I also decided that since I did my bodpod, that I’d go ahead and knock off the snacks/extras already. The article below jump-started me to do this, really. I subscribe to Paleo Hacks and I happened to read this one this morning.
Did you know that years of eating processed foods, lack of exercise, and “normal” western eating patterns can literally program your body to burn NOTHING but calories and sugars from the foods you consume each day INSTEAD of burning off body fat that’s stored on your body?
Most popular exercise programs take way too much time and use old-school methods that cause you to crave more carbs and calories – especially calories from sugar – FORCING your body to burn sugars and waste away nothing but stored energy.
This means that every time you eat and exercise your body is busy fighting a losing battle.
Fortunately, there is a way to reset your body’s fat burning switch so that your body burns fat FIRST every time you move and exercise.
It’s a super simple 3-step metabolic primer from my buddy Shaun Hadsall that turns off your body’s “addiction” to burning sugars, while making your most stubborn fat your “go to” energy source in LESS that one week’s time.
Here you go:
1: Try to consume zero starches or fruits for 3 or 4 days in a row during the week.
This will help accelerate depletion of glycogen (your stored energy) and get your body burning mostly FAT again. This should equate to a total of 25 to 50 impact carbs for the day. Consume protein in every meal to help increase satiety and keep your body in an anabolic high-energy fat-burning environment.
You’ll program your body to burn a ton more belly fat by using this approach just a few days of the week.
2: Increase your fat intake and double your servings of green cruciferous veggies on deplete days.
When you lower carbs for a few days you’ll automatically need energy from other sources. Friendly fats and cruciferous veggies should be your go to macronutrients to help provide this needed energy.
Some good examples to use are extra fish or krill oil, olive oil, coconut oil and raw nuts to increase your fat intake — And spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, arugula, green beans, Brussels sprouts and cabbage are great choices for extra veggies.
This will help provide all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals necessary to maximize fat-loss during a lower carb phase. It will also DECREASE your cravings in a big way.
3: Double your daily water intake, while depleting carbs.
Most folks simply underestimate how effective proper hydration can be for UNDOING the damage of over-eating, getting rid of excess water retention, and facilitating other metabolic processes that burn fat.
Remember, if you had high carb meals this past weekend you’ll be holding almost an extra 3 grams of water for every gram of carb you consumed. So if you carbed up over the weekend, we’re talking an extra 700 to 1000 grams of water sitting under your belly skin.
A good rule of thumb is to consume 60 – 70% of your total body weight in ounces of water on your carb deplete days. So if you weigh 150 pounds then you should be shooting for 100 to 120 ounces of water minimum.
After 3 or 4 days of using this strategy, your body and hormones will be PRIMED to burn PURE fat when you exercise.
Now you just have to make sure you’re using the RIGHT exercise strategy or all this could be nothing but a waste of your time and energy.
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Now for the WOD:
We’re working on our 20 rep back squat, and I started at 115 last week, then did 145 earlier this week with Rainy, and then today I did 150. YIKES that was rough.
10 KB snatches (55/35)
10 goblet squats
10 box step ups
This was awful. The KB was heavy, clunky, bulky.. As I posted on Facebook,
I really struggled with today’s workout. 7 rounds of 10 kettlebell snatches, 10 goblet squats, and 10 box step ups with the kettlebell. All in all, I did 70 of each while holding a 35lb kb.
The three things that kept me going were a) the will to finish and not give up or quit b) our amazing members took the time to cheer me on and encourage me to keep going and c) the fact that 2 1/2 years ago, that 35lb kb was the excess fat I carried around with me full time. It was painful to realize that I was dragging around all that extra weight for so long.
So happy to be living life now, instead of dreading it..
And it’s true! I finished though, in 19:09. I RXed it, I struggled through it. I realized some shit during, and I’m proud that I made it through. It wasn’t emotionally struggling, but physically. Just to push myself to keep going when it would’ve been easier to just quit. I didn’t quit. 🙂