Most diets limit weight loss to 1 to 2 pounds per week. With this one-week cleanse, inspired by Dr. Caroline Apovian’s book, The Overnight Diet, 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.
Note: Before starting any cleanse, make sure to consult your physician, especially if you have a medical condition like diabetes. Also, don’t participate if you’re pregnant or nursing. Detoxes are also not a substitute for medical diagnoses or treatment.
Swimsuit Cleanse 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.
Here’s a sample smoothie menu for the first day of your cleanse.
Start your day off right with an Orange Zest Smoothie.
For lunch, go green with a Kale Margarita Smoothie.
Skip the greasy takeout, and end your day with a Crispy Apple Smoothie.
In addition to tasting great, these smoothies will keep you feeling full all day long, thanks to the 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.