Whether losing weight was or wasn’t one of your New Year resolution I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that it’s the most common one.. My friend Andrea just finished doing a 10 day Master Cleanse (some people do it for as much as 45 days!). It involves drinking a concoction made from fresh lemon or lime juice, maple syrup, water and Cayenne pepper and THAT’S IT! After 5 days Andrea was already feeling too weak to leave her apartment though she said her mind was very sharp and she was getting a lot of work done. After 10 days she said she was so weak (she lost 8lbs), that she almost felt sick breaking the pseudo-fast with soup — you eat soup for two days then the next day fruit/vegetables, slowly but surely adding more solid food each day. She also had trouble sleeping the last few days of her diet (sleeping only about 3-4 hours a night!). Sounds crazy to me! And with my weak stomach I could see myself getting sick from the concoction alone. Less severe is the BluePrint Cleanse. A number of my friends swear by this when they’re looking to lose some lbs for a special event. You choose your cleanse based on your diet and exercise habits and they’ll deliver juices for your fast for either 1, 3, 5 or 6 days. On average, based on my girlfriends, you loose about 5lbs with the 5 day cleanse and you’ll see your skin clear up. The weight though — you guessed it — comes back when you’re back to your regular diet (inevitable!). More after the Jump!
If giving-up solid food isn’t your thing, Weight Watchers just launched a new program called Momentum focused on tackling physical hunger head-on by helping people identify foods that can keep them satisfied for longer; thus helping them stay in control for long-term, sustainable weight loss. The program supposedly teaches people how to listen to hunger signals, identify triggers of emotional eating, and emphasize the benefits of tracking/journaling. The diet is based on the Points Weight Loss System and incorporates “Filling Foods” that have been proven to help keep people feeling fuller longer because they are low in calories, but contain more water, air or fiber per serving, relative to the food’s weight so they’re low in energy density. Personally while like most I often obsess about my weight, I’ve never been able to stick to a diet. I try to eat as healthy as I can and I get my exercise by walking most everywhere I need to go. That said, I’m dying to try the BluePrint Cleanse, just trying to muster-up the will power! Have you tried any of these diets? Would you go for a liquid cleanse