60% of American women who struggle with weight and weight related issues have been fed incorrect and potentially harmful dietary advice regarding weight loss, lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose, obesity, controlling metabolic syndrome, controlling and preventing type 2 diabetes, decreasing the risk of PCOS, preventing certain cancers, and postponing or preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
The first 3 parts of this 4-part series on the 60% explained the dramatic differences in the ability to lose weight and get healthy between people with Metabolism A and those with Metabolism B.
These terms (Met A and Met B) are used to differentiate between women who are born with the genetic predisposition to insulin imbalance/insulin resistance and those who will not develop this hormonal imbalance.
The 40% with Metabolism A
40% of US women will produce blood glucose from the carbohydrate foods they eat AND from their liver’s natural release of glycogen. Women with Met A; the pancreas releases the correct amount of insulin to match a rise in blood glucose. These women, those with normal metabolism of carbs and liver glycogen, have Metabolism A. If a woman with Met A is overweight and/or has high cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and blood pressure; it is most likely due to overeating calories and saturated fat and without regular exercise.
If Met A women make an effort to lose weight and lower their cholesterol and blood pressure, 40% of the population CAN succeed with any low calorie, low fat diet program.
The 60% with Metabolism B
60% of women do not have normal carbohydrate metabolism. The majority of women who eventually become overweight and over fat were born with the genetic predisposition to develop Metabolism B.
Due to an accumulation of life stressors such as high carb intake, hormonal changes, inadequate physical activity, emotional or physical stress, pain, illness, or even certain medications; they eventually begin to over release insulin.
Insulin is a fat gain hormone. Due to the combination of Met B genes plus life stressors, they begin to “over” process blood glucose into excess fat on their body and in their blood (cholesterol and triglycerides and fatty liver).
For those with Metabolism B, the traditional low calorie, low fat diet program (like Weight Watchers™, Jenny Craig™, Nutrisystem™, Medifast™, and even individualized RD planned low calorie, low fat diets) will eventually stop working and then fail to promote long- term weight loss or weight related health benefits.
In fact, those with uncontrolled Met B can actually gain fat on a low calorie, low fat diet regimen. Interestingly, if a person with Met B resorts to weight loss surgery (gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or gastric banding), there is a good chance they will eventually regain most or all of their lost weight beginning about 2 years after the surgery.
Women in any stage of uncontrolled Metabolism B must follow the diet and lifestyle designed for those with insulin imbalance.
Becoming a Detective
As a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, I specialize in medical nutrition therapy for weight reduction, metabolic syndrome, and obesity, PCOS, pre diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
For the first half of my 35-year career, I was employed as an RD and CDE in hospitals, medical centers, and diabetes centers, I taught my patients the traditional diets approved by the medical associations.
I have always approached my career in a very unique way. I didn’t want to simply teach a prescribed diet and move on to the next patient without knowing the long term results of the program and my patients’ effort.
Over those early years, I spent extra time collecting and reviewing my patients’ ongoing lab work, comparing changes in weight and body measurements, and noting any additions in types and/or doses of medications prescribed for weight related medical conditions.
It became obvious that the outcomes of the low calorie, low fat diet with exercise were not making a statistical difference with weight loss, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, Vitamin D, or blood glucose.
In other words, the traditional diet for weight reduction, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose was really not working… Instead of losing weight and getting healthier, more than half of our patients lost only 8-10 pounds and then regained this weight, their medications were not decreased or eliminated, and they had only minor changes in body measurements (often increasing inches around the middle).
I promise that many RD’s I worked with over 35 years did not believe their patients were following their program. But I was certain that I followed the low calorie, low fat diet…
When I began to gain weight around the middle, developed an elevation in cholesterol, blood pressure, and even blood glucose while following the perfect rendition of the low calorie, low fat diet with exercise…I was SURE there was a problem with the diet
I wasn’t going to fool myself! I could no longer teach a diet protocol that I knew didn’t work for over half the patients who worked with me. I decided to leave the hospital setting and open my own private practice as I was determined to dismantle the traditional diet and rebuild a program that matched the majority of people with Metabolism B.
I asked internists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, and gastroenterologists to consider sending their patients to me; that I was working on a very different type of diet constructed with Metabolism B in mind. They answered by giving their patients a choice…hospital diet instruction or this “new” diet plan built to match insulin imbalance.
Over a period of time, I refined the new program until it became very effective….a diet that truly matched the Met B metabolism was finally complete. Patients’ weight, weight related lab work, and amount and types of medications all showed great improvement.
After years of research, development, refinement….there was finally a solution!
The Solution to Get HEALTH, Lose Weight, Look and Feel Great for women with Met B Metabolism:
The new lifestyle program must work to rest the over-reacting pancreas and liver. If I could get the pancreas to stop over-releasing the fat gain hormone, insulin. The pancreas and liver would take a break. During that break, a dieter would burn excess fat stores instead of bulking them up.
There are 3 macro (large) nutrients: carbohydrate, protein, and fat. The only nutrient that turns 100% into blood glucose and triggers an over-release of insulin is carbohydrate.
I knew that I would have to decrease carbohydrate intake as the typical American diet is about 65-70% carbohydrate. Even the traditional diet for diabetes was 55-60% carbohydrate!!!
All available low carbohydrate diets are unnecessarily VERY low in carbohydrate content. Keeping your total carb grams to under 25 grams/day makes it impossible to have good nutrition. A very low carbohydrate regimen also makes the program impossible to follow in the long-term.
I found that the pancreas does not over- release insulin after eating most vegetables. Most veggies are high in water content and fiber. (Corn, peas, beets, potatoes, and legumes are more like starch than veggies and do impact blood glucose) So, I realized that on the new program, most vegetables could be liberally consumed without counting their carbohydrate grams.
Only about 50% of protein converts into blood glucose…but the conversion time is slow and steady. Protein does not really kick the pancreas for quick insulin release. Good news! Lean, heart healthy protein could also be liberal and neutral on the new program.
Only about 10% of fat converts to blood glucose. So, healthy fats like olives, olive oil, other vegetable oils, avocado, nuts, and seeds would also be neutral,
Step 1 of the lifestyle program for Metabolism B:</strong
Duration: Eight weeks or more
The Challenge; A lower carbohydrate period (not a typical low carb diet) designed to rest the overworking pancreas and liver while decreasing fat in the blood (cholesterol and triglycerides, liver fat stores) as well as fat on the body (belly fat, muffin top, back fat)
The Results; Lose a specific amount of fat and inches at the end of each 8-week period of time. Within 8 weeks, you will experience marked improvement in weight, body fat, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, insulin resistance, Vitamin D, and blood glucose. Energy level soars, focus and concentration improves, and your mood is stable.
Cravings for carbohydrates are gone, over-eating is a thing of the past, and for the first time in a long time, you feel in control of your weight, health, and life. I also found that a maximum of 5 grams net carb from blatant carb (like real popcorn, Greek yogurt, whole grain crackers, fruit, etc) can be placed at every meal and bedtime without causing significant insulin release. And, if you are willing to exercise for 40 or minutes at a time (a walk, bike ride, swim, yoga, Tai Chi, run), you can also have a piece of fresh fruit right before the workout!
Time: After spending at least eight weeks in Step 1, feel free to move to 8 weeks or more in Step 2. You can remain in Step 2 until you reach your desired weight.
The Duration: 8 weeks or longer, if desired
The Challenge:Re-introduce carbohydrate foods of the right type, in the right amount, at the right time to promote continued fat burning and weight loss while gently restarting the pancreas and liver.
The Results:Steady and predictable fat and inch loss, continued improvement in lab work and decreases in weight- related medications, high energy, no cravings, and normal appetite.
The next obstacle was how to transition a person from being on a reduced carbohydrate Step (Step 1) to eating a controlled amount of carbohydrate (Step 2) without over-stimulating the rested pancreas and liver and causing weight regain.
All other low carb diets fail as soon as the dieter attempts to add carbohydrate back into their intake.
Step 2 is the hallmark of diet for Met Step 2 is the “Missing Link” not built into low carb programs. If carbohydrate is not reintroduced correctly, the pancreas and liver will once again over-react with excess insulin and glycogen release.
It turns out that Step 2 needed 3 separate components: Carbohydrate foods had to be of the right type, in the right amount, at the right time.
Type of carbohydrate:: The first carbohydrate reintroduced needed to be low glycemic index. I chose carbohydrates that had a maximum of about 50 on the GI scale with lots of fiber. So, it’s not that carbohydrate foods can be reintroduced into the diet haphazardly after Step 1; you have to insert the right type of carbs. There must be a gentle reintroduction of carbohydrate foods.
Amount of carbohydrate: This part of the program took the longest time to calculate. When the dust settled, I found that 11-20 grams net carb was the appropriate amount of carbohydrate for breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedtime, middle of the night (if awake) and between any meals that exceed 5 hours. The fiber needed to be a minimum of 2 grams per serving. The sugar needed to be 5 grams or less per serving.
The timing of eating carbohydrates is also important. Have the right amount of carb within one hour of wake up, at all meals, bedtime, and between meals that are five hours or more apart.
I made a list of all the foods that fit this bill. So, pick one of the carbs on the list in the right amount and place them accordingly:
Sample Day on Step 2
Wake up: 7:00AM
Breakfast: 8:00AM with 11-20 grams net carb and neutrals
Lunch: 12:30-1:00PM with 11-20 grams net carb and neutrals
Snack: neutral foods like cheese stick or almonds
Dinner: 5:30PM with 11-20 grams net carb and neutrals
Night snack: 10:00PM with 11-20 grams net carb and neutrals
Bedtime: 10:45PM Sleep through the night or, if you are awake: 11-20 grams net carb snack
If you are hungry at any time, neutral food choices are fine!
This is your “lifetime” Step for weight and health maintenance. Metabolism B is never “cured” as it is part of your genetic makeup. You are eating and exercising in a way that causes your body to react normally to blood glucose and glycogen release.
The Duration:: Lifetime Lifestyle
The Challenge: Increasing choices of carbohydrate in an amount that maintains your desired weight while maintaining normal lab values, weight, and body measurements. Continue a lifetime of energy, focus/concentration, stable moods, normal appetite, and control of weight and health
Results:; A lifetime of desired weight, normal lab values on as little medication as possible. When a person has reached his desired weight, everyone has a different amount of recommended carbohydrate grams/day, spread out to avoid gaps of over 5 hours without eating. The amount of carb grams per day is based on gender, height, desired weight, and activity. If you take a vacation, celebrate the holidays, attend a special event that causes you to go “off program” you can always return to Step 1 for two weeks followed by Step 2 for two weeks and then return to Step 3!
The Book:The Metabolism Miracle lifestyle program was first released in hardcover 2009. In less than 3 months it became a NY Times Bestseller and topped the health and wellness charts in all markets. It has remained a bestseller since that time.
In 2010, the paperback version of “The Metabolism Miracle” was released.
In 2011, “The Metabolism Miracle” for direct mail was published by Rodale Books. The book is available around the world and is licensed in 7 languages. The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook was released in 2010. A unique feature of the MM Cookbook is that its first 100 pages are a condensed and simplified summary of the Metabolism Miracle. The 175 recipes in The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook matches The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle
In 2011, “The Diabetes Miracle” was released in hardcover
In 2012, “The Diabetes Miracle” paperback was released. The Diabetes Miracle contains the entire diet and lifestyle program that is the core of The Metabolism Miracle.
In 2016, “The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition was released
In 2016, “The Metabolism Miracle, Holiday Cookbook was released
When “The Metabolism Series” was published over a 6-year period, hundreds of thousands of women began “living the Miracle.
In April, 2010, a subscription support website called Miracle-Ville.com (http://www.miracle-ville.com/) was launched to provide tips, recipes, tweaks, and support.. The Miracle series author, Diane Kress is regularly in Miracle-Ville.com to personally answer questions and concerns. Through the years I’ve always kept my finger on the pulse of my readers paying close attention to new food offerings, questions, comments, and queries regarding the programs. All information on http://www.Miracle-Ville.com is checked for accuracy and updated as needed. Miracle-ville’s administrator is Dee Grahl.
Want to read more about the books and Diane Kress?
Metabolism Miracle Book website http://www.themetabolismmiracle.com
Diane Kress’ blog: http://www.dianekress.wordpress.com
http://www.Miracle-Ville.com is the official online support site for followers of The Metabolism Miracle and Diabetes Miracle
Follow Diane Kress online: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Google +, and Pinterest.. Facebook has groups for: Metabolism Miracle, Metabolism Miracle New Group, Metabolism Miracle Network, Metabolism Miracle PCOS, and Diabetes Miracle.
Awards and Recognition:
-Diane Kress is the Diabetes Expert for Answers.com.
-She was named to the “Top Ten Dietitians Making a Difference” in 2013 by Today’s Dietitian Magazine.
-She was named as a Top Ten Diabetes Maker by ShareCare magazine for 2013.
-She is Diabetes Expert for Lifescan’s DTime video series. Experian Marketing named Diane —-
-Kress’ websites are the top researched sites on diabetes for 2012 and 2013.
-She is a New York Times Bestselling author
-She is a person with type 2 diabetes
-She is an advocate for getting the message of the existence and treatment of Met B to the people.
It’s been a pleasure writing this 4-part series to make you aware of the reason you have not been able to lose weight and keep it off. That roll around your middle, back fat, muffin top, and love handles are most likely due to insulin imbalance. Despite what you’ve been told, a low calorie, low fat diet is not going to work for you.
Please remember that it’s not your fault that you seem to be gaining weight no matter what you do, are getting sicker and taking more and more medication for blood pressure, cholesterol, Vitamin D, triglycerides, blood sugar. Chances are that you have uncontrolled Metabolism B and it can be corrected with The Metabolism Miracle.
If you are considering weight loss surgery, please give the program a chance.
You may decide to have the surgery, but if weight regain occurs down the road, you will know what to do to stop the gain as soon as it starts.
Here are links to the 4 parts to this series
PART 4: https://dianekress.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/part-4-are-you-in-the-60-the-conclusion-is-the-solution-weight-loss-improved-health-and-empowerment/
Love Diane Kress’ work? Here are links to her books and support site!
(AUTHOR’s FAVORITE…program plus recipes!) The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook: http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Cookbook-Delicious/dp/0738214256/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0DC5FY8CN1D1YH85YNM
The Interactive Support Group for Followers of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle: http://www.Miracle-Ville.com
Feel free to send the links to your friends and family. I guarantee that this program will be a life changer in so many ways. This program actually makes you healthier, need fewer MD appointments, fewer lab tests, fewer medical procedures, and fewer medications. No agency or company stands to benefit from you learning and living The Metabolism Miracle.
I wish you the best of health and happiness in your life and I hope you “catch this Miracle” …. xo Diane Kress