Most diets limit weight loss to 1 to 2 pounds per week. With this one-week cleanse, you can more than double that drop, losing up to 5 pounds.
The secret is by combining two of the most successful slim-down strategies for a one-two punch. You’ll start by shedding 2 pounds the first night. Here’s how.
Day 1: Shrink Drinks
Instead of eating your day-one meals, drink them! This strategy is based on a dietary habit that humans have been doing for thousands of years – taking a temporary break from solid food. You’ll lose up to 2 pounds overnight as your body flushes out excess water weight, minimizes bloat and activates the fat-incinerating process.
In addition to tasting great, smoothies will keep you feeling full all day long, if you add protein powder. Be sure to look for a protein powders containing less than 2 grams of sugar, and powders that are blends of whey and casein protein. Your body digests the whey protein quickly, giving it the nutrient boost it needs. The casein protein – which comes from milk – digests more slowly, keeping you satiated until the next meal.
Not only will the protein keep you satisfied, but it will help you burn fat. Once we reach age 30, we naturally lose 1% of our lean muscle every year. Metabolism-boosting lean muscle is crucial when it comes to burning fat. Reintroducing protein to your body via the day-one smoothies will help rebuild the lean muscle you need to be a fat-burning machine.
Days 2-7: Fat Flush
Days 2 through 7 are filled with delicious foods that will keep you shedding fat while feeding lean muscle. By eating adequate protein throughout the day, you will knock out afternoon energy crashes. And by night two, you’ll be boosting serotonin production in the brain to enhance your mood and promote better sleep.
To balance all your meals, every day you get to eat:
125g Servings of Protein
Protein is key to building the lean muscle you need to look and feel slim in that swimsuit. Here are some great sources:
- Fish (oily fish, like salmon, tuna (chunk light), sardines, herring, and lake trout, are best)
- Skinless poultry: Turkey, chicken; white meat is better than dark meat
- Lean beef: Flank, sirloin, round steak, cubed steak, London broil, filets, or extra-lean ground beef; cuts of meat with little or no marbling
- Lean pork: Tenderloin, loin chops, Canadian bacon
- Wild game: Venison, elk, quail, dove, etc.
- Shellfish: Clams, shrimp, oysters, etc.
- Beans or peas: Black beans, kidney beans, navy beans, pinto beans, white beans, lentils, and garbanzo beans
Vegetable – tomato, cucumber, onion, lettuce, spinach, zucchini, broccoli, french beans, beans, cabbage, garlic, pepper, carrots raw , aubergines, mushrooms
1/2-Cup – Servings of Whole Grains only mix with vegetables
Healthy, whole grains will keep you full and satisfied. Try some of the following:
1-Teaspoon – Servings of Fat
Good fats are satiating, and packed with omega-3’s that help burn fat and reduce cellular inflammation. Seek out healthy fat sources like:
- Canola oil
- Olive oil
- Flaxseed oil
The best part of the plan is its variety, allowing you to mix and match between meals. Enjoy a protein at each meal, as well as a serving of vegetables.