What is an Accelerator Day?*

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, By Jack Smith

 

In order to keep you from becoming demotivated after a day of not-so-great eating, or perhaps if you have been away for a weekend down the coast and enjoyed a few extra rich snacks or treats, we recommend helping yourself get back on track by doing what we call an "Accelerator Day". We have been encouraging Accelerator Days at Vision for a long time, however they can be challenging if not done properly. Today we will focus on working together on preparing a standard Accelerator Day meal plan structure, and some potential homework for you will be to give it a go and prepare another two on your own.

 

On these days, we recommend that all your meals and snacks include only high protein / low carbohydrate foods. For example, eggs, cheese, beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork, tuna, salmon, nuts and low carbohydrate protein bars /drinks. Carbohydrate foods such as starch based vegetables, fruits, breads, rice, pasta, potatoes and cereals should not be eaten.

 

In order to remain satisfied and keep your metabolism elevated, ensure that you have at least six servings of high protein / low carbohydrate foods per day. That is, breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and evening snack. If you still feel hungry when eating six servings per day, you should simply add another high protein / low carbohydrate snack. This will also help you to achieve and maintain a state of ketosis, which is essential to the fat burning process. Do not eat high carbohydrate foods to satisfy your hunger.

 

As your body begins to utilise fat as a fuel source rather than carbohydrates, it is not uncommon for you to feel more fatigued and light headed so we recommend that you do these days when you're not training weights or hard cardio at the studio. Walking and light to moderate activity is still ok on these days.

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