How many of us wish we could lose some weight, but don’t think we have the will power to do long term diets?
Or maybe we want to get rid of the toxins inside of us that have been causing us to feel tired and sick for years and years, but the very thought of drinking nothing but water or juice for weeks makes us want to faint.
Well, not to worry, because there is now a rapid detox diet for you. It’s called the fast track one day detox diet.
How It Works
The name could be considered a bit misleading, since the program is technically eleven days long. That being said, the actual detox phase, which is the hardest, is only one day long.
Phase 1, which is often called the prequel stage, focuses on preparing the body for the fast.
Phase 3, or the prequel, is basically a transitioning stage from the detox back to a normal diet. All in all, you should lose anywhere from 5 to 11 pounds during that 11 day period.
Not bad at all, considering that average weight loss on a long term caloric restriction plan is one and one half to two pounds a week. In addition, it provides a quick, yet intense cleansing of the body.
Phase one is the preparation phase of the fast track one day detox diet. It lasts seven days. A lot of people find it stringent, but easy to follow.
The requirements are the same throughout the seven days and include 2 servings of a lean meat for protein.
I recommend skinless boneless chicken breast, most types of fish, or egg whites for protein if you want your weight loss to be on the higher side. That said, lean pork and beef cuts are okay as well.
In addition to that, you’ll need to eat foods that are beneficial to the liver, at least one serving a day, but three to four is ideal. You’ll also need a food or supplement that contains a high amount of fiber. A lot of people like milled flaxseeds or psyllium husks.
You can take one serving if you’re doing a supplement like the ones I just mentioned, but if you want to get your fiber naturally, three servings of certain fruits like apples or carrots will do the trick. Aside from that, you can have whatever you’d like as long as it isn’t on the no no list.
So what is on the no no list? That would be sugars and artificial sweeteners, dietary fats, any kind of carbohydrate that has been refined or processed, and anything that contains soy or gluten.
In addition, alcohol, caffeine, and over the counter drugs are off limits. If you take prescription drugs, it’s best to talk to your doctor before you start this detox plan.
Phase two is why people call this a one day detox diet. It’s also called the Main Event, as this is when the most significant detoxification will occur.
You will mix a special kind of drink and alternate between that and a glass of water every hour.
So what is that special juice? It basically consists of cranberry juice, 100 percent natural and unsweetened, mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice, and feshly squeezed orange juice.
Then, spices are added, including nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and oddly enough, stevia, which is a natural herb based sweetener.
There are many different ways people mix the ingredients together. I’ve found that it was easiest for me to mix 8 ounces of cranberry juice with 1 freshly squeezed lemon, and one freshly squeezed orange in a small pot and then heat it on medium.
As soon as it looks like it’s going to start to boil, I’d put it on low and add a teaspoon of all the spices. It’s best to let it cool down. It’s also important to take a fiber supplement on this day. At the end of the day, you’re officially done with your detox. Congrats!
Phase three is the transitional phase and is going to seem quite simple after that day of detoxing. It is three days long and you’ll basically follow the exact same rules that you did in phase one, with one notable exception.
You’ll need to make sure you eat some yogurt that has healthy bacteria in it at least once a day. Things like Activia are great.
The reason for this? The healthy bacteria balance out your gastrointestinal system, and make sure your newly cleaned digestive tract stays that way for longer.
After your three days are up, you can start eating normally again, though hopefully you’ll want to eat healthy, if you weren’t already doing so.