HOW CHEATING ON YOUR DIET (ONCE A WEEK) CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT

 

 

Eating more calories than you normally eat one day a week can actually prevent your metabolism from dropping. It’s one of the great paradoxes of dieting. When calories decline, levels of thyroid hormone, which control calorie-burning, also dip. Levels of eptin and hormone-sensitive lipase, an enzyme that helps banish body fat, increase as calories decline. Besides metabolism, there’s muscle to consider; IGF-1, a hormone that supports muscle growth, retention, and repair, also declines with prolonged dieting.

Every 7-10 days during your dieting phase, double your carbohydrate intake for one day. The sudden boost reverses the decline in metabolism while driving IGF-1 levels back to normal, if not a little higher. This not only prevents “sticking points” in dieting, but ensures you’ll maintain your muscle mass.

 

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