If you’re like many of my clients, you’ve been on the diet rollercoaster for years, cycling through whichever new miracle diet is topping the week’s headlines. The problem is you’re still stuck with the same belly fat. Maybe you’ll lose a little on some of these punishing diets, only to gain it back once you start eating like a normal person again. You’re exasperated and feel like your body has thrown in the towel.
Sound familiar? It’s called chronic dieting. But the problem isn’t you, it’s your out-of-whack metabolism. It doesn’t need another miracle diet – it needs to go into rehab!
Metabolism rehab is the exact opposite of all these diets that have failed you in the past. Starving yourself, cutting out food groups, and counting every calorie and carb actually slows down your metabolism, making it harder and harder to lose weight.
The best way to rev up your sluggish metabolism is to eat, and eat a lot. How could eating a lot help you lose weight? The secret is to shake things up: Confuse it to lose it! By eating specific whole, nutritious, delicious foods on specific days, you’ll speed up your metabolism and get it burning again. And you’ll do it without going hungry or giving up your favorite foods. And never forget about exercise: If you want to truly optimize your metabolism, you have to get your body moving. It’s as simple as 30 minutes of exercise, three times a week.
I’ve developed a three-phase eating plan that shows you how. This is not a “diet” in the traditional sense. This is an eating plan that heals your metabolism, satiates your body and mind, and helps you learn to love food again. You’ll shed excess weight and finally slay those old dragons – the metabolic myths that have been dragging you down.
The 3-Phase Plan requires that you complete all three phases, every week for four weeks. Each day of each phase requires that you eat three meals and two snacks. You can always repeat the 28-day plan, or even just a week or two of the plan if you find your metabolism needs a boost.
Metabolic Myth #1: If I could just eat less, I’d finally lose weight.
“Eat less to lose weight” is the worst diet myth around. Ignore your body’s hunger signals, and it’ll plunge directly into starvation mode, hoarding every molecule of fat that it can. You start producing too much of the fat-storage hormone RT3, which tells your body to store fat rather than burn it. And what does your body then burn as fuel? It starts eating your muscles for food instead of fat.
Metabolic Rehab Phase 1: Unwind stress, calm the adrenals. Duration: 2 Days
The first step of rebooting your metabolism is giving it what it needs to pull itself out of emergency mode: whole grains and natural sugar in the form of fruit. The sweet fruits and wholesome carbs in Phase 1 stimulate endorphins in the brain and flood the body with very easily digestible nutrients. You can also eat moderate amounts of lean proteins.
Phase 1 convinces your body that it’s no longer in an emergency situation, encouraging it to actually digest the food you are eating, and use those nutrients for fuel rather than storing it as fat.
Phase 1 Sample Meal Plan
Breakfast: Strawberry French Toast (fruit and grain)
Snack: Mango or other fruit
Lunch: Chicken sandwich with a side salad (grain, protein, fruit and veggie)
Snack: Baked Cinnamon Grapefruit (fruit)