Don’t list

Here’s the list of foods you simply cannot have on this diet


  • Sugar, honey maple syrup or agave nectar
  • Limit any naturally sweetened drink to no more than two per day
  • Peanut butter
  • Wheat
  • Corn
  • Dairy – cheese, yogurt, milk, etc.
  • Soy – including soy sauce (except if you are vegan in Phase2!)
  • Refined sugar
  • Caffeine – including black tea, green tea and white tea
  • Alcohol
  • Dried fruit – including raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots
  • Fruit juices – now I think she means only store bought juices because they contain sugar, preservatives, etc. But her recipes include smoothies, so you can make homemade juices without any added sugars.
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Fat-free diet foods – no frozen diet dinners, no packaged junk food, pre-packaged 100 calorie snacks

Also, I find it strange that even though she hasn’t explicitly mentioned this in the book, it looks like you can’t have potatoes either! They’re not on any of the food lists of any of the phases. Only sweet potatoes/yams, so I guess that means:




Rules to follow on the Fast Metabolism Diet


  1. Eat 5 times per day, every single day – 3 meals & 2 snacks. No skipping.
  2. Eat every 3-4 hours, except when you’re sleeping.
    Don’t exercise before you put something in your stomach.
  3. Stay on the plan for a full 28 days
  4. Stick to the foods allowed in your phase
  5. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water everyday – 90 fl. oz. for me
  6. Eat organic whenever possible
  7. Meats must be nitrate free – meat that is cured and preserved naturally
  8. Exercise according to your phase

Mustard seeds – will they pop without oil?


(excuse the watermark in the stock photo, I’m not paying for it but I wanted it for the post :))

On the Fast Metabolism diet – there are two phases that do not allow fats of any kind – Phase 1 & 2. However most Indian cooking calls for a tiny bit of oil for the process called tempering or tadka. It involves heating about a tablespoon of oil, and when just about to smoke adding spices such as mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal and fenugreek seeds. The mustard seeds in particular has to pop (splutter in oil). From what I hear from most Indians, including my mom, they have to pop. If not, it’s considered uncooked and you won’t have a good digestion. I don’t know if there is any scientific evidence to this.

Anyway, I wanted to give toasting the mustard seeds without oil a try. I heated a small pan. Then added a small amount of mustard seeds. I waited to see what happens. There was no audible popping. But after a few minutes, on close inspection, I saw that the seeds have a small crack in them. Like the outer skin had a tear. (you maybe able to see it in the picture above) I tasted it, and it was just fine. So I think I maybe able to toast these spices for all my curries.

Also, I found this discussion interesting. An excerpt:

Indian recipes seem to always call for oil.

Non Indian recipes seem to always call for dry (or don’t toast at all- yuk).

In my personal experience (mostly mustard, cumin, fenugreek, coriander)- dry toasting calls for more of my attention. I have to have an appropriate temperature, agitate the seeds, and watch for the telltale aroma to know when they are done. If I don’t pay enough attention to any of those then they will scorch and be horrible.

With oil I have more leeway. The seeds don’t need to be agitated as much after they are coated with oil and they pop audibly when they are done. It may be my imagination but the oil itself seems to distribute the flavor of the seeds better as well.

I have scorched dry toasted seeds on occasion when I was distracted. I have never had oil toasted spices not turn out perfectly.

answered Sep 27 ’12 at 19:29


i don’t think it’s your imagine. since the essential oils of the plant are fat soluble it makes since that the normal convection of the heating oil would help to circulate the flavor more evenly. plus you get the added bonus of some of that flavor being imparted so you can use your oil as a base for a sauce. hm…i think i might make a fenugreek voloute which i get home tonight. – wootscootinboogie Sep 27 ’12 at 20:03

Oil also makes it a lot faster. The heat transfer is more efficient than it is with hot air, and it’s more uniform, so you can quickly, evenly cook the spices. – Jefromi♦ Dec 29 ’13 at 1:35

Important links

chain links

I am listing a few important links for more information on the Fast Metabolism Diet:

Haylie Pomroy’s book – The Fast Metabolism Diet.
You can buy the book on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, among many other places, just Google it.

Haylie Pomroy’s (the author of the book The Fast Metabolism Diet) website:

Haylie Pomroy on Pinterest: Tons of recipes for each phase.

Chewfo – This post contains all the foods allowed and not allowed. Useful for those who don’t have the book. I have a post with most of the ingredients I chose or want to explore.

Few bloggers’ experiences:

San Briego – someone who wanted wait loss to look good at Coachella!
Voice of reason – a mom who wanted to lose the baby weight
Women’s Blog Talk – a lady who wanted to look perfect on her wedding day
Sparkpeople – a person who reviewed the diet after just one week of being on the diet and no exercise!
Tammy’s twocents – Another blogger’s experience. She did it thrice!

Other useful links:

BMI calculator – Oh by the way, Haylie Pomroy hates BMI, because she says chronic dieters have a number in their heads and change it to set new goals. But I am not a chronic dieter, I never went on a diet so I think it’s ok to look at BMI. She also says that a person can be in the right BMI but not be in shape or people are in shape but not be in the right BMI. I can understand this. But I also know that when I was in good shape, I automatically fell in the right BMI level. This may not be for everyone of course. It’s an international standard that doctors look at too. So yes, I will talk BMI in my posts.



Hi, I am the Globalized Indian. More about me and my blog’s purpose here.

Today is 26th December, 2014. January is the time for implementing new year resolutions and breaking them again. I wanted to put an end to that. So I’ve started the journey in December! The changes I’ve made: stop eating out as frequently as I did before, stick to healthy homemade food (mostly Indian), and increase workout frequency. Starting a workout is the hardest for me after living a sedentary lifestyle because of the initial muscle soreness and the struggle to get mapmywalkthings moving. I’ve overcome that, and I’m happy to have lost over 3 lbs. so far. I like to lose 1 or 2 lbs. per week. My main workout mode is walking. I use the MapMyWalk app to keep me motivated to do better each time and walk longer. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in walking for weight loss. If running is your thing, there’s MapMyRun too. Apart from logging your own walks and measuring distance, pace, etc., I like the ability to explore new routes in my area. That way I get a change of scenery, elevation, etc. to keep me interested.

I plan to start the diet on January 5th, 2015. The four week cycle should be completed by February 2015. Before I start, I will be planning all my meals, grocery lists, etc. I will try to consolidate workout plans too apart from walking.

If you are new to the Fast Metabolism Diet like me, first of all I recommend reading the book. Book links mentioned in my About page.