Start 2017 with a Much-Needed Detox
By Mark Macdonald, ZEN Brand Ambassador & New York Times Best Selling Author
2017 is almost here and if you’re like me, you’re probably carrying some extra holiday bloat.
My mom’s pumpkin pie always gets the best of me!
Well no worries, you can safely drop that excess bloat as well as give your body a much-needed oil change. The concept of detoxing is all around us and most detoxes do provide quick results, but the problem is after detoxing you end up going right back to what you were doing, never truly evolving your plan into a way of life.
Detoxes that starve you by fasting or load you up on juice will always end up failing the moment they’re over.
Imagine detoxing while eating consistently throughout the day, losing all the bloat, and then immediately shifting your body into a fat-burning machine. That is the type of detox we can all get behind! It’s exactly why I’m writing this blog and what the Zen Project 8® 7-Day Detox Phase is all about!
So let’s get started with the three most important things you must know when detoxing.
1. The Importance of Detoxing In a nutshell, detoxes are designed to deliver maximum results and explode you out of the gate. Most of us are living at an inflated weight, a weight that is made up of at least 5–10 pounds of additional bloat (water retention).
Think back to a time when you ate better, drank more water, and engaged in some exercise…most likely you dropped a few pounds really quickly. That quick weight loss is part of the excess bloat your body holds from living a busy and hectic life. Lack of sleep, daily stress, processed foods, and not drinking enough water are all contributors to holding that extra bloat.
Detoxes and cleanses are so popular because of the inflated weight most of us carry. The challenge with most detoxes and cleanses is that they’re designed as a diet and short-term fix to a long-term problem. Losing your inflated weight isn’t your challenge; I’m assuming you’ve lost that first 10 pounds many times in your dieting history. Most people have.
The real challenge is how to detox and cleanse effectively while evolving into a plan you can actually make a way of life. Without that evolution, all the weight you lose will just come back a month or two after the detox.
2. The Benefits of Detoxing Detoxing is truly all about cleaning out your system.
Imagine getting an oil change for your car, but only adding new oil and still using your old, dirty, used-up oil filter. As fresh and high quality as that new oil is, it will still be processed through that old filter. This means your car’s engine is still getting a lot of grime and grit from the old filter and losing the benefit of the new oil, so it won’t run as well as it could.
This concept parallels perfectly with your body. Eating cleaner without detoxing is just like getting an oil change without changing your filter. It only solves part of the problem. To maximize the cleaner foods you’re eating, you also need to clean up your body’s filters by removing all the gunk, which will get your metabolism running like a well-oiled machine!
As you detox, you’ll also be losing excess bloat. Bloating slows down the speed of your metabolism, inflates your weight, and makes your clothes feel a size too small. You’ll immediately start shedding that bloat by following the three simple steps of detoxing: Cut, Clean, Flush.
3. Three Simple Steps of Detoxing Cut the foods that cause bloating, add clean foods and supplements to cleanse, and flush the toxins with good old H2O.
1. CUT the foods and drinks that cause bloating.
Below is a list of foods and drinks that cause water retention:
- Soy Cheese Yogurt Refined Sugar Sugar Sweeteners
- Salt Grains Soda Pop
- Alcohol Caffeinated Coffee & Tea
2. Add CLEAN foods and supplements to cleanse your body.
Following is a quick sample meal plan listing clean foods and supplements (see full Zen Project 8 Detox Phase for suggested meal portions + foods + products).
Breakfast: Protein + Carb + Fat (Ex: Egg Whites + Berries + Almonds)
Lunch: Protein + Carb + Fat (Ex: Chicken Breast + Green Beans + Avocado)
Mid-afternoon: Zen Fuze Shake (see recipes) + Zen Prime (cleansing supplement, take 30 minutes before shake)
Dinner: Protein + Carb + Fat (Ex: Grilled Halibut + Asparagus + Olive Oil + Medium Bowl of Spinach or Lettuce)
3. FLUSH the toxins from your system with water. Make sure to drink your water with each meal and between each meal.
Females 2–3 Liters/Day 8–12 Glasses (8 oz.)
Males 3–4 Liters/Day 12–16 Glasses (8 oz.)
And there you have it, everything you need to know about the why, how and what of detoxing!
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Want to make sure your food will be delicious with Zen Project 8? Loving your food and having it taste great is a must to win at any nutrition program. This is why you have access to plenty of mouthwatering recipes as you live the program. Check out three of our most popular detox recipes.