The Metabolism Miracle (Continued)
Check Your Labwork:
Metabolism B is in the labwork (fasting labs only):
Glucose under 65 or over 89mg/dL…is Met B
Cholesterol over 200…can be Met B
LDL cholesterol over 99…can be Met B
HDL cholesterol under 50…can be Met B
Triglycerides over 99…is Met B
Hemoglobin A1C….under 5.4 or over 5.7...is Met B
Fasting Insulin…over 3.0...is Met B
Okay, I can see that I have Metabolism B. What does the Metabolism Miracle entail? Do I have to become a chef, get freeze-dried food delivered to my home? Take more pills? Should I forget about eating out? The very good news is that the 3-step program is very easy to follow, does not require special food, allows eating out, and gives the okay to coffee, dark chocolate, and a glass of wine.
Step 1: Everyone begins with eight weeks of a "rest and rehab" for the pancreas and liver during which there are 2 main groups of foods: foods you can eat liberally and foods you need to temporarily avoid. You can have liberal amounts of lean protein, heart healthy fats, and most vegetables. There are even low carb drinks, breads, wraps, yogurts, crackers, and desserts that match this first Step.
Step 1 is a weight loss step. During these initial 8 weeks, your energy, lab values, and weight all improve!
Step 2: After 8 weeks, with the pancreas and liver rested and rejuvenated, you will add to your Step 1 foods. Carbohydrate foods will be reintroduced with a focus on the correct amount, type, and timing of carbs. This gradual and gentle reintroduction allows continued weight loss at the same speed of weight loss as Step 1. You remain in the second step until you reach your desired weight.
Step 2 is also a weight loss step. During these weeks you will reach your desired weight and continue to enjoy energy, well-being, and improved labwork.
Step 3: Is your lifestyle plan. It will show you your personal carbohydrate target range to enable you to maintain your weight permanently. You will "live" in Step 3. It is correct way to maintain your weight. It is a balanced diet with approximately 33% carb, 33% lean protein, and 33% healthy fat.
The bottom line? Determine the "type" of metabolism you were born with and choose the right style of weight reduction accordingly. If you have Metabolism A, a calorie-based program alone is likely to work. If you have Metabolism B, you can use the program that rests the overworked pancreas and liver, and reprograms these organs to work normally. Now everyone has a chance to lose weight and keep it off—and that is truly a miracle.
While this method of weight loss may work for some, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team to find out what will work best for you.
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