The New ME Diet was created by brothers, Jade and Keoni Teta, who are both holistic physicians, biochemists and certified personal trainers. In their book they aim to help dieters understand their hormones and how to create hormonal balance to support better energy and weight loss.
The Teta brothers concentrate on the importance of losing fat rather than muscle because “muscle releases hormones and is a catalyst by which you can release your own hormones, like growth hormone and testosterone”. Their goal is to help you turn your body into a “fat-burning machine” by giving your metabolism a kick-start through a customized diet and fitness program.
One of the major concepts in The New ME Diet is what is called the ‘metabolic effect’, which is identified as “the optimal state of hormonal function that leads to sustained fat loss and health”. This can be stimulated by adjusting your diet, supplement and fitness regime to suit your unique metabolism.
At the beginning of the book you undertake a questionnaire to determine if you’re a sugar burner, muscle burner, mixed burner or fat burner. Depending on your result you will be provided with specific dietary and fitness advice to suit your metabolic type.
For each of the metabolic types you can eat unlimited amounts of certain foods including most fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and legumes but the amounts of sugars, fat and starches that are permitted will vary.
The basic structure of The New ME diet involves eating five or six meals a day, which helps to stave off hunger and cravings. Dieters are also permitted one reward meal each week.
The book includes a basic meal plan as well as muscle-building recipes. Apart from diet and exercise other lifestyle factors can affect your metabolism and some of these are addressed in the book including sleep, light and dark exposure, stress and alcohol consumption.
Fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lean poultry lean beef, fish, egg whites, almonds, peanut butter, coconut, olive oil, whey protein, non-fat yogurt.