Here’s a free plan! Guess what, it only works if you follow it. Read the entire post to understand the basics. If you are interested in trying this for 5 days or more, comment below, Share this post and I will follow up with you to answer any questions during your first 5 days. Comment when you plan to start.
***(NOTICE: When you get to your last day, the next few days ARE NOT binge days or I guarantee you’ll probably gain/undo what you just lost/achieved. It’s not because the plan didn’t work, it’s because you automatically put your body in storage mode which is what happens in yo-yo dieting a transition out is necessary because the body and metabolism are smarter than us).
Understand: Switching to a balanced diet is healthier than a junk food diet. Of course, but a balanced diet does not automatically mean a fat/weight loss diet. What is balanced for you may be unbalanced for someone else. Get over the notion that eating a balanced diet and intensely exercising is going to result in weight loss. This is a myth and not very specific. Look around. If this worked we wouldn’t be a nation with an obesity epidemic. If it’s working for you then move along until is stops working for you. Chances are if you are reading this, it is not working for you. The body and metabolism are not static. It is constantly changing. Use that to your advantage instead of fighting against it. The body and metabolism WILL ALWAYS WIN at this game!
Basics: Do calories matter? Absolutely BUT they are not the priority. Not all calories are equal. Not all carbs are equal, not all fats are equal and yes, you guessed it, not all proteins are equal. For example, if you eat 2 donuts (or breakfast burritos or nothing) for breakfast, eat a salad with fried chicken strips with honey mustard dressing at lunch with a diet or regular soft drink and then eat pasta with garlic toast at night, then you may have stayed under your 1200 calories goal for the day, but more importantly you have increased inflammation and spiked insulin all day long. Add in an intense cardio class that MAY trigger hunger and stress. So you come home and eat a cookie before bed (after all you just burned some calories so you deserve it right?). Which then can make sugar drop during the night and stress hormones are release while you sleep so you wake up feeling exhausted …Needing/craving the donuts and coffee for breakfast. And the cycle continues. You weigh 5 pounds more next year. All while keeping your calories low and exercise up. What the heck?!?
New Plan: Try focusing on balancing hormones (insulin), blood sugar, reducing inflammation and then you will start seeing weight loss eventually if calories are also in check. Have a veggie omelet or protein smoothie for breakfast, a salad with grilled chicken and an EVOO & vinegar dressing for lunch, a serving of nuts or an apple for a snack and then a lean protein with roasted non-starchy veggies on the side. (add an extra green salad if you are still hungry). This general plan lowers inflammation & balanced insulin and is under the calories allowed for the day. No blood sugar spikes. No extremely intense exercise for a few days. Just move. Get sleep. Drink lots of plain water and lemon water. Unsweetened teas are allowed occasionally.
Do this without deviation for 4-5 days and you will more than likely feel something positive happen. (Note: Some will also experience quick weight loss and detox effects depending on their current diet as the body rids excess unneeded fluid due to previous high insulin levels.) Remember this is just food. Your not doing anything crazy. No very low carb, no high protein, no starvation. Just eating real food. Your body will indeed respond.
Do it without deviation for 2 weeks and you will have probably dipped in to your fat reserves for energy if necessary. Yay! Add in walking daily and you will feel and see results even sooner. Stay hydrated with lemon water. Water is your friend. Did I say drink water?
Positive results/Success is not limited to weight loss. Do not let that be your primary goal. Pay attention to how your body is responding. Are you sleeping better, waking up feeling rested, no more brain fog, skin clearing, less bloating, regular bowl movements (once a day), less anxiety, less digestion issues, reduced joint pain, etc?
Balance is what you want for hormones and blood sugar not necessarily your diet.
An extra tidbit of free info: no other hormones in the body, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, leptin, grelin, thyroid, etc can be regulated UNTIL blood sugar (insulin) is balanced. Blood sugar must be managed and under control before the others can be corrected.
Who wants to try this free 5 day challenge? It starts when you want it to. Comment below if you want some guidance.
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Necessary Disclaimer: If you have serious health issues, please check with your physician before starting anything because food/nutrition can be very powerful! This is a plan that works for many. If you have food allergies, use foods you are not allergic too. 😊 This is free information but don’t treat it that way. It is valuable information that can lead to serious lifestyle change. If you happen to deviate, your very next meal gets you back on track.
Sherie Holland, Certified A4M Lifestyle Health Coach