You will want to do a major switch up from your normal eating pattern. The order in which you do these days is not of major importance; just don’t do two of the same in succession.
Every day, you will want to drink a lot of water or lemon water, (lemon water will keep your liver detoxed), get a full 8 hours of sleep, and keep a food journal. Always eat to hunger; don’t force yourself to eat.
Calorie confusion works by breaking a plateau. Similar to plateaus in exercise, we experience the same in our diets when the body gets used to the same dietary choices we make everyday. Mix it up and your body will respond in kind. Listen to your body and try new foods and new things you have not done before. This will shock your system into a response. Always remember to make little choices everyday that will help you achieve ultimate health.
This is not for P2, but I do recommend mixing things up in P2 if you reach a plateau or stall for more than a few days. Plateaus are a normal process of the body; to break them, try eating new foods from your foods list and change your schedule. I would only recommend this in the cases of cheating getting out of hand and your body settling up in weight where correction days are not working for you.
Here are some of the daily options:
The following are suggestions to use in a rotating schedule:
HIGH PROTEIN, LIGHT VEGGIES, NO FRUIT DAY – Start with a day much like “avoid a steak day” correction. Eat lettuce or spinach, tuna or chicken salad, hard boiled eggs, high protein. Avoid fruits and starchy vegetables. Avoid dairy (creams and cheeses). Protein, protein, protein and water water water along with low calorie drinks like coffee and tea. Only eat when hungry. Other protein ideas are: Beef, Steak, Hamburger, Prime Rib, Filet Mignon, Roast Beef, Chicken*, Duck, Any Fish*, Tuna*, Salmon*, Trout*, Halibut*, Lamb, Eggs, Shrimp, Crab, Lobster. Use healthy fats – Butter and coconut oil, olive oil.
HIGH VEGGIES, PROTEIN SHAKES, NO FRUIT DAY – Veggies all day with protein shakes. Still drink tons of water. Avoid regular milk – use almond milk or coconut milk in shakes.
HIGH FRUIT, PROTEIN SHAKE DAY – Fruits and protein shakes as needed all day.
Again, there is no particular order for these days. This is a guideline or a suggested rotation. If you have a lot of fruit that is ripe and ready to spoil, start with that! If you have lots of protein just waiting to be eaten, start there. It is truly just a change up to trick your body into releasing the weight.
Have fun with it! Switch things up and watch the scale move.