What do you do if you want to get stronger and faster?
- You workout
- You push yourself hard
- You damage muscle fibers
- You exhaust energy systems
- You force your body to improve – to become more efficient – to become better
Without that intense stimulus, your body has no reason to change. And without a reason, it won’t.
The same theory applies to almost every area of self-improvement – education, business, relationships…even weight loss.
But if that’s true, why do we all know people who have been dieting for years & years and just can’t seem to lose those last 20 lbs? They’re cutting calories and eating vegetables and swallowing fat burners and even chopping out parts of their GI tract…all in an extreme effort to lose weight.
Why doesn’t it work anymore?
Isn’t starving yourself enough of a stimulus?
Not when you’ve been doing it for months or years. At a certain point, your “diet” becomes the “new” normal.
For example, when you first started dieting, your body was used to eating crap…and lots of it. So when you cut back on calories and started eating Paleo, you set off a whole series of hormonal and neurochemical reactions in their body with the end result being fat loss.
But after a while, your body got used to the smaller portions and the servings of Grilled Salmon with Curried Cauliflower Puree.
And the weight loss stopped.
So now what?
Our bodies require a reason to change – There is no reaction without a stimulus.
If you want the fat loss to start again, you need to apply a new stimulus. And not just dropping your calories even lower or eating even “cleaner”. That isn’t new. You need to mix things up.
Here are two powerful stimuli.
- Intermittent Fasting – Periodic abstinence from food can have a powerful hormonal and neurochemical effect on your metabolism. In my personal experience, I have found that an occasional 1 or 2 day water/tea fast to be the most effective.
- Cheat Meal / Cheat Day / Cheat Week – Eat whatever you want and eat a lot of it. I know this sounds completely insane, but we’re trying to force your body to make a big hormonal/neurochemical shift. Eating an extra portion of grass-fed beef isn’t going to cut it. In my experience, I have found that scheduled weekly cheat meals don’t work. They just become part of your regular diet & your body adjusts.
Here’s what I do with my clients when they start to plateau.
- During one or two days during the work week, we institute a water/tea/black coffee fast. I also have them start their morning with a big glass of Athletic Greens.
- During the remaining 5-6 days of the week, I have them pig out for one meal immediately following their workout.
After a week of this, they’re back to their healthy Paleo Diet.
If the weight loss starts again…GREAT!!!
If not, we plan another shock to the system..