The Day-Off Diet

the day off dietThe new year is here, and we’re all ready to ramp up our weight loss efforts and stick with it (for real this year!).

If weight loss is your goal, The Day-Off Diet is a straight forward nutrition plan that can help you finally lose weight in 2016.

As you may have already figured out by the name of the plan, the big idea of The Day-Off Diet is to eat clean nutritious foods for 6 days out of the week, and then enjoy 1 cheat day. The “cheat day” is the day of the week you take a day off of the diet and eat whatever you want!

The fact of the matter is this sort of diet plan isn’t anything new, and that’s a good thing!

Here’s why:
After looking at The Day-Off Diet shopping list (below) paired with the “6 days on, 1 day off protocol” we can make one definitive conclusion; The Day-Off Diet is composed of a proven system that tons of fitness models, and weight loss experts have already been following for years to get and maintain their weight loss results!

The Day-Off Diet is very similar to the nutrition regimen I’ve personally been following. It’s not a fad diet.

Before we dive into the details of what foods you can eat on this diet, I’d like to point out that the Day-Off Diet is just a nutrition plan (which is very important), but it’s not the only component of living a healthy life. You may want to also consider adding in some exercise if you want to get on the fast track to getting a six pack abs.

To all the men reading this page (or even the wives who wouldn’t mind their husband losing a bit of belly fat), you may want to check out the Abs After 40 program and consider adding some exercise to your nutrition regimen to really crank up your results.

The Day-Off Diet Shopping List

The Day-Off Diet shopping list is divided into 5 main categories:

  • Non-starchy Vegetables
  • You can eat as many of these as you want. Non-starchy veggies are you’re leafy greens, and colorful, legitimate micro-nutrient rich vegetables. The more non-starchy veggies you can eat everyday, the healthier you’ll be.

    These veggies contain all kinds of nutrients to help your body function better. We’re talking vitamins, minerals, and fiber to help your body process and use the carbs, fats, and proteins you eat.

    Generally these non-starchy vegetables are very low in calories and very high in nutrients. Let me repeat, the more you can eat the better off you’ll be.

    The Day Off Diet recommends the following non-starchy veggies:

    • Artichoke & Artichoke hearts
    • Asparagus
    • Bamboo shoots
    • Beets
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbage
    • Cauliflower
    • Celery
    • Cucumber
    • Daikon
    • Eggplant
    • Greens: Collard, Kale, Mustard, Turnip, Chicory, Endive, Escarole, Lettuce, Romaine, Spinach, Arugula, Radicchio, Watercress
    • Hearts of palm
    • Leeks
    • Mushrooms
    • Okra
    • Onions
    • Pea pods
    • Peppers
    • Radishes
    • Rutabaga
    • Spaghetti squash
    • Sprouts
    • Sugar snap peas
    • Swiss chard
    • Tomato
    • Turnips
    • Water chestnuts
    • Zucchini

  • Complex Carbohydrates
  • Complex carbs are basically you’re Low Glycemic Index (G.I.) carbs.

    The Day Off Diet Shopping List for Complex Carbs recommends:

    • Legumes: Lentils, Beans, Edamame, Chickpeas (1/2 cup per day)
    • Sweet Potato (1 medium per day)
    • Parsnips, Plantains, or Squash (1 cup per day)
    • Green Peas, Corn, Carrots, or Pumpkin (1/2 cup per day)
    • Whole Grains – Oatmeal (dry), Pasta (dry), Quinoa (cooked), or Brown Rice
    (cooked) (1/2 cup per day), Whole-Grain Bread (1 slice per day)

    A Note on Carbs:

    Sugar is a HIGH Glycemic Index carbohydrate (around 100). Brown rice is a LOW G.I. carbohydrate (glycemic index is around 50).

    What’s the difference you ask? Too many high G.I. carbs will make you fat (unless you’re SUPER active).

    A Low G.I. carb (also known as a Complex Carb) will not spike your blood sugar levels.

    Basically, you can eat Complex Carbs right now and your body will store those carbs for many hours and burn them off slowly through the day and give you sustainable energy that your body can use as fuel for the day. Think of eating Complex Carbohydrates as filling up the gas tank in your car.

    You’re body runs on carbohydrates similar to how your car runs on gasoline.

    The opposite of a Complex Carb is a Simple Carb with a high G.I. like sugar. If you eat sugar, your body will not be able to store that carb to be used for the full day. When you eat a high G.I. carb your body will get a burst of energy. If you don’t physically burn this carb off through exercise within an hour or so, it will be stored as fat!

    This is why eating Complex Carbs (aka carbs with a low G.I.) is critical.

    People are often times confused about carbs, they think carbs are the enemy. The truth is too many High G.I. carbs are the enemy! Low Glycemic Index Complex Carbs are critical to your body functioning and you having energy throughout the day. You’re body’s preferred source of energy is carbohydrates – think of carbs as fuel!

  • Protein
  • Protein is used as the building blocks of your body and life itself. Every cell in your body requires protein to maintain itself.

    Eating adequate protein will keep you looking healthy, and it’ll allow your Body Composition to be more attractive.

    Think muscle. We’re not talking about looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger, that requires some “special sauce”.

    We’re simply talking about getting enough protein to maintain the muscle on your body so your body doesn’t start to eat it’s own muscle and cannibalize itself.

    The Day Off Diet Shopping List recommends the following sources of protein:

    • Chicken
    • Fish
    • Eggs
    • Seafood
    • Tofu
    • Lentils (if vegetarian)
    • Beans (if vegetarian)

  • MUFA Snacks – Fats – MonoUnsaturated Fatty Acids
  • Fats are just as important to your body as Carbs and Proteins, but we need to be sure we are consuming healthy fats and cutting out the bad fats.

    Fats are basically foods that your body will efficiently store as fat in the body.

    Generally you’ll get enough fats in your diet everyday “by accident”. You don’t really need to focus on eating enough fats like you do carbs and protein. Usually you want to try to reduce fat intake if you want to reduce your body fat.

    The Day-Off Diet recommends you use MUFA Snacks twice per a day.

    If you’re the type of person that loves to eat lots of high fat foods you might want to check out The Wild Diet.

    The Wild Diet actaully encourages high fat consumption. The author even goes as far as recommending you put butter in your coffee!. Many people have had weight loss success following The Wild Diet, but if I were you I’d watch your fat intake and keep it down if you can.

  • Optional Extras

The Day Off Diet – Our Final Thoughts

6 pack fast track author profile pic smallerHere’s the bottom line on The Day-Off Diet…

The truth is, losing weight is often times easier said than done.

Statistically speaking, the majority of people who start out on a quest to lose weight in 2016 are going give up or fail.

But this is where The Day-Off Diet can help you!

They say a goal without a plan is just a dream.

Think of The Day Off Diet as your plan to get you to your end goal, a better looking body and a happier, healthier self!