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You've probably heard the old myth that it's best to lose weight slowly. Some say, “try to lose one pound per week, as it is more easily sustained.”
I say, “Are you kidding me?! You want me to take 30 weeks to lose 30 lbs. I don't think so!" One key to losing weight quickly is eating like our ancestors ate.
For many, this is the most challenging step, yet the most important. At this point, you're probably thinking about all the alternatives; more cardio, more sit ups, more squats… anything to not have to give up the foods you love.
Your diet is responsible for 80% of your results. It is also the one thing that will keep you from getting any results, no matter how much you exercise, if you don't have the right focus and discipline. Let's start with the obvious.
Get rid of junk; soda, candy, chips... basically anything that comes in a package. Once you have done that, it's time to get rid of the not so obvious.
Eliminate fruits and grains. Say what? I thought I was supposed to eat fruits and grains as part of a healthy diet? The food pyramid says so!
Well, let me explain. Our ancestors were hunters and gatherers. They did not have the luxuries we know today, available to them.
Their diets consisted mainly of meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs and vegetables. Our ancestors were bigger, faster, and stronger; they took part in much more physical labor than what our society is used to today (let's be honest, we're lazy).
Fruits and grains are loaded with carbs and often leave us feeling bloated. When we ingest carbs, our body converts them to glucose and that stimulates insulin production. Whether they are “natural” or “processed,” all carbs raise our blood glucose levels equally.
Our ancestors did not need these in order to sustain their lifestyle. Society is fat and out of shape because we stuff our faces with processed garbage that has been manufactured over the last hundred years or so.
By controlling blood glucose levels, we control insulin levels. Insulin is the major regulator of metabolism.
When we keep it under control, we stop our body from storing extra fat and actually stimulate our body to burn the fat that is already stored.
You are probably thinking, “that just leaves me with meat, healthy fats and vegetables.” That is true, but I am going to ask you to take it one step further.
We need to eliminate peas, corn, and root vegetables like carrots and potatoes.
I know, now you are thinking this is too extreme. I'd argue otherwise.
Yo-yo diets that take the weight off and put it back on, year after year, are extreme. Having surgery to shrink your stomach is extreme.
I am just asking you to reduce your carb intake in order to control blood sugar levels, and essentially keep your metabolism under control.
Finding the right nutrition plan isn't always easy.
At Journey, every single member works one-on-one with a Coach who creates a personalized Fast Track plan. It lays out nutrition, fitness, and every detail you need to accomplish your goals on your ideal schedule.
The best way to start is with our Fat Loss Challenge, but this fills up quickly, so jump on it now.