A Metabolic Fast for Fat Loss

Are you struggling to lose weight and wish you could shed those stubborn pounds? Do you feel fat and bloated even though you exercise and eat balanced meals? Do you experience cravings for carbs, sugar or junk food?

Your body is likely telling you that your blood sugar levels are high, which is why you can’t lose weight. This not only stops you from burning fat and losing weight, it is also very unhealthy!  

A metabolic fast for fat loss is a good solution. What’s the difference between fasting and metabolic fasting to lose fat? Regular fasting slows down your metabolism and causes your blood sugar levels to rise due to the stress fasting places on your body. A metabolic fast provides your body with the nutrients it needs to stimulate your metabolism to push your body into fat-burning mode. Fasting incorrectly can do permanent damage to your metabolism, but metabolic fasting for fat loss is a healthy way to boost your metabolism, burn fat and shed pounds! 
This metabolic fast will get your body into the fat-burning zone and reduce bloating while detoxifying your system. You may shed some weight in the first 24 hours, and continue to lose as long as you stay on track until you have reached your weight-loss goals. This is a great way to offset unhealthy eating days and force your body to melt fat!


Metabolic Boosting Steps
1. Be sure to drink plenty of water every day. Aim for 100 fl oz, minimum.
2. Allow your body to feel hunger. It’s a sign that your body is burning fat!
3. Eat at least 5 servings or more of veggies per day; they will keep you feeling full and regular.
4. Drop all other supplements except what is suggested.
5. Eat foods from the approved list only. Use a food journal as a daily guide.
6. Perform daily cardiovascular exercise daily for 45-60 minutes to rev your metabolism. Do something that causes you to break a sweat, but refrain from over-exercising as this may contribute to overeating following your workout.

Eat More of These Fat-Burning Foods

Proteins

  • Whey protein
  • High-protein, low-carb bars
  • All white fish
  • Shrimp
  • Scallops

Vegetables

  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower     
  • Peppers   
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Squash        
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions

Fruit

  • Small Green Apples (limit 2 per day)
  • Lemon

Snacks 

  • Clear broth (gluten- and soy-free)                     
  • Sugar-free, fat-free gelatin
  • Sugar-free, fat-free popsicles
  • Hot chocolate made with 1 scoop of complete protein
  • Half a high-protein, low-carb bar

"Free" Foods

  • Pure water
  • All teas, especially green tea
  • Black coffee

Foods to Avoid

The following foods feed fat cells, so steer clear!

  • Carbohydrates, with the exception of vegetables. Avoid bread, rice, pasta, cereal (including oatmeal), potatoes, beans and all crackers, cookies, and refined manufactured products.
  • Liquid calories and juice, including homemade fresh juices, non-dairy creamers, skim milk, rice milk, soymilk and sports beverages, vitamin water, and especially alcohol!
  • Fats, including healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, and oils until your body begins burning fat for fuel
  • Dairy products, including all types of milk, yogurt and cheese (even if they are fat free)

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