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"I Spike" - How The Spike Diet Can Help You Lose Weight Forever

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The Spike Diet allows you to keep your metabolism up while cutting fat by allowing for "Spike", or higher calorie eating days.

Anyone who has ever lost weight with a diet knows that it’s nearly impossible to keep the weight off after you have lost it. I think the term yo-yo dieter fits the majority of us, and until recently, it had been the story of my life.

The number one thing I learned in my many years of failed diets was that as soon as I quit doing whatever it was that lead to my weight loss, it would just be a matter of time before all of the weight I lost, and then some, would be gained back. So, if I lost weight on a low-carb diet, I would eventually gain the weight back when I began eating carbohydrates again. I could lose weight if I was doing daily cardio to create a calorie deficit, but I would also gain the weight back when I stopped doing cardio. So it was imperative I found a way to lose weight in a way that could become a reasonable lifestyle.

Yo Yo Dieting

Russell Branjord Spike DietLet’s face it, losing weight is simple; it’s calories in versus calories out.  Science has proved that it doesn’t matter the type of diet, they all restrict calories and that calorie restriction gives you a deficit, and that deficit forces your body to burn fat to make up the energy difference.  The problem always comes later, when our weight loss will inevitably plateau.  Why does this happen?

Many times we haven’t changed anything, and yet we stop losing weight.

Inside our fat cells our body regulates a hormone called leptin. When we constantly use fat for energy, this hormone is lowered which leads to increased food cravings. At this time, our body also becomes reluctant to use fat for energy.

To understand why this happens we have to look at why we store fat in the first place.

It’s for survival. Our brain adapts us to abnormal conditions simply for the sake of survival, and losing weight is no different. The problem is that our brain honestly does not know where our next meal is coming from. When we consistently burn fat as energy, and our fat storage begins depleting, our brain thinks we are in the middle of a famine, and this survival technique will keep us alive longer.

Now that we know why our bodies fail us on diets, it’s time for a solution.

You know the saying, “If you can’t beat them, then join them.” Well that’s my motto with dieting.

If our brain is doing these things in an effort to get us to eat, well then we need to eat!

The exciting thing about the Spike Diet® is that this is a way for us to have the best of both worlds. We can eat junk foods like: pizza, ice cream, donuts and yet still lose weight, with a weekly "Spike Day".

In my book, I tell you how we can transition this diet into a lifestyle, so that once we hit our goal weight, we have a plan to follow to keep it off forever. My days of yo-yo dieting are over.

The ability to restore your muscle glycogen while dieting is another empowering ability that sets the Spike Diet® apart from the rest.

Those who lift weights know how difficult it can be to have effective workouts while dieting. This is due to a constant deficit of calories and your body not being able to fully restore your much needed glycogen, the fuel for your workouts and recovery. A day with a surplus of calories will help to replenish your glycogen. The day after your “Spike Day” you will notice a large difference in workout intensity and overall strength.

A Lifestyle and Not a Diet

I’m happy to say that I am finally “cured” from my obesity. At my heaviest, I weighed 330 pounds and I had a 46 inch waist.  I am a proud member of the 100 plus pound losers club. Now that I have a lifestyle eating plan that I can easily follow. I know my days of yo-yo dieting are over.  What more can I ask for? I have full weekends where I am able to eat whatever I want and during the week I make healthy choices using a simple calorie goal that provides enough energy for me throughout the day. If you are interested in learning more about this revolutionary diet/lifestyle plan visit www.spikediet.com and become a “spiker” like myself. Once you make this change you will never look back. With the Spike Diet® you can truly have your cake and lose weight too.

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    Russell Branjord is a Certified Personal Trainer, and the author of the Spike Diet. Learn more about the Spike Diet at www.spikediet.com.
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Angie
Posted Sun, 05/02/2010 - 02:19

I LOVE SPIKE DIET! I have lost 26lbs and 3 inches in 10 weeks. finally I can eat the foods I love 1 day a week and spike diet book shows you how many calories you can eat and you will be surprised what you can eat and still eat healthy and put in a good work out the other 6 days and still lost 2 to 3lbs a week. Spike diet is more then a diet its a life style something you can do with family's.

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Eric Eddler
Posted Thu, 07/22/2010 - 14:26

Calorie counters are a great tool to help manage your weight. They help you watch and keep track of your daily calorie intake and help you maintain a healthy body weight.

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Jo
Posted Mon, 01/24/2011 - 13:19

so basically you consume mostly protein during the day and carbs in the evening?what kind of carbs that you should consume?what about pre & post workout nutrition & meal?any meal plans?

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Russ
Posted Thu, 01/27/2011 - 19:08

During the week days I eat good, low GI carbs. Like breads, fruits, and oats. Pre and post workout I have whey protein and glutamine. If I workout later in the day I will have my first big carb meal an hour after I lift. I don't have carbs pre-workout anymore because I want my body burning glycogen for fuel. Glycogen is a better fuel source than carbs anyway, and the glycogen in our liver can be released as glucose to balance out blood sugar.

I do have sample meal plans.

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Danielle
Posted Fri, 01/27/2012 - 11:52

Hi Russ! I just came across your diet and LOVE how it sounds. So simple! My goal is to lean up a little more, my weight is 118 and I'm 5'3" but I would like to have more defnition. Anyhow, I love your information and techniques. What are your sample meal plans? Thank you, you are a food angel :-)

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Niño
Posted Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:14

This sounds very similar to carb nite solution by John Kiefer. The only difference seems that you suggest daily carb back loading. Do you restrict daily fat intake?

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kalik
Posted Sat, 05/03/2014 - 20:11

Do you eat carbs at nite plus once a week? Can I eat complex carbs in the daytime like fruit?

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