[ Editor’s Note: Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you. ]
Want to be leaner? Good deal… here’s 5 tips that will help you along…
TIP 1 – Ditch The Starch
Starches, such as rice, potatoes, some veggies, oats, etc. are often considered “health foods.” While they can be healthy, they can also pack on stomach body fat like crazy if you overdo them. As you may know, the “Every Other Day Diet” System (EODD) actually encourages you to eat starches and even sweets several days a week to get rid of excess weight: Every Other Day Diet.
Timing is everything. Take a weekly approach to foods rather than a daily approach. This keeps your metabolism guessing. If your body cannot figure out what you’re up to, fatburning is that much more powerful. And you can get by with eating starches… at least at specific times on specific days.
But if you’re not going to do EODD, then you’ll have to wing it. And the best way to wing it is to simply cut starches out entirely for 4-8 weeks. Then slowly add them back for a few days per week. This is no where near as effective (or as fun) as the EODD method, but it will get you pointed in the right direction.
TIP 2 – Can The Sodas
A recent study revealed that people who drank diet sodas actually increased bodyfat when compared to those who drank sugar sodas. Yep. Your body cannot be fooled by aspartame and chemicals. Sorry, but that’s the truth. You need to be drinking a quart of pure water per 50 lbs of bodyweight a day. Try mixing it with lemon and a bit of Stevia (an herbal sweetener) and make lemonade. It’s wonderful!
TIP 3 – Stay Hungry
Arnold’s first movie was “Stay Hungry” (well, after “Pumping Iron,” that is). You cannot rest on your butt and stay hungry. You cannot think you’ve “arrived” and stay hungry. It takes a special person to be hungry… and an even greater one to stay that way. I want you to stay hungry in two ways: In how you work out and literally… stay a bit hungry before you go to bed. Not “starving”… just a bit hungry.
For your workouts, I have a great solution. If you pick up EODD you’ll get a limited shot at “7 Minute Body”… my combination of “7 Minute Muscle” and “The 7 Minute In-Home Workout” in one book… and for more than half off… but that’s a very limited deal. Gotta have EODD… you’ll need them both… EveryOtherDayDiet
You see, progression — “forced” progression — is the best way to stay hungry. 7 Minute Body forces you to progress without thinking about it. Progression is built into the System.
As far as staying hungry at night? Check with your doctor and if he/she okays it, take 500mg of potassium and 1000mg of magnesium/calcium a few hours prior to bed. This helps with the hunger pangs. Also, keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge. If you get really hungry, eat one with half the yolk (toss the other half.) It keeps me full for an hour at least.
TIP 4 – Cardio Clarity
Hours and hours of cardio a day is not the answer. However, you can do “light” cardio (i.e. brisk walking, or riding the bike at 60% of your max) just to burn off calories. That’s okay… and personally I don’t find it that boring if I’m watching a TV show. It does not interfere with my main fatloss exercise (weight training) and it burns off about 400 calories an hour.
What does work is early morning fasting cardio… but you only need 9-15 minutes. I explain the GXP Protocol (Modified) in the 7 Minute Body book, available only if you pick up EODD, and you can get it here: EveryOtherDayDiet
TIP 5 – Get Raw At Night
Raw veggies with your last meal and as a snack will really help your fatburning along. You can start with red peppers because they’re sweet. Now I eat virtually every veggie raw at night without thinking about it. Give this a shot. The fatloss is well worth it.