I have a lot of people asking me how they can lose weight quickly. First and foremost I want to ask you how long did it take to put on the weight you are trying to lose? I also want to make note that there is no miracle pill to lose weight, not healthily that I know of at least. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I want to talk to you about the 3-Day Refresh.
The 3-Day Refresh is great for kick starting a weight loss program or detoxing a bit if you are in a bind and trying to slim down for an event coming up. It’s not a permanent weight loss tool. If you go from eating crap food to cleaning it out, and then eating crap food again you’re going to be right back to where you started. (If you are interested in getting started with a workout program, the best way to purchase the 3-Day Refresh is in a Kickstart Challenge Pack.)
I’ve done the 3-Day Refresh twice. The first time I HATED it! I felt terrible, bloated, hungry, you name it. I wasn’t sold… Then I learned that I was supposed to be drinking a TON of water(learn to read the directions Darci Jo!) My water intake was okay but apparently it’s better to aim for a gallon a day during the 3 day detox. I decided to give it another try. Second time around was much better! I started my detox on a Friday morning so that I wouldn’t be tempted by food in the restaurant all 3 days. Plus I started 21 Day Fix Extreme the following Monday and wanted to use the Refresh to clean out the crap and help me have a great start to a new program. I feel like it did the trick, look at my 21 Day Fix Extreme transformation here. As you can see by my pictures(below) I didn’t have a lot to lose but my guts felt so much better! I lost a total of 3.2 pounds and 1.5″ off my waist. I want to share with you a bit of my journey through the 3 days and explain a bit about how the program works.
So it begins…
The 3-Day Refresh has a few key components:
Fiber Sweep- A blend of soluble and insoluble fibers that help naturally eliminate waste from the digestive system. It also helps with supporting intestinal flora. Intestinal Flora? That is natural bacteria that occurs in your intestine, it the good kind of bacteria. Some ingredients in the Fiber Sweep include whole-ground flax, chia seeds and psyllium seed husks. A healthy fiber intake can help naturally lower cholesterol.
Vanilla Fresh Shake- Helps satisfy your hunger. It’s an excellent source of fiber and has 22 essential vitamins and minerals. It’s reassuring to know that it is dairy and soy free. How can a little shake curb your hunger? Well potato protein extract is the helper for that. Check out this site to learn more about potato protein extract.
Shakeology- My favorite meal replacement shake, protein, super-foods, fruits and veggies. I’ve actually broken down the ingredient list in two of my favorite flavors, Chocolate and Vegan Tropical Strawberry. I personally recommend getting the Vegan Shakeology with your 3-Day Refresh because whey can cause some bloating if you aren’t used to drinking a “protein shake.”
Preparation is Key- Make sure you look over the meal plan and get all of your grocery store shopping done before the Refresh. Going to the grocery store when you are on a strict meal plan is REALLY, REALLY hard! Especially if you are like me and a sugar addict who has a hard time staying away from the bulk candy bin… I wrote down a daily list of what my meals were for the 3 days, then did my grocery list and went shopping.
Before Starting- If you aren’t a healthy eater, it is recommended that you kick-start your body with a good sized salad and/or a few servings of fresh veggies a day the week before starting the 3-Day Refresh.
Gas (just what every girl wants to talk about)- The 3-Day Refresh is meant to clean out your system. Chances are you may become a little gassy due to it doing its thing. In the fresh produce guide there will be veggies listed that help minimize gas. My first time around I didn’t pay attention to that. The second time, I did(super helpful.) I recommend you pay attention to that if you have a sensitive stomach.
H2O- Your goal without the 3-Day Refresh should be to get in at least half your body weight in ounces. It is recommended to drink that as a minimum during your 3 days. People in the test group upped the amount to a gallon a day to help maximize their results. The booklet strongly supports that idea and I do too.
Exercise- You can exercise, but it is recommended that you stick to a lower intensity workout if you must, maybe yoga or walking. The 3-Day Refresh will work better if your body isn’t working to repair muscle while cleaning out your guts. Enjoy a few rest days before you commit to a new hardcore program 😉
What can you eat?
Think fruits and veggies, a few healthy fats, juicing and the shakes provided. I was a little skeptical about the recipes because I don’t like kale or seaweed (not the only options,) but there were a few really tasty dishes!
- Wake up: drink 8-12 oz water
- Breakfast: within 1 hour of waking, Shakeology plus fruit.
- Mid-Morning: Fiber Sweep.
- Lunch: Vanilla Fresh with a fruit, veggie and healthy fat.
- Afternoon Snack: Fruit and vegetable or a juice.
- Dinner: Vanilla Fresh and one of the dinner recipes.
For me breakfast was better when I had the Shakeology and my fruit on the side. I felt hungrier when I blended it in.
Coconut Steamed Veggies-
Roasted Asparagus with Almonds-
Lemony Green Beans- I love green beans and this was so good.
Kale with Pine Nuts- I shouldn’t have turned my nose up to this because it actually helped kale grow on me.
Cucumber and Tomato Salad-
Moroccan Carrot Salad- This was my favorite out of the few I tried.
One more note…
It really helps me to have a buddy when I’m making a commitment to trying something new. For instance, most success on a workout program was when I had people doing the same program with me. It just feels good to know that someone else is suffering, I mean pushing through and kicking butt too!
Ready to get started???
You can get started with the 3 Day Refresh HERE.
Feel free to e-mail me at DarcisFitKick@gmail.com if you have any questions. Or you can contact me on Facebook too!
Ps. Don’t forget to drink LOTS of water 😉