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Metabolic Confusion for beginners

A Complete Guide to Metabolic Confusion for Beginners

What is Metabolic Confusion?

Metabolic confusion refers to an eating plan in which a person alternates the calories they consume per day.

When you eat the same ­­number of calories continuously, your body becomes efficient at using those calories. In other words, it adjusts its resting metabolic rate (the energy you use when inactive).

This is true especially when you’re on a low-calorie diet. Your body will find a way of adjusting to the low calories. As a result, you may experience a weight loss plateau.

To reverse this pattern, you should attempt to ‘confuse’ your metabolism by not eating the same amount of calories year in and year out. Changing eating patterns resets your metabolism and enables you to keep losing weight.

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about metabolic confusion and how it can help you lose weight faster #metabolic #confusion #beginners #focusfitness

Does metabolic confusion work for weight loss?

According to this study, metabolic confusion causes significant weight loss. In the analysis, subjects were divided into two groups. One group was required to follow a calorie-restricting diet plan. The other group did a calorie shifting diet (this is another name for metabolic confusion).

The subjects would restrict their calories for 11 days and then eat what they want for 3 days. It was found that the calorie-shifting group experienced positive changes in weight.

Metabolic confusion works because it counteracts the effects of dieting.

When you start dieting or eating less than you normally do, your brain immediately thinks that it is starving. It thus sets up mechanisms to prepare for the worst by lowering the amount of energy it needs to maintain your normal biological functions.

As a result, your body uses a small portion of the food you eat and store the rest as fat. However, if you start to increase the food you eat sporadically, your brain will realize that you are not starving, so it will keep burning fat and enable weight loss.

Additionally, when you go on a diet, you alter several hormones involved in weight management.

In this study, it was shown that obese people tend to become leptin resistant. When you restrict your food for a long duration of time, leptin hormone (the hormone that signals to your brain that you are full) decreases. Conversely, the hormone responsible for hunger (ghrelin) increases. Meaning that you always feel like eating.

However, when you adjust your eating from time to time, these hormones remain at the same level, so you are less likely to experience weight gain or plateaus.

Finally, dieting makes you feel stressed and this increases cortisol hormone. This study proved that women on calorie-restricted diets had greater cortisol production. They were thus more susceptible to weight gain. The outcome came from the act of monitoring and watching what they ate.

When you take a break from these activities through a metabolic confusion plan, you reduce the harmful effects of cortisol in your body.

How to do metabolic confusion

You have to keep a keen eye on your calorie intake for a metabolic confusion plan to work for you. You need to know how many calories per day you should take to lose the weight you desire. Use apps for this purpose.

Let’s say the calorie-counting app tells you to need to eat an average of 1500 calories a day to lose weight. Pick low-calorie days in which you eat 300 fewer calories than the recommended amount; that is 1,200 calories.

Then pick high-calorie days where you eat 300 more calories than the recommended amount; that is 1,800 calories. When you average the food you’ve consumed per week, it should be 1,500 calories daily.

You also need to decide on the cycle that works for you.

Some people opt for the weekend cycle. In this plan, the low-calorie days are 5 and high-calorie days are on the weekend.

Others prefer the 2-week cycle where they eat low-calorie foods for 11 days and high-calorie foods for 3 days.

You may also alternate high and low-calorie days every day. Finally, others choose the 1-month cycle, which entails 3 weeks of low-calorie eating and 1 week of high-calorie feeding.

7-Day Metabolic Confusion Meal Plan

This meal plan is based on a 5-day low calorie and 2-day high-calorie weekly strategy. It is also assumed that a low-calorie day is 1,200 calories while a high-calorie day is 2000 calories.  This means that the average amount of calories you take will be around 1500 calories.

Breakfast Snack 1 Lunch Snack 2 Dinner Total Cal.
Day 1 Whole, low sugar cereal and  1 cup milk – 283 Cal 2 bags of popcorn – 200Cal Tuna wrap (1 whole wheat tortilla, ¼ avocado, 4 Oz. tuna, ¼ cup of carrots, 2 tsp. Sriracha)-302Cal No added sugar protein bar -160Cal Turkey sandwich (3 Oz. turkey, 2 tbsp. mustard, lettuce, tomato, zucchini, 2 slices whole wheat bread) – 250Cal 1195Cal
Day 2 Orange Pineapple smoothie (1 cup oranges, 2 cups pineapple and ¼ cup nonfat milk) -294Cal ½ cup Sherbet – 140Cal Mashed potato & chicken  (1/2 cup potato and 1 chicken drumstick, eggplants) – 360 Cal 1 cup carrot sticks and 1 tbsp. peanut butter -170Cal Chicken tortilla – (1/4 cup celery, 1 whole-wheat tortilla, 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt, 2 tsp. hot sauce, 3 Oz.grilled chicken) – 244  Cal 1208Cal
Day 3 Blueberry smoothie (1cup blueberries, 1 banana and 1 cup nonfat milk) -276 Cal ½ cup of frozen yogurt – 150Cal Chicken hummus wrap- (2 tbsp. hummus, 1 whole wheat tortilla, 2 slices tomato, 3 ounces grilled chicken, ¼ cup cucumber) – 300 Cal. English muffin and 2 tbsp. cream cheese – 164Cal Grilled cheese sandwich -2 slices bread, 1slice cheese, 1 tbsp. butter) -350Cal 1240Cal
Day 4 Oatmeal  – ½ cup milk, 1 tbsp. sugar,1/4 apple, 1 envelop oatmeal – 300Cal 1 apple & 1 string cheese – 200Cal Spaghetti and egg – 3/4 cup spaghetti, 1 egg, 1tbsp. butter – 300Cal  

¼ cup almonds -155 Cal

Tuna sandwich (1/2 cup tuna, 2 slices brown toast, tomatoes and cucumber, 1 cup milk) -300Cal 1255Cal
Day 5 Apple and banana salad – 1 diced apple, 1 sliced banana,  6 peanuts – 300Cal Whole Wheat Pita & ¼ cup hummus -178Cal Vegetable rice – (1 cup rice, peas, sweet corn, carrot, broccoli, green beans, and edamame)  360Cal 2 hard-boiled eggs – 160Cal Mexican Quinoa Salad (1/cup quinoa, 2tbsps. salsa, ½ cup black beans, ¼ avocado, 1 cup lettuce ) -202 Cal. 1200Cal
Day 6 (High-Calorie day) 1 ½  cup vanilla cookies & a glass

Milk – 700 Cal

15 tortilla chips & ½ cup salsa – 222Cal Pesto Pasta Salad (1 tbsp. pesto, 1cup arugula, ½ cup cherry tomatoes, 1 cup whole wheat pasta, ½ cup chickpeas) – 456 Cal. Skip Roasted steak, baked potato and broccoli soup (1/2 cup roasted steak, 1 baked potatoes, steamed broccoli) – 700Cal 2078Cal
Day 7

(High-Calorie Day)

Blueberry muffin and a vanilla latte -750Cal 1 cup strawberry yogurt – 192Cal I cup low-fat chocolate milk – 100 Cal 1 cup oranges (mandarin) and 1/4 cup cottage cheese – 120Cal  

3 pizza slices- 855Cal

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The Bottom Line

For metabolic confusion to work, you must constantly be aware of the calories you consume. To make things easy, follow the timetable above and track all your meals manually or through an app. If you are consistent, you could keep losing weight even in the long-term.

Note that diet works best when combined with exercise. Therefore, start doing these simple 15-minute home workouts to lose fat rapidly while toning your entire body.

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