I’ve been trying these recipes for a couple of months now. I have to say I’m pretty impressed by this program. That being said, it probably isn’t for everyone.
Here’s my review of Metabolic Cooking…
- 1 Two types of diet
- 2 What is Metabolic Cooking?
- 3 Metabolic Cooking Recipes
- 4 Example metabolic recipes:
- 5 Dave Ruel and Karine Losier – the authors of Metabolic Cooking
- 6 What’s included in the Metabolic Cooking program?
- 7 What does Metabolic Cooking cost?
- 8 What about guarantees?
- 9 Conclusion
Two types of diet
They say that 80% of successful weight loss comes down to diet. So, why is it that so many diets just flat out don’t work?
There are basically two types of diet…
The first is the ‘quick fix’. This type of diet promises super fast weight loss by following some really weird (and often very unhealthy) eating rules. The cabbage diet, the soup diet, the cookie diet, the lemonade diet and pretty much every crash diet fall into this category.
This type of diet may help you lose some pounds initially. However, it is usually impossible to maintain. The result is that you often end up re-gaining more weight than you lost… the yo-yo effect.
The second type of diet focuses on lasting weight loss by making permanent changes to your eating habits and lifestyle. This is the better choice if you want to not just lose some pounds, but keep them off as well.
Metabolic Cooking – I’m happy to say – falls into the second category. It’s for people who want lasting weight loss and are prepared to make some permanent changes to their diet to get it.
What is Metabolic Cooking?
Metabolic Cooking teaches you how to combine healthy, natural foods like vegetables, meat, fish, fruit, herbs and spices into recipes that will boost your metabolism (and health) and help you get rid of stubborn fat.
The Metabolic Cooking program is based on certain principles. The most important ones are:
Metabolic Thermo Charge
This is the foundation of Metabolic Cooking. It’s actually the author’s way to name the thermogenic effect of food. It stands for how many calories your body is going to burn just breaking down the nutrients each time you consume a certain food. For example protein tends to have a high Metabolic Thermo-Charge.
The recipes in Metabolic Cooking are made from foods that provide a high metabolic thermo charge (most natural foods) while avoiding those with a low metabolic thermo charge (pretty much all processed foods).
The Metabolic Nutri-Profile
They way you combine foods plays an important role in Metabolic Cooking. For this reason the authors have provided every recipe with what they call a Metabolic Nutri-Profile. There’s four of these:
P: means a recipe contains 15 grams of protein per serving
C: means a recipe contains 10 grams of carbs per serving
F: means a recipe contains 5 grams of fat per serving
V: means a recipe contains enough vegetables to work out to one serving size
Food Cycling and the Metabolic Adaptation Phenomenon
The Metabolic Adaptation Phenomenon occurs when your body has fully adapted to your food intake. The result is a slower metabolism.
To prevent this adaptation, Metabolic Cooking uses food cycling. You vary your nutrient intakes regularly. This keeps your body guessing as to what’s coming next helps keep your metabolism revved at all times.
Metabolic Cooking Recipes
There are about 250 recipes included in the Metabolic Cooking program. This includes breakfast, snacks, sides, smoothies, fish, vegetarian, poultry, beef and pork among others (see: “What’s included in Metabolic Cooking” for a complete overview). This should provide enough variety to never have to get bored. However, if you are strictly vegan or vegetarian, Metabolic Cooking probably isn’t the best choice for you.
Ok, so what do the Metabolic Cooking recipes actually look like? Here’s an example of one of my personal favorites, the Sweet Pepper Beef Stir-Fry:
Example metabolic recipes:
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Cinnamon Chai Latte Smoothie
Click here to learn how to make the Cinnamon Chai Latte Smoothie
The Metabolic Cooking program was created by Karine Losier and Dave Ruel.
Karine, also known as the ‘Lean Kitchen Queen’, has a strong passion for food, fitness, and culinary adventures. She refers to herself as a “real kitchen glamour renegade who gets excited about challenging the commonly used techniques that most chefs turn to while seeking out healthier alternatives.
Karine knows the importance of good nutrition that also tastes great when it comes to motivating people to stick with their diet. She also holds a master’s degree in psychology. This has allowed her to help people with all the psychological struggles that they face with regards to their eating habits and diets.
Dave is a respected fitness cook. He is also a professional fitness coach, nutritionist and a competitive bodybuilder. His approach to nutrition is that you should never be dieting… just eating healthy because you love it. Besides Metabolic Cooking, he is also the author of Anabolic Cooking, a nutrition system for people looking to build muscle.
In his own words Dave has seen fitness enthusiasts go the usual route of steamed chicken, baked potatoes, and broccoli for every meal and has had the opportunity to teach them that there is a better way.”
Dave has a large background in helping others achieve their goals, be it fat loss or muscle building and is always learning new and innovative techniques to use in the kitchen.
What’s included in the Metabolic Cooking program?
Metabolic Cooking consists of a bunch of different pdf books. There’s cookbooks, quick sheets, a ‘salad & dressing builder’ and different guides on optimizing fat loss, supplements and seasonings.
Metabolic Cooking Cookbooks
All of the recipes are neatly divided into different cookbooks. There’s nine of these in total:
Having a well balanced nutrient rich breakfast is the best way to get your metabolism jump-started for the day and ensure that you have energy to spare as you go about your morning.
Some of the recipes you’ll find in this cookbook:
- Apple oatmeal pancakes
- Pizza omelette
- Fu Yong Scramble
- Chocolate Almond Crunch
Chicken & Poultry
Not only are there literally thousands of different ways that you can prepare these protein-rich foods, but because they are also low in fat and so high in protein, they are ideal for creating the perfect fat loss diet.
- Asian Turkey Burgers
- Lemon Mustard Herb Chicken
- Spicy Peanut Chicken
- Mexi Turkey-Eggs Skillet
Fish & Seafood
A protein source that is a must in any fat loss diet. White fish is a virtually fat-free source of protein that is low in calories and will enhance maximum fat loss. Fattier fish such as salmon provides you with omega fatty acids, which are going to also foster a leaner body composition and promote better insulin sensitivity.
- Dijon Tuna
- Cajun Catfish
- Feta Spinach Salmon
- Seafood Jambalaya
These smoothies are all filled with quality nutrients. They will help support maximum fat burning in your body while also making sure to maximize your metabolic rate. They also provide a key nutrients needed for optimal functioning.
- Extreme Chocolate Smoothie
- Thermoccino Smoothie
- Banana Split Smoothie
- Pina Colada Smoothie
If you believe that pork is one of the protein sources that is much higher in overall saturated fat, it’s time that you stand corrected. The truth is that pork is actually much leaner than most people think and will fit in perfectly with your fat loss diet plan.
- Caribean-style Pork Tenderloin
- Chili Lime Pork Strips
- Pork Tandoori
- Pork and Sweet Potato Stew
If you’re a ‘steak and potatoes’ kind of person who loves to create a beef stir-fry from time to time, you are going to absolutely love the red meat recipes in this cookbook.
- Argentina-Style Steak
- Beef with Asian Mushroom Sauce
- Sweet Pepper Stir-fry
- Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps
You can use any of these delicious carbo-side dishes to complete your carbohydrates needs for lunch, mid morning snacks, or even breakfast! Also contains ‘Free Veggie-Sides’. This is one group of recipes you’ll want to be sure to be maximizing on your diet plan.
- Broccoli Dijon
- Steamed Asian Mix
- Mexican Potato Salad
- Quick Zucchini Soup
Many people think that adding snacks throughout the day is only going to cause you to consume too many calories, preventing fat loss. However, when chosen wisely, snacks are perfect for keeping your metabolism revved so you actually
burn more calories, not fewer. They also help avoid hunger and cravings.
- Strawberry Parfait
- Apple Oats Snack Bars
- Vanilla Peach Snack Bars
- Quick and Easy Protein and Carb Snack Ideas
This cookbook will help vegans and vegetarians find exciting new ways to prepare their meals… While meat eaters will discover new ways of eating vegetarian meals.
- Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chilli
- Pepper Quiche
- Vegetarian Frittata
- Spicy Tempeh Scramble
Fat Loss Optimizer Guide
This is a 62 page guide that explains the basic principles of Metabolic Cooking like the metabolic thermo charge, the metabolic adaptation phenomenon and the Nutri-Profile. Other things covered in this guide:
- How to use Metabolic Cooking efficiently
- How to calculate your daily caloric needs
- How to create your own individualized meal plan
- Meal timing
- The ’10 rules of metabolic cooking’
- An extensive list of healthy sources of protein, carbs and fats, as well as Thermo charged ‘free veggies’
- How to manage your food preparation
Supplements Optimizer Guide
This guide lists different supplements you can use alongside the recipes. It starts off by saying believe that, although certain supplements can enhance the results you get, they are by no means a replacement for a proper workout and diet program. Nutrition should always be the main focus of your fat loss protocol – period.
The most important supplement mentioned in this guide is protein-powder. This is actually used in many of the smoothie recipes.
Metabolic Salad Builder & Dressings
The Metabolic Salad builder teaches you how to build the ultimate metabolic salad. It also provides you with 24 done for you metabolic salad recipes. The Dressings guide shows you some great recipes for dressings which can be used in combination with the salad recipes.
Thermo Charged Seasoning Guide
This guide provides you with 17 seasoning recipes which you can use to spice up your Metabolic Cooking recipe. My personal favorite is the Cajun Seasoning.
The Quick Sheets
These 7 guides provide helpful additional tips and info that help you get the most out of the Metabolic Cooking program. They are:
- Cooking Glossary
- Daily Food Log Template
- Grocery Shopping Masterlist
- Kitchen Ware Discounts Links
- Online Grocery Shopping List
- Quick Recipe Finder (a handy overview of all the recipes and in which cookbook you can find them).
- Weights and Measurements Conversions
What does Metabolic Cooking cost?
As I write this, the regular price for Metabolic Cooking is $29. Considering the amount of information provided in this program I think this is a very reasonable price. However, at the moment they are even giving a $19 discount. This means you can (like I did) get the whole package for just 10 bucks… which is a great price.
The sales page states that this discount is a limited offer… but it’s been there for a while. You can find out if the offer is still available by visiting the official website.
What about guarantees?
Metabolic Cooking comes with a 60 day 100% money back guarantee. This means you get to test-drive the program totally risk free for two months. If you don’t like it you can get a full refund.
As far as diet programs go, Metabolic Cooking is certainly one of the better ones I’ve tested. It focuses on healthy and sustainable weight loss. The recipes are made with real foods, no chemical shakes or expensive (heavily processed) pre-fab weight loss meals. Just good old meat, fish, veggies, herbs and spices.
The recipes I’ve tried so far all tasted great. I’m certainly no gourmet chef, but even I was able to make them without much difficulty. This makes it easy to make Metabolic Cooking a part of your life.
That being said, if you are strictly vegetarian or vegan, this program probably isn’t for you. Although there are quite a few vegetarian recipes, most of them contain some form of meat, poultry or fish.
As far as price is concerned, I think Metabolic Cooking offers great value for money. That, combined with the 60 guarantee, makes it a great program for anyone who wants to lose weight by eating healthier.
If you’re ready to give this program a shot, you can get it here.