Ahh, the high of being on a juice cleanse, the success of completing what many deem impossible, the radiant glow, the acclaim and constant stream of compliments from friends and family members that now view you as a superhero for undergoing 7, 14, maybe 21 days of cleansing.
But alas, the benefits are short-lived and the high achieved from your super-human efforts now come crashing down. The new clothes bought on the last day of your feast no longer fit and your newly gained confidence quickly dwindles along with all your friends’ positive views of your ongoing attempts to lose weight.
Sound familiar? Well, it need not be this way. I learned about the benefits of juice cleansing in the early ’90s and in my late teens and early ’20s proceeded to make every mistake in the book when it came to cleansing safely and properly and in a way that bears lasting results.
So here are my top tips for keeping the weight off after you finish a juice cleanse:
1. Be sure to undergo the right kind of cleanse.
This is probably the most overlooked and important principle of all! Many people unknowingly cleanse with water and maple syrup, fruit, carrots, beets, or other high glycemic liquids that spike blood sugar levels in the body. Remember that when you are juicing, you are removing the fiber from the fruit or vegetable so that you no longer have the buffer of digestion to slow down the absorption of sugar coming into the body. Drinking these high glycemic liquids will actually cause inflammation and ultimately bring the weight right back on after you finish the cleanse program.
2. Remove the toxins from the body during a cleanse by using adjunct therapies such as infrared saunas, colonics, coffee enemas, dry-skin brushing or lymph massages.
I’ve witnessed people thinking they’re cleansing when in fact all they are doing is moving toxins around the body, similar to the way one would rearrange cans in a pantry. When you juice cleanse you are dumping accumulated waste and environmental toxins into the bloodstream and these need to be helped out of the body by activating all the organs of elimination. If you don’t remove these toxins the body will quickly protect you by restoring these in fat cells so as to protect you from autointoxication.
3. Come off your cleanse slowly.
Actually, let me restate that: come out of a cleanse in the same way a snail crosses a bridge. The longer you take to come out of a cleanse, the greater the chance of keeping the weight off. As a rule of thumb you really want to take twice as many days to come off the cleanse as you were on the cleanse. This will assure that you don’t hurt your highly absorbable, new, digestive system.
4. Possibly the most overlooked and fundamental principle: Eat as much probiotic-rich food in the days and weeks immediately following your cleanse as to replenish your internal flora with friendly bacteria and enhance optimal digestive health.
You may not see the results right away but this is one of the most effective ways to continue radiating that pretty skin glow you had while on the cleanse. Optimal gut health will eradicate any overeating tendencies, stop cravings, improve skin appearance and visibly rejuvenate you months and even years after your cleanse.
5. Eat smaller meals and take digestive enzymes every time you eat for the coming one or two months following your program.
This will help break down and assimilate the nutrients in the food you are eating and allow you to feel fully nourished while eating less. Proper digestion and assimilation is key, after all we are only as healthy and beautiful as our digestive system is!
Jasmine Scalesciani, C.N., best-selling author and creator of The Essential Cleanse™, the most comprehensive cleanse available online. She’s Hollywood’s sought-after cleanse expert. She has worked with A-list celebrities, fortune 500 entrepreneurs & professional athletes to optimize their results. Jasmine’s Essential Cleanse™ is now available online for free for a limited time only. Join the global community of ‘essential cleansers’ and partake in the biggest global group cleanse ever made available. It’s FREE! Join now TheEssentialCleanse.com
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