most optimal level. The 28-day diet is comprised of three phases repeated over a course of four weeks:
- Phase 1 (Monday and Tuesday): Focus on eating carbohydrates and fruits.
- Phase 2 (Wednesday and Thursday): Focus on eating proteins and vegetables.
- Phase 3 (Friday to Sunday): All of the above, plus the addition of healthy fats and oils.
As Pomroy states on her website, every phase uses whole and healthy foods in order to "calm your adrenal glands, reduce stress on your liver, and feed your thyroid so it can produce the hormones T3 and T4, the superstars of a fast metabolism." The results-based diet also helps to decrease the activity of cortisol, the "belly-fat hormone," and boosts the metabolism by "keeping [it] guessing."
Forget counting calories: These fast metabolism diet recipes will appease your taste buds while helping you lose weight.
The Recipe: Hearty Jambalaya
The Hero Ingredient: When spiced up with cayenne pepper, nitrate-free chicken or turkey sausage are the stars of this hearty and saucy dish. Pomroy writes that this healthy jambalaya is "the perfect balance of protein, grain, and veggies, making it an ideal one-dish meal for Phase 1."
Pro Tip: Make this meal vegetarian by swapping the meat with tempeh sausage and veggie broth.
Eggplant Lasagna Rolls
The Recipe: Eggplant Lasagna Rolls
The Hero Ingredient: Cashew cheese. Phase 3 of the fast metabolism diet is all about hitting each of the food bases and mixing in good fats and oils, and that's where this creamy ricotta substitute (which is high in healthy unsaturated fats) comes in.
Pro Tip: Prep the cashews by soaking them in cold water eight to 24 hours before dinner.
Mixed Berry Cobbler
The Recipe: Mixed Berry Cobbler
The Hero Ingredient: The mixed berries, which are rich in antioxidants that protect our bodies from cancer-causing free radicals. They also hit the spot if you're eating them during Phase 3 of the fast metabolism diet.
Pro Tip: Enjoy this refined sugar–free dessert on Phase 1 days by omitting the coconut oil and almond butter and swapping out the nut milk with rice milk.
Have you tried any fast metabolism diet recipes? Share your favorites in the comments.