It’s never too early to start thinking about swimsuit season, but since most of us weren’t born with “hot body genes,” it takes diet adjustments and exercise to help you reach your beach-side goals. Just slashing calories and skipping meals can leave you hungry, weak and fatigued. But eating a balanced diet that stabilizes blood sugar and controls insulin can accelerate fat loss to near genetic maximum rates.
Insulin is the hormone that forces your body to store excess calories as fat. By controlling insulin, you can finally begin to access and mobilize stored body fat for fuel and start burning fat faster. Abiding by The Formula’s 40-30-30 ratio of carbohydrate, protein and fat at each meal is a great dietary prescription for balancing blood sugar and accessing your fat burning hormones. And our Fat Flush Plan helps produce even faster results by eliminating high-glycemic carbohydrates like breads, grains, potatoes, rice, etc., and including medium- to low-glycemic carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables.
Both plans focus on a balance of protein and fat in each meal, slowing down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, so that glucose trickles gradually into the blood. This helps set up the hormonal response to mobilize the release of stored body fat to be burned for energy, with available glucose used by the brain to eliminate hunger and mood swings from meal to meal. After eating this way for just a few days, you can start to feel a difference in how you feel, and in just a few weeks, you can begin to see a body with better muscle tone and less body fat.
My best advice for getting your diet in gear is to keep it simple. In our book, The Formula, you will find a wide variety of delicious Fat Flush Meals to choose from. Pick two breakfasts and two lunches that sound good to you to start with. I also recommend using a Balance Bar for your mid-afternoon snack, and then choosing a wider variety of meals for dinner. This can simplify meals, minimize shopping and help you stick to a healthy diet. Be sure to choose from the A, B, C, D, or E meal plans to determine the appropriate amount of calories for your specific requirements.
Additionally, following the Fat Flush Plan for 3-6 weeks and adding a daily workout, can get you in your best shape ever. And by the time swimsuit season rolls around, you’ll look like you were born with those “hot body genes”.
Joyce Daoust is a Certified Nutritionist and national best selling co-author of:
THE FORMULA, A Personalized 40-30-30 Weight Loss Program