Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss

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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 cutting-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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Why are you eating that? It won't do anything for you, but make u fat
    Wonderful book, Mark explains how food interacts with your genes and how it affects weight gain/loss. This is vital information for most people to be able to change their negative eating habbits. I am a vegetarian, and Mark has pretty much convinced me to become a vegan, by giving up cheese. I've already lost 5 lbs. from being completely aware of what I'm eating and I haven't even started his 3-week program!

    I'd also recommend Dr. Neal Benard's book; Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings. It has allowed me to see why cheese draws me to it....more info
  • Excellent, logical guide for healthy living
    This book has given me the incentive to finally live a healthy life. First off, I will say that I only lost 7 lbs in the first 4 weeks. Am I disappointed? Sure. I want to be skinny and glamorous like the next girl. But the real treasure of this book is not the weight loss.

    As you no doubt have read, the Dr goes over the many reasons for ill-health. But he makes such a compelling case for abstaining from the bad stuff, using simple logic, that you simply cannot go back to eating it. You learn how to use food as medicine- either for good or as poison. In that way, whether you lose 50 lbs or not, your life will be improved. I am sure it has added years to mine.

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  • Well-rounded, reasonable, easy to follow advice
    I'm shocked that anyone would give this book 2 or 3 stars. I've been dieting since the age of 9, and have read more books on the subject of health, weight loss, and fitness than I can count. "Ultrametabolism" offers great advice on how to "reboot" you body if you haven't been eating so well. There's no counting calories, protein, or fat grams, and you don't have to cut out enitre food groups, like carbs. The first two weeks on the plan, you have to refrain from all potentially allergenic foods [peanuts, dairy, wheat, etc.] to give your body a break from anything that may be hard on your body; that you may be allergic to. He also recommends drinking a few cups of his "detox broth", which you make yourself using a variety of fresh organic veggies of your choosing.

    The plan is essentially a whole foods lifestyle. After the first two weeks of detox, you can slowly add things like organic dairy and whole wheat into your diet. There are lots of tasty recipes included, like coconut dal, cashew chicken, and lemon salmon. They're all pretty simple to prepare for anyone who cooks even a little. Not to sound like some crazy informercial, but during the two week detox part, I lost 14 pounds. The author says you can expect to lose 9 to 11 pounds in the detox phase (mostly water weight, likely). I started the plan right after the holidays though, so I'm sure it was a shock to my body to go from egg nog and pecan pie to fresh fruits and veggies, plus I'm very obese [240 lbs], hence the dramatic weight loss. After that, I lost the typical 1 to 2 pounds a week.

    With all the health and diet books I own, this is the one I always recommend when friends and family ask what i suggest to help them eat better without the fad diets. A sample day on Dr. Hyman's plan would be quinoa with peaches for breakfast, lunch would be black bean and avocado tacos on corn tortillas, salmon with spinach, brown rice, and vinegarette for dinner, and snacks are fresh fruit and raw nuts. As you can see, the focus is on unprocessed foods, without refined sugar and saturated fat. Every time I start to veer away from healthy eating and get distracted by holidays, parties, etc., I always go back to this book to help me refocus and remind me of the basics of good eating....more info
  • Awesome book for those looking to regain their health
    The book it clear, easy to understand, and gives solid advice. I feel I can do what Dr. Hyman is asking for the long-term, and I am seeing results. Not only on the scale, but I have blood work done regularly for a thyroid problem, and within a month many positive changes around blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides all took place.

    I was so impressed with this book that I gave a copy to my doctor, who happens to be my friend as well. It was to be either a "holiday gift" or a "loan" if he didn't liike it. The book I bought out here on Amazon was the replacement for my original copy, because, in his words, "this is a super book, and you're not getting it back."

    Most important, I feel good doing what is suggested, and the book makes it clear what to do. Get this book and follow it's advice, and you too may end up joining me getting your friends to get it too....more info
  • kftatelog
    Would highly recommend. It is the only book that I have read on "dieting" that actually makes sense. ...more info
  • great and easy transaction!
    Great and easy transaction--fast shipping and product arrived in great condition. I would definitely recommend this seller!...more info
  • Great Elimination Diet...But Misses the Key to Weight Loss
    Mark Hyman's book is based on the belief that your body is toxic and inflamed because of poor eating. The theory in a nutshell is that you must eliminate white rice, refined grains, most red meats, and caffeinated beverages. It's a popular idea in many of the diet books lately when you reduce refined foods and allergens, your body will benefit. (I doubt this is news to you.) The Ultrametabolism Diet has a lot of excellent information, but the nuts and bolts get a little too complex, for a "simple plan," in my opinion.

    The a big focus is on eating whole grains, fruits and veggies. Again, probably nothing new to you. If you're new to elimination style diets, this book is certainly as good as any of them out there.

    To be honest, I needed more than simply a diet and explanation why I should follow the diet. I'm a diet pro, on and off diets for years now. The problem was never the diet, it was my emotions that would override my best intentions when ever times got though or I just plain got bored. Ok, so I'd lose some weight on the diet, but then what? Mark Hyman lays out six weeks, but what about the new six months or six years? In my case, I needed to look at the emotional side of my eating.

    I've lost 25 pounds and made it through the holidays unscathed for the first time in my life, not because of some 'miracle diet' but because I was committed to myself in a way I had never been in the past. This happened with the help of a couple of wonderful programs helped me take a deep look at myself and my relationship between food and my emotions (The Self-Hypnosis Diet: Use The Power Of Your Mind to Reach Your Perfect Weight and Body Esteem: Weight Loss Through Self-Discovery (includes 2 Audio CDs)). I've never felt so positive in my life! If your having problems staying on diets, look into your emotional motivations and you may finally be able to step off the weight loss roller coaster.

    This book has taken its place in my big library of diet books. I might even refer to it from time to time in the future for information. Overall, a good book, but like any diet, don't expect it to be so simple.
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  • Best Diet Book
    There is a new scientific discovery that genes are not "set" but are interactive based on certain environmental conditions- including diet. Hence, this book reveal, one can activate one's own genes to lose weight or to store fat and gain weight. This book, of course, demonstrates how to make the genes activate such that the body loses weight. ...more info
  • Excellent program for people who struggle with weight
    The reviews for this book swing wildly from hearty approval to caustic disdain. The fact is, no one body is the same as the next, and no one diet will work the same for everyone. This does, however, work for some, myself included, who have struggled with weight gain for years with little success. Also, whatever you might think about the science or information in this book, the fact is that it achieves two major things: 1) the recipes taste good. 2) the diet feels very sustainable over the long haul.

    There are people who can eat whatever they want, hardly exercise and never gain weight. They have fast metabolisms. Then there are those of us for whom the opposite is true. I hit puberty and started gaining 10 lbs a year until I was 20 years old and 200 pounds. I managed to slow the rate to another 50 pounds in the next 13 years. But a huge period of stress in my mid-thirties, both on the job and with my family, quickly added another 30. When I sat down with this book, I weighd 286 pounds. I seemed to be gaining weight indiscriminately and it was obviously time to adopt a new approach.

    I too, have tried some diets. Things work for awhile, and then stop working. There were two diets where I had some measured success: a modified version of Atkins (with many more vegetables and leaner meat) and the 6 Week Body Makeover. The real problem with both of these is that they are entirely unsustainable from a food perspective. The first restricts carbs to below 40 grams per day, which doesn't satiate, and it is quite simply hard to live in the real world and consume no grain products. The second excluded salt, and none of the recipes were very good. What's the point if food doesn't at least taste OK? Moreover, these approaches are DIETS. Which never work in the long haul.

    Ultrametabolism doesn't seem so much like a diet as it does a lifestyle. The fact is, we all have to floss our teeth every day for the rest of our lives. And the fact is, we all have to eat to sustain our bodies every day for the rest of our lives. This book outlines an easy way to develop that habit. And the recipes are delicious. I am a cook who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm surrounded by foodies and am one myself. I don't feel like I have to sacrifice and I get to eat amazing food.

    For those who say that it is impossible to achieve this diet cooking for a family or if you are a busy person, I disagree. It's nothing more complicated than making a piece of fish or chicken, roasting a yam, and making a salad. You have to take what's offered and decide how to fit it into you life, but it's not that hard. I keep tamari almonds and a piece of fruit in my bag at all times and am never caught without something to eat. It's harder than driving through the fast food drive-through, but almost *everything* is harder than that.

    In the end, you have to find what is effective for you. But for me, the fact that I've lost 12.5 pounds in the first month is a really good sign. And all while enjoying the food I eat and never being hungry. It has taken some time to adapt to eating 5 times per day, but really, it's not harder than having fruit, nuts, and turkey slices on hand.

    Finally, if you think this might work for you, I recommend buying the Ultrametabolism Cookbook. It will significantly expand your arsenal of recipes, making it easier to develop this as a habit and lifestyle. ...more info
  • It now makes so much sense!
    This books answered a lot of questions about why I feel they way I do (sluggish) and why my body looks the way it does (bloated). About 2 weeks after starting Phase I of the diet I noticed a difference in my midsection. I had become leaner. And I noticed an increase in my energy level too. A well-written learning tool, that's for sure!...more info
  • On The Mark
    I am sixty-two (years old) and have been involved with health and exercise since my early twenties (the army got me started). This book is right on the mark concerning diet and health. I can look back at my experiences with many types of diets and see the logic and the correctness of the information in the book. Food with nutrients and fiber is all that we should eat. Book helps you identify this type of food in todays environment....more info
  • Great Info
    I have a lot of food alergies (nuts and avocados mostly), so I could not participate in all of the ideas in the book, but it is still a great tool for learning about diet and how it affects our bodies. Overall, I am very impressed with Dr. Hyman's knowledge and the way he presents the info!...more info
  • Simple & Amazing
    This book not only covers weight loss, but how to detox your body, quicken your metabolism and remain free of unhealthy habits that cause disease in our bodies.
    I was amazed that the reason we have become an overweight, unhealthy planet, is so simple.
    Everyone can be heathy & their ideal weight into the bargain, by following the advice in this book....more info
  • Nothing new here
    All diets work - short term. Unfortunately emotions are the reason why 95% of people can't sustain weight loss. Dr. Maxwell Maltz and Dr. Norton L. Williams found the only way to sustain weight loss is to change your habits...one at a time (also see Robert Mikkelsen's book The Story of Big Belly Bob). Funny how this research gets brushed under the carpet.

    Below is some additional info:

    Dr. Norton L. Williams, psychiatrist, said recently that modern man's anxiety and insecurity stemmed from a lack of "self-realization," and that inner security can only be found "in finding in oneself an individuality, uniqueness and distinctiveness. Our currently held beliefs, whether good or bad, true or false, were formed without effort, with no sense of strain, and without the exercise of "will power." Our habits, whether good or bad. were formed in the same way. It follows that we must employ the same process in forming new beliefs, or new habits, that is, in a relaxed condition. It has been amply demonstrated that attempting to use effort or will power to cure bad habits has an adverse rather than a beneficial effect.

    Emile Coue` The little French pharmacist who astonished the world around 1920 with the results he obtained with "the power of suggestion," insisted that effort was the one big reason most people failed to utilize their inner powers. "Your suggestions (ideal goals) must be made without effort if they are to be effective," he said. Another famous Coue` saying was his "Law of Reversed Effort": "When the will and the imagination are in conflict, the imagination invariably will win."

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  • Outstanding
    Dr. Hyman explains how and why our bodies work they way they do. This is not just about losing weight, it is about feeling great! This way of living/eating is so very simple yet yields great rewards....more info
  • Common Sense Approach to Weight Loss
    This book puts it all together for the reader. What he suggests isn't easy to follow, but it makes sense and intuitively, you know he is right. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to eat for good health, lower their cholesterol level, and/or lose weight....more info
  • Outlines good diet and exercise
    A lifestyle plan that doesn't promise any magic bullets but outlines good diet and exercise in a straightforward fashion....more info
  • No Worries
    The book arrived much faster then I predicted and in great shape - I have nothing negative to say - it was easy!...more info
  • this book arrived with great condition
    I just can not believe this book came from UK with such a great shape!!! ...more info
  • Another Simple Plan for Weight Loss
    "Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss" presents plenty of information regarding weight loss myths, and tries to help people understand other factors that influence weight loss, besides the diet they are following. The factors include meal timing, glycemic load, relaxation, and the normal function of the thyroid.

    Physician Mark Hyman encourages people who wish to lose weight to follow a diet that tries to change their metabolism. The diet, like others, is also based on whole grains, fruits, and lean meat. The book may be efficient for those who are at their first attempt of losing weight through a diet.

    Although the book is based on scientific data, it doesn't employ a scientific language and thus it is easy to read, clear, accessible, and precise. It shows readers how food interacts with the cells, how toxic fat is stored, and how to eat right.

    The book may help readers see exactly what type of food is best for them. The book`s message is that attention to what you eat and how the body works is essential for the success of a weight loss program.

    This book does not provide fast solutions for weight loss, as some may expect. However, it helps you build a better lifestyle by showing you how to make safe and efficient changes for your body. These changes are expected to make you feel better and regain self-confidence.
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  • Just doesn't tell you what you already know!
    Heard the CD version of ULTRAMETABOLISM: THE SIMPLE
    PLAN FOR AUTOMATIC WEIGHT LOSS, written and read
    by Dr. Mark Hyman.

    Although I've read many diet books over the years, this one
    made a lot of sense because it didn't just automatically tell you
    to eat less and exercise more . . . . rather, it explains the concept
    of nutrigenomics--the science of how food talks to our genes.

    It also showed me the folly of skipping breakfast, citing the
    example of a Sumo wrestler . . . he will typically not
    eat anything upon awakening, then exercise for
    several hours . . . by the time he eats dinner, he eats
    too much because he has starved himself throughout the
    day . . . and he does this just before going to sleep
    (another no-no).

    This is one of just many ideas that caught my attention . . . among
    the others:

    * No bug will ever go near an opened tub of margarine.

    * Processed carbs are empty carbs.

    * Carbs should come from whole, unprocessed foods. If you eat these,
    you will lose weight.

    * My grandmother said: Buy fresh, eat fresh.

    * That led to my saying: If it has a label, don't eat it.

    * Artificial sweeteners create the need for more sweeteners in your body.

    * Eat early and eat often. Graze, don't gouge.

    * Chocolate can be good for you, but it must be dark with a high
    percentage of cocoa. And only eat a few squares.

    * Follow this principle: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince
    and dinner like a pauper.

    * Your plate should like an impressionist panting with plenty
    of color.

    * Try to get up to 10,000 steps a day. Also, get a pedometer.

    Perhaps best of all, Dr. Hyman makes constant reference to an informative website. Readers who go there will gain much additional information....more info
  • Ultrametabolism
    Outstanding analysis of our current diet situation in America. This book clearly explains and guides you to a new and healthy eating outlook. Worked very well for me....more info
  • Good for Feeling Good but Not Losing Weight
    The idea that you do not need to count calories as long as you eat only from the approved list of foods in this book did not work for me. I loved the foods I was able to eat and the recipes were great (I love vegetarian/vegan eating so it was pretty easy for me) and I think maybe I simply overate. I did this diet religiously for 3 months and did not lose any weight at all. While I'm not really "overweight," I do have a pesky 5-7 or so pounds that I'm always struggling with (I'm only 5'2" so this is a lot of weight for me). This diet did nothing to rid me of that. (I know, I know-- people will say maybe I don't need to lose it but I do). I think if a person is quite overweight and eats a lot of processed foods they could benefit from this diet quite a bit but if you already eat in a pretty healthy way and are close to your goal weight, this is not the diet to help rid you of those last few pounds. I did feel very good on the diet, I had good energy and slept very well and just felt clean. ...more info
  • Useful, but boring
    Ok, so it says it is not a "diet" book. Then it better be useful, and it better be interesting. The book fails on part two: it's full of useful information but is not as entertaining and easy to read as the YOU books by Dr. Oz. Ultrametabolism is ultra bo-ring....more info
  • Ultra-Metabolism by Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D.
    Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss

    This book was, complete and concise, considered all aspects of health with regard to nutrition, (with grocery lists, suggested menus and recipes), excercise options, suggested required supplements tailored to individuals different health concerns, and various helpful therapies and backed with a website for additional information if required. Quite impressive....more info
  • Good nutrition and health information, unspoiled by big food lobbies
    I lost 5 pounds in 5 weeks following this eating plan. I wasn't hungry very often. The recipes are wonderful, and I could eat this way forever.

    On the "down" side, you'll have to shop and cook if you want to follow this way of eating. You may have to give away many of the products already in your pantry if you choose to continue this way of eating. I can't see why you wouldn't continue it if it works for you. A principle I garnered is "Eat Food, Not Products." Don't bother with this book unless you are ready to make a lifestyle change that includes shopping, cooking and meal planning.

    I think it's a great book. I wish there were a vegetarian version. I have eaten vegetarian for many years, but made an exception to try this way of eating. So I'm actually moving on to other weight-loss approaches and returning to vegetarianism, while keeping a number of take-away messages from Ultrametabolism. UM is not incompatible with vegetarianism, but the recipes aren't there....more info
  • Very informative
    I was very interested in learning about the thyroid's role in the functioning of the body as it relates to metabolism. The author is very clear in explaining it and I am hoping to follow the tenets in the book....more info
  • Please do NOT buy or read this book
    Ultrametabolism: This book is a hoax!

    This book is a compilation of dated research and data that is stretched and overused as far and as much as possible to make weak points that do not apply to most people. The book is not valuable in its research, information, nor advice. If you care to read on, please do, if not, please know that your money is MUCH better spent on another title on this site, or even better, a consultation with your doctor or a nutritionist who will give you advice that you need.

    Sadly, most people who purchase this book will want to lose at least a few pounds and are likely looking for any advice available. But the book does not speak to most people... it uses research on the thinnest margins of society and applies that to every reader, with only the slightest mention that the information does not apply to most people. For instance, in two chapters, the author reveals that excess weight is likely due to a condition called "inflammation" and in another to abnormal thyroid condition. The author spends page after page describing this as if the information applies to most people, when in truth a. inflammation is a very broad term that cannot be applied by itself to a single medical condition, and b. the type of thyroid condition the author speaks of is present in one-half of one percent of women over age 40 and does not contribute to weight gain in most, though it does in a very small number.

    Additionally, the author uses very dated research. When speaking of exercise, he claims that weight training is essential to weight loss. This has been debunked in research as early as 2004. The fact is that the numbers of people who have successfully lost and kept off weight corresponds with those who weight train, but this is more likely due to the overall dedication of people and that they stuck with it, got bored, and changed up an aerobic routine with weight training.

    Moreover, the author actually claims that simply removing dairy, high fructose corn syrup, and transfats from a diet will guarantee weight loss. This is not true. These should be removed from any healthy diet, but they could not, for instance, be substituted with artifical sweeteners, lots of plant starch like potatoes, or simply an abundance of healthy food. The foods should be removed and portions must be controlled. The author says exercise is important, but not in the section where he claims that removing ingredients guarantees weight loss.

    The print version of the book has childish "quizzes" in the back of the book that are designed so that most people who want to lose weight will score high. The quizzes should not be used to diagnose a condition or the severity of a condition. The audio version of the book is not well produced, and the author tends to mumble.

    And finally, the book claims that the associated website is meant to be helpful. While the recipes and some other content is vaulable (and free), the author's blogs are nothing short of marketing spam for his other titles, and repeated attempts to contact anyone associated with the author or the site went unanswered.

    The book does contain information that is valuable, but it is information that we all know: a healthy menu should include fruits and vegatables, lots of fiber, animal-based non-saturated fats and proteins, and carbohydrates also from fruits and vegetables. Remove trans fats and manufactured sugar, processed food, and eat slowly. Eat small meals more often. Exercise -- park far away from the office, take the stairs, and go for walks. See your doctor or get a private consultation from a nutritionist or dietician. Use common sense, be patient, and find support wherever you can.

    But whatever you do, avoid this book....more info
  • Platitudes and anecdotes
    The secret of dieting is provided by the author on pages 159 and 160 -
    1. "There is one thing that ... significantly extends our life span, and causes us to lose weight. What is it? Calorie restriction!"
    2. "Besides eating breakfast, exercise is the only thing that has been correlated with long-term, sustained weight loss."
    Those are not the words of a cynical reviewer. Those are direct quotes from the author. If you have never read a diet book and have no clue what comprises a healthy diet, then this book may be of some help. Otherwise, there is nothing new and some dubious suggestions backed by zero scientific research. Rather, they are presented as, "comprehensive medical and clinical perspectives". I also reserve a healthy dose of scepticism for any book presenting a note from the author that impies there is a vast medical, government and food industry conspiracy to keep us ignorant while only the author is prepared to reveal this "hidden knowledge". ...more info
  • I've lost 18 lbs. in 18 days!
    This is a great book. It has enabled my entire family to become healthier and leaner. You can modify it (use Phase II)for younger children. My one year old loves the breakfast menu!!! My ADD 4 year old has gone from hyperactive to normal!!!...no corn syrup or gluten! I've lost 18 lbs. in 18 days! I will admit that at first it required alot of patience (about a week and some long grocery shopping times) but you will adjust and reap tremendous benefits....more info
  • Easy-To-Follow, Reader-Oriented Book
    I bought this book because of a recommendation by someone that had implemented, and kept using Ultra-Metabolism "steps" with great success. Upon reading Ultra-Metabolism, I recognized information I use and share...all the time.

    Why read or buy another "weight-loss" book when the Seven Keys to the New Science of Weight Loss are listed on page 73-74? According to Dr. Hyman, everyone has his or her own instruction manual. So why purchase this book? I would suggest that you download guides from www.ultrametabolism.com. This may be enough for you. The book serves as support and offers reminders to help people keep on track.

    Ultra-Metabolism quizzes you and guides you, step-by-step, to deciphering your own metabolism, and a whole lot more, in what he calls an "Ultra-Metabolism Prescription". Again, Dr. Hyman instructs us that this is the basis for generating the right instructions to your own body, through diet, and ... Ultra-Metabolism.

    Dr. Hyman follows the premise of food containing information to talk to our genes, or "Nutrigenomics". In addition to offering exciting, cutting-edge research, he offers nutritionally-sound advice on how you can talk to your genes: Eat real, whole foods; eat foods high in phytonutrients; eat foods with a low glycemic to control appetite; eat more fiber intake to lower body fat; get your meal timing right to help turn on your metabolism; reduce stress (stress makes you fat, relaxation makes you thin); exercise in a manner that turns on metabolism; and reduce inflammation.

    "Eat breakfast daily: Spread your food intake and calories throughout the day; Wait at least two to three hours after your last meal before going to sleep."

    Where have you heard this before?

    Another example of simple, effective suggestions are supplements to consider when you are turning on Ultra-Metabolism:

    "1. A multivitamin and mineral combination. 2. A balanced, absorbable calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D supplement. 3. An omega-3 fatty acid supplement.

    Many people do very well with a structured approach to weight loss. As the reader would expect, Dr. Hyman guides you to natural weight loss, step-by-step. Starting with Step one: Detoxifying the liver.

    In addition to offering a plethora of practical, easy-to-implement weight loss suggestions, the author busts a few "myths" while promoting education. He includes information regarding "Nutrition", and how we come to think about food:

    P. 66 The food industry generates more than a trillion dollars in annual sales, accounts for 12 percent of the U.S. gross national product (GNP), and employees 17 percent of the country's labor force. It spends more than $33 billion a year on marketing alone. Seventy percent of those dollars go to pushing fast food, convenience foods, candy, snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and desert. Only 2.2 percent of those marketing dollars are spent on advertising for fruit, vegetables, grains or beans.

    I also enjoyed Dr. Hyman inclusion of relevant and stimulating quotes:

    "Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises."
    Samuel Butler

    As you would expect, Dr. Hyman offers the usual faire of delicious, natural recipes, and Ultra-Metabolism possesses its fair share of "buzz-words". Ultra-Metabolism also includes Dr. Hyman's attempt to generate an on-line Ultra-Metabolism community, which comes off as a bit far fetched. However, taking cues from various weight-watching groups, his efforts may very well bear fruit.

    The "Food is Medicine" premise of Ultra-Metabolism focuses this book as excellent "support" literature. Ultra-Metabolism reinforces your healthy lifestyle choices, which, in turn, support your health and wellness. Ultimately, in this "win-win" situation, you gain timely, user-friendly, effective resources and guidance to be well-inform about the choices you may make ... a recipe for success.

    I prefer to recommend natural health texts that acknowledge alternative health practices, and their long-time contributions to the health, stress reduction and wellness fields; this acknowledgement was lacking in Ultra-Metabolism. However, given the exceptional nature of this easy-to-follow, reader-oriented book, I am happy to recommend it....more info
  • How to understand your inner workings and tune your body
    The many books about dieting and nutrition all mention more fiber, green stuff and legumes, less sugar etc... Using the latest knowledge on genomics and experience, UltraMetabolism makes you conclude that your body is like a "Rubik's cube" and there is no one "killer app" for it.
    You need to use every component from protein food, detox, exercise etc.

    I did loose a few pound - without any feeling of hunger - but more importantly I now have a long term plan.

    The book could possibly be shorter as there are more than one repetition and in the explanations you quickly understand where Mark Hyman is taking you. But as the ad says "A must read for anyone owning a body"!!...more info
  • very empowering
    This book has changed my life. It has enlightened me. I am more aware of what I eat, how I eat and the nutrients of the food I eat. I lost about 15 pounds right away. I have since then gained a little back, but am in better shape and have more energy. I would recomend this book be a household staple....more info
  • saw this guy on Martha - sugar doesn't cause ADHD
    saw this guy on Martha - sugar doesn't cause ADHD

    he's not a good scientist. so many of the claims he makes are overblown to give heft to his arguments. too much extrapolation - takes a simple point or statement about one group and applies to everyone when not appropriate...

    finally, he presents NOTHING NEW in this book...more info
  • Finally, Closer to the eating truth
    "Ultrametabolism" is by far one of the best books I have ever read on the subject of diet and its effect on your health. As a large endurance athlete struggling to lose a few pounds and keep up my stamina, this book has revealed the misconceptions of the typical low fat or low carb diet and throughly explained why the "calories in/ calories out" equation doesn't seem to work for many people. By learning why to eat whole non processed foods, my friends and I have all begun to shed unwanted pounds and become healthier and stronger in the process. Bravo to Dr. Hyman! Highly recommended and easy to put into action....more info
  • Worth the listen
    This audio is packed with good information but the plan is too extreme for most anybody to follow. Yes! you will lose weight if you eat like a caveman ... I think most people figured that out on their own. Its hard to take advice from someone who has never been overweight. It does however give detailed information how the body uses different foods and what to avoid in your diet. Worth it if you want to loose weight or just want to eat healthier. I used bit and pieces of this info with my own exercise plan to loose my last 25 lbs. and at age 50 I feel great at my desired weight!...more info
  • Ultrametabolism
    Really works, been on it for about a month now and I can definitely see the differents.
    ...more info
  • Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss
    This book was published prior to the Ultra Simple Diet and goes into more detail about causes of obesity and toxicity. It is pretty much the same program as the other but the book includes (besides some very good information)some very good recipes!
    I was very successful in improving my health by following Dr. Hyman's guidelines....more info
  • Best Book You Could Ever Read!!!
    This is the best bundle of information I have ever had the blessing to make part of my life. He addresses the misunderstandings and lies about dieting, supplements, fats and sugars, and it is truly a life-changing wonderful experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! READ IT!!!...more info
  • This makes sense
    The principles that Dr. Hyman puts forth are actually very simple, but they make sense: eat only natural foods and cut out anything processed or artificial. I have been following the plan for about a month and although I haven't lost very much weight, I have noticed some definite health benefits. For one, by cutting out all gluten containing products and artificial sweeteners, I have found that my allergies and nasal congestion have been reduced significantly. I have a very sluggish metabolism and I do feel that it has speeded up as I have more energy and am no longer cold all the time. Although I didn't take body measurements before I started, I can tell that my belly fat has shrunk by the way my clothes fit and the way I look in the mirror. Yes, I wish the scale showed a bit more success, but I am so please with all of the other benefits that I won't complain. I only have about 10 more pounds to lose so I am going to be patient that as I continue on the program, I will get healthier and trimmer.

    This book has prompted me to make a life long pledge to eat healthier and be healthier! It was money well spent....more info
  • About Health not just Weight Loss
    I think the subtitle of this book takes our attention away from what it's really about. What's it really about? Paying attention to your body: what you put into it, what you get out of it, and the messages it is sending you about how it is functioning and what it needs. If you are overweight, and you learn the lessons of this book, you will lose weight (I've lost 20 pounds, thus far), but that will probably be only one of the results you'll notice. You'll feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally because you will be treating your body with respect and it will be treating you well in return.

    If you are looking for a quick and easy way to lose weight, this book will probably disappoint you. If you are looking to make real changes to better your overall health and help you live a longer, happier life, then this book is exactly what you need.

    By the way, Dr. Hyman's work is based on the latest and best scientific/medical research. It's not some wacky fad....more info
  • Very well written and explained
    This is a very informative book. It has very good sources to review and has an e-mail address that they will communicate with any questions!...more info
  • No Sumos Here!
    We lead a generally healthy life already and exercise regularly. However, we frequently feel run down and our weight has remained unchanged. I've told my husband for years that he should not eat late at night - the "sumo wrestler" chapter has finally convinced him! We have eliminated all processed foods, white flour, white sugar, etc., from our diet and we feel amazing. We have adopted all of the principles suggested in the book, but the book is worth buying even if you consider just some of what Dr Hyman has to say. Not convinced? Go to www.ultrametabolism.com and read a chapter from the book to decide for yourself. We have found this book to be a lifestyle changing approach rather than crash diet. It is tricky at first to remember what you are supposed to eat and when (old habits die hard esp when you are used to convenience foods), but once you get into a routine and know what is allowed it gets much easier....more info
  • This book changed my life
    I respectfully disagree with those reviewers who claim there is nothing new in this book. They must have skipped to the last chapters and simply read the dietary recommendation at the end - and even those are different in both form and function. I have read, and been on, about every diet out there -- atkins, south beach, california, grapefruit - you name it. I have been on the Ultra Metabolism Phase 1 plan for 3 weeks, have lost 7 lbs - never feel hungry at all - but more importantly - I HAVE NEVER FELT BETTER! I didn't even know I felt that bad!

    You must read this book from the beginning and then all the way through - taking each of the tests and determining the areas where your body is not functioning properly. I had no idea so many of my symptoms were tied to stress and cortisol release. I have a friend who had no idea she had hormone imballances but identified them and sought a functional medicine physician to correct them - and is ecstatic - and she was a vegetarian before she even read the book. I have another friend whose breast cancer physician had her read this book and go on the diet as part of her treatment! All three of us feel transformed.

    I can't recommend this book enough. I was exercising 4 days a week ,hardly eating ANYTHING, and still gaining weight, and now I know WHY and what do to about it. If you will strictly adhere to the phase 1 guidelines ( which will require shopping at your local Whole Foods or natural foods market ), I bet you will lose weight and feel great doing it too....more info
  • A new angle on dieting- refreshing
    I found the book to be helpful and it encourged me to continue eating whole foods with a minimum of processing. I have not done the detox portion yet but I have no doubt that you can transform your metabolism and detox with the foods suggested.. I look forward to following up with the program but giving up coffee even for three weeks? We shall see...more info
  • This is a health book - read it !
    Dr. Hyman's book is sold as a weight loss book, but is in reality a health book. This is true of any credible and effective "diet" book. The simple fact is that the people who loved it had their lives transformed by it. They are not just thinner, but all feel much better about their health in general and have good habits that will last them a lifetime. The naysayer's should consider seriously how their critical reviews can be reconciled with this hard and undeniable fact. This is a great book that will change your life. It is not perfect and Dr. Hyman does tend to be somewhat too ebullient for words at times, but the kernel of his thoughts are right on target.

    There is one important point that makes this book a true winner: it is a distillation of years of related medical practice. Case histories, patient profiles as they progress through time and raw experience shine through in this book very clearly. Everyone will recognize themselves in one or more of the many patient stories that serve to paint a complete picture of health improvement, not just an oversimplified story of "How I lost three pants sizes!"

    The range of topics is far beyond most books of this sort and is all pertinent to maximizing health and weight loss: Fat, cabs, eating habits, allergies, hormone imbalances and more all affect our health and weight. Dr. Hyman addresses all of these topics and does cause some confusion as many of his comments are about general health and not strictly weight loss concerns. Improving health through elevated energy levels, eliminating chronic conditions and more are woven into discussions on weight loss. Some critics miss or ignore this vital point and see it as confused and unknowledgeable commentary. This is vital commentary that you need to know.

    The critics are correct when they say that this or that has been done before. But "UltraMetabolism" is a complete work that brings it all together. I am not aware of a similar work in the popular press.

    Dr. Hyman is very passionate about what he does and this gets him in trouble with some critics, but I found his enthusiasm infectious and inspiring. A good example of this is his near ranting about the "conspiracy" between government and food corporations. Hyman explains it as an inevitable result of lobbyist's and lawmakers making public policy by themselves and not with participation from un-conflicted health experts. Everything he discusses is factual, but he does lose some credibility by getting so excited about it and his use of the term conspiracy. Excitement aside, the research that he backs up his assertions with is credible and mainstream from sources such as `The Journal of the American Medical Association' and the `Harvard School of Public Health'.

    In short, this is a great book that will change your life if you are not an expert. Given some of the off-advise that gets promulgated these days, even some experts should find this book interesting and informative.
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  • Fabulous book!
    I've purchased at least 4 copies of this book. I've given it to my Mom and Mother-In-Law and friends. I believe this is the book they should make all students read in high school in order to learn about nutrition. It teaches you how your body works with different foods and toxins, and how to eat properly. I recommend it to everyone!...more info
  • Please be careful
    While I thought this was a decent book, please keep in mind that "stoking" your metabolism can have negative effects on your thyroid and consequently, result in eye and other problems. After two years of raising my metabolism (and thus losing 80 lbs) I was diagnosed with Graves' Disease (hyperthyroidism) which caused one of my eyes to bug out in a Hunchback of Notre Dame way. For me, I'd rather be fat than look like a bug-eyed freak with an increased chance of blindness in that eye....more info
  • Excellent book
    I liked the way the book approached the food we put in our body from a medical standpoint. I am trying new foods I have never heard of and they are great. My family is enjoying the meals, too. I purchased this book for my daughters, not to lose weight, but to just learn about healthful alternatives to the way they are currently eathing....more info
  • Its a book
    Great book for people who do not know about cleansing and homepathic remedies And of course what NOT to eat and what TO eat. I have a dozen books - all the same - this book is one to add to my collection. Overall the book is written well and does give important information. ...more info
  • Every little bit helps
    I bought this book and the related cookbook to help me lose the weight I gained while in a long-term relationship and it's really helping. I feel more energized and have the extra "zing" I need to do that cardio class and take those golf lessons. The food recipes are tasty too....more info
  • Recipes good, rest of book not so good
    If you skipped directly to the recipes, you wouldn't be missing much. He wants you to eat whole foods, take some supplements, and throw in some activity here and there. Eliminate caffeine, white rice, flour, etc.

    I did like the recipes (too much reliance on soy products and fish, though), and he also gives you ideas for quick meals and some snacks, although he should have given guidelines for what to look for in a good snack bar, instead of just throwing out some brand names that would be unfamiliar to most people.

    And, btw, you have to provide an email before you can download the free stuff at the website.

    Check out of your library first--worth it to buy used for the recipes....more info
  • Ultrametabolism will make you healthy for life and change the way you eat for good!!
    Ultrametabolism is well written, it helps you to understand why what
    you eat and how it is prepared is so important to your overall health.
    It is not just about losing weight, it is about living a longer healthier
    life, and all that goes along with that!!
    There are recipes, shopping list, and summaries for each chapter that
    are very helpful.
    I am now helping my sisters to eat healthier, one who just had a baby, and the other who has always struggled with her weight....more info
  • Review
    A great diet indeed. However, I was surprised when I read about his suggestion about including tofu into the diet. It is well known now amongst health practitioners that tofu is NOT a health food. Other than that, I highly recommend it. ...more info
  • I agree - nothing new
    My review is basically completely supporting what Mr. Optimistic wrote in his review. I gave the book a 3 because if you don't know anything about what you should and shouldn't be eating, the book has good information. But for anyone who knows what whole foods are, knows what to eat, what not to eat, how much to eat and when to eat it, who already understands why it's important to regulate your insulin level and who doesn't eat fast food or HFCS or refined flour or whatever, this is really nothing new. Step one of the plan, for example, is to basically break bad habits and/or detoxify yourself, which is completely N/A for a lot of people.

    I had hoped the book would focus more on how to reset a slow metabolism caused by over-exercise and under-eating. While this subject is touched upon very briefly, it's really more about how and what to eat which is kind of basic if you know anything about nutrition. The case studies are all people who are mis-managing their diets or their stress levels or both, not people who are living a healthy lifestyle but battling a slow metabolism....more info
  • Best Eating Plan Ever!
    This is the best "diet" eating plan that I have ever been on and have already lost 11 lbs within 3 weeks. I also purchased the cookbook and couldn't be happier with the results. It takes alot of time to prepare fresh food but you can't beat the quality and taste. Better than restaurant and I've never ate so good. It is expensive to first start on because there is alot of things to get as staples but they do last for a long time and don't need to be repurchased frequently. I'm never hungry and have so much more energy. The pain I've experienced from fibromyalgia is decreased so much that I hardly need to take pain medication. I'm really happy with this program and feel fortunate that I found it....more info
  • Ultrametabolism
    I am not an avid reader and have a hard time reading a book through to completion. This book really caught my attention. And it provides specific action to take. It is not a simple easy plan but an honest assesment of what is happening to the American diet. A very refreshing look at how we should be approaching eating....more info
  • Great tool
    The Ultrametbolism eating plan is pretty commonplace and straightforward. I found the section on weightloss myths very informative, but in my opinion, the most valuable part of the book are the keys to weightloss along with the quizzes to help you identify which ones may be an issue for you.

    Based on my quiz scores, I started taking the supplements recommended for that specific problem area, and with the help of the supplements, I was able to quickly break my sugar addiction and start losing weight rapidly....more info
  • Excellent Book
    This is a really great book! I did not buy this for actual weight loss, although I do want to lose a few pounds. This book is the "instruction manual for YOUR body" customized specifically for you because everyone is different. It teaches you to understand foods and how foods affect your body and can help you identify food allergies which OFTEN go undiagnosed and cause all kinds of health problems. I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE regardless of weight....more info
  • A health plan that could work if followed
    Recommend it to all looking for a plan to better their health situation, if followed....more info
  • Ultra-Metabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss
    What a great book! There's so much hype and misinformation in the thirty million dollar diet industry, it's refreshing to run across a book that offers sound information based on good science. Dr. Hyman covers every aspect of developing optimal health....more info
  • So Good I Don't Consider Myself To Be On A "Program"
    My biggest reason for praising this book so highly is that I don't feel like I'm on a diet or weight loss program. I really enjoy the fact that I can use the book as a general guideline and not be tied down to specific or hard to follow plan.

    I'm a 35 year old male, 5 foot 10, and started following the guidelines when I weighed 283 pounds. 13 months later I'm down to 224 and counting, my latest physical reveals great numbers on all the vital tests, and I feel really confident that I will achieve my goal of 195 in due time.

    Can I verify the science behind the book, obviously no. And certainly exercise has played a huge role in my weight loss (I work out at least 4 days a week). But eating whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean meats, etc., makes so much more intuitive sense than other diets that I've tried like Atkins (which worked short term but failed long term).

    I used to never eat breakfast, now I go to bed with anticipation of what I'll make myself in the morning. The fact that eating breakfast is also a key metabolism booster makes it that much better - I love knowing that I'm starting my day off right. Interestingly, as Dr. Hyman predicts, I've found that fast foods and junk foods just aren't that appealling anymore. If I have a craving I indulge, I simply moderate the portion size (instead of the $1.49 bag of chips, I'll get the $.50 bag). Such moderation doesn't make me feel like I'm on a diet; I just feel sensible and proactive towards my health.

    I've supplemented the ideas in Ultrametabolism with those in Volumetrics. I've also looked a little further into the interval training tips that Dr. Hyman stresses and have supplemented those as well. ...more info


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