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Book Review: The New ME Diet

The New ME Diet, by Jade Teta and Keoni Teta

The New ME Diet

The New ME (Metabolic Effect) Diet challenges the reader to rethink traditional diet tactics and adopt practices for healthy, sustainable weight loss.

The Writing

Admittedly, this post will be more of a review of the exercise plan than of the actual book. The writing certainly wasn’t meant to be literature. It’s educational and instructive – it explains the premise behind the program and it lays out a plan for eating and working out.

The text tends to be repetitive and I can’t decide if that is to help reinforce the learning, or because the book is set up to be read or referred to in segments. Or both.

At any rate, it is a quick read and the basics are easy to understand. The case studies are only marginally helpful, but they are interesting. There are plenty of lists and charts to refer to as well.

The Introduction

I probably would never have heard of this book had it not been recommended to me by my naturopathic endocrinologist, who has been helping me regulate my wacked-out thyroid. Had I left that up to my conventional doctor, I would now be sans thyroid function and permanently on thyroid replacement hormones. However, my holistic doctor has my respect, so I picked up a copy.

I particularly like the book’s dedication:

This book is dedicated to the dream that one day nutrition and exercise will replace pharmaceutical drugs as the cornerstone of a physician’s education and will be used as the first line of defense for both the treatment and prevention of disease.

Amen.

The Premise

Hormones control virtually everything in the body, including fat-burning and weight loss. The authors explain that, for a variety of reasons, the balance of hormones can become compromised and the body experiences metabolic resistance.

The Metabolic Effect program uses the combination of a high-protein, modified-carb diet and  a rest-based, hybrid weight training to stimulate the proper hormone balance.

The authors argue that calorie counting and aerobic exercise is the wrong model for long-term weight loss because this method often causes the body to cannibalize its own muscle. It is the type of food that you eat, more than the quantity, that makes a difference in how your body functions.

The Diet

The book identifies three types of “burners” (muscle burners, sugar burners and mixed burners), but the nutritional guide is very similar for each: eat often and well. Vegetables and lean meats should make up the majority of the meal plate and carbs are limited, more or less stringently depending on the type of burner.

No surprise there.

The Workout

The workout consists of four groups of hybrid exercises that are done with free weights. Each hybrid works several muscle groups at once, which increases the heart rate and makes you sweat your can off. It’s awesome.

Pick one hybrid from each group. Do twelve reps of each. Start over. Complete as many cycles as you can in 20 minutes. If you can complete five or more cycles in that time, you’re ready to move to the next weight.

Simple!

My Experience

To be honest, neither T nor I are being stringent about diet part of the program at the moment. T has very limited control over his food choices on post. My eating habits aren’t too far from what the program recommends. We have both added more protein, but could probably stand to cut some carbs. I’m not going to worry about it right now.

What I really like is the workout and here’s why:

  • It’s easy to follow.
  • The only equipment needed is a pair of dumbbells.
  • I can do the workout outside.
  • I get winded and sweaty, so I know I’m working hard.
  • I could see progress as early as Week 3.
  • The repetition allows me to focus on good form.
  • It only takes 30 minutes (including warm-up and post-stretching).

The Rating

I give this book three out of five paws.

I give this exercise program – when combined with walking and yoga – five out of five paws.

Please note that this review is not intended as medical advice. It is a highly simplified summary of the information included in The New ME Diet book. Any participation in the program is entirely at the reader’s own risk. Please consult a physician with questions or concerns.

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