Now that the holiday's are officially OVER, there are no more excuses as to WHY you shouldn't be in a good habit of healthy eating. Too many people start to hit the panic button and they want to see results NOW and forget it didn't take one day to get there and its not going to take one day to get it off. That last pesky 5-10 pounds can be the hardest to lose. Why you might ask? This is due to your bodies set point or the place where it feels optimal and happy. Usually that can be about the last few pounds. Lately I have had a lot of people ask me about doing a detox. Lets face it, walk through a pharmacy or an aisle with vitamins and supplements and you’ll notice plenty of “kits” for detoxing and jump starting your health and fitness regimen. They are everywhere!!!
They are tempting !
Lose 7 pounds in 3 days...who isn’t tempted by the promises of quick,
drastic, noticeable results? Who would rather lose 15 pounds in a couple
of months than in only a couple short weeks?
I will be the first to tell you NOT to fall into this trap and here is why !
They will not really work as advertised
-A cleanse or detox is not some miracle that will flush out toxins from
your body and instantly skyrocket your health. Nutrition and health is
about the big picture. What you do for five or seven days out of the
year is pretty inconsequential.Rather than worry about ‘detoxing,’ you
should be more concerned on the daily thinking about eating nutritious,
health-promoting foods. Think leafy greens, beans, whole fruit, nuts,
and seeds. The idea that six months of unhealthy eating can somehow be
remedied by drinking nothing but green juice for 72 hours is quite
You’ll regain any weight lost once you return to normal eating habits
-Initially you will lose weight and inches. This is mostly water and
nothing too significant, but as soon as you return back to normal eating
habits, you’ll regain all that weight back.Losing weight only to keep
it off for a very short period of time is not a success in weight loss.
It is a temporary fix for a long term issue that needs a lifestyle
WARNING! You may feel like a H.A.M. (hot ass mess).
-Yes I said that ! Think of HANGRY at the next level for a few days up
to a week !!! NOT FUN ! Oh and try to focus on ANYTHING ! You better be
locked up all week you plan to detox because you will offend everyone
with your attitude and not even realize it ! Most cleanses are very
low-calorie, so you’ll likely experience very low energy levels. And you
can’t become the strongest, most awesome version of yourself when you
feel like a H.A.M..
Cleanses and detoxes usually don’t set you up for long-term success
-So what's the point ? So you lose a few pounds in a few days, feel
GREAT about yourself ... go out and celebrate and whooppss !!! Don't
even dare check the scale ! You will only have the feeling of defeat and
regret so is this worth it ?? You are better off taking the harder
route of clean eating, exercising consistently and letting your body let
go of the weight that it WANTS to let go of ! Embrace yourself and love
the body you have don't abuse it !
A detox can create or exacerbate obsessive eating habits
-Many detoxes and cleanses are an “all or nothing” approach and very
strict in what you can actually consume. Think about what they really
allow you to consume, water based vegetables, water, and maybe some
protein ? That increases the risk of people becoming obsessive about the
foods they are eating or may lead to restriction and binge eating
BUT doing something longer, more sustainable like a
30 day challenge CAN jump start your mindset and body ! All it takes is
21 days to create a habit!
Here are some 30 days challenges you may consider:
-Be physically active every day. You don’t need to do anything crazy
just do something every day for 30 days. For example strength train
twice per week and then go for a walk for 10-30 minutes on the days you
don’t strength train. Engage in a fun physical activity. It doesn’t
matter what you do just do something active every day, even if it’s
just for 10 minutes.
-Eat fruits and veggies every day. Eating
fruits and veggies every day is the best way to naturally detox in a
healthy way and get a ton of vitamins and minerals into your body.You
can start simple by including a piece of fruit with breakfast and a
veggie at lunch. Add fruits to protein smoothies with some spinach or
kale and you have a great breakfast idea and already a serving of each
for the day.
Last but most important, create goals that keep the 3 S's in mind:
You can’t achieve your goals with grueling, overly time-consuming
workout routines and crazy diets or detoxes can you ? Be smart and don't
try anything that will take 3 days to do. You body is a machine not a
garbage can for any crazy solution the media tries to portray !