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There are four common myths I am hoping to dispel with this exercise but the participants are under no obligation to confirm what I suspect. The three myths go like this:
1. Sugar is toxic (not only is it not toxic for athletes it can be used as a very effective energy source, the does always matters and since you will be eating it before bed your blood sugar will auto regulate. So no cravings throughout the day.)
2. Eating poorly hurts my workouts (this logically makes no sense in moderation, certainly if you have a 12 pack of beer the night before and attempt to Crossfit that might not work out so well. More energy from an energy dense source should always be favorable in workouts)
3. Calories in versus Calories out (I am actually a calorie agnostic, it’s really the only measuring tool we have so I am not a hater but even the most ardent defender of calories in calories out could not make a proper case for the concept when metabolism is not functioning correctly).
4. Don’t eat carbs at night.
Here is how we will set up how you will eat
Eat under 30g of carbs throughout the day excluding fibrous vegetables (meaning you should eat these for size) and eat normal, no different than you normally might. Delay breakfast for an hour or two and eat fats and proteins (no fruit). For lunch let’s stick with fats and proteins still and as close to possible 0 carbs until about 6pm (once again veggies are cool). Do not under eat in anticipation of your treat (I am on to you ladies). Ground beef at lunch will help you for later workouts (taco salad kind of thing). In the evening I want you to eat relatively normal with really no rules, ideally if you are working out the following day have some sweet potatoes.
Every morning you will weigh yourself
The numbers aren’t important I just need pluses and minuses and keep a log of how you feel. Also you will keep a workout log, nothing too big (workout sucked or workout was awesome is fine). I’m not going to tell you my expectation for this but you should know there is a risk the scale could go up. However it’s only 4 days, so the risk of dramatic weight gain is pretty small.
Who should do this?
Obviously if you have diabetes this isn’t smart. I would also ask those that are carrying a fair amount of fat avoid the challenge as well. So you are lean but have that last bit of fat left to go. Ideally you are a pretty clean eater and you are struggling to figure out how to get rid of that last bit of fat.
When do I eat the Cinnamon Roll?
30 minutes before you go to bed. Here is what you will be eating. You will be eating one of this each day for 4 days (yes with the sugar on top). http://udisglutenfree.com/products/cinnamon-rolls/