The holiday season: the phrase is synonymous with overindulgence. We eat a little too much, drink a little too much, and have a little too much fun. Really, it’s what this time of year is all about.
As we recover from the holiday hangover, however, we start to set our sights on the new year and make our resolutions. For many of us, they’re going to be health related (sign-ups for gym memberships skyrocket this time of year): some of us want to get back into the gym and some want to eat better. Nevertheless, we all want to be healthier.
How do we kick off 2018 and put our best foot forward for the year? I recommend a cleanse.
I’ve covered this topic before in an earlier post (you can check that out here).
With this post I’ll tell you why a 9-day cleanse is the perfect way to start off your new year and how to execute a good cleanse (using an example).
The What and Why of a cleanse
Before you start planning your New Year’s cleanse, you should first know what a cleanse is and why it’s going to benefit you. So, I’ll briefly take you through that here.
A cleanse is a type of nutritionally supported fast. In other words, you cut out all extra crap from your diet for a short period of time. This break allows your body to re-energize, it supports good health, and it promotes healthy weight management. After the cleanse is over, you return to a normal diet – the healthier your normal diet after the cleanse the more long term you’ll experience.
The overall goal of a cleanse: significantly limit calories for up to two consecutive days per week while receiving nourishment from a cleanse day snack option.
For people who are familiar with cleansing, it’s not all that complicated. If you are new to it, however, it can be an adjustment.
It’s important to remember that cleansing is not about starving yourself: cleansing is about letting your body rest, recharge, and recuperate.
That covers the what. The why?
Cleanses like the one I’m going to be talking about shortly have been shown to benefit the body in four important ways compared to a standard “heart-healthy” diet:
- 56% greater reduction in body weight
- 47% greater reduction in body fat
- 2X more reduction of visceral fat (fat that’s stored further underneath the skin than belly fat)
- 35% greater reduction in oxidative stress (a form of stress caused by reactive oxygen species that can damage cellular machinery and disrupt function)
Try tell me that’s not an exciting, inspiring reason to start your new year off with a cleanse.
Now that you’re pumped to start a cleanse, there’s just one thing left to get to: the nuts and bolts, or the ‘how to.’
How to do a 9-day cleanse
Get your cleanse day nutrition. There are a lot of different options on the market; you want to choose one with meal replacement shakes, supplements, snacks, and a well put together guide. A company like Isagenix puts together a really good, well-rounded package (the rest of the article will use their 9-day cleanse system as an example).
Two days of pre-cleansing. Before you start the actual cleanse, you want to prepare you body first.
With the Isagenix system, this includes taking 1 to 2 oz of the “Ionix Supreme” supplement and replacing two of your meals with an “IsaLean” meal replacement shake – I’ve seen the best results replacing breakfast and dinner.
For lunch, have something healthy, high fiber, and low fat that’s approximately 400 to 600 calories.
Repeat this routine for two days.
Now you’re ready to start the actual cleanse; this is day one of the nine-day schedule.
Day’s one and two are your cleanse days. On these days you drink 4 oz. of “Cleanse for Life” four times a day. You can also eat up to six of the supplied Isagenix snacks. These snacks will help keep you feeling full throughout the day: they’ll also help control your blood sugar and cravings.
Starting on day one, and continuing for the entirety of the cleanse, take the “Natural Accelerator” capsule twice a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Again, two days in a row of this.
Now we’re into days three to seven of the nine-day schedule. Similar to the two pre-cleansing days, replace breakfast and dinner with “IsaLean” meal replacement shakes and have a 400-600 calorie lunch.
On days three to seven you can also satiate any hunger you may feel by having up to six Isagenix snacks.
Do two more cleanse days just like Step 3 on days eight and nine.
Things to remember to do throughout the 9-day cleanse
For the nine days that you’re on the cleanse, exercise for at least 20 minutes per day (do cardio centered activities like swimming, hiking, cycling, and jogging).
Drink plenty of water: aim for about three liters. Water helps dilute impurities as they are removed from your body and it helps prevent constipation.
Kicking off 2018 with a cleanse is the perfect way to get yourself feeling great right out of the gate. And if you feel good, it makes your other health related goals that much easier to achieve.
Isagenix’s 9-day cleanse is just one of the options out there. Please contact me to learn more; I’d love to help you out.
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