After you have been eating the same foods for a while your body becomes used to digesting and processing that food in a certain way and that is not always the most beneficial way for your nutrition.
Your body does the same thing with exercise. If you do the same routine over and over again, your body will adapt and learn to expend less and less energy doing it, so after a while you are not getting the results you were getting when you started out. That is why every fitness trainer will tell you that you need to mix up your routine and confuse your muscles.
As you move along through life eating various types of carbs, even though you are working out, you become efficient at burning them as fuel so your body has to do something with them. The body's solution is to store the extra energy as fat for future energy. While that may have been great 10000 years ago when food was scare, in the modern world, it just gives you a muffin top or worse.
Therefore, how do you reset your metabolism so you become more insulin sensitive so your body will use all of the carbs you feed it rather than storing them as fat?
You have to shock your body and one way to do it is this quick seven day diet. It is not really a diet in the traditional sense because you will be eating as much as you want, but you can only eat certain things.
The following diet will cleanse a lot of the toxins that build up in your body from various types of food.
Have I mentioned you will be drinking a lot of water? You are going to drink so much water you will feel like you are floating away.
This particular diet is divided up in three parts.
First 3 days
Credit: OpensourceYou begin this cleanse by drinking 2 gallons of water a day for the first three days. I know, that is a lot, but try to drink as much as you can. To get that much water in you throughout the day, you will basically be walking around, driving, sitting at work with a bottle of water with you at all time.
And yes, you will be going to the bathroom a lot. By noon on the first day, your urine will be as clear as a mountain stream.
During these first three days, you are only going to eat the leanest, driest meats such as turkey breasts or tuna. Both are two of the purest forms of protein you can eat.
When I am starting this routine, I usually go and get two frozen turkey breasts. I like to buy the ones that do not need thawing. You simply take them out of the freezer and put them in the oven for about 2 ½ hours.
What else can you eat?
All of the non-starchy vegetables you can eat. Trust me, you will not be hungry on during this week if you do it right, which is why I say it is not really a diet.
What are non-starchy veggies?
Broccoli is my favorite, but you can also include spinach.
When I do this routine, I usually go to the store and buy five or six crowns of broccoli to get me through the first days. I prepare it in the morning by boiling some water in a pot, then remove it from the heat and dropping in my broccoli florets. I cover the pot and let them steam for about 20 minutes. Then I put them in a glass bowl for use throughout the day. You can eat as much of that as you want.
During these first three days, spread your meals out and eat until you are full each time. You are not counting calories. The hardest thing to do will be to drink 2 gallons of water each the first three days. Trust me, you will feel like you are drinking that nasty stuff in preparation for a colonoscopy.
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Days 4 through 6
There are a couple of changes that happen for days four through six. First of all, you will scale back your water from two gallons to one gallon.
The second change is that you are going to switch from turkey and tuna to chicken breast or steak. The purpose of this change is to introduce protein with a little more fat in it.
As the 4th day approaches, I usually go to the store and buy three or four packs of chicken breast and maybe a steak or two. I also restock my broccoli crowns.
During these next three days, you continue to eat as many non-starchy vegetables as you want so keep the broccoli coming.
On the 7th day, you are going to reintroduce carbohydrates into your diet. You can eat all of the good carbs that you want throughout the day. When I say good carbs, I mean things like brown rice or sweet potatoes. It does not mean you can’t sneak a bad carb in, but try to keep the cleaner version.
The other major change is that you only drink a half gallon of water.
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If you do not buy into the whole resetting your sensitivity to insulin thing, then buy into this.
During the week, if you are working out four to five days and following the diet, you can easily lose five pounds of fat. After all, you are not replenishing any carbs and you are burning off everything you eat. This type of diet combined with high intensity training can shred some fat off of your body.
You would think that drinking all of the water would actually bloat you up and make you retain a lot of water weight, but it works differently than that. Your body craves water and every doctor will tell you to drink a lot of it to lose weight.
There is something about the way water affects the hormones in the body. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist but it is the most important thing out side of air that is necessary for you to live. Drink it.
During the week, the water will detox your body and hydrate it constantly. During the process of the week, you are creating a new sensitivity to insulin by depriving it of carb all week. When the carbs are reintroduced, your body sucks them up. You have reset how your body uses those carbs so that you do not have spillover of carbs through inefficient digestion that is not used, and later stored as fat.
I try to do this particular routine about once every couple of months. Some people advise to do it for 14 days, but I usually stick to one week.
It is not hard to do. You eat as much as you want and you will not be hungry. The hardest part is drinking all of the water, especially the first few days. But try to push through it and I think you will notice a difference when you start to work out and eat normally the next week. It might be enough to catapult you past those last five or ten pounds you need to lose.
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