In all of my years of treating patients who need to lose weight, I have found that there is no “one diet fits all.” That’s why, in The A-List Diet, I’ve identified six different types of dieters:
- A perimenopausal woman
- A woman in her twenties or thirties
- A menopausal or postmenopausal woman
- A young man (in his twenties or thirties)
- An andropausal man over forty
- A diet-challenged woman or man (you’ve been going on and off diets for years)
While some of these categories may overlap, choose the one that best suits you at this exact moment in time—you can always change later depending on your level of success. If you’re not sure which category is the best fit, you can take the Dieter Type Quiz. In chapter two of The A-List Diet, I focus on profiles of the different dieter types, as well as the protein booster shakes catered to each.
The protein booster shakes are crucial for enabling your dieting type to function as an efficient metabolic fat-burning machine. Each shake varies according to your dieting type because we need different amino acids and other nutritional supplements depending on the interplay between our hormones, metabolism, and the macronutrients (proteins, fats, and carbs) that we need at any given time in our lives.
These shakes are what will make a lower-carbohydrate diet work for you. They are the missing link to jump-charge your metabolism and get you on the right track to a delicious journey to looking and feeling great.
Marla’s Diet Story
Marla, a fifty-four-year-old woman, came to see me because she was at least a hundred pounds overweight. She was diabetic and was unable to control her blood sugar, so her doctor put her on insulin. Marla hated insulin and told me that she would do anything to get off it. She was okay with taking nutritional supplements and even her diabetes medications, but the thought of insulin scared her.
After doing all the necessary blood work, we started with the detox program (which can be found in chapter 3 of The A-List Diet book) and then the perimenopausal shake, along with two protein boost shots per day.
Marla has lost eighty-six pounds as of this writing. She had been on many other diets over the years, but she told me the other day that the A-List Diet is the only one that has worked for this long—all the others either stopped working or she gave up. We both looked at each other and said, “Protein boosting!” She can’t get enough of them.
And perhaps the best part of all? Marla is no longer on insulin and takes just one pill per day for her diabetes instead of six.
Recipe of the Week:
This week’s A-List recipe spotlight is salads:
Asian Vegetable Salad (page 193 of The A-List Diet Book)
- 1 large bunch cilantro, thick stems removed and remaining sprigs cut into 3-inch lengths (about 5 cups loosely packed)
- 1 cucumber, seeded and slivered
- 1 jalapeño or other fresh chile, stemmed, seeded, and slivered
- 2 scallions, minced
- 2 teaspoons macadamia nut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- sesame oil, to taste
- white vinegar, to taste
- In a large bowl, combine the cilantro, cucumber, jalapeño, and scallions. Add the macadamia nut oil and salt and toss lightly.
- Add a few drops of sesame oil and vinegar and more salt to taste; toss again. Serve.