The Science Behind The MissFits 2-Week Fat-Loss Jump-Start Nutrition Blueprint

by Edward A. Patterson on May 29, 2011

New campers and trial members have access to the MissFits 2-Week Fat-Loss Jump-Start Nutrition Blueprint. The Blueprint includes Food Lists, Meal Plans, Grocery Lists, a Supplement Guide, and tasty Recipes.

Following this 2-Week Fat-Loss Jump-Start can lead to substantial and rapid weight loss. Losses of up to 8-13 pounds in two weeks time are common. Let’s take a closer look at what’s happening and how this weight loss can happen so rapidly.

Your body is fueled by what are called macronutrients. Macronutrients provide energy to your body in units called calories. All calories come from four sources, those being protein, carbohydrates, fat, and alcohol. The 2-Week Jump Start primarily uses the manipulation of carbs to stimulate rapid weight loss. This is how it happens.

Carbohydrates are mainly found in starchy foods (like grain and potatoes), fruits, milk, and yogurt. Other foods like vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and cottage cheese contain carbohydrates, but in lesser amounts. The process of digestion converts carbohydrates into simpler sugars until glucose is absorbed into the blood stream from the small intestine. Elevated concentrations of glucose in blood then stimulate the release of insulin from the pancreas. The well known effect of insulin is that it lowers the concentration of glucose in the blood stream.

Blood glucose concentrations are lowered as insulin acts to either store glucose or convert it to something else. The presence of insulin allows glucose to enter muscle, fat (adipose), and other tissues. Insulin “tells” the cells of the body to not only absorb glucose, but to absorb fatty acids and amino acids as well.

Insulin also facilitates the conversion of a large portion of glucose into glycogen which is stored mostly in the liver and muscle tissue. Glycogen can also be converted back into glucose very quickly, and this is how the body stores its reserves of “fast” energy.

Just as the the pancreas releases insulin when blood glucose levels are raised, the pancreas also releases glucagon when blood glucose is lowered. Glucagon then breaks the glycogen back down into glucose in order to increase blood glucose back up. Together, insulin and glucagon keep blood glucose levels balanced. Glucagon also stimulate the breakdown of  fat tissue into glycerol and fatty acids. The fatty acids can then be broken down directly to get energy, or can be used to make glucose.

On the other hand, when glycogen is at high levels, as is usually the case for most people, glucose will be shunted into metabolic pathways that cause the glucose to be turned into lipoproteins or fatty acids and eventually into fat. When glycogen levels are reduced, not only can we avoid storing fat, but we can also begin burning our body’s stores of fat as fuel. It makes sense then that we should then try to lower glycogen stores in order to burn more fat. Glycogen stores can be lowered by manipulating the intake of carbohydrates. This is achieved using two methods.

The first method that the 2-Week Jump Start uses to manipulate carbs to achieve rapid weight loss is to slow the digestion of carbohydrates. The digestion of carbohydrates is lowered in two ways. The first way is through eating carbohydrates that are considered low on the Glycemic Index. The Glycemic Index is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100, according to the extent to which they raise blood glucose concentrations after eating. Low Glycemic Index foods (less than 55) produce a small rise in blood glucose and subsequent insulin level. The result is a more stable blood glucose level which has the added benefit of reducing hunger and cravings. All carbohydrates on the 2-Week Jump Start Approved Food List are Low Glycemic.

The digestion of carbohydrates is also slowed by eating them with protein and healthy fats. Protein sources slow the digestive process, as does fat. Protein also has a thermogenic effect which raises your metabolism for a short period of time. Also, the high fiber sources found in the 2-Week Jump Start Approved Food List can help slow the digestive process and also help to lower water retention.

The second method that the 2-Week Jump Start uses to manipulate carbs to achieve rapid weight loss is by lowering the total amount of carbohydrates ingested. This is easily done by eliminating starchy foods and relying on wholesome Low Glycemic and high nutrient value vegetable sources. By reducing total carbohydrate intake, excess glucose will not be turned into fat, and your body will also begin to use up the glycogen it has stored in your liver and muscles.

However, here’s the thing that most promoters of low carbohydrate diets don’t tell you. Glycogen is bonded to water in your body. For every gram of glycogen stored, you store anywhere from 3-4 grams of water with it. So when you deplete glycogen stores you also shed the water that it is bonded to. While you may lose 5-10 pounds or more very quickly, understand that in the beginning it is mostly water weight, and that water weight can be put on as fast as you can eat the carbohydrates needed to replenish those glycogen stores.

The good news is that at lower levels of glycogen the body must begin to tap into its fat reserves for energy. The downside is that intensity of your workout is harder to maintain because you don’t have as much of the fast energy glycogen. However, you will burn a greater percentage of fat during your workout. It is not certain how much more fat you’ll burn, but some studies have suggested that up to 300% more fat is burned during a cardio workout that is done in a glycogen depleted state.

So remember, when you’re doing the 2-Week Fat Loss Jump Start it is exactly that – a jump start. The weight can, and should, come off fairly quickly. Just keep in mind that much of the weight is water weight, initially. Follow the diet protocol exactly as it is for 2-4 weeks, attend Boot Camp no less than three times a week, and your body will be primed to be a fat-burning, muscle-building machine.

For more information about the 2-Week Fat-Loss Jump-Start Nutrition Blueprint and our FREE 2-Week Trial you can give me a call at (860)866-8018!

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