I was asked to review The MD Factor Diet by the publisher, and I received a free copy of the book. I was not compensated for my time, but this post does include an affiliate link, which means that I will receive a small commission if you purchase the book through Amazon. As always, all opinions are my own.
If you read my blog, you probably know, or can guess I’m not a big fan of “diets”. They just don’t work. I’ve worked with clients for long enough to know that the ones who come in with “Just tell me what to eat and I’ll do it”, are the first ones to not show up for their follow up appointments – and that’s not because they don’t need my services any longer. It’s the people who listen and learn, ask great questions, set their own goals, and create their own plan that are successful in making changes in their diet and their health.
So when I was asked to review The MD Factor Diet, a recently published book about how to correct your metabolism and lose weight, by Dr. Caroline Cederquist, let’s just say I was skeptical. And a bit worried about what I would say when it came time to hit the publish button on my review. Happily, I found that even though this sounds like a diet book – AKA “Tell me what to eat, and when”, it’s not.
I work with many people, especially women, who never had a weight or blood sugar problem in their life until they hit menopause, and now they have belly fat, high blood pressure and they’re told they have prediabetes. Most have older family members in the same boat. While I’m sure they do their share of eating out, birthday celebrations and holiday feasting – who doesn’t, I really don’t think most eat that much, yet they can’t lose weight, or even just lose that belly fat. It’s frustrating to have to count every morsel that you eat, and to have to always say no to certain foods.
The MD Factor Diet does a great job of explaining why so many people are in the I-never-eat-but-I-can’t-lose-weight-so-I’m-just-gonna-have-this-ice cream boat. It’s because your metabolism is dysfunctional. Symptoms are real – I have many myself, and according to Dr. Cedarquist, they include sugar cravings – check; having energy dips throughout the day – check; and just feeling tired and hungry all of the time. Hello. And let’s not forget that growing muffin-top. Where did THAT come from? Blame it on menopause, or a too sedentary job, or the holidays, but chances are, your metabolism is probably at least a little bit dysfunctional.
The dysfunction is caused by age, hormonal changes, and just a little bit of belly weight that sets the entire process in motion until it snowballs out of control if you let it. Dr. Cederquist provides lots of easy to understand information about the science behind what she calls MD or Metabolism Dysfunction, and the best ways to reverse it. She also provides diet guidelines, recipes, and even meal plans if you want them. But take my advice – if you see yourself in any of the examples, and if you have tried diets and even lots of exercise without much or any success, use the lists of foods she provides and sit down and make your own plan. It’s perfectly OK to do. I’ll even help you if you ask!
The goal of The MD Factor Diet is to change the way you feed your cells. That means eating only the carbs your body needs and fueling more with protein and healthy fats to help reverse insulin resistance. You’ll reduce your carbs quite a bit for just a few days while you eat protein rich meals and snacks. Then you’ll follow a moderate carb diet for the rest of the month, followed by meals and snacks that have a bit more carb. It isn’t that carbohydrates are the enemy, but rather that too many refined carbs from breads, cereals, crackers, pretzels and desserts stress our insulin and set the MD Factor in motion. So eating more protein helps to reset the system and forces you to choose only healthy carbs like whole grains, beans, and fruits and vegetables.
I’m not going to say much more, because I don’t want to spoil the ending, but hey, it’s worth a try right? The plan is easy to understand and follow, and I really appreciate that she gives you complete flexibility to eat the foods you like as long as they fit into the carb and protein goals. I also love the fact that she tells you how to prepare – clean out the fridge and pantry, make an emergency plan for birthdays and special events that come up, and if you’re not exercising, focus only on the food part first. I give the exact same advice. The MD Factor Diet is worth a read, and if you need help setting it into motion, shoot me an email!
How do you feel about “Tell me what to eat diets”? Have you ever had any success following one?