The do's and don'ts of sticking with your diet

Sep 9, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. ET

Many of us want to lose a few pounds of weight but struggle when it comes to sticking to a diet plan. With so many different diet plans out there, it is also difficult to choose one. The Fast Metabolism Diet by nutritionist Haylie Pomroy outlines a specific list of do's and don'ts to help make sticking to the diet easier.

Woman cooking a healthy meal

The Fast Metabolism Diet is a 28-day diet plan that details fast metabolism living. It's broken down into three different phases that all focus on a specific purpose. While the diet itself is relatively restrictive, there are some tips and tricks to help you stick with your diet for the duration of the program.

The do's

Eat within 30 minutes of waking

Many people make the mistake of skipping breakfast in the morning, which can have disastrous consequences on your metabolism. Eating within 30 minutes of waking provides your body with the energy needed to function efficiently.

Eat every three to four hours

This rule, too, has an important purpose, but it also helps you stay satiated and never hungry. You customize your meal times to your specific schedule, which makes it that much easier to get in your meals and stick with the plan. You're only off the hook when you're sleeping.

Eat organic whenever possible

We want to provide our body with the best possible fuel available, and in most cases that means organic foods. Eating organic helps to minimize the amount of pesticides, additives and preservatives you put into your body.

Drink water

You should drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day. So, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces of water.

Eat five times a day

The motto of the book is "eat more food and lose more weight," and this shows with eating five times a day. You must eat three meals and two snacks every single day to be compliant on the plan. Eating frequently helps you curb your hunger, which in turn makes it easier to stick to a diet plan. Eating five times a day also serves the purpose of helping to repair your metabolism.

The don'ts

No dairy

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the health factor of dairy, and for the Fast Metabolism Diet, dairy is a no-no. The problem is in the sugar-fat-protein ratio that negatively affects your metabolism.

No soy

While soy has a place in everyday life, it doesn't on the 28-day cycle of the Fast Metabolism Diet. Soy has estrogen-like qualities which can increase belly fat and mimic the effects of human estrogen in the body.

No wheat

According to Pomroy, wheat is very difficult for our bodies to digest due to the changes that have been made to wheat over the years. Wheat can cause inflammation in the body, bloating, gas, water retention and fatigue, so for the duration of the diet, wheat is off limits. There is an exception to the rule, and that is in the form of sprouted wheat.

Check it out:

To get a full list of the do's and don'ts of the Fast Metabolism Diet, be sure to check out the book. While it may seem like this diet would be difficult to stick to, it's important to remember it's not a long-term diet. It only lasts 28 days!

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