New Slow Carb Hack for faster progress
It’s not every week that I can share something so game-changing as this with you. So I’m pretty excited about it. If you’ve ever thought ‘those cheat days sure set me back, but I have to do them’, then this is the article for you. This new slow carb hack is not in the book, and it’s not necessarily one you’ll see discussed much online.
As we know, slow carb is a great method to easily lose fat, or control weight, and using it’s guiding principles, life doesn’t get much easier. No counting calories, eating regular, decent-sized meals, feeling plenty of energy and enjoying a healthier, and more lean physique are some of the benefits it offers.
Then there’s that awesome time of the week: cheat day.
Of course, I’ll bet that your first few cheat days were crazy affairs, with chocolate, hamburgers, fries, and all sorts of things flying left and right, all afternoon. I know mine looked like something out of a food-marketers pipe dream. But then, after a while, the appeal started wearing off.
And I’ve heard this from a lot of people: cheat day isn’t as fun as it once was.
There’s a few reasons for this – stomach aches, feeling nauseous, feelings of worry over gaining fat, and discomfort the next day with eating slow carb again.
These are some big challenges to deal with, and for some people, too big. So, some cheat days get skipped, or they turn out to be cheat meals, or cheat snacks even. Gone are the days of calorie-spiking and carbohydrate highs, making way for a more moderate method that isn’t looked forward to at all.
This isn’t right! And I’ll tell you why. Your body needs a cheat day. As you follow the slow carb meals all week long, you are most likely losing fat, and as you do that, this hormone in your body starts to slow down your rate of fat loss. Leptin is the hormone responsible, and it notices the change in your body, and let’s say, starts to get a little worried. Over time, leptin controls your fat loss, and slows it down, just in case the current state of affairs (your nutrition) remains the same for the long haul, and leptin needs to make sure you still keep some functional fat on your frame.
So, as leptin decreases, so too does the rate of fat loss. After a while, you can see how this could really lead to some plateaus and general frustration. So, the cheat day was born from necessity – all those fatty foods, and carbohydrates bump leptin back up again, so that you can continue losing fat at a good rate. Nevermind the slight fat gain due to all those extra calories – your net result, week to week, should be fat loss.
But here’s the problem. No one likes to see progress go backwards. I hate seeing it go backwards personally! And it’s hard to deal with the ‘one step back to take two steps forward’ idea.
So, today, I can bring you an all-new slow carb hack that should help you have a wonderful cheat day, with plenty of treats, whilst avoiding a lot of the cheat-day blues that many people are getting.
It’s actually a very simple change to the slow carb program, however it has its roots in scientific research, and many thousands of people around the world have been putting the principles into practice in recent years.
Quite simply, to make this change, first enjoy a full and rich cheat day, and the following day, fast, all day. And by that, I mean consume no food, and drink only water, tea or coffee.
Now, I realize this may feel contrary to good practices, and perhaps against your better judgement, so I’ll give you a couple of good reasons why this works so well. And it works – the benefits could include reduced fat gain, faster fat loss, increase in muscle gains and other related effects.
The simple principle behind this recommendation is a theory called ‘intermittent fasting’. This is mentioned in the book, but only briefly, and since then, a lot more has been researched, experimented with, and written about intermittent fasting. It is quickly gaining support not just for its weight control aspects, but also for its health-improving abilities, and muscle-gaining benefits.
When you fast, your body makes some changes. These may include releasing extra growth hormone, as well as burning more of your fat for energy.
In case you’re concerned that you won’t have any energy – don’t be. With your cheat barely in recent history, you have stored plenty of extra energy around your body to be able to handle this.
And, if you are really dying for something to eat, a very small meal in the evening won’t hurt things too much.
During the day, drink plenty of water, and enjoy a couple of cups of green tea, too. And remember, for most of this fast, you’ll be asleep!
Ride out any hunger pangs by keeping busy, and keeping focused on what you stand to gain from doing this. By having a total fast day after cheat day, you will effectively balance out your extra calorie intake, by having a day of calorie deficit, and the net result could be equivalent to having a couple of regular days of eating.
With the absence of insulin in your bloodstream, your fat cells will be free to release energy back into your bloodstream, and as the hours fly by, your body will release growth hormone, more than it usually would under normal circumstances.
You may find your concentration is better, and the likelihood of stomach upsets and discomfort are far less, because you won’t be stuffing more slow carb meals into an already tired and perhaps stretched stomach.
If you are desperate in the evening, try a couple of celery sticks with almond butter, or perhaps a few eggs, fried with butter. Stay clear of beans if you can, you could even try an avocado and chicken salad made with green leafy lettuce and spinach. But generally, you won’t need to eat.
This will give you somewhere around a 30-36 hour fast, depending on your last time of eating on cheat day and your breakfast time on Monday. You might like to know this is the ideal window of time for the benefits that can come from a fast.
I will be writing more on intermittent fasting techniques, however, this is a standalone, and very effective change to the slow carb diet. I look forward to hearing results and experiences from you in the comments! Of course, if you have any medical issues related to blood sugar levels, then please exercise a lot of caution with this, and consider medical advice before deciding to do it.
No matter how scary it seems to go without eating for a day, it’s actually a very liberating experience. Give it a trial run; there’s nothing too big on the line, as you can always have a slow carb meal if you aren’t comfortable. It might take a bit of practice to build up to the full day, but I’m sure you can do it, and enjoy the benefits that come with it!
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