This is Part 2 of a 3 Part “Summer Slimdown” Series:
- Part 1: Optimizing Your Diet For Rapid Fat Loss
- Part 2: [YOU ARE HERE] Your Nutritional Insurance Plan & Strategic “Cheat Days”
- Part 3: Fat Loss Workouts For A Toned Summer Body
Yesterday we talked about some diet strategies for “tightening” things up for summer. The first 3 steps of your summer slimdown blueprint.
Today we’re going get into how your workouts will look, what happens on the 7th day of your diet and first up…
STEP 4: Your Summer Slimdown Supplements
I’m sure you already know, high quality nutritional supplements are critical to your health and wellness.
This is even MORE true when you’re dieting and putting your body in a caloric (and nutrient) deficit.
These are the 3 nutritional supplements you should have in your cupboard at all times:
3. Great Tasting Protein Powder or Meal Replacement Shake For On-The-Go Meals
No need for fancy “fat burners” or other “weight loss pills/powders”. Having 1-2 cups of black coffee or green tea can give you the same benefits as many of the fancy pills you see advertised.
To make it easier, you can get a fresh supply of the products above delivered right to your door in the 30 Day Fat Loss Accelerator Nutrition Challenge.
STEP 5: On The 7th Day – Forget All The Rules
Fact is, you simply cannot eat in a caloric deficit forever. This is one of the reasons most diets fail.
If you restrict calories too much for too long your hormones that regulate appetite and fat storage start to get all messed up. Namely, leptin and ghrelin.
So, once per week you’re going to do a little “hormonal reset”.
Once per week you’re going to forget all the rules and eat whatever you want, as much as you want – with a couple guidelines, or course…
1: Eat until satisfied/full but NOT until you feel sick
2. You MUST be 100% dialled in on the other days – no cheating!
3. The day after your “splurge day”, push your first meal back a couple hours later extending your “fasting” period from STEP 3
The idea is to spike your calorie intake and carbohydrate intake. So, all that pasta and bread you wanted to eat during the week? Go for it.
It only takes a short spike in calories and carbs to essentially “reset” your leptin levels so that when you go back into a calorie/carb deficit you can continue to lose fat.
Just remember – it’s ONE day. Not a week and not a month. Get back on track immediately.
Any food you don’t eat during this “splurge day” – toss it. If it’s in your house, you will eat it.
The final step is your workouts. But we’re going to leave that until tomorrow for you.
For now, start planning when your “splurge day” will be and how you will enforce getting back on track immediately after.
And if you’re interested, check out the 30 Day Fat Loss Accelerator Nutrition Challenge