Ultra-Metabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss
Ultra-Metabolism The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss Author:Mark Hyman For many, losing weight is a never-ending struggle -- especially since our bodies are designed to keep weight on at all costs; it's a matter of survival. But a medical revolution is under way, showing us how to work with our bodies instead of against them to ignite the natural fat-burning furnaces that lie dormant within us. Drawing on the c... more »utting-edge science of nutrigenomics -- how food talks to our genes -- Dr. Mark Hyman has created a way of losing weight by eating the right foods, which in turn sends the right messages to our bodies.
In this easy-to-follow eight-week plan based on each individual's unique genetic needs, Dr. Hyman explains how to customize your personal weight-loss program with menus, recipes, shopping lists, and recommendations for supplements and exercise. Ultimately, you will rebalance and stabilize your metabolism -- an UltraMetabolism -- to maintain weight loss and enjoy lifelong health.« less
Unlike many fad diet books, the advice in this book is backed by at least some scientific evidence. The author cites actual studies, and makes a persuasive logical case for the idea, though some of what he talks about leans towards the "woo" end of the spectrum.
This really isn't a "diet" book at all, it is more advice for a permanent change in general eating habits. There are some recipes in the book that look really, really good (I will start trying them soon). If I were to point to one central idea, it is that processed, pre-packaged foods are full of hidden "bad" fats and "empty" calories, and should be avoided at all costs. But, the book is much more than that as well.
If I have a criticism, it is that the author talks about counseling patients about how to make more time in their daily lives to do the cooking they need to do at home. It would have been helpful if he had elaborated on that for those of us who usually have no time to cook.