Understanding The Shift Shop Nutrition Plan
I treat diet the same way I treat exercise. I do this because food is more of a crutch for most people. So if you can get past that, if you can cut out the carb cravings, you can achieve anything — including even the hardest workout.” – Chris Downing
So I got to meet this crazy guy at our recent coach summit…. Now I Promise, he’s the read deal, but he’s a little bit different than our other trainers. He’s got a tough workout to give you, but It’s more than being tough.
He want’s to put in MORE than the workout takes OUT. It’s More about Seeing You Function well as you push yourself than just going all out, sacrificing form, etc.
Here’s a Snip of Him instructing at the Superworkout (this is the annual fitness event where 15,000-20,000 coaches get together in the streets- this year it was in New Orleans….)
When Chris wants to get into peak form, he puts himself through one heck of a boot camp — and we’re talking both fitness and nutrition.
So it only made sense that when he created the SHIFT SHOP, he put a little dietary hurt on.
The Simple Shift Shop Nutrition Plan features a moderate calorie deficit and keeps things super clean, progressively eliminating grains, legumes, and some of the more decadent carbs as each week passes.
So, by Week Three, you’re working hard on a protein-leaning, minimalist diet designed to keep you fueled and fit.
Most of us tend to “live to eat.” With this Simple Shift, you “eat to live.”
This goes right along with one of my rules of fitness: Food is Fuel!
Don’t worry. It’s not all that bad. I promise. You will adapt easily.
You’ll still get everything required to fuel your workouts and build muscle — including Shakeology to support your nutrition goals and help ward off any hankerings for foods not on the plan.
The idea is to get past junk cravings,” explains Chris, “so you can give the body what it truly needs to perform.”
How The Shift Shop Nutrition Plan Works
The Simple Shift Plan is straightforward and simple to figure out:
You take a quick quiz to find your calorie level, then find the corresponding plan that tells you how much to eat from a series of color-coded food lists.
While the Simple Shift isn’t technically a Portion Fix program, it can work with the Beachbody Portion Control Container System if you already have them.
If you don’t, we strongly recommend getting them — they’ll make this easy-to-understand plan even easier.
Here’s The Weekly Breakdown:
WEEK 1: The first week features a fairly standard balance of macronutrients with a moderate amount of starches and legumes (beans and peas).
WEEK 2: The second week cuts back the starches and increases the protein.
WEEK 3: Now it’s time to get serious.You’re eating starch- and legume-free so that all your carbs come from veggies and fruit. Comfort foods are gone.
It’s NOT a Low-Carb Diet
Keep in mind that The Shift Shop Nutrition Plan is not a low-carb diet.
At the start of the program, carbohydrates make up 40 percent of your daily diet, dipping down to 30 percent by Week Three.
It’s also not a ketosis diet, where carbs dip down to 10 percent of your diet.
Ketosis diets also feature reduced protein, to force your body to utilize fat stores.
Given protein is important in helping with muscle growth and recovery, the SHIFT SHOP doesn’t take the Keto route either (although you can experiment with this at a later time, I just recommend you do it the way it’s laid out in the Shift Shop Nutrition Plan for your first round at least).
If you had to align the Simple Shift with any diet trend, it’s not far off from Paleo eating, thanks to the progressive elimination of grains and legumes.
The exception to is the inclusion of diary, but thanks to the extensive list of choices in the protein food list, those foods can easily be left out.
Of course, the nutrition in Simple Shift is rock solid, created to give you results while maximizing performance, but what it’s really about is motivation.
It’s a hard plan — Chris sees it as a journey — intended to inspire you to push yourself further.
So are you ready to make a shift?
Chris thinks you are. And so do I!
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