*UPDATE* - All of these stats and results are from last week, since I'm out of town this week. I'll be back home this Saturday, so I'll be able to get back to my regular Sunday weekly recap next weekend. Hopefully, the two weeks will give me even more time to continue the great results I've been getting lately, as I've been sticking to my plan 100%, even while on the road! *END UPDATE*
WOW! I really put Joel Marion's Cheat Your Way Thin ideas to the test this week, and I'm astounded by the results.
I decided since last week's results were so good, even after a mini-binge the previous Sunday, I would up the ante and really increase carbs and calories this past Sunday.
Here's just what I can remember eating, though I'm sure I'm forgetting at least one or two things:
2 Hardee's sausage and egg biscuits
1 Hardee's cinnamon raisin biscuit
1 Dunkin Donut's oatmeal raisin cookie
1 Cici's pizza buffet with several pieces of pizza and desserts
3 McDonald's ice cream cones
2 KFC Strawberry Parfait's
1 large Chocolate Chip Cookie ice cream sandwich
2 big soft chicken tacos
1 large order of Mexican rice
1 entire basket of tortilla chips and full cup of salsa
I was sure that I had gone overboard, but I wanted to test the boundaries of the concept.
That's what I was so surprised to find that I had gained 2 pounds this week, while my skinfold measurements went down, and my waist stayed exactly the same!
That's insane! Just keep in mind before you start making the above your daily diet, the key is being 100% clean for the other 6 days of the week, but with a payoff like that, it's easy.
Now, I'll definitely be toning down the cheat days, simply for overall health reasons, because I don't even want to know how much sodium and saturated fat is in all of the above, but I'm completely shocked how well this works.
I'm going to indulge and fulfill more of my crazy cravings for another week or two, then I'll ramp it down and apply the same idea, just with healthier foods.
For example, I'll be ramping up the carbs and calories through fruit and whole grains, instead of all the chemical-laden junk above.
The science behind it says that while maintaining a 100% clean diet, especially one slightly below your maintenance level, your body can start to enter "starvation mode," where it begins to store fat to protect you.
This effect kicks in right around the 7-day mark, when your leptin levels are at their lowest, so by increasing carbs and calories once a week, you're able to quickly increase leptin levels and calm your body, letting it know that you're not starving and there's no need to conserve body fat.
I'll be writing a more in-depth review of Cheat Your Way Thin soon, because I can't say enough how amazed I am by these results!
That about raps it up for this week. See you next Sunday and don't forget you can follow my daily updates over at Geek2Freak.com.