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Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss

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No wonder it's so hard to lose weight -- our bodies are designed to keep weight on at all costs; it's a matter of survival. It's embedded in our DNA. Our diet has changed dramatically over the past ten thousand years, but our genetic blueprint has not -- our bodies are not designed to process the types of food we are fed today. It's like putting diesel fuel into a regular
Paperback, 354 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Atria Books (first published March 21st 2006)
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Jul 14, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011, nutrition
I can't help but be a bit skeptical of an author who has a line of books and products with "Ultra-" in the name, and who has a website detailing the simple ways in which he has cured every illness in existence after all other doctors failed.

But my doctor recommended this book, and I like her and would rather not believe she buys into snake oil, plus if this guy is right, following his plan will not only easily remove those extra 15 pounds I'm carrying, cure my migraines, clear up my skin, and pr
Tina Pritchard
Oct 04, 2007 Tina Pritchard added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in relearning how to eat to lose weight and feel better
This has been my daily devotional, constant reminder, wealth of knowledge of what to eat and not to eat to feel better. Altough the recommended menues and recipies are a little too deep in organics, I take all the ideas of what to eat/not to eat that make sense for improvement and incorporate those ideas into my life. Reading a couple of pages or a chapter a day during my weight loss journey has aided in losing 25 lbs over the last 2 years -- and during that time I have read this book 5 times an ...more
Jun 24, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the final advice of the book is nothing new-- eat fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean meats and avoid all the chemical crap-- I did find the discussions about different chemical sensitivities and allergies to be helpful. I also appreciated that the author put a lot of emphasis on other health problems that people don't often associate with being overweight. I'm beginning to understand all the intricacies of metabolism and health more, without being so concerned about outward ap ...more
Jun 22, 2008 Kelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really great book that helped me learn a lot about my body and the effects that processed foods have on the body, as well as whole foods. Offers great recipes and an entire eating plan to make your body happy on the inside. Not sure if I have the time to complete all the phases but I have taken all the basics to heart and am starting next on the Ultra-Metabolizm cookbook so I can make some of these easy, delicious and healthy foods to eat. I'd recommend this book for anybody to read.
Barbara ★
Feb 11, 2009 Barbara ★ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent diet. I love 80 pounds in one year following this diet plan. The only diet I've come across in 20 years that actually worked for me. I totally endorse this one and tell all my friends about it.
Feb 25, 2012 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Forget counting calories, going hungry, avoiding fats/carbs or whatever the newest culprit is according to the diet food industry. Turns out the key to weight loss--and, more importantly, life gain--is simply feeding your body in ways that support our genetic and evolutionary programming. Mark does an amazing job in explaining how eating well and living better begin with eating foods that are conducive to the complex web of hormones and chemicals that control our metabolism. The
Mystie Winckler
MCL. skimmed.

The first half of the book "debunked" all current weight loss theories, leaving you with Dr. Hyman as your only source for the true solution. I pretty much skipped all his debunking.

His One True answer was actually seven potential answers, and it all boiled down to ensuring you didn't have underlying health conditions that are causing weight gain or preventing weight loss, such as malfunctioning thyroid or chronic stress or adrenal fatigue and the like. His answers pretty much boile
Very clear explanations of why some of the popular diet mantras don't work. As an example, the eat less, exercise more adage has some pitfalls. Some is very repetitive and while it seems simple to just eat "real" whole foods, it's not so easy.

I think that the most interesting explanations where about the chemical reactions that happen in the digestive process. I think that I will remember some of the "tricks" now that I understand them. An example of this is that when you eat fruit you are also
Apr 08, 2010 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I am stuck trying to implement the plan in this book. While I don't feel like the book is layed out as a "simple plan" per se I do feel like the message is simple - eat veggies, fruits, nuts and legumes. Detox from all things with a label and stuff that causes food allergies such a dairy, sugar, wheat. Eat meat sparingly and never eat commercial raised grain feed food. I think what I most enjoyed are the analogies and disease info related to being overweight. The one about sumo wrestlers has tot ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed reading anything related to food and nutrition, and this was one of the best nutrition books I've ever read. Although the type of diet he recommends eating (whole, unprocessed, organic foods) wasn't anything I didn't already know, his medical background and ability to explain our metabolic system and chemical processes was so educational. If you need some motivation to stop eating foods you know you shouldn't, read this to understand why they are so damaging!

Warning: Some of
Aug 12, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sorry to sound cliche, but this book literally (no pun intended) changed my life. I read this book, followed what it said to do, and in 4 months I lost almost 11% of my body weight. I am 5'1" tall weighed 129 lbs for the past 18 years. I now weigh 115 lbs and have never felt better. I've weighed 115 for the past 5 months. It is truly a Live -It, not a DIEt. Thank you, Dr. Hyman for opening my eyes!
Irene McHugh
2015 is a big year for me and My Person. We’re overhauling how we eat to lead a healthier life together. To promote better habits, we decided to see a nutritionist, who is this incredibly positive force of a woman.

Ultrametabolism is the second book she recommended to us. In Defense of Food was the first book she had us read.

After listening to the book once, I took and scored the quizzes/questionnaires on the pdf download. Then I listened for a second time.

If you don’t want to listen twice, maybe
Oct 22, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once you get past the hokey sales pitch demeanor of the cover and early pages, there is a lot of good information in this book. The author uses scientific studies and evidence from his own medical practice to debunk some common myths about what "eating healthy" means; for example, the myth that the low-fat diet is best and the myth that a calorie is a calorie regardless of source, and helps you see through a lot of what the food industry does through marketing to make you think that what they ar ...more
Razan Aldawod
Jul 01, 2013 Razan Aldawod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب شامل لغذاء صحي متكامل
يحتوي على ٣ اجزاء الاول: الخرافات السبع التي تجعلك تزداد وزناً
الثاني :المفاتيح السبعه لعلم انقاص الوزن الحديث
الثالث: وصفة الايض الفائق
تعلمت فيه ان لاتمشي على رجيم معين لان فلان نجح ونحف فيه فالاهم ان يكون رجيمك فيه قليل الكربوهيدرات كثير الالياف و يكون فيه كميه متوسطه من الدهون بس الاهم ان تكون غير مشبعه مثل زيت الزيتون زيت اللوز زيت جوز الهند والابتعاد عن الزيوت النباتيه المشبعه والحيوانيه وركز فيه على الالياف.

حبيت فيه وجود قوائم التسوق من محلات اطعمه عضويه و هذا نفتق
Sep 10, 2014 Dimitra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-not-owned
That book was the most awesome book, about health and diet, that I have ever read in my life!
It's not like "don't eat this because it is bad". Mark Hyman explains in full detail everything our organism does while processing food, and why some foods actually damage our health.

I loved that there were tests and things like that.
The recipes looked yummy but, unfortunately, they are tiny bit difficult to follow when you live somewhere like Greece, because some ingridients are difficult to find.

To be
Aug 11, 2011 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ultra-foxy Dr.Hyman spoke at a professional nutrition conference and is a well-read and experienced MD with a great sense of humor. Ok, small crush (: This book takes the Institute of Functional Medicine's approach- nutrigenomics- and applies it to weight loss. His solution is repeated throughout- reduce inflammation, eat an alkaline diet, reduce insulin resistance, and thyroid health for weight management. He provides a plethora of great resources and nutrient rich food sources for getting ...more
Mar 23, 2009 Lois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with other reviews that the basic advice re: healthy foods is similar to what I already knew. But somehow this book was empowering for me. Helped me understand how much of what we eat can stimulate our cravings for foods that are not good for us. and reinforces idea that health and weight loss is not about dieting. I really liked this book!
LuAnn Oburn
Jan 22, 2012 LuAnn Oburn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I felt I knew a good deal about what foods to eat, I found that going through the exercise of determining potential food allergies for 8 weeks was very interesting. I lost weight through this process, gained energy and am sleeping better than I have in years.
Jan 06, 2017 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a newbie to the world of whole food and healthy eating, the detail and explanations were a godsend. I started the Phase 1, followed it religiously, and it changed my life...for 3 years. Because of the costs and time involved, I fell off the wagon, but when I tell you this book changed my life and the way I saw food, i really can't be emphatic enough!
This Creole cooking, soul food eating New Orleans girl changed how I ate. I slept better, lost a LOT of weight, skin and hair looked incredible
- Unaware of the reception this book received when it was released in '06, but nothing Hyman said seemed particularly innovative or enlightening. However, it does help to remind myself of the dietary principles that continually (apparently) elude me.
Aaron Grant
Good book, info a little out of date though.
Mar 13, 2017 Tammy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-weight
This book was so boring that I stopped reading at chapter 4.
Laura Kulp
Dec 18, 2016 Laura Kulp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author explains the science behind your metabolism. Whether you lose weight or not, understanding and applying the information in this book could be life changing. Of course that doesn't negate getting to the bottom of medical issues you may have.
Jan 18, 2016 Nissanmama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent, informative book with sound science. The problem is that it suffers from the same major flaw all diet books do and that is that it works much too hard at trying to convince the reader they have bought "the" right book. The material which would have made an outstanding medical journal article, based on the author's real life experience with his very real patients becomes, instead, a repetitive attempt at dumbing down the material for imaginary masses of the stupidly obese. M ...more
Beth Cato
Apr 10, 2012 Beth Cato rated it really liked it
Shelves: in, 2009, nonfiction
I first read of this book back when we subscribed to Experience Life Magazine, and I was glad to find it in a thrift store earlier this year.[return][return]Hyman's basic theory is this: Americans are obese because of widespread misinformation about diets (especially low fat and low calorie diets) and how our DNA is programmed to gain weight. Many pre-packaged foods contain additives and fats that are not natural and our bodies don't know how to process them. Therefore, Hyman's Ultrametabolism P ...more
May 31, 2009 Irene rated it it was amazing
A friend of mine lost a ton of weight using this Ultrametabolism program, so of course I had to give it a go since nothing else has worked for me. Maybe some people will object to the strictness of this program, but it's exactly what I needed. I needed something that told me: eat this for breakfast, that for a morning snack, this for lunch, and so forth. Because left to my own devices, I just end up eating garbage. So far I just finished the three weeks of detox and managed to lose 5 lbs. so far ...more
Sep 17, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Validation, yet again, of my fundamental belief that so much of how we feel and behave is guided by what we consume. Yes, Virginia, food IS medicine.

So this morning I will head off to the Farmers Market for some more reinforcement, and lots of great stuff. Reading some of the other reviews reminds me yet again how totally fortunate I am to live on the Central Coast of CA where we have Farmers Markets pretty much 7 days a week, year round...and even though the Downtown Santa Cruz Wed. afternoon F
Apr 12, 2016 K AKUA GRAY rated it really liked it
It works. It's measurable. It has a lot of great recipes too. It's the Ultra-Metabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss by Dr. Mark Hyman. Since I work with quite a few clients who want to lose weight or adopt a lifestyle that helps them maintain their weight I'm always looking for a good read on weight management. I realize that since we are all different when it comes to body types, eating lifestyles, movement regimens and time management, it's a good idea to have a wide variety of ...more
Jul 14, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: severe allergy sufferers
I will say this the first 4 weeks of the diet are HARD!! I mean just finding organic everything and staying away from all wheat products is a major challenge. And I do admit I cheated a couple times. The other thing about eating whole foods is the time it takes to prepare it especially when the grains are things like brown and wild rice and lots of legumes. Not for those who have very little time to cook, that is for sure. I did notice less problems with ym sinuses and allergies for the most par ...more
Oct 01, 2007 Lmcwil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dieters, health-conscious
Shelves: health-diet
Seemed to be well-researched and a lot of what he says actually makes sense. However, almost 4 weeks into his plan, I haven't seen any results. On the other hand, I feel like I'm consuming way more calories than I should be, and yet I haven't gained any weight. So maybe it is working, it's just that my body is very happy with the weight I'm at, and so it's not budging. I already did a lot of the things he recommends, as far as avoiding overly processed foods, etc.

For somebody who eats like the
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Mark Hyman, M.D., is the editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most prestigious journal in the field of integrative medicine. After ten years as co-medical director at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, he is now in private practice in Lenox, Massachusetts. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Ultraprevention. His websites are and www.ultr ...more
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