“Extreme Weight Loss” star Chris Powell said a carb cycling diet can accelerate weight loss and boost fat burning.
Powell said carb cycling, or alternating between days of high-carb intake and low carb intake, keeps your metabolism fired up and enables you to lose more weight more quickly.
Chris detailed his rapid weight loss plan in his bestseller, Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution.
On the carb cycling meal plan, you can eat 1,200 calories on a low carb day, 1,500 calories on a high-carb day, and up to 2,400 calories on a cheat day (with varying amounts of carbs for each day).
Powell’s carb-cycling meal plan breakdown looks like this:
- Eat five meals a day.
- Eat a high-carb breakfast that includes both protein and carbs within 30 minutes of waking.
- Eat your remaining four meals, either high-carb or low-carb, every three hours.
- Drink a gallon of water a day.
Chris said cycling carbs is better than an extreme low-carb diet, which helps you lose weight, but may backfire over the long haul, resulting in stalled weight loss or rebound weight gain.
Powell, who also wrote Choose More, Lose More, also advocates daily workouts, but said if you’re not a regular exerciser, start off by doing something 5 minutes a day.
“It can be anything from running around the block, or just marching in place when you’re watching television,” he said. “When it comes to creating a lifestyle of fitness, we need to start out small. We need to focus on something attainable that everyone can do.”
Chris, who has helped hundreds of morbidly obese people lose thousands of pounds, said diet is the most important ingredient for weight loss, but cardio exercise is the fastest way to burn a lot of calories.
However, Powell said you also have to do weight training to build lean muscle mass, which helps burns calories and fat around the clock.
To boost weight loss, make sure you drink enough water every day, said Chris. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger, so it’s important to stay hydrated.
“Drink a gallon of water every day,” said Powell. “You don’t have to drink it all at once, but make sure your total water consumption for the day equals a gallon.”