Fad diets have pretty much taken over the world these days and the latest one seems to be the 'Fast Metabolism Diet'. In a nutshell, this diet essentially puts you through three multi-day phases each week for 28 days. It claims to help boost your metabolism through macronutrient cycling—rotating periods of high-protein, high-carb, and high-fat eating within each week. The diet also has quite a few restrictions including corn, dairy, soy, refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol, dried fruit, fruit juice, wheat (except sprouted or natural yeast wheat), and nitrates (found in processed meats) for all 28 days.
You're also supposed to eat five times a day, within 30 minutes of waking and your meals need to be timed every three to four hours. Plus, you're required to drink almost half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. Here's a look at what each week looks like.
Phase 1 (days 1 & 2): high-carb, moderate protein, no fat
During day 1 and day 2 you're supposed to eat a high carb diet like beans and whole grains and also high-sugar containing fruits like bananas and pineapples. You'll also be required to eat a moderate amount of proteins but you can't eat any fats.
Phase 2 (days 3-4): low-carb, high-protein, low-fat
This phase requires you to add a lot of proteins to your diet like eating lots of green vegetables. The vegetables can help balance out the meat consumption during this phase and can also improve the body's ability to burn stored fats.
Phase 3 (days 5-7): moderate-carb, moderate-protein, high-fat
The third phase requires you to eat healthy fats while also encouraging moderate consumption of carbs and lean proteins. The fat consumption is supposed to kick your metabolism into high gear.
Despite what this diet offers, research has shown that people who opt for a more balanced lifestyle like regular exercise and moderate dieting are more capable of keeping their weight off. Stay tuned for more updates.