No sugar allowed? What kind of sweeteners can I use?
Reach for stevia or birch-based (sometimes the package will say hardwood-based) xylitol. Artificial sweeteners aren't real food -- they're chemicals! Plus they slow your metabolism and waste your liver's time, so they don't belong in this diet. Even natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey make your blood sugar spike and fall too quickly, making it difficult to repair your metabolism.
I don’t have time to cook. What now?
You can still do the Fast Metabolism Diet with these time-saving strategies. If you're really short on time, you can use the phase-specific Fast Metabolism Diet breakfast shakes and bars for breakfast and snacks each day. Try stocking up on phase-appropriate snacks that keep well: Apples or oranges for Phase One; nitrite-free jerky for Phase Two; raw nuts and seeds, or raw, shredded coconut for Phase Three (hard-boiled eggs are another portable Phase Three snack). With breakfast and and snacks taken care of, set aside just one or two days to make seven slow-cooker meals: Two for Phase One, two for Phase Two, and three for Phase Three. Prep the ingredients and start them cooking in the morning, go about your day, then portion and freeze the meals in the evening. If you make enough of each recipe for four dinners (one day each week) and four lunches, and you're covered for the entire 28 days with very little repetition. Remember, if you're not cooking, then someone else is doing it for you, so find restaurants that will work with you to customize your meal. Be sure to bring your food lists with you and ask a lot of questions.
My family won’t do the diet with me. What do I do?
You might try dropping the word diet, because most people associate it with skimpy portions of unpalatable food. Just serve them a few of recipes from The Fast Metabolism Diet and we're sure they'll come around! If they still won't bite, you can make your own meals ahead of time with a slow cooker, and freeze individual portions for use during the appropriate phase. Super-quick, phase-appropriate salads and sandwiches are another great option. Tell your family you are not dieting, you're just eating!
I have a party/wedding/birthday coming up. What do I do?
Start by letting yourself really get excited about and enjoy the event -- no stress hormones here! Eat protein snacks throughout the day and, if you know there's going to be a big fat slice of birthday or wedding cake waiting for you, eat natural sugars (like fruit) for breakfast and lunch, and good fats for dinner just before the cake.
Help! I’m going on vacation!
The secret to staying on track during a vacation is planning ahead. Start by packing a Crash Stash in your carry-on or purse, and plan out times and places to restock it during your trip. If you won't be able to get phase-appropriate food at mealtimes when you travel, pack a cold meal (or meals) for yourself -- some of the phase-specific recipes travel very well.