I posted about this a few weeks ago…and I must admit, I’m a little nervous about the next few weeks… I’m changing my diet to try the Two Week Test. This is where I reduce or eliminate my well loved carbs from my diet and aim to understand what works best for me in terms of nutrition.
In the mid 1980s an effective method was developed to help people find their optimal level of carbohydrate intake. It’s called the Two Week Test. Since then tens of thousands of people have used it to get healthy, lose body fat and significantly improve aerobic function and overall performance.
The Two Week Test is the best way to jump start your metabolism because it quickly shifts your body into a higher fat burning state. It has turned many people’s lives around, sometimes helping people reduce or eliminate the need for medication.
The Two Week Test marks a period of time where your insulin levels are moderated because you carbohydrate intake is reduced. It is not the purpose of the test to restrict calories or fat, it simply restricts or reduces carbohydrates.
The test is best completed when you do low levels of exercise, or if you do exercise you should intake carbohydrates in the form of fruit as an exception.
Before the test, I’m going to weigh myself (lbs, fat % and water %) and measure myself also just to keep an eye on the effects of the test. I’m not out to lose weight, more I want to see how eating different foods affects me, and hopefully I’ll be able to introduce better main meals into my diet.
One of the things you are meant to do also is note down any ill feelings you get from eating things now… ie bloating etc, and as you slowly re introduce foods back into your diet, you should try and notice if any foods cause the ill feelings again.
Here’s the plan:
|I can eat:|
|Meat (unprocessed: beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, fish)|
|Tomato or carrot juice|
|Cooked or raw vegetables (not potatoes or corn)|
|Nuts, seeds, nut butters|
|Oils, vinegars, mayo, salsa, mustard, spices|
|Coffee, tea, water|
|Do not eat:|
|Bread, rolls, pasta, pancakes, cereal muffins, chips,|
|crackers, crisps, rice cakes and similar carbohydrate foods.|
|Sweets including foods that contain ketchup, honey, sugar.|
|Potatoes, corn, rice, beans.|
|Milk, half and half, yoghurt.|
|Diet drinks / soda.|
Wish me luck – I start it on Monday next week for two weeks, and it may be messy! 😛
Fingers crossed I can keep it up. It’s quite a thought not eating porridge and milk for breakfast or drinking milk full stop!
After the test I’ll reconsider my diet and reintroduce carbs back into my diet and reduce the amount of crap (refined and sugary) food I eat hopefully.
This will be an example day:
|800 Breakfast: 2 Eggs, 2 bacon, 1 tomato|
|1030 Snack: Carrot Sticks & Tomato / Banana|
|1230 Lunch: Tuna/Chicken Salad, with onions, peppers, carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, cheese cubes, hard boiled egg.|
|1430 Snack: Pear / Apple|
|1530 Snack: Cashew Nuts|
|1630 Snack: Pepperoni & Cheese cubes or Berries|
|1900 Dinner: Meat and 3 veg & salad / Stir Fry|
|2000 Snack: Fruit or Veg|