Fitness guru Shaun T has transformed the bodies of thousands with his Insanity Workout. Here, he shares his two-part plan for helping you get your best body back: 3 revolutionary weight-loss secrets and a 15-minute workout plan to help your body burn fat long after you've finished working out.
If you stick to this two-part plan, Shaun T says you should see results in 30 days. You’ll be able to get your body to a place you’re proud of, whether that means fitting back into your “skinny” clothes or committing to a healthy lifestyle that benefits you inside and out. Click here for the Shaun T’s exclusive 15-Minute Workout.
Rule #1: Taper Off Your Carbs
Eat carbs at the beginning of the day, when you really need the energy. Later in the day, your body needs less and the carbs you consume are more likely to be stored as body fat. This rule does not only apply to your meals – but also your snacks. If you want to lose weight, it is important to eat every 3 hours to keep your metabolism engaged. Be sure to choose healthy foods. Shaun T’s morning snack has more carbs than his afternoon snack, and so on.
If you were to abide by this rule, carb-loading earlier in the day and minimizing your carbohydrate consumption as the day goes on, your meals would look something like this:
Breakfast: 40% Carbs, 30% Protein and 30% Fat (600 calories)
- Whole wheat bagel and 2 tbsp of all-natural peanut butter
- 5 egg whites with a half-cup of bell peppers
- 3 slices of lean turkey bacon
Lunch: 25% Carbs, 45% Protein and 30% Fat (450 calories)
- Open-faced roast beef sandwich
- ½ tbsp ranch dressing
- whole wheat crackers
- 5 oz of low-fat Greek yogurt
Dinner: 15% Carbs, 55% Protein and 30% Fat (350 calories)
- Spinach salad with half-cup of fresh tofu and 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup cooked zucchini
- ½ cup cooked asparagus
- Half a salmon filet
Rule #2: The Secret Ingredient for Success – Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a powerhouse food that also fills you up. A 4-ounce serving of sweet potatoes will provide you with vitamins A, B and C, fiber, potassium and magnesium. Shaun T recommends eating two servings a day. They are versatile too – bake them or mash them. Eat them as a snack or as healthy side dish. Because of their naturally sweet taste, you don’t have to add salt or butter as you would a regular potato. Sweet potatoes have also been found to reduce cancer risk, thanks to cancer-starving properties.
Rule #3: Eat Foods That Expire Within a Week
This is a good rule to follow to help you steer clear of unhealthy and processed foods. If you only eat fresh foods that expire in a short window of time, you can avoid excess salt and preservatives. For example, eat fresh fruit and not fruit cups – these are full of added sugars and syrups. Instead of flavored instant oatmeal, which has added sugar and salt, try Greek yogurt with fresh fruit. And don’t fall for packaged veggie chips, full of preservatives and minimal nutritional value. Instead, try kale chips, rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and fiber, which you can even make at home. Click here for an Oz-approved recipe.
Apply these rules to your lifestyle – and try not to look at them as part of a strict diet. There’s plenty of room here to customize the plan to fit your tastes and way of life – the key is using these 3 rules as your foundation, and taking advantage of Shaun T’s workout to maximize your results.