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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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