So, as I mentioned in my New Years intentions 2013 has been my year of getting my body healthy. Blogging about cakes had left me 2 1/2 stone heavier than I like to be. In the past my most successful attempts at losing weight have been by starving myself until the needle on the scale hit the right number. Then sure enough I would watch that needle creep back up.
This year I wanted something different. I wanted to be strong and healthy, I didn’t want to just lose that fat I wanted to become toned and to stay that way. With a few lifestyle tweaks and starting to use my gym membership sure enough I started to see the slowly fall off.
Then it stopped, I hit that plateau and I saw weeks go by with no change. Which is when vanity kicked in, I wanted to see results, I wanted all the weight loss I had been expecting in those weeks and I wanted it right now. So I decided to do try the Dr Oz smoothie cleanse. Three full days of blended fruit and vegetables with the promise to see the results I so desperately wanted.
From the spoiler in the post title you can see I failed. I managed a full 24 hours before throwing in the towel. Before I started I was worried about the obvious, hunger, but that was quickly reassured by the weight of fruit and vegetables you need to buy for the cleanse.
It started well, the first smoothie was similar to one of my favourite recipes. By about 10.30 I got a niggling headache which was to be expected. I drank the lunch smoothie at work, whilst coworkers taunted me with chocolate bars and instant noodles. It was as disgusting as other bloggers had described, I choked the whole thing down knowing that I wouldn’t be home to make the ‘snack smoothie’ (a repeat of your favourite drink of the day) for another five hours.
Deterred from anything green by the lunch drink I reasoned that a banana and nut butter smoothie would be fine as it was almost the breakfast smoothie, just minus quite a few ingredients. After reading mixed reviews about the dinner drink, and after reading the ingredient list I really wasn’t expecting it to be the worst drink of the day. It was sweet and too spicy, and with the headache that had slowly escalated through out the day to a migraine, I forced two sips before throwing it down the sink and retiring to bed with a serious case of the shakes.
At this point I reasoned with myself that if I felt better in the morning, not the best version of myself that a lot of people experienced, just not feeling ill, I would continue.
Day 2 and I woke up after a restless night with another headache. Unwilling to give in I planned to continue with the detox. Three hours later when I was still in bed binging on Breaking Bad with a rumbling stomach I realised that I hadn’t got up because I could not face another smoothie. All I wanted was scrambled eggs and a cup of tea. So that was it, I called it quits, and made myself a huge plate of the eggs that I was craving.
What worried me slightly was that I went on to drink over 4l of water that day as well as countless teas. Somehow the smoothies had dehydrated me despite the 2l of water I drank on the first day.
So on to the important question, did it work?
Temporarily. A couple of days later I had lost half a stone, since then I have put back on 5 of those pounds but I don’t think that the net weight loss was because of the smoothie detox. I think it was due to the diet change that came about because of the glut of fresh produce that had not been blended. In an effort not to waste all those fruit and vegetables I ate the most healthily I had in months, which is what I am trying to continue doing.
Would I do it again? Crazily probably yes, not for health or as part of an extended diet, but if I had a big event where I wanted to look good then it would be tempting, though I would not follow this specific program.