It’s possible to lose weight when you eat Linda’s Fudge Cake for breakfast.

First off, your body is in a state of fuel deficit when you get out of bed in the morning; it’s been fasting overnight.

If your last food intake was, say, two hours before you went to bed, and you slept for eight hours, that’s 10 hours of fasting by the time you exit the bed.

Now if two hours before you went to bed you chowed down 1,000 calories, then when you get up next morning, your body will NOT be in a fasted state.

Linda’s fudge cake for breakfast, and weight loss, CAN be in the same sentence!
Most people eat Linda’s Fudge Cake in the evening—after a high calorie dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.

Guess where every calorie of Linda’s Fudge Cake will be going, if eaten under these circumstances. Hint: Can you say “storage”?

The calories will be better utilized by your body if ingested in the morning by a fuel starved body—a body that’s been deprived of carbohydrates for 10, maybe 12 or even 14 hours.

On the day you eat Linda’s Fudge Cake for breakfast, there’s something else you need to do:

Hit the gym like a warrior. This is NOT a day where the most exercise you get is walking the dog, or even pedaling an elliptical machine for an hour, or even cleaning out the attic while taking care of three kids under the age of seven.

No way. This is the day where you’ll be training hardcore with weights. Here’s a sampling:

• Deadlifts: With perfect form, do eight fast reps with a weight that’s 60-70% of your one-rep max. Rest 60 seconds. Repeat four more times with only 60 seconds in between.

• Kettlebell squat to overhead press: Holding kettlebells at shoulder level, squat past parallel, then thrust up, then press the weights overhead; lower to shoulder level, then squat:

Eight reps, using a weight that you can do 12 reps with if just standing still. Rest a minute, repeat four more times (one-minute rest in between).

• In general, exercises should consist of 6-12 rep maxes of compound movements (bench press, back squat, bent-over dumbbell row, standing shoulder press).

• On non-weightlifting days, do high intensity interval training instead of steady state training.

An example is parking lot sprints with a few minutes of slow walking in between. Twenty minutes of this beats out two hours of steady state slow jogging.

I can go on and on about how to incorporate Linda’s Fudge Cake for breakfast in a weight loss program, but this article gives you a good picture of what you must do.

And that includes healthy eating and portion control outside of the Cheesecake Factory indulgence.

Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health.