March is upon us on and the weather is going to start warming up. If you listen to some of the weather experts summer might come in fast this year and we will be pulling out the bathing suits before you know it.
Are you ready for that bathing suit?
Not to put you in a panic, but now is the time to get started tightening up that body, losing the winter fat and getting ready for that bathing suit.
The best way to accomplish that is to get your nutrition on track. Exercise is also important. Let’s not forget that, but when you compare the calories burned from a workout vs the calories consumed in a day you can easily ruin any good workout program.
You will negate any calories burned from that workout.
Not good is it?
At best you will probably burn 300-500 calories in a workout. You could eat that in half of one meal if you chose the wrong foods or consumed too much food.
Always keep that in mind when you are choosing foods to eat and how much food.
Let’s not go on some crazy diet though and starve ourselves to try and achieve that bikini body.
Instead I have something much better for you.
It is called carb cycling.
By carb cycling you are teaching your body to burn stored fat and to optimize calories burned by utilizing protein for energy as well as building lean muscle.
You are NOT starving yourself and instead eating plenty of food. Many times people feel that they are overeating, but they are losing weight. They are perplexed as to how this is happening.
The secret is the type of foods you are eating and when you are eating them aka: nutrient timing.
By cycling your carbohydrate intake you are timing this nutrient so that your body keeps the hormone leptin at a healthy level to not trigger your brain to tell you to eat more food.
You are also training your body to burn the stored fat you have on your body and you lose fat.
Pretty cool isn’t it?
It really is simple regarding the process of how your body does this.
It just takes you to put the plan into action.
To get you started I have an amazing burger recipe for you below. It can work as a delicious recipe on either the high carb, low carb or no carb day.
I have notes below the recipe on how to use this recipe on the different carb cycling days.
Five Spice Burgers
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken or pork
2 teaspoons Chinese Five-spice powder
1 tablespoon grill seasoning such as a Steak Seasoning
2 garlic clovers, minced
1 in piece of ginger, peeled and minced
5 scallions, 2 finely chopped and 3 cut into thirds then thinly sliced
3 tablespoons tamari (dark aged soy sauce)
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 shitake mushrooms, stems removed and thinly sliced
1/2 pound shredded cabbage
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce (chinese barbecue sauce)
1 fresh pineapple, cored, cut into chunks
1 package exotic vegetable chips
Heat a nonstick skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. In a medium bowl, combine the meat with the five-spice powder, grill seasoning, garlic, ginger, finely chopped scallions, tamari, and a drizzle of olive oil.
Mix and then separate the meat into quarters and form 4 patties. Cook the burgers for 6 minutes on each side.
Heat a nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Cook the shitakes for 2 minutes, add the cabbage, and stir-fry for 3 minutes more. Add the sliced scallions and hoisin sauce, toss to combine, and remove from the heat.
Serve the burgers piled high with mu shu slaw on top. Serve with chunks of fresh pineapple and exotic chips on the side.
*Note: For high carb days you can add a whole grain bun to this meal if you want and eat it like a traditional burger. Also, for no-carb days just don’t add the pineapple or exotic vegetable chips.
Exotic vegetable chips are also pretty expensive so feel free to leave them out if you’d like.
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