Eat for Heat: Improve Metabolism

One thing we love about blogging is learning new things.  We love how you (our readers) are always sharing things that you find with us.  Many of you give us websites to check out, products to look into, and books to read.

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After many of you told us about Matt Stone’s Eat for Heat book, we decided to buy it. We mentioned in our metabolism video  that we just started reading the book, well Michelle was able to finish reading it on the plane yesterday.

So what do we think?

If you just google eat for heat you can find a lot of others sharing their opinions on Matt Stone’s book. And many of you mentioned some of the things he says is a little extreme or out there so to speak.

Well it is true. After going over the book together we noticed we were nodding our heads in agreement with somethings, and other times our eyes got big and we would think ‘ what the hell’

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Things covered in the book:

  1. salt
  2. water  
  3. pee
  4. warming and cooling foods
  5. meal times
  6. exercise 
  7. plus a few other topics

We already were aware of water, warming and cooling foods, meal times, and exercise in regards to metabolism and general health. We know a little about salt, so that part was interesting to us. Not really sure how much we believe you should have of salt, but some of his ideas behind taking salt did make us think twice about it.

Matt mentioned a few times about being aware of the changes in your body and make adjustments, which we would agree. This is what we are doing with our eats, exercise, and lifestyle.  We all have our own personal rhythms and different things will help us get balanced just as he mentioned in the book. The point is to start learning your body,  pay attention to your feelings, body temperature, mood, appetite  thirst, etc.

Matt is a big fan of saturated fats, so are we. We love our fats. Again this is a personal issue, so find where you feel comfortable with fats. We all have different views of what are healthy fats. Just make sure they are working for you, not against you.

We liked his approach related to diet in getting more balanced meals.  Looking for meals that have some cooling and warming effects. And then after eating, see if you got cold or hot. Make adjustments if needed.  We don’t agree with everything he said relating to diet, but he does mention to listen to your body and to remember you can overdo things! This is something we have learned the hard way many times…diving into something too quickly.

Please take things slow. Make small changes.  Adjust as you go along learning what works for your body.

Matt had a section about circadiam rhythms which we found to be interesting.  To sum it up in a few words – we all have different peaks during the day and the goal is to become more stable throughout the whole day. So he recommends tweaking your food and drink intake based upon your personal rhythms. Matt says the best indicator is to note what time of day do your feet get cold.

Some of us will be warming in the first part of the day and others at the end of the day.

The goal is not to feel drowsy during the day, so need to adjust cooling and warming foods/drinks to help find balance.

Another thing we agreed with is he mentioned -don’t follow everything he says verbatim.  Just like we have mentioned many times, you have to find what works for your body because you are the only one who knows how you feel.  People with low metabolism will do different things than someone who has a strong metabolism. Plus there are other varying factors to take in, but you get the point.

Be flexible.

Learn your body.

Be more aware of changes in your body.

Adjust as your go.

Don’t stress too much about this and that.  Close your eyes and listen to your body. What is it telling you? You might have to do this a few times throughout the day. Make notes. Look for patterns.

And remember as your body changes, your food and fluid intake will change too.  As your metabolism gets better different things will need to be changed to keep up with your body changing. So don’t get stuck on one way of doing things. As your life changes, your body changes therefore your diet and lifestyle need to change too.

One last point to cover of Eat for Heat is exercise. Matt wrote, “It’s also important to know that you don’t have to really do much hard exercise to make significant changes to your physique – or at least to get the hormonal benefits from it….you can get stronger, faster, and more in-shape doing very little.”

You all know that we love shorter workouts. Check out our workout videos to see what we like to do.  We will have to write up another post about this as we can talk about it for awhile.

Our general thoughts about Matt’s Eat for Heat book :

  • we are going to be more aware of when we get hot and cold
  • play around with our fluid intake
  • keep finding the right balance of macros at each meal
  • add sea salt to some of our meals
  • keep our workouts fun and different
  • listen to our bodies and make changes when needed
  • and no stressing!

Twins Question: Have you read Matt Stone’s Eat for Heat book? Do you notice yourself getting hot or cold at different times of the day? What do you think about salt?

till next time,

purelytwins

19 Responses to Eat for Heat: Improve Metabolism

  1. Ali says:

    After reading Matt’s book per your recommendation, I have known significant changes to my body temperature levels/ cold hands and feet/ metabolism. I have incorporated more salt, more carbs, and less fluid. I have more energy and feel more balanced!

  2. janetha says:

    great review! this topic really intrigues me.. i need to check it out. i sooo agree with not needing to do too much fitness-wise to make changes. minimalism, baby!
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  3. Sounds like an interesting read! Salt, I try to limit it because I have seen weight fluctuate so much. I had a client that suddenly gained 4 pounds and when we got to talking, she mentioned she had been eating a lot of ramen. She gave the salt-laden soup up and a week later was down several pounds.

    I tend to get really cold after dinner. Just thought it was blood going to my stomach to help digestion and leaving me chilled!
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    • Rebecca says:

      Full spectrum salt (pink, grey, black) will not make weight fluctuate. Salt is the least of your worries in ramen please don’t forget the MSG, artificial flavors, fried noodles. That will make weight go up not just the sodium.

  4. I think salt is still a really controversial thing. I used to think that low sodium is best and never added salt to anything. Ever since starting GAPS I have really increased my salt consumption and haven’t noticed any additional bloating like I used to when eating salt. One of the reasons is probably that regular table salt often contains dextrose (corn)which I am allergic to, and is so processed that it leeches out all of the good minerals. I buy pink Himalayan sea salt (real salt is usually not white but pink or grey) which is amazing and chocked full of beneficial nutrients. I’m very susceptible to sodium in that one day I ran out of salt and didn’t have time to get any more from the store, and ended up very light headed and cold throughout the day. I also have a hard time concentrating and get dizzy sometimes when I don’t consume enough salt. At least that’s the connection that I’ve found!

    Have you read any of Matt Stone’s other books? I was reading over a review of his digestion book last night. Interesting. It sounds like just what I need but at the same time I’m not sure I could go through the pain and suffering from eating the types of food that he promotes to get better.

  5. Interesting! Ive never really put thought into hot and cool foods.. I may pick this up for a read!
    Great review!
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  6. Ali says:

    Glad you picked up the book! I have mixed feelings about Matt’s extreme nature. I know that I am trying to continuously heal my gut (celiac, colitis, and SIBO), and if I ate some of the things he recommends to heal my metabolism (which I know is shot, as evidenced by my hypothyroidism and tons of other symptoms like bloating, being freezing, constipation, moodiness, etc) I would get so sick. Chips, ice cream, and pizza would totally wreck me. I do understand what he is saying about the importance of refeeding, I just happen to think it can be done with better food choices.

  7. Heathy says:

    This is great girls, I should read that book. I’m a fan of Matt and found out about him and his approach when I stopped being a vegan but haven’t been to his site in a while. THanks for the reminder!
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  8. Wonderful review, ladies! You’ve definitely piqued my interest in this book; I’m especially curious about what Matt has to say about salt in regards to metabolism. I try to watch my intake because I’ve found that too much makes me bloated, but I’d love to hear his argument for eating more. I’m also really interested in learning more about body temperature in relation to diet. I tend to be cold in the morning, so under his guidelines, would that mean I’d benefit from warm foods?

    The part I agree with most: listen to your own body! I’ve become much more intuitive about eating, and have found that my body usually tells me what it needs if I’m willing to listen.

    Sending hugs your way! <3 xoxo
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  9. I found Eat For Heat helpful, but Diet Recovery 2 even more so. I highly recommend that one! I’m a big Matt Stone fan. My hormones are finally beginning to balance out after years of being out of control (or nonexistent).
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    • purelytwins says:

      so glad to hear that Amber!! yay for getting back hormones :) we are on our journey to get there as well! We will look into Diet Recovery 2!! Thanks
      xoxo

  10. Great review! I was curious to check out his book as well. I’ve learned a lot about hot/cold foods and have finally balanced that in the last year… the exercise is the piece I where I know I could be doing things differently– I love distance running! I do seem to be the body type that thrives on intensity in workouts more than others, but for the long term, I’m trying to figure out at what point I should cut out the long runs and focus on what my body wants vs what I love… maybe they go hand in hand? I’m still trying to figure that out!
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    • purelytwins says:

      oh yes the exercise part can be a bit more challenging to figure out. we agree we love doing our HIIT workouts which can have their own issues, so we are trying to balance out our love for those with doing more yoga :)

  11. Quinny says:

    I’m still not sure if salt is for me or if I should give Matt’s book a read. I used to have cold hand and cold feet, but ever since I up my carb intake, I have been fine, I feel warm all day. However, I had some salt the other day (which is rare), after that I noticed my skin seems less dry. I was wondering if I should start adding some salt to my diet, just worry that it will cause weight gain. Cause it did happen in the past, every time I eat salt, I would gain weight (but I also eat fat with salt though).

  12. JP says:

    While he may not sell magic pills on late night informercials, I put Matt Stone in the same category. His stuff appeals to those who have been into extreme yo-yo dieting (from 100% raw vegan to near zero carb, etc.). Yes, these people love eating “comfort foods” that Matt recommends (pizza, pancakes, ice cream, etc.) and they may feel better… at least psychologically. However, his idea of refeeding and raising your metabolism to some super high state is pure conjecture. Lots of people have tried it and failed…they only gained weight. You can find their comments on many of his blog posts.

    He and his die-hard followers give the standard excuses. “You just need to tweak this or that,” or “everyone is different…you just have to keep experimenting.” In other words, they have no answers.

    Bottom line: when any diet book gives meal recommendations like cheeseburgers and Coke…and very rarely recommends the most nutritious green vegetables…run, don’t walk away.

  13. Sarah says:

    I have just been reading Eat for Heat, I am hoping that his ideas will help with my hypothyroidism. I have been mapping my temps over the day for a few weeks and that helped me to get what he was talking about in his book as I could already see it happening to me. I read about sole a sea salt or Himalayan salt dissolved in water solution and began to drink some of that in the day and my adrenals evened out. So I read more over at the savory lotus blog about sole and learned some cool things about salt. She recommended Matt’s book. I noticed that there were more than just one S in his advice for adding heat, and salt is only one of them. There was sugar, saturated fats, sun, sleep, and starches. So, I wonder if salt could be avoided though I would be careful before jumping to that conclusion as Matt did say that the body fluid the extra cellular fluid was a saline solution not just water. I personally have been using sea salt liberally and I have had only great effects, especially with the adrenals and I hope it will get my metabolism up enough that I don’t have to be hypothyroid any more.
    Thanks for your reveiw!

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