Over the course of the year you have the opportunity to participate in the three main 28 Day challenges offered in January, April and October. During the other months of the year, you will have the chance to participate in mini challenges. This month I challenge you to a one week No Carb - Recharge! Starting next Monday, you will focus on healthy fats (oils, nuts, seeds, avocado), lean proteins (chicken, lean meat or wild caught fish and seafood, eggs), fruit (mostly berries) and loads of healthy (non-starch) vegetables and exclude grains, starches (including beans, lentils, bananas, white potatoes), processed carbs and sugar.
The goal here is to boost foods that feed your metabolism and pull foods that slow your metabolism. There is science behind this. Studies have shown that when groups of people are fed a no carb plan versus a low fat plan with the same amount of calories in each plan, the no carb plan participants burn an average of 300 more calories a day.
The theory is that starches and grains are processed more quickly than fats and proteins. The swing in blood sugar that leads to enhanced hunger signals the brain to slow metabolism. For the record, I don’t feel grain and starch carbs are ‘bad’ – I firmly believe that the right eating plan for you is the one that you can follow for the rest of your life. The vast majority of people would have an extremely difficult time pulling carbs forever. So, there is no need to look at this as a long term approach. This is a reset week to kick start your metabolism.
The point of this challenge isn't to see how fast you can shed pounds (although if the pounds come pouring off, then GOOD FOR YOU!). Instead, it's about returning to your set point from time to time and keeping your eye on the prize – reaching your ideal weight and staying healthy for the rest of your life.
To make this easy on you, I have created a week long meal plan, recipes and shopping list for the No Carb – Recharge week!
If you would like to participate in a modified No Carb - Recharge challenge, simply pull all grains and starches after 3PM