Metabolic Cooking Review: Can You Really Cook Yourself Thin?

An image of the Metabolic Cookbook

Product: Metabolic Cooking

Price: Usually $29 / £22.50. Now $10 / £7.75

Where to Buy: Metabolic Cooking product website

Guarantee: 60 Day Risk Free Money back

My Rating: 9 out of 10

Metabolic Cooking: What’s the Big Deal?

Dieting shouldn’t be a chore, it should become a lifestyle choice, and one that you enjoy! Metabolic Cooking from authors Karine Losier and Dave Ruel actually look to buck this trend with their cookbook. So, in this Metabolic Cooking Review, I’m going to find out whether this is actually worth your time and investment, or if it’s just another fad diet book that will end up thinning your wallet rather than your waistline.

The Problem With Most Cookbooks

Atkins, Keto, Paleo, low carb, no carb – these are just a few of the diet plans millions of people around the globe follow day-in, day-out in their quest to lose weight.

Type the words ‘weight loss’ into Google and you’ll be presented with 979 million results. Type ‘diet plans’ into the same search bar and you get 572 million results. That’s a lot of options and a lot of information, recipes, routines and plans to trawl through in order to find something that ‘might’ work for you.

And then what if, after all that time searching, researching and planning you start your new diet plan and within days you’re hungry, fed up of eating the same bland foods and find yourself reaching into the freezer for a big tub of ice cream to stave off those cravings?

Could it be that your diet is failing you rather than you’re failing with your diet? According to Karine Losier, 99% of cookbooks set you up to fail because they don’t address what is known as the ‘Metabolic Adaptation Phenomenon’ or the slowing down of our metabolism due to a lack of key ingredients within our diets. And of course, if our metabolism slows, it’s much harder to lose weight and burn fat.

According to Karine, most cookbooks suffer from the ‘3 Big Problems’:

  • Healthy fat loss cookbooks use the wrong ingredients – instead of using ingredients that will help you fight fat, they use ingredients that encourage your body to store it such as margarine, high calorie dressings and too much sugar.
  • The cookbooks are not organised or structured to enable you to create quick and easy meal plans – they’re just a bunch of recipes that you pick and choose from which isn’t going to help you to burn fat faster.
  • You generally end up eating the same ‘un-metabolic’ foods day-in, day-out – this slows your metabolism down and makes it increasingly harder to burn fat. Instead, you need to be eating foods that keep your metabolism high.

This leads to any hard-earned weight loss going straight back on, meaning you continue to yo-yo diet and become more and more frustrated in the process.

The Authors of Metabolic Cooking

Before looking more closely at the cookbook, I always think it’s worth doing a bit of research about the authors and making sure they KNOW their stuff! So who they?

Karine Losier

Karine Losier is a renowned chef with a Masters Degree in Psychology which separates her from other chefs when it comes to eating for weight loss. She’s had experience in dealing with people with weight problems and who struggle to lose body fat and all the psychological struggles that come with it. Coupling her culinary expertise around what good nutrition looks like together with the ‘mind’ aspect behind losing weight, Karine creates recipes that not only include all the fat burning foods necessary to help you lose weight, but that taste good – motivating people to stick with their diet.

Dave Ruel


Dave Ruel is a competitive bodybuilder, a professional fitness coach and nutritionist. Also known as ‘The Muscle Cook’, Dave earned his nickname through creating and developing recipes and meal plans specific to body building and fitness that are both healthy and tasty. Over his many years in the profession, he has helped lots of people get results by developing meal plans that are easy to make and flavoursome and that people can stick to, making it easier for them to reach their goals.

What is Metabolic Cooking?

Metabolic cooking claims to offer a three-step fat burning protocol:

An image showing the three step fat burning protocol

Step 1: Follow the Metabolic Nutri-Profile

The right food combinations are crucial to help optimise fat burning. This system tells you what recipes are ‘fat burning friendly’ at different times of the day and so eliminates any guess work.

Step 2: Metabolic Adaptation Phenomenon Food Cycling

The sources of your nutrients are varied automatically to reduce the risk of any slowdown in metabolism. Instead of just focusing on the same old chicken, egg whites and protein powders, new foods are introduced into your diet that offer you something different.

Step 3: Thermocharged Fat Burning Ingredients

Your food starts to work for you. Choosing from an approved list of ‘Metabolic Cooking Approved’ foods and ingredients, ensures your metabolism stays boosted, helping you to burn fat.

As well as offering over 250 fat-torching recipes, the cookbook is also a crash course in nutrition and fat burning so you get an education at the same time. You can learn about the ten cooking and nutrition rules to help you be successful with your fat loss goals, create your own personal meal plan – individualised for your needs to increase your chances of success – and learn some tips and tricks to prepare your meals quickly and easily, minimising prep-time.

What You Get Included

Within the Complete Metabolic Cooking package you receive:

  • The nine-part Metabolic Cooking Cookbook with over 250 recipes so you get lots of variety.
  • The Fat Loss Optimiser Guide with information to help you burn fat faster and master fat loss and nutrition, including what the top fat burning foods are, how to time your meals and how much to eat; money saving grocery tips and how to create your own personal meal plan.
  • The Metabolic Salad Builder which shows you how to create fat burning salads and calorie free salad dressings.
  • The Thermo-Charged Seasoning Guide for those days when you have no time to cook and just need options to liven up any meal ‘on the go’ to taste good.
  • Metabolic Cooking Quick Sheets which make your life even simpler by including a quick recipe finder list, a conversion chart, grocery shopping master list, a daily food log and a complete glossary.

If you have a spare few minutes, this really thorough look into the Metabolic Cooking package really breaks down what you get for your money, plus a few user reviews as well:

What I Really Like About Metabolic Cooking

I always approach any new product, especially one that claims to ‘out-do’ all the rest, with a little scepticism. I think the difference with Metabolic Cooking however is that it deals with the psychological aspect of dieting and fat loss as well as the nutrition – something many books don’t.

Here are all the things I really like about this cookbook:

  1. I got an education. Many of us tend to think about food and dieting in a very one dimensional way and that in order to lose weight we should stick to the same reliable food sources and make compromises to flavour and variety. Metabolic Cooking deals with the psychological aspect behind nutrition and losing weight and breaks down the myths presenting you with facts. When you have a better understanding of how fat loss occurs, and how food can help you achieve it, you feel motivated, and suddenly what seemed like a process you’d have to ‘endure’ looks all the easier, and even enjoyable. Dieting and fat loss enjoyable? That’s a sentence I never thought I’d say!
  2. The recipes are quick and easy to prepare. Time spent in the kitchen is minimal and the ingredients are simple and super-easy to find in your local store. I’ve been put off before by recipes that claim they only take twenty minutes to cook, but that take twice as long to prepare and even longer to source some of the ingredients.
  3. There’s variety. The cookbook contains over 250 recipes – each one as easy to prepare and cook as the last – so you’ll never get bored with the same dishes day after day.
  4. Clear calorie counting so you know exactly how much you’re eating. Each recipe contains a nutrition profile which breaks down the proteins, carbs and fats in the dish as well as how many calories it contains, so no guess work or having to weigh ingredients and measure everything out yourself.
  5. Vegan? No problem. The cookbook contains lots of vegan and vegetarian recipes. I’m not vegan or vegetarian myself but some of these recipes are really tasty, and for those who are, you’ll have just as much variety here as everyone else.
  6. A 60 day money-back guarantee. I always like it when people offer a risk-free period because it means they really believe in the power of their product. If, for whatever reason, you find Metabolic Cooking isn’t for you then you can request a refund, no questions asked, within 60 days – giving you more than enough time to try it out.
  7. It’s great value. Compared to similar cookbooks or diet plans, Metabolic Cooking is only $29, and for what you get included this is seriously great value for money. What’s even better is that at the moment this has been reduced again to just $10. Even without the money back guarantee I was tempted because of the low price, but with the guarantee included, to me, this was a no brainer.

A Few Of My Favourite Recipes From The Cookbook

Sweet Pork Burgers

The recipe card for Sweet Pork Burgers

Why I liked this recipe: For someone who loves burgers but hates the amount of calories they usually contain, these are really tasty and incredibly lean at only 242 calories per patty. I wasn’t sure about adding the apple and oat bran initially and wondered how the addition of cinnamon would affect the flavour (cinnamon’s for sweet things generally right?) but I was pleasantly surprised with these as they tasted delicious. The recipe is super-easy to follow too, as you can see. Add in a whole wheat burger bun, some salad and a no calorie dressing and you’re looking at under 400 calories.

Blueberry Bran Protein Muffins

Recipe card for Blueberry Bran Protein Muffins
Why I liked this recipe:
If you’re anything like me then you have a sweet tooth. My problem when dieting is that you cut down on refined sugar which leaves me with huge sugar cravings. I’m usually sceptical about any cakes or sweets that don’t use sugar in them as I’ve never really found them to be as satisfying as traditional recipes, until I made these. Instead of sugar the muffins are made from Stevia – a natural plant-based sweetener and as well as tasting amazing the added bonus here is that they’re high in protein – perfect for a pre or post-workout snack. The recipe is simple to follow too so you don’t need to be an avid baker for these to come out of the oven looking and smelling as good as if you picked them up off the bakery counter.

Shrimp Pad Thai (Noodleless)

Recipe card for Shrimp Pad Thai

Why I liked this recipe: I’m a fan of shrimp and Thai food so I was looking forward to trying this dish. Although the noodles are missing, the cooked spaghetti squash is actually a really great alternative and, for me, was just as filling. This dish is super-flavoursome and incredibly lean in terms of the calorie to protein ratio  -delivering a big hit of over 30 grams of protein per serving. It’s a really good dinner idea – very light at just 361 calories – but satisfying too, and has become one of my firm favourites.

What I don’t like so much about Metabolic Cooking

There are a few areas to the package that could be improved upon, in particular:

  • A lot of the recipes revolve around chicken and meat, including red meat. If you’re not a meat eater then you may find your options limited, although one way to get around this is to substitute the meat for something else – fish or other vegetarian options work just as well with most of these recipes.
  • There’s a lot of information here which can be a little overwhelming and I feel some of it could be broken down even further to help people grasp the information. You’ll need to put some time aside to go through the package bit by bit to break it down and ensure you understand everything.

The Final Word

For me this is a great all-in-one package. No gimmicks, no false promises – it does what it says it will, and then some. The best thing for me is the value for money – you get so much (perhaps too much?!) for your money here and, if it’s not for you, the cast-iron money back guarantee means you can try it out risk-free. This is something a lot of packages at much higher prices simply don’t offer.

I love the recipes in this cookbook and how easy it is to recreate them. One thing that can be tricky if you have a family and you’re the only one on a diet, is having to cook separate dinners for you and something different for everyone else, but Metabolic Cooking has recipes that will satisfy the whole family, so the time you save in the kitchen is worth it just on its own.

In terms of results and actual fat loss, Metabolic Cooking helped me to shift over two pounds (1 kg) of stubborn fat from around my waist in four weeks – this was stubborn belly fat I had been unable to shift before, even by reducing my calories to ridiculously low levels, which proves to me it was my diet that I needed to tweak rather than anything else. For those of you who have more weight to lose, or are just starting out on your weight loss journey, you can expect even better results than this I’m sure.

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What are your thoughts on Metabolic Cooking following my review, would you give it a try? Or perhaps you’ve found a similar program that works just as well? I’d really love to know so please tell me in the comments.


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  1. Now here’s a book that sounds like a dream, eating burgers whilst dieting! sounds great. I am a fan of dieting but I always fall off the wagon mainly because the foods become bland within a short time span. I’m not overweight but I do have high BP and so I’m constantly trying to make lifestyle changes. As you say this book looks into the psychology behind dieting and I think it may be exactly what I need, thanks.

    • It’s generally the psychological mountain that’s harder to climb than the dieting itself, but I have to say this plan addresses both in a way that many alternative diet plans and cookbooks don’t. I wish you success with your weight loss goals Nozipho

  2. I really like this article and think that it is well laid out and informative.  The use of a couple of recipes was a good idea, but as most overweight people like their sugar, or maybe that’s just me, I think that you should have had a savoury and desert example.

    But overall this is a good professional looking article.

    • Thanks for your comments Geoff, and good shout about the dessert example – I’ve now added my thoughts on a blueberry bran muffin recipe that I really love too! 

  3. Wow this is really cool. There are so many cook books out there these days that anybody can be overwhelmed with choice. I like the fact that this focuses on metabolic cooking as at least in my searches I really have not come across a similar publication. Definitely more clear on the facts of metabolic cooking. Are there any reviews for this book?

    • I agree, there’s a lot choice out there when it comes to diet and nutrition and not all of what you come across is geared towards fat loss – some of it is too complicated and requires far too much cooking time and preparation, or cooking experience, and some use completely the wrong foods which actually work against the  fat loss efforts you’re putting in through exercise.  I’m glad you’ve learned a bit more about the facts and principles behind metabolic cooking, there are quite a few other reviews online for the package (apart from this one of course ;-)) and you can find plenty more information on Google and YouTube. 

  4. Hello, wow first i want to thank you for creating such awareness to people out there about karine losier Metabolic Cooking program, most people don’t really believe in losing weight by eating food, they feel doing excercise is much better, I believe both of them play an important role, and your review will really open the eyes of many, thanks a lot for the info.

    • Thanks for your comment. Yes it’s often exercise that becomes the focus of weight and fat loss for a lot of people  and nutrition can become an afterthought. It’s when you balance both together you really start to make progress. The right foods therefore are key.

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