A few weeks ago a coworker did the 10 day Advocare cleanse. He had great success with it - losing (and keeping off) 6 pounds. My running buddy (and fellow coworker) and I decided we'd give it a try. For me, all my other weight loss efforts were getting my no where. Why not try something new.
First I want to be clear - this is not a fast. I'm eating 6 small meals a day plus supplements.
Do I plan to eat this way forever? Not hardly. I'd love to cut back on soda. I would also like to move toward drinking my coffee black. As for dairy, its a toss up.
However, I'm eating far better quality foods than normal - something I don't want to change at the end of my 10 days. Right now, I'm only getting carbs from fruits, veggies, and oatmeal. I'll probably start incorporating brown rice later in the week for a bit of variety.
Most of the blog summaries of the cleanse end with "but you could probably do it without the supplements." Sounds logical. I seriously doubt anything I've taken (the herbal cleanse, spark, and fiber drink) have magical properties.
I will qualify that with a big BUT (and I don't mean my booty). I would have never started eating this way without the cleanse. I've read the Eating For Life book (more than once) and yet I've never really gotten after it. I think I needed the buy-in that the supplements bring.
It also doesn't hurt that I've seen immediate results. I did measurements, which I will share at the end of the cleanse. I've also weighed every morning. I'm astonished it has worked this well!
Day 1 - 144.6
Day 2 - 142.6
Day 3 - 141.0
I'll be interested to see just how much of this weight stays gone. The current plan is to do a one week later post for comparison sake. I also will be interested to see if the food patterns stick around once I'm no longer officially cleansing.
Please let me know if you have any questions you'd like me to address in the follow up posts. I'm (of course) no expert but can definitely share how its working for me.