Here it is, as simply as I can put it:
Indulgence days aren’t optional, they are essential!
Yeah, I know, you’ve spent the last few months (or years) carefully watching every calorie lest you eat 1 calorie too much. And this might seem counter-intuitive, but trust me on this. I stumbled on this by accident.
As many of you know I was stuck somewhere between 168.5 and 170.5 for about 70 days or so. I also had no change in either muscle growth or waist shrinkage. Both numbers remained the same for that 70 day period.
Last week, as I had company in town, I ended up taking two days off my diet for the sake of convenience. Keep in mind I DID NOT take off time from my workouts. On the first night I ate three VERY large slices of pizza and a few garlic knots, and on the second night I ate a delicious Checkers’ burger with small fries. Sure, on those nights I weighed in at about 170.2, but I felt fine and my waist measurement never went up.
The next day I got back to basics and stuck with my meal plan and ran through a good resistance training workout and a short cardio session (part walk, part interval training).
The next day I rested and ate well.
On the fourth day I stepped on the scale…
The result was a weigh-in at 166.6 [I am keeping my fingers crossed that this doesn’t indicate that I am the anti-Christ. If so Barrack Obama might get mad.] These numbers are huge as I hadn’t even broken the 168 boundary line in a LONG time. The 166 figure is my lowest weight since my Sophomore year of college. Add to this a much more toned body, and a waist measurement that has now decreased to about 33 and 1/4.
So now I would encourage you to give it a shot. What is the worst that could happen? You gain a half a pound or so? If you are plateauing maybe this is just the thing you need to break out and convince your body that you aren’t starving.
My two week total transformation challenge to you is…
Take two days over each of the following two weeks and eat either a lunch or dinner you normally wouldn’t. Eat two or three slices of cheese pizza, eat a Burger King burger with a small onion ring, whatever floats you boat. Let yourself consume about 300-500 more calories than your body requires. I forgot to mention that one of those nights I had a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone.
Stay focused on your workouts and enjoy your free days. Tell me how it works out at the end of those two weeks. Did you jump start your weight loss?