Ultra-Metabolism

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

Dr. Mark Hyman is the author of the book Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss, developed from the concept of nutrigenomics – the science of how food is ‘information’ that communicates with our genes. Learn to work with, instead of against, your body, and use the natural fat burners within. Eating the right foods communicates weight loss and health; eating the wrong foods communicates weight gain and disease.

Ultrametabolism explains how to prevent disease, prolong life and make dieting obsolete, with no calorie counting, no talk of ‘carbs’ or other fads, based on science tailored to an easy-to-follow, customizable program for automatic weight loss and good health, regardless of your age.

Ultrametabolism basics


Dr. Hyman’s Ultrametabolism plan, developed from 10 years of hands-on experience at a health resort, contains seven keys to weight loss: controlling appetite and metabolism, reducing stress, managing inflammation, preventing cellular “rust,” turbo charging your metabolism, ensuring optimal thyroid function and detoxifying your liver. These derive from Ultrametabolism’s general principles:

  • Eat lean protein at every meal
  • Maintain the right balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrate
  • Choose whole ingredients
  • Focus on anti-inflammatory, anti-aging foods
  • Select foods packed with powerful phytonutrients
  • Keep the glycemic load low

ultrametabolismThe book targets personal trouble zones through a series of quizzes, helping to implement a diet that works with your body, eating every 3 hours except not for 3 hours before bedtime. The plan has:

  • a one-week preparation – ban bad foods including sugar, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, junk food, alcohol and caffeine
  • Phase I for three weeks of detoxification – introduction of whole ‘healing’ foods and elimination of common food allergens like dairy products, eggs and gluten.
  • Phase II from week 4 for life – reprogrammed bodies and genes to lose weight permanently, including planned reintroduction of previously banned foods to monitor their effects on your health. Dr. Hyman states that weight-loss will amount to 11 to 21 pounds or more, by the end of eight weeks.

Sample Meal

Here is a sample of the many recipes included in UltraMetabolism, which also contains daily menus, shopping lists and more, for the two major phases in the UltraMetabolism plan.

Cajun-Spiked Halibut with Peppers, Mustard Greens, and Baked Sweet Potatoes

Makes 2 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes

  • 2 small sweet potatoes, scrubbed and pierced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Two 4- to 6-ounce Alaskan halibut steaks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch mustard greens (about ½ pound), trimmed, rinsed, and chopped

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake the potatoes until soft, about 45 minutes.

Combine the paprika, oregano, thyme, cayenne, and salt in a small bowl. Place the halibut on a plate and sprinkle with the seasoning to coat the fish well. Heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a skillet; add the peppers and mustard greens, and sauté on medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the remaining teaspoon of olive oil and the halibut. Sauté over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until browned and cooked through. Serve the fish and vegetables with a baked sweet potato.

Other healthy recipes can be found here.

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Gary

    I didn’t stick with this diet enough to lose weight, but I DID find out that I was gluten-intolerant, which has been a lifesaver.

  • Elizabeth

    I read UltraMetabolism when it was first published, and I found this book to be enlightening and gave me some things to think about. Making some simple lifestyle changes can go a long way in improving your quality of life, not just in losing weight (although I did lose 55 lbs and have been at my healthy target weight for the last three years). I recommend it to anyone that seeks a healthier attitude about food that will lead to better health overall and that can break the cycle of weight loss and weight gain. As for the recipes in the back of the book, I skimmed them to get an idea of what kinds of meals Dr. Hyman suggests, then I tailored my own recipes to more closely resemble the nutritive content and ratios of those meals. I’ve been successful in creating quick, nutritious, and tasty meals by using the suggested recipes as an example, not by trying to follow them to the letter. Some people have the time to spend an hour or more preparing a meal, but most do not (I know I don’t), so try seeing the book as a well-laid set of suggestions rather than dogma.

  • Muna Snobar

    i would like to know more about a diet that is good for Hypothyroidism patients. thanks

  • chris

    I read Ultrametabolism. After years of trying to learn to improve my health through exercise and eating I was thrilled that the end of the book was going to give me a simple way to prepare food for a busy life style with a shopping list to boot. Then I got got there…Are you KIDDING ME! It has been a huge let down. People with busy lives in NYC don’t have time for this. The shopping is a little heavy, but can be done. The kitchen tools… agreed. What person with a heavy work load has time to prepare these meals weekly?

  • Dr Manstein

    Your priniciples of good fats burning bad fats are correct. I will be happy to read more about your principles particularly for thyroid cases. I think that the concept of ‘available energy’ is more fundamental. Dr Manstein (PhD in ‘Qunatum Neuroinformatics of Mind & Consciousness’ from IIT Kanpur, India)

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