“How To Burn Off The Holiday Fat In Only 7 to 10 Days”
If you’re anything like us, you just spent about 3 or 4 weeks consistently eating more calorie dense foods than any other time of the year because it’s the holiday season. I’m not just talking about the actual day of the holiday either. My wife and I must have had a good 7 to 10 days in December where we made a decision to enjoy our family, friends, and a lot of really good food. We don’t feel guilty and either should you if you did the same thing.
After all, this is what the holidays and December is all about. It’s a great time to recharge your mental and physical battery while embracing quality relationships and enjoying some of the best food of the year. We also use this time to take 7 to 14 days off exercising as well. It’s a perfect time to ‘reset’ your metabolism. This is a necessary part of any life-long fitness program for your body’s ability to adequately recover, prevent burnout, and keep your body responding to the fat burning process the other 11 months of the year.
So let’s talk about a strategy you can use for the next 7 to 10 days to burn a LOT of body fat.
If you’re anything like us and you gained a little or a lot of fat during December, there’s no need to fret because Your Body is Actually Primed To Burn A Bunch Of Fat After the Holidays.
When you use things like our macro-patterning nutrition for prolonged periods of time your Leptin levels drop and your thyroid output slows. Remember, Leptin controls whether your body burns fat or stores fat. You can still burn fat when Leptin levels are low, but it makes it more difficult.
The exact opposite is also true. After a period of high calorie eating like the holidays, Leptin levels are “high” which means your body will burn fat a LOT easier than normal if you know what to do.
This creates the perfect storm for a 7 to 10 day strategic diet to work wonders. This is a 7 to 10 day strategic low calorie burst to trick your body and get a huge jumpstart for 2013.
You can get your calories down to a low level with great results as long as you do it for short periods of time like 7-10 days. I only recommend doing this 1 time per year and you should never do our famous 7-Day Diet or Deplete Week more than 3 times per year.
So What Does This Hybrid of the 7-Day Carb Depletion and Low Calorie Bursting Look Like?
Here’s a list to get you started.
1) A Low Calorie Protein Source (egg whites, chicken breast, turkey breast, whey protein powder)
2) Greens (Asparagus, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, etc.)
3) Lots of vitamins, anti-oxidants, and a fish oil supplement
4) Vinegar and Oil
5) Plenty of filtered water
The number one key to this strategy is to make sure you take in enough protein to preserve lean muscle mass and enough greens along with SMALL amounts of healthy fats and oils (no nuts or peanut butter) to add enough calories. You should shoot for 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight or 1.5 grams if you’re a little more advanced and already active. This does NOT have to be an exact science, but counting protein grams will really help you succeed on this plan.
The goal is to keep calories as low as possible while meeting your protein requirements and adding in green vegetables to keep you feeling full. It is possible to lose 10 to 15 pounds in 10 days with the majority being body fat!
By following this plan, you automatically cut out starches as well, so carbs are automatically super low during this 7 to 10 day burst.
10 Boring Days Of Food
My wife Karen and I are getting ready to do this crash diet on nothing but scrambled egg whites with broccoli or spinach, Chicken breast salads with vinegar and oil, and whey protein shakes.
I know this sounds like a very bland approach, but we like to keep it simple and maximize results. After all, its only 7 to 10 days.
A Couple Important Things To Consider
1. This type of diet is not easy or fun!
Makes no mistake about it…this diet requires sacrifice and discipline. I do extremely well with macro-patterning, but I struggle and tend to get very cranky towards the end of this 7 to 10 day burst.
2. Minimize exercise
Drop your cardio and just focus on a few resistance workouts during this diet. Believe me, you will not have the energy to do cardio with this level of calorie deficit. Even if you are tough enough to hit cardio during this 7 to 10 day period, don’t do it. It will sabotage your results.
A final note. After your finished with this strategic burst, make sure you go right back into macro-patterning nutrition.
After finishing this low calorie burst, my wife Karen and I usually carb down Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. We carb up or cheat on Wednesday (Date Night) and Saturday nights, and do a baseline day on Sundays. This is a great life-long maintenance plan.
Here’s to staying lean for life in 2013. Good luck and let us know how this works for you!
Shaun & The GL-12 Team