Best foods for cheat day (to re-stimulate Leptin production) ?
There is a list here (http://4hourpeople.com/question/379/skipped-cheat-day-any-healthy-alternative) but in seems to me like non-binge food, so simply wondering what would be the best 'crap/binge' food to eat on Cheat day in order to maximize Leptin production.
All this of course while still having a first non-binge meal, doing the GLUT4 exercises prior and post-meals and drinking lemon and grapefruit juice, coffee (I go mad with this for 'gastric emptying'), green tea (metabolism-enhancer I think) and a lot of water
The Best Answer
Great question, the short answer is that carbs increase leptin. The simpler the carb, the faster it will react. Some people do 50/50 simple/complex carbs, others just do complex carbs, depending on the length of the refeed. And since fructose (fruit sugar) increases liver glycogen, not muscle glycogen, you are supposed to minimize fructose (besides the grapefruit juice). Table sugar is 50% fructose, you should try to minimize that as well. Here's some examples from this article, which also says to keep fats to a minimum:
Fat-free/sugar-free Ice Cream
Another good article on cheat days & leptin you might want to cross reference:
Dr. Staffan Lindeberg thinks that lectins, specifically those from cereal grains, are direct causes of leptin resistance. He observes that wheat germ agglutinin, or WGA, (a lectin present in wheat, barley, and rye) actually binds directly with the leptin receptor and prevents leptin binding. The inability of leptin receptors to bind with leptin adequately describes leptin resistance, making lectins a potential aggravator of leptin resistance. Abnormally high levels of WGA were used to bind receptors, though, so it remains to be determined whether normal dietary levels of WGA are enough to induce leptin resistance.
Given the established issues most people have with grains, I wouldn’t be surprised if they share some responsibility for leptin issues, too.
So basically avoid cereal. It's normally loaded in HFCS and other additives so best to stick with bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, ice cream pancakes/waffles and crackers.
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