Sunday, March 17, 2013



Living a fit lifestyle doesn't mean you can't enjoy your favorite treats every now and again, it's a part of carb cycling when eating a clean diet.

Did you know that your body actually needs a break from eating clean at least once every week or so. As fitness enthusiasts like refer to it as a 'cheat' meal or 'cheating'. Prolonged dieting drops the body's leptin levels. Leptin is a hormone that helps your metabolism burn efficiently, so having in increase in carbohydrates and calories really does do the body good.

Having a cheat meal or even a day of eating freely once every week or so will surprise your body which will aid in raising stagnating leptin levels, this metabolic boost will help you to burn more fat.

Sundays are my days off from all training and eating a clean diet. It's a day worship and lots of R&R with my family and it's also my free eating day. I eat more carbs than usual on Sundays to restore my glycogen stores to keep my muscles fueled and ready to go once Monday morning comes.

I'm not one for sweets so I eat more fruit, berries, Ezekiel bread and nuts, especially almonds and sometimes I'll have pudding with my family after dinner. My muscles love it when I go overboard a bit in eating and so does my metabolism.

Try eating a cheat meal or two once a week for a month, each Sunday eat more fruit, have pancakes for breakfast, a big sandwich for lunch or a brownie after dinner, eat what it is you crave during the week. Your muscles will become fuller and you'll have more energy for your tough workouts during the week resulting in a higher metabolism and added fat loss... it's a beautiful thing!

Liv Fit! Train Hard! Liv Happy!

Carol Whitaker
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