“So. Much. Liquid” is just the start.
If you’re eating a healthy diet packed with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein – the kind of sustainable diet that will help keep your weight down and lower your risk for many diseases – your body has no use for any radical detoxification measures.
But sometimes you just want to go rogue, and do something a little more extreme to hit refresh on your out-of-control eating habits. Enter: the juice cleanse, promising boundless energy, superior mental clarity, and a fast way to slim down.
Sure, they’re controversial – and experts are split on whether they have some health benefits or some risks. So I thought why not give it a try, then form an opinion. Here are the thoughts I had during the three days – and you probably will, too.
“Wash away my weekend sins”
Surely a $225 6-bottle-a-day cold-pressed juice cleanse will shock my system by vitally flushing out the evil 21st century toxins of processed food? Placebo or not, how hard can three consecutive days of drinking your meals really be when they’re balanced – and have names like cashew nut mylk, green smoothie, and spicy lemonade? Tasty.
“No food, OK, but no coffee?”
Seriously, how will I survive? If it’s not the constant slurping that makes me impossible company to be around, it’s going to be the headache from lack of caffeine. If I still have my morning flat white, how bad is it really? I’m a one or two a day girl for I don’t know how long. Right, I’m happy to cheat on this bit of the system reboot.
“Please, no more liquid”
How much can one woman stomach? And how much fridge space at work can I take up without people reporting me? Six juices a day, or one juice every two hours, is seriously hard slurping. I’m going to have to start explaining my trips to the bathroom soon, too, or people are going to think I have a problem.
“Is it cold in here or is it just me?”
So. Cold. This must be my body going into fat burning mode. Mental note: rug up tomorrow. Must be doing something then – and I’m on the home stretch. Just one more sleep – and on the plus size I’m sleeping like a baby. Hmmm, probably because I’m exhausted from the whole zero food thing.
“I look thinner”
OK, it might be water weight I’m dropping, but my pot belly has actually flattened. I am the queen of discipline – and can actually see it. Huh! But how long will my newfound core definition last when I’m finally able to eat solids again? One meal, one day, one week, one month? Enjoy it while it lasts.
You don’t need to go to the gym every day or go on a strict diet to lose weight. Here are some top weight loss tips from ‘The Diet Doctor’ Moodi Dennaoui and PT and former Survivor contestant Tegan Haining.