Here's a common myth...
When you want to lose a lot of weight, you should cut calories for long periods of time, right?
Cutting calories magnifies nutrient deficiencies in your body. This results in severe cravings as your brain sends emergency "low nutrient signals" to your stomach to eat more food.
Problem is, most people end up eating more "nutrient-dead food" which causes cravings to completely spiral out of control. (If you feel hungry all the time, now you know why.)
To make matters worse, after about a week of dieting, your body is genetically programmed to fight back by lowering the hormones responsible for keeping your metabolism humming along (like the calorie-burning thyroid hormones). At the same time, it will decrease the "hunger hormone" leptin. (Double whammy.)
As a result, your fat loss will come to a screeching halt, lickity split.
At this point, to keep burning fat you'll be forced to reduce your calories even lower, and/or do MORE exercise. (Not a fun problem to have... I've been there.)
So what's the solution? One of my favorite sneaky tricks I call "The Thermal Burn Technique."
You see, you really can fix your broken, calorie-burning furnace, reverse nutrient deficiencies (that cause cravings), and lose stomach fat all at the same time by simply eating the right kinds of food.
Make no mistake, calories from different types of food act very differently once inside your body. Some of them ignite what I call "Thermal Burn" and others are plain "Thermal Duds." (For some reason, now I'm thinking of "Milk Duds" chocolate candies. As Homer Simpson would say, "Mmm...Duds.")
Anyway, let's start with fun ol' fats.
Quality sources of good fats include oils such as flax, olive, and coconut along with avocados and nuts like walnuts, almonds and pistachios. Of course, we can't forget about seafood sources like wild salmon and tuna, just to name a few.
Sure, fat is "fabulous" (did I really just say that?), but here's the rub: your metabolic rate (or metabolism) will only increase by approximately 5% in response to eating fats.
Oh friggin' boy, right?
This means that for every 1,000 calories of fat you eat, your body will burn only 50 of its own calories to digest and process the fat you just consumed. No big deal, right? (But remember, good fats help to "melt" body fat in other ways, so don't discount their importance.)
Carbohydrates often get a bad rap, but the key is to eat the right carbohydrates. Yes, as I'm sure you're aware: there are right and wrong carbs. Most simple carbs are the wrong carbs—in fact, they are one of the top "Obesity-Additives" out there.
They tend to be highly processed and stripped of their nutrients. Examples of foods that contain wrong carbohydrates include soft drinks, candy bars, ice cream, donuts, cereals, processed corn byproducts (HFCS), and processed "white foods" like breads, pastas, and rice.
Remember, white foods are like white glue that keeps your belly fat locked in place.
Instead, stick to natural carb choices such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
Now let's get to the brass tacks...
When you eat carbohydrates, your metabolic rate will increase by up to 10% (less for refined carbs like sugar that are easily digested, more for high-fiber choices). This means your body uses 100 calories to digest and assimilate 1,000 calories of carbs.
Is it getting hotter in here, or did my buddy Mike Geary just walk in with his shirt off?
Protein has the highest Thermal-Burn of all foods, increasing your metabolism by up to a whopping 20-30%. POW! (That just happened...)
You see, protein is a very complex nutrient, so for every 1,000 calories of protein you eat, your body will use up to 300 calories to digest and process this macro-nutrient.
This means you're only netting about 700 calories for every 1,000 calories you eat of protein.
So, you're getting 300 "free calories." (They're gone... just like magic.)
Protein also helps to build muscle (along with specific types of exercise), and for every pound of muscle you add, you will burn approximately 50 extra calories per day. Five pounds will burn 250 calories per day. You get the picture.
Pretty cool, huh?
And here's something even cooler... the "Thermal Burn" of some natural foods is so high that they don't even register on the caloric scale. They're "FreeFoods" that you can practically eat all day without gaining an ounce.
Now, to backtrack a bit; I'm not suggesting that you eat ONLY protein in an attempt to increase your metabolism. (Cluck, cluck... another chicken breast anyone?)
No, not at all.
But what I am saying is that eating specific "Thermal-Burn Meals" that combine precise amounts of protein, slow-absorbing carbs, and a dollop of good fat, (love that word...dollop), will help boost your mangled metabolism, crush cravings brought on by nutrient deficiencies, and slash unattractive abdominal fat.
The bottom line is that you'll be able to eat MORE delicious food, but with a lower calorie impact. More bang for your buck. And I don't know about you, but I LOVE eating, so this is a very exciting way accelerate your results.
The above fat loss trick is just one of the 11 advanced strategies that Joel uses in his new 7-Day BellyBlastDiet program. Make sure to grab your copy now before Josh's special launch week special ends on Thursday:
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