The 2 Things That Ruin Any Diet

Did you know that over 51 million Americans are on some kind of weight loss diet all the time? On that statistic alone, I can safely say that diets don’t work.

Problem Number One: You’re Not Eating Enough!

If you’ve ever gone on a starvation diet or a calorie restricted diet, your metabolism probably slowed down to a crawl.

Here’s why: When you start eating less, or try to starve yourself, your body hits the “survival switch,” sensing that food is scarce. And because you’re genetically hard wired to fear starvation, your body does two things:

• It slows down your metabolic rate to conserve the energy needed to stay alive, and…

• It starts storing food as fat to stockpile reserves of energy for what it perceives are lean times ahead.

Here’s the key: Eat more and more often..

Scientific studies have proven that eating several smaller meals a day – instead of 3 square meals – improves metabolism because it trains the body to believe that food is in abundant supply. The body then does the opposite of what it does on a starvation diet:

• It speeds up your metabolic rate because it perceives that food, which keeps coming in every few hours, is plentiful; and

• It starts burning body fat because it perceives no need to store it for the future.

The best way to apply this is eating 5 smaller meals throughout the day, preferably every 2 or 3 hours.

This cranks up your metabolism and lets your body quickly burn fat in the safest way possible. It also promotes the maintenance of lean muscle.

The more often you eat, the more metabolic activity inside your body. And the more activity, the faster your metabolic fire burns.

Look at animals in the wild. The ones that eat small amounts of food all the time, like horses, are very lean with little fat. Animals that eat big meals spread out over time, like bears, have HUGE stores of fat.

NOTE: My recommendation to eat 5 meals a day does NOT give you a free pass or excuse to eat as much as you want. Overeating is not the answer. And loading up on sugary, high-carb foods will make you fat no matter what.

Stick with the guidelines I gave you in your Fat Loss Fast Start Program.

Here’s how you can break down your meals:

Meal #1: Breakfast
Meal #2: Mid-Morning Snack
Meal #3: Lunch
Meal #4: Mid-Afternoon Snack
Meal #5: Dinner

The fact is, if you do nothing else but eat the right types of food frequently – and you can do this even while sitting in front of your computer all day – you will lose weight and burn fat automatically.

Problem Number Two: You’re Depriving Yourself of the Foods You Love!

This is the 21st century… you’re not a monk shut away in a monastery eating bread, water and an occasional piece of dried fish!

You don’t have to deprive yourself. In fact, the more you make yourself miserable, the more likely you are to fall short of your goals.

Psychologically it is helpful to know that once a week you can cheat a little bit! That means enjoying a once-a-week “cheat meal.”

During your cheat meal, you can eat whatever you want… and you’re allowed to love it!

Whenever you have a craving for something not on the Fat Loss Fast Start Program, write it down for your cheat menu.

You have my permission to go nuts… and don’t forget to include dessert.

It’s best to make your cheat meal a late lunch or early dinner… you want to keep your breakfast healthy. But hey, if you want to have a dinner of French toast, bacon and hash browns, go for it!

After all, it’s YOUR cheat meal.

Just remember, it’s only once a week!

Buck Rizvi

Founder for Ultimate Lifespan. Natural Health Researcher & Evangelist. Father of four. Instrument-rated pilot. Still has trouble impressing his wife and best friend, Daiva.

  • David Taft says:

    Losing fat belly, gaining muscle…..Thanks to you

  • bob says:

    is eating 5 fruits a day bad. i pretty much only eat fruits and vegetables every day, so might is pretty much based on fruit. these fruits include 2-3 green apples and 2-3 oranges

    • Ultimate Lifespan says:

      Hi Bob,

      Thank for your questions, let me see if I can help. When doing a colon cleanse, it is important you follow a healthy, low-fat diet. If you eat unhealthy foods, you’re not going to get the full potential of the cleansing program. Since your are detoxifying, it is important to stay away from all junk foods, fast food, fried foods and microwave (frozen) meals. These all tend to collect inside and slow down your digestive system. Avoid refined sugar and try to eliminate all foods made from white flour, such as bread and pastas. Eating lots of organic, raw fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber are important for overall colon health, but especially important during a cleanse. They also contain vitamins, minerals and enzymes which are necessary for a healthy body. Lean meats such as fish or chicken, raw nuts and seeds, and beans or lentils are the best choices for protein requirements. Be sure to drink lots of purified water throughout the day, and not coffee or sodas. You need at least 64-75 oz of water daily. Here are some sample cleansing meals : Breakfast: water, unsweetened fruit juice, mixed fruit , egg whites with spinach Snack: water, unsweetened fruit juice, apple, raw walnuts, low fat yogurt Lunch: water, green leafy vegetable salad, grilled chicken/tuna, flax seeds, olive oil and lemon juice dressing Snack: water, chopped avocado and tomato salad Dinner: water, unsweetened fruit juice, grilled chicken, steamed carrots, chopped green and red peppers, cucumbers Snack: water, orange A few tips to improve digestion: Eat smaller more frequent meals at regular intervals throughout the day Drink warm or hot liquids at meal times to help speed up digestion Watch portion sizes – overeating causes indigestion Relax while eating your meal – stress or rushing slows down digestion Practice good posture – hunching creates pressure on digestive organs Don’t eat late at night- our bodies naturally slow down, so does digestion Take a brisk walk after eating- this jump starts your digestive system Try a spinal twist -Spinal twists allow excess toxins in the digestive system to be released, which can have a calming effect on the body. While in a cross-legged sitting position, slowly turn to the right and hold while taking five deep breaths, then repeat this process on the left side
      I hope this helps give you an idea of what to eat during your cleanse !

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