What is a Metabolic Weight Loss Coach?


Nagina Abdullah


March 28, 2023


Throughout my time as an online weight loss coach, my clients have had one thing in common: They all wanted to lose weight and keep it off! Temporary fad diets were frustrating – depriving them of the foods they loved and leaving them with more cravings than rewards. Tired of feeling powerless, they desired a healthy lifestyle that could be easily integrated and adapted into their hectic routines.

I was always aware that my metabolism played a significant role in my weight loss journey but was convinced I was just big-boned and my genetics would never let me be “thin.”

Looking for answers, I dove deep into research that explored the relationship between food and metabolism. With the knowledge I gained through my degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, research, testing recipes and food combinations, and personal experiences, I have created a weight loss program based on nutritional and behavioral science that ignites the metabolism.

With this program, I have transformed my relationship with food and have coached over 1200 clients to achieve the same, successfully. 

In this article, we will take a closer look at metabolism, its impact on the body, and why having a metabolic weight loss coach can provide all the valuable tools you need to achieve sustainable weight loss.


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Metabolism refers to the chemical processes that take place in your body to convert food and drinks into energy. During this complex process, the calories your body takes in mixes with oxygen to make the energy your body needs. The energy that is created is used for:

  • Blood sugar regulation
  • Fat-burning
  • Fat storage
  • Digesting food
  • Managing hormone levels
  • Nutrient absorption


The metabolism is the “engine” of your body. When fueled regularly and properly with a variety of beneficial nutrients it should subconsciously exist, leaving you feeling energized and comfortable.

Just like vehicles, no two bodies are the same. They all require their own unique fuel, attention, and maintenance. The faster your metabolism is, the more calories, or “fuel” you can consume without the fear of gaining weight. Conversely, when your metabolism is slow, it’s important to eat the right foods and food combinations to rev up your metabolism.

Understanding how your metabolism works and the food choices you make, plays a vital role in optimizing the energy your body creates. 

There are many reasons you’re not losing weight, but one of the most significant factors for my clients is age. As we age, our biology and our lifestyles change – directly affecting our “engines”. Hormones undergo massive shifts and weight loss methods that once worked in our twenties and thirties are less and less effective. There is no doubt that losing weight over 40 is challenging and as you get older, understanding your metabolism becomes more important than ever.


A metabolic weight loss coach is a professional focused on improving the efficiency of your metabolism to make it easier for you to lose weight.

Just like a weight loss coach, they acknowledge that living an active lifestyle is beneficial, but a metabolic weight loss coach puts a unique emphasis on guiding your lifestyle through customized meal planning to help boost your metabolism while providing support and motivation

As a metabolic weight loss coach, I focus on:

  • Developing an authentic diet.

I create a customizable program through the tested and perfected Fat-Burning Framework, incorporating each of my client’s unique body types, food preferences, and weight loss goals. Working as a team to understand likes and dislikes will ultimately help you create a sustainable routine that can create lasting changes.

  • Exploring “colorful” options without restriction.

There are many simple changes that can immediately transform your body. For example, swapping high-calorie cereal for bright, nutrient-rich smoothies can be a delicious alternative in your morning routine. Another easy switch is removing sugar-packed sweeteners from coffee drinks and substituting them for metabolism-boosting cinnamon. I assist my clients in replacing tired habits with fresh, healthy options that show results immediately.

  • Coaching for success

Accountability, support, education, and guidance are just some of the many benefits of having a coach during your weight loss journey. Research shows that having a trusted mentor can improve health risk factors and overall quality of life. 

  • Creating an encouraging support team.

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, but working together is success.” 

Having an online community, weekly check-in meetings, and hearing personal stories, offers advice, encouragement, and understanding. As a coach, I offer many opportunities for my clients to engage because I know that each can inspire and motivate others into achieving their weight loss goals.


My tested and perfected Fat-Burning Food Framework is a dynamic tool that is unique to each of my clients. I start with the foundations of their regular diet and begin the transformation process by using nutrient-rich, high-fiber, and high-protein foods that you already enjoy, to reset your metabolism.

With the help of an online weight loss coach, you will discover which parts of your diet can be revamped to promote sustainable weight loss. The Fat-Burning Framework focuses on nutrient-dense foods to increase your metabolism, absorb all the nutrients, while burning fat 100% of the time.


Everything in life needs a reset now and then, so why should your metabolism be any different? For your body’s systems to run smoothly, your hormones need to be in balance. With the slightest variation, those hormones can directly impact your metabolism which can ultimately affect your appearance, mood, workouts, and most notably, your weight. 

During my regular check-ins with clients, I’m always inspired by how much I learn through their personal reflections during the stages of their programs. Laura, an all-star in her successful weight loss journey, described her “wrecked metabolism” and her past regrets with previous approaches to weight loss. 

In the message, Laura was frustrated with all her unsuccessful weight loss attempts. Her understanding of food led her to believe that by eating less would result in weighing less – that couldn’t be further from the truth. Eating less was ultimately wrecking her metabolism

When eating the right foods, in the right proportions, with the right combinations, you don’t feel deprived or hungry and you can feel satisfied with the right amount of calories for you to mindlessly and easily lose weight.


In my 8-Week Slim Down Jumpstart Personal Weight Loss Coaching program, we waste no time resetting your metabolism – removing old, ineffective routines and rejuvenating them into new, fresh opportunities! In the first week of onboarding, we immediately begin customizing your diet by modifying meals and building a new perspective of food. 

  1. Onboarding.

Your journey starts with an initial survey, answering a series of questions regarding personality, food preferences, schedule, and lifestyle. Based on your responses, I create a customized “Metabolism-Boosting Morning Routine.” In our initial 1 on 1 meeting together we clarify your goals and personalize your roadmap progressing you along toward your fat-burning zone.

  1. Creating a food framework fit for you.

I use my perspective as a weight loss coach to develop a sustainable meal plan. I integrate metabolism-boosting foods into my fat-burning framework to promote a custom weight loss routine that integrates and adapts with your changing lifestyle. Ultimately, my fat-burning framework will reboot your metabolism and reset your tired habits to help you permanently lose fat.

  1. Refining meals to discover the right combinations and amounts.

Food is so often misconstrued. Most people use it to offset emotions such as joy, excitement, and even boredom. My fat-burning framework approaches food from a different perspective. Using food for fuel instead of food for feelings, we acknowledge that everything we put into our bodies has a purpose.

In week one, we recognize the nutritional value of certain foods and how to pair them for maximum metabolism-boosting benefits. Together, we discover powerful food combinations that when paired properly, will boost your metabolism, and burn fat faster.

  1. Modifying portion sizes.

Many of my clients view themselves as relatively healthy eaters but still struggle to see lasting results. Even when eating seemingly healthy food, portion sizes could be interfering with your hard work. Obviously eating too many calories will affect weight loss, but did you know that eating too little can be just as detrimental

In my program, we discuss how to maximize the nutritional value of food by properly pairing and managing portion sizes to burn fat 100% of the time.


There are tons of benefits to planning healthy meals packed with protein and fiber. Both supply necessary nutrients that help you to feel fuller longer, giving your body the fuel that it needs to break down fat quickly and efficiently. Even better, they are low in calories so you can eat more. Through my weight loss coaching programs and guidance, my clients are amazed that they no longer crave sugar, feel less restricted, and are surprisingly satisfied within the guidelines I provide. 

Here are three ways you can cut calories, but not substance from your diet:

1 cup of broccoli vs. 1 cup of pasta

By swapping one cup of flavorless pasta with nutrient-rich broccoli, you are not only eliminating tons of unnecessary calories and sugar, but you are adding a substantial amount of fiber and protein that is easily digestible and leaves you feeling full and satisfied. As that isn’t enough to convince you, broccoli also promotes gut health and reduces your risk of various diseases!

How to Swap:

Using broccoli as a base, you can add protein (chicken, tuna, tofu, or others) on top for a greens bowl, which is much more fat burning than a pasta bowl, and surprisingly even more filling! Use a low-sugar, low-fat dressing as an easy flavoring. 

1 cup of cauliflower rice vs. 1 cup of white rice

Riced cauliflower is a low-carb and low-calorie alternative to rice. Though you may not be fooled by the texture, with all the nutritional benefits, you won’t care! Naturally filling, bursting with fiber, and stuffed full of rich antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, these are just some of the 18 reasons to reach for this alternative.

Easy Introduction

Next time you are at the grocery store, check out the frozen cauliflower rice options. They are so easy to make!

1 cup of strawberries vs. a handful of crackers

Next time you reach for a snack, consider your options. Strawberries are a naturally low-fat and low-calorie fruit full of Vitamin C, loaded with antioxidants, and high in fiber, keeping you feeling full longer. Unlike a handful of crackers, strawberries can help with weight management, lower blood pressure, and even fight cancer. Sounds like a perfect snack to me!

How to burn fat better with this swap

Pair strawberries with one tablespoon of nut butter, nuts, or Greek yogurt, to slow the digestion of sugar in the strawberries. This will help you burn fat faster!


A successful weight loss journey requires paying close attention to your body and your diet while making educated choices in the calories you consume. Learning the process takes time and sometimes committing takes encouragement. Having a metabolic weight loss coach can be a valuable tool that provides education, support, resources, and guidance for a comprehensive weight loss plan that guarantees success. 

Through Masala Body’s online weight loss coaching programs, I have helped over 1200 women lose weight by transforming their lifestyles. With my experienced background, dedicated coaching, a tried-and-true fat-burning framework, endless resources, and a supportive online community, Masala’s Body has redefined weight loss. My job as your virtual weight loss coach is to inspire and empower you so you can feel confidently fabulous inside and out.

If you are interested in learning more about how Masala Body’s programs can help you on your weight loss journey, see the page for my 8-Week Slim Down Personal Weight Loss Program. You can also book a call with me if you’re ready to get started.

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Nagina Sethi Abdullah, BA, MBA

Nagina Abdullah is a health coach for middle-aged women and professionals. She coaches women to boost their metabolism naturally, shed pounds and keep them off. Her work with weight loss clients led to the creation of Masala Body, an online weight loss platform that provides an easy and accessible system that helps women sustainably lose weight. She has helped over 1200 women successfully lose from 10-80 lbs and create a sustainable lifestyle change. Nagina earned her degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley.

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