If you are making constant progress with the baseline diet and you’re losing 1-2 lbs. of fat every week, then just stick with it until you meet your goal. But, if you hit a plateau near the end and you just can’t seem to break it… then perk up.
Losing the last few pounds of fat is a lot harder than losing all the fat before those last few pounds. The body is a lot more stubborn about hanging on to them. It also requires a different approach. The low carb, high protein and high fat diet is perfect for those last few pounds. That’s why I call it the “abs diet”.
You already know that carbs raise your blood sugar and insulin levels and as a result increase fat storage in your body. In the final stages of your diet these effects become even more critical and should be better controlled. That’s why this low carb approach works.
(In the next section I will get into more specific details about the benefits of a low carb diet, as well as give you a couple of cool tricks to help you increase your fat burning even further.)
You already know that proteins have a high thermic effect and that you body burns up to 30% of the calories consumed from protein in the process of digesting them… which is why having a high protein diet is very effective for fat burning (especially at the last stages of a diet).
You already know about the benefits of essential fatty acids and they increase the fat burning processes in your body and create a fat loss friendly hormonal environment, which is why increasing fat is effective for fat burning.
This is why the approcach of low carb, high protein and high fat diet works great for shedding those last pounds of fat. In fact, it’s an approach that many bodybuilders and fitness models use to get ready for contests and events… and it’s the approach that will help you expose your abs!
The ratios of this diet are:
Caveats for this approach
This is NOT a permenant approach. Low carb diets are hard to maintain for a long time, and the longer you are on them the harder it is to maintain them. This diet is to be used as a tool to bust plateaus that arise when you are nearing the final destination of getting abs and to jump over the final hurdles of fat.
This is a temporary diet that anyone can lose to burn off those last 10, 15 or even 20 lbs. of fat and drop to single digit body fat percentage.
There are also a couple of rules that you need to follow when you are applying this approach.
Rule #1: when you are applying this approach use it in combination with the carb cycling strategy that I share with you on the next chapter and have a high carb day every 4th day.
Rule #2: Do not let the consumption of SATURATED fats exceed 10% of your total calorie intake. Doing so will not only harm your health… but it will also harm your fat loss efforts.
You will need to rely on nuts, natural peanut butter and various oils (flaxed seed oil, olive oil, monosaturated oil etc…) to make this diet work. It’s a tough one, but the fat loss benefits are great.