The first two weeks of the Cinderella Solution diet program for women is called the Ignite Phase. This phase is similar to winning the gold in the Olympic Games. Behind every win is a result of numerous hours of practice, techniques, and mental preparation. You can't win, let alone compete without these things behind the scenes. This is what the Ignite Phase is all about. In the end, the hardships will be substantially rewarded.
1. To Reset Insulin Management Systems
Insulin is a hormone that controls the body's blood sugar levels. The pancreas is the organ responsible for producing it. From the pancreas, insulin finds its way into different parts of the body through the bloodstream. Without insulin, there is no way for the body to break down carbohydrates into glucose, and then use them as energy.
The body generally does a good job at balancing insulin levels, but what happens when there is too much or too little? An oversupply of insulin means that a lot of glucose is being used. This can lead to hypoglycemia, a condition that exhibits the following symptoms:
Meanwhile, too little insulin means that the distribution of glucose is disrupted. This can lead to:
How does the Ignite Phase manage insulin? By controlling food intake. The Cinderella Solution program contains flavor pairs and fat-fighting foods that will reset how your body uses energy, as well as recondition its sensitivity to insulin.
Cinderella Solution Flavor Pairs
Check out our article on flavor pairing to see some examples of healthy food items that have been chosen for you.
2. To Reduce Cortisol Levels
Cortisol is the body's primary stress hormone. Did you have mood swings lately? You have your cortisol to blame for that. The adrenal glands are the organs that produce this hormone. Cortisol also manages how the body uses nutrients and other substances, such as fat, protein, and carbohydrates.
Like insulin, the body regulates cortisol efficiently too. However, cortisol levels can easily change due to unexpected situations. Pandemics, financial market crashes, terror attacks, car accidents, and other black swan events can cause an abnormal rise in cortisol levels. Frequent exposure to these these conditions can have adverse effects on the body. Likewise, too little cortisol can also have negative effects. Symptoms of cortisol surplus/deficiency include:
Cinderella Solution's Ignite Phase manages cortisol by introducing food combinations that help in bringing this hormone to optimal levels.
3. To Regulate Estrogen Levels
Estrogen commonly refers to the female sex hormone. The ovaries are the main organs in charge of creating estrogen, but the adrenal glands, breasts, liver, and fat tissues are also capable of producing the said hormone.
What does estrogen have to do with a diet program like the Cinderella Solution? As it turns out, estrogen levels are an indicator of how much weight you'll likely gain or lose.
For instance, high levels of this hormone will slow down the body's metabolism, stock up on fat, and thus lead to weight gain. On the contrary, low estrogen levels can lead to fatigue, headaches, difficulty in concentrating, abnormal menstrual cycles, and even infertility. That's why there must be a balance - not too high, and not too low either.
How Does the Ignite Phase Work?
The Ignite Phase works by getting rid of the food that causes harm, and increasing the intake of foods that can help. This cleansing process aims to balance the three hormones mentioned above, as a way to induce weight loss.
The 14-day phase starts at breakfast. Low-carb food combinations are provided so that you can choose which ones to eat. Those meals were chosen because they burn fat longer (up to 18 hours). This means that what you eat at breakfast will take effect at dinner, and will continue to work its magic until next day's lunch.
You still have to eat three times a day, with each meal focusing on specific macronutrients. For example, breakfast will focus on foods that are rich in fat and protein. Lunch will deal with high-carb and high-protein meals, while dinner will once again target high-fat and high protein dishes. Serving sizes are also laid out in the Cinderella Solution Manual.
Meal Time - Macronutrients
You should note that the Ignite and Launch Phases can be restarted if your goal of losing weight hasn't been satisfactory. You just have to follow the same rules - begin with the Ignite Phase, and end with the Launch Phase.
Watch out for our upcoming intro articles on macronutrients, where prime proteins, power carbs, angel carbs, and royal fats are revealed.
Royal Fats? Prime Proteins? Angel Carbs? Power Carbs?
What are these? Chapter 4 of the Cinderella Solution Manual explains in detail what they are, their serving sizes, and how they work hand-in-hand with the two 14-day phases of the program - the Ignite Phase and the Launch Phase.