Q: I read in one of your newsletters a while back that you guys use cheat days on your diets during your ripping phase. I can’t seem to get myself to do that. I’m very focused, and slacking just isn’t in my nature. Is it really necessary?
A: We’ve tried it both ways—with cheat days and without—and we’ve found that adding in 50 to 100 grams of carbs one or two days a week makes a significant fat-burning difference. It’s both psychological and physiological. Here’s an excerpt from our X-treme Lean e-book that explains…
It may go against your moral upbringing, but you have to cheat to get lean. (We’re talking food here, not running around behind your significant other’s back—although that does burn calories.) If you don’t have a cheat day during the week, you can sabotage your fat-loss efforts in a big way. That’s true from a psychological standpoint (you will feel deprived, and you’re more likely to binge) and from a physiological standpoint. It has to do with a specific hormone called leptin.
Leptin is known as the anti-starvation hormone. If you have enough, your body doesn’t panic. If you don’t take precautions as you reduce calories, however, your body can produce less and less. When your leptin levels fall, the starvation mechanism shifts into high
gear,and your body halts fat burning and triggers a voracious appetite (you start having dreams about giant chocolate sundaes). Studies show that increasing calories, primarily with carbs, only one day a week during a diet can help normalize leptin levels, keeping the starvation mechanism in check and speeding the fat-burning process. We verified that, inadvertently, through a miscalculation Steve made during our last peaking phase…
We go on to tell the story of how Steve discovered that he wasn’t cheating when he thought he was (he was actually getting fewer carbs on his cheat day), and how it slowed his fat loss considerably—until he made the fix.
We suggest at least one “cheat” day per week, and we often use two—Sunday and Wednesday. You don’t have to eat ice cream and cake, but do allow yourself enough fruit or other healthful carbs to get an extra 50 to 100 grams over what you take in on your low-carb days—and watch your physique get leaner faster with acid-etched abs.
For more ripping strategies and diets, see the X-treme Lean e-book for just $9.99—OR get our Triple-Shredded Combo Offer with
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
Testosterone prescriptions do more HARM than good for older men
Millions of men are struggling with the problems associated with low-T in today’s world, such as extra belly and chest fat, low energy and stamina, lack of sexual desire, ED problems, and loss of muscle.
Sadly, millions of men also turn to Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) to try to overcome these problems and try to feel like a new man again…BUT there are some VERY concerning problems with TRT that every man NEEDS to know.
After reading the article below, you might want to consider alternate routes of boosting your T levels naturally instead of through something that’s potentially as harmful as TRT…
–> Why Testosterone Replacement Therapy can do more HARM than good (for any ladies reading this, please pass this on to your husband or boyfriend if they are using or have considered using TRT)