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Have a Huge Cheat Day—and Burn Fat!

Have a Huge Cheat Day—and Burn Fat!

I have tried a number of diets over the years. Eventually the same thing always happens: I fall off the diet-wagon—HARD!

Recently, I discovered a way to not only minimize the effects of a huge cheat day, but also to make it work within my diet!

Meaning I continue to BURN FAT!

I call this “Dietary Super Compensation”… This is a dieting strategy that I use often, and is especially useful during the holidays when you know high calorie days are inevitable.  It allows me to have absolutely massive calorie intake while still managing my body fat levels.

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Before I get into the protocol I want to say a couple things about it. First, you need to have a certain level of short term discipline (or stubbornness) if not, then this diet may not be for you. Second, it’s possible that this diet further enforces binge eating, or can trigger potential eating disorders… again, if this is you then it might not be the best option.  Third, this seems to work for me if implemented once per week, I can’t imagine it working if done more often than that (but feel free to be your own guinea pig.. at your own risk of course).  That said, it can be a lot of fun and you can continue to lose body fat while following this protocol.

The diet is pretty simple. It’s a 2 step process; eat, then don’t.

You have one huge gluttonous day where you eat what ever you want in whatever quantities you want. This is my cheat day for the week. I eat most of the “naughty” foods I’d been tempted to eat throughout the week. On this day I will find myself eating even when I’m not hungry… that’s probably not the best strategy here but sometimes you have to experiment a little and see what happens. (Plus, I don’t like to do things half-way!)

The next 24 hours is all liquids. I constantly sip on a protein shake throughout the day.  This is essential to minimize muscle loss.. I also make sure some of the shakes have greens powder mixed in so I am still getting essential vitamins and nutrients as well as fiber. The trick to this day is to keep yourself distracted, as long as you keep busy you are less likely to realize you’re hungry.

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This plan allows you to get away with a huge a cheat day and still burn fat.

I find it’s easier than you would expect since the first day tends to be so over the top that I’m not all that hungry the next day anyway. Is this safe? As long as you keep the frequency down it is safe, and can actually proved some interesting benefits.

The anecdotal evidence gained from myself and my clients says that it works… and that if you look at it from an overall energy intake/output perspective it makes sense that this works. There is a lot of evidence that shows your body doesn’t work simply on a 24 hour caloric system, weekly intake can also have an impact on your goals.

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Another benefit is that an occasional surge in calorie intake can be good for your metabolism and your body’s hormone production. If you’ve been dieting, having an occasional cheat is also go psychologically. Don’t do it too often… but don’t beat yourself up over it either!

I would like to credit Nate Green at biggersmallerbigger.com, and TC Louma at T-Nation.  Both of these guys provided the inspiration to implement a liquid fast, and it has worked beautifully for me and my clients!

So there it is. A simple way to have an epic cheat day and still burn fat.

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Featured photo credit: Wall_Food_10087/ Michael Stern via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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