Ever heard of the so called “Master Cleanse” or “Lemonade Diets” that people follow for extreme, rapid weight loss? They are everywhere and they are extremely dangerous! You basically drink this lemonade and cayenne pepper concoction for 10 days straight…. that’s literally all you consume. I was talking to a coworker yesterday about doing these (she did one about a year ago) and after going through this horrific experience, she says “never EVER again.” Well, my first thought is…. as a nurse (which she is) you should know not to do one of these. She experienced shakiness, weakness, fatigue and irritability. Needless to say she lost 10 pounds, but gained half of it back almost immediately after returning to normal food. DUH!
In addition to feeling totally worthless for 10 days…… this cleanse lacks in all of the following: carbohydrates, protein, fat, calories, and pretty much every vitamin and mineral. The only type of “cleanse” that I would recommend is the kind that you take in addition to your normal, healthy diet. In fact, if you are eating well there is actually no need for said cleanse. My point here is that people are looking for a quick-fix weight loss program, when really the only proven way to lose weight AND KEEP IT OFF is by eating right and exercise. Seems pretty simple. But it’s hard. VERY hard. Leading a healthy lifestyle is a daily struggle. So, I’ve come up with the top 5 things that help keep me and my diet balanced.
- Exercise, exercise, exercise.
2. Eat fruits or veggies (or both) at EVERY meal.
3. Portion control
5. Eat only when you are hungry.
I would suggest incorporating each of these into your current lifestyle, one-by-one. It’s a slow and long process, but will become second nature once you have figured out what works for you!
Happy Friday everyone! And thanks for reading 🙂