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I’ve mentioned how important it is to get your hormones to play ball, but let’s take it this shiznit a step further.

To get your hormones well and truly firing on all cylinders, so that your body can burn through fat in rapid fashion, I recommend a specific 5 day fat loss cycle protocol.

Follow this 5 day cycle and you’ll be in what I call the “Hot Zone“.

During this Hot Zone you’ll build on the basics by combining intermittent fasting, carb cycling and a strategic ‘cheat’ day.

You see, there are three big players in the hormone World and you’ve gotta get these guys on side if you want to send your excess chubbage packing.

These hormones are known as : insulin, human growth hormone and leptin.

Insulin is your storage hormone and in order to lose the jelly from your belly quickly we need to keep this fairly low, which is why we use methods such as intermittent fasting and carb cycling.

If you eat lots of sugar, wheat and other processed foods your insulin and blood sugar levels are mostly likely through the roof, making it double difficult to burn any chub.

The relationship between human growth hormone and insulin is a wee bit fragile.

They don’t particularly like each other and are a little like yin and yang.
The Hot Zone Cycle reduces your insulin and when this happens your human growth hormone does a happy dance.

This then sets you up for maximum flubber loss.

SNACKDOWN 2In order to stay on track with this rapid fat loss we need to throw a ‘cheat’ day in to the mixer.

You see, many men and women often slash their calories or carbs in a bid to kick-start their fat loss.

But if you do this for more than a few days at a time and our buddy ‘Larry Leptin’ kicks up a fuss.

This happens a lot when people jump on crash diets and slash their calories for days and weeks on end.

Larry won’t take that sh*t.

He’ll throw a smackdown on your metabolism, bringing it to a crawl.
So, to keep to keep Larry happy all you need to do is use a strategic ‘cheat’ day.

During this ‘cheat’ day you can eat whatever you want.

Check this out – a study in the Journal Metabolism  found that enjoying your favorite foods in this “interval” style can boost your metabolism by up to 10%.

That’s what we call keeping Larry happy!

Another important thing I should mention about the ‘cheat’ day is that it means you can stick with the plan.
In my experience if you tell people to cut out all their favorite foods for weeks on end, they give up sharpish.

It’s too much, too soon.

By having a cheat day every 5 days your focus is not lost and the fat loss keeps coming.

Lovely jubbly :)

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Gavin Walsh
Gavin Walsh

A British fitness and fat loss magician that helps men and women lose the jelly from their belly pronto. Gavin is the head coach here at Body Fixers and has been featured in the likes of Men's Health, Women's Health and Men's Fitness, as well appearing on British TV several times with delightful nuggets of fitness and fat loss wisdom.

    2 replies to "Larry Leptin and the Smackdown"

    • Rebecca Lock

      Dear Gavin

      Thank you for your response. I rarely eat any junk I’m always pretty careful some would say fanatical over eating healthy. However, I’ve found it really difficult to lose weight over last couple of years. I used to overdo it 1.5 hrs in gym 6 days a week, combined with a professional stressful job, I was diagnosed with ME a year ago. Luckily I’m strong minded, stubborn and competitive so still do all my sports activities surf, paddleboard, ski, horse ride and swim but find I have to take my time, can no longer do too much high intensity exercise as when I put my body under more stress my joints swell and become painful. Therefore, I’ve found your bursts of exercise really manageable. I am also finding food I am eating is better because too much dairy flares up my joints and I’ve become lactose intolerant anyway! Any other tips you have will be gratefully received. Thanks for your help, Kind regards Becky

    • Gavin Walsh

      Hi again Becky – sorry this comment went into my spam box so I’ve only just seen it!

      I’m glad you’ve been able to keep up with all your activities despite being diagnosed with ME. A healthy body AND mindset is a good way to tackle ME, so kudos to you.

      You might also want to consider strategically raising your carbs or calories on your active days over the next few weeks to see how that makes you feel over the next week or two.

      Glad to hear you’re making positive steps though and I really appreciate you take the time to leave a comment on here :)

      Keep me posted!


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