The Fat Loss Kick-Start
Renowned strength coach, Charles Poliquin, has a great system for helping his clients kick start their body fat losses in the beginning of a fat loss phase.
The system is simple, and it goes like this -- For 2 weeks eat only the following foods:
1) Foods that fly, swim, or run
2) Foods that are green and grow in the ground
Can it get any more simple? Probably not. Simply put, if it doesn't fly, swim, or run and isn't green and growing in the ground, you don't eat it for 14 days.
That's all. That's the plan. And it works...when you follow it for 14 days and then, after the 14 days, you appropriately transition off of the plan.
So, as the Precision Nutrition Body Transformation Challenge kicks off, if fat loss is one of your major goals, consider giving this Poliquin principle a try. If it doesn't swim, run, or fly or isn't green and grow in the ground, you just say no to it for the next two weeks.
We are looking for fat loss, lean gain, improved health markers, and improved gym performance. So don't get fat loss-obsessed here. Not only might it reduce your gym performance AND your health, it will definitely reduce your chances of winning!
Fat Loss Kick-Start Questions
Can I Eat...?
It's always funny when I teach this principle to someone and they start asking questions like - what about cereal?
Uh...do I really need to answer this?
DOES IT FLY, SWIM, OR RUN? NO!
IS IT FREAKIN GREEN? NO!
So if you want to follow this plan above, you won't be eating it, will you? ;-)
People also ask about powders, supplements, etc. And my answer is the same as above.
DO THEY FLY, SWIM, OR RUN? NO!
ARE THEY GREEN & DO THEY GROW IN THE GROUND? NO!
So you won't be using them either.
In the end, the whole purpose of this type of plan is to kick start fat loss in a very simple way by eating a good amount of protein (the every 2-3 hour rule still applies), fat, and veggies. No calorie counting, no supplements, no fuss. It's only 14 days. You can do without supplements for that long.
How Does This Work?
Well, it really doesn't matter how it works...just know that it does. But, for the really curious, here's your answer.
This way of eating forces your body rely on protein and fat for energy vs. carbohydrates. And when this shift happens, body fat becomes a preferred energy source, burning up at a pretty rapid rate.
Is It Easy?
No. I must warn you....this plan is easier said than done. It takes a tremendous amount of will power. But it's only 14 days. If you can't follow something like this for a mere 2 weeks, you're in trouble.
How Will I Feel?
I should also let you know that during the first 7 days or so, you won't feel the best you ever have. You see, it takes about 7 days to adapt to this lower carb intake. So be prepared to be a little pissed off during the first week. Heck, even warn those around you. Yet, at the end of the 7 days you'll be feeling better. So hang in there.
Any Other Rules?
Not really, just eat every 2-3 hours, ingesting protein (flies, runs, swims) and veggies (green and grows in the ground) and you'll be be rewarded by a kick-started metabolic rate, a higher fat burning potential, and a drop in body fat.
Don't worry about...I don't care what your question is...it's not important during 14 days on this plan. The only important thing is to eat every 2-3 hours, eating your protein and eating your veggies. No supplements, no other foods, no concern with muscle loss, no concern with workout timing, no...
Aren't My Food Choices Limited?
Absolutely not! Here are some examples of the foods you can include:
Foods that fly, swim, and run
1 serving for men = 2 portions, each the size of your palm
1 serving for women = 1 portion, the size of your palm
95% Lean Ground Beef
Steak - Top Round
Steak - Top Sirloin
Roast - Round Tip (shish kabob cut)
Cured and Dried Beef
Loin Shoulder (arm and blade)
Sirloin Chops Tenderloin
Top loin Chops
Sirloin chops Leg (shank and sirloin)
Ground Full Rump
Strip (inside and outside)
Leg (inside and outside)
Cod (Atlantic and Pacific)
Halibut (Atlantic and Pacific)
Mackeral (Pacific and Jack)
Salmon (Atlantic - wild)
Salmon (Coho - wild)
Calamari / Squid
Crab (Alaska King)
Oyster (Eastern - wild)
Foods that are green and grow in the ground
1/2 cup green pepper1/2 cup green peas
1/2 cup artichoke
1 cup cabbage
1 cup broccoli
1 cup cucumber
1 cup zucchini
1 cup celery
10 green beans
10 medium asparagus spears
1 cup spinach
1 cup swiss chard
1 cup kale
1 cup bok choy
1 cup arugula
1 cup collard greans
After the 14 Days
Many of you might be wondering what to do after the 14 days. After all, at the end of this period,you'll be craving all sorts of foods, particularly carbs. And if you give into the temptation, you'll gain weight back very quickly...too quickly in fact. To prevent this from happening, the strategy is simple:
Weeks 1 and 2
Eat the same way you have above BUT EVERY 3RD DAY, have a more normal level of intake, complete with a small amount of healthy carbs (fruits, whole grains, etc) with every meal. For example:
Mon and Tues - Flies, Swims, Runs and Green
Wed - Same + carbs
Thurs and Fri - Flies, Swims, Runs and Green
Sat - Same + carbs
Sunday and Monday - Flies, Swims, Runs and Green
And so on till the end of the 2nd week.
by The PN Team
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