How a juice cleanse can help you lose weight

How a juice cleanse can help you lose weight

Last weekend a friend and I did a juice cleanse. It was a challenging three days of literally only drinking juice and eating nothing. However, although it was challenging I learnt a lot about my habits and gave my body a much needed reset.

A juice cleanse isn’t for everyone and I certainly won’t be attempting another any time soon but I really needed to do something – I’ve been consistently losing weight for a number of months, and then, it just stopped. Boom, plateau.  I really wanted to reset my system and change my habits around food. Two of the girls in my office had been juicing so I thought I would try it.

Doing the juice cleanse meant that I did lose some weight but most importantly it gave my body the opportunity to reset and detox.

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Choosing the cleanse

Being the researcher that I am, I took all of five minutes to read this Harper’s Bazaar Australia article on the best three juice cleanses – I considered for a moment but my friends and colleagues had been doing the Orchard St Cleanse and so I thought I would start with that one.

If you’re looking at doing a juice cleanse you don’t have to fork out cash for pre-made juices; if you have a Ninja or similar blender in your kitchen you can actually make your own. There’s a number of resources online that will give you recipes to do this. The pre-made juices were quite costly and came in at about $80 Australian Dollars a day, per person. You can save some serious change if you were to make these at home. Although, the Orchard St ones had some pretty incredible herbs in them so it may be a slightly different experience.

Following a personal training session at the gym on Saturday morning I visited Orchard St’s Bondi cafe – there was an array of yummy vegan food on offer but I was there for one thing only – to pick up my three boxes of juice. I loved the style of the cafe and the apothecary theme, it made me feel like I was being super healthy.

Orchard st bondi cafe

The Orchard St cleanse is made up of 6 Juices per day plus a lemon water that you should have in the morning before anything else in order to cleanse your liver. We chose our own juices based on what the girls in the office said were the best ones but Orchard St also have set programs of recommended juices.

My favourite every day was by far the morning Smoothie, the Mylk to finish the day and the detox tea (which had a bunch of Chia seeds in it so it felt like you had eaten something). We mixed it up a bit and had different juices every day but had the same Mylk and detox tea daily.

Juice cleanse juices
Daily juice line up.

Day 1: Wasn’t actually that bad

My juice cleanse experience on Day 1 wasn’t too bad considering I had been dreading it for the days leading up to the cleanse.  I had been to the gym in the morning but didn’t eat and waited until we picked our juices up to have any juice. I actually think this was my saving grace on Day 1 because I could have the juices so close together and there wasn’t any long periods without having some juice.

The Orchard St packaging says ‘sip mindfully’ so I was attempting to do this all day, drinking slowly so I didn’t constantly feel hungry.

Orchard st bottles

Day 2: The day I would have eaten anything

Day 2 is where it really fell off the rails for me. I was crazy hungry in the morning, I still went to the gym and lifted some weights but I feel like this was a big mistake. On the afternoon of Day 2 I was feeling quite sick, I had a headache and I would have eaten anything just to feel like I was eating something.

I googled the development of feeling unwell and as it turned out, this is quite normal for some people on day 2. Great – not sure why I didn’t google this sooner.

Day 3: Let’s just get through this

Day 3 was actually the best day. It was Monday so I was working and I had diligently taken 4 of my juices to work. At this point, I was well over the juice cleanse situation but I was keen to just power through it. The worst part was actually in the evening, after I had finished my last juice which was a delicious Mylk called Peace Mylk, by then I just wanted to eat but I couldn’t until Breakfast the following day.

How does this help me?

I’m not saying you should drop everything and do a Juice cleanse this weekend. You need to take in to account what your goals are and your personal situation. The juice cleanse makes you lose water weight – most of it returns as soon as you start to eat food again. However, if you’re looking for a bit of a reset, this is potentially something you might wish to explore.

I would also recommend you watch this youtube video from Cassey Ho from Blogilates – she’s recently also done a 3 day juice cleanse and talks through her results.

Overall, I think the cleanse has benefits for weight loss but these are more long term and it comes from using the cleanse to reset your body and kick start some additional weight loss. Since the juice cleanse I’ve also incorporated some more cardio into my workouts and have decided to change my diet to make it even cleaner. It really was the boost that I needed.

Have you done a juice cleanse recently? Did you do one for more than three days?

Tell me about it in the comments below!

How a juice cleanse can help you lose weight

The best instagrams to follow for workouts

the best instagrams to follow for workouts

Instagram can be a great resource for quick workout videos. The nature of posting videos of workouts to Instagram means that the posts need to quickly take you through the exercises and they’re perfect for when you’re in the gym. These are, in my opinion the best instagrams to follow for workouts.

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I know instagram isn’t the first place you might think of when looking for great exercise and workout programs. The videos posted can often be from high end personal trainers, just by following their account you get a snippet of what their celebrity clients pay so much for. Instagram is also a great place to find workouts aimed at women, I find this can sometimes be tricky if you’re just googling.

Ashleigh Jordan (@ashleigh_jordan)

Ashleigh Jordan uploads great targeted fitness videos to instagram all the time. She puts the targeted muscle groups on the first slide of the carousel and I’ve referred to her workouts many times in the gym but also when I’ve been on vacation and needed some inspo while in the gym. The videos show you exactly how to do the exercise and on what equipment at the gym.

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LEG DAY STAPLES 🍑💪🏼 . TAG a friend! . On my heavier leg/glute days, there are certain exercises I ALWAYS do because for me personally, I feel as though they work those muscles beautifully 👌🏼 . I wanted to share some of my leg day staples with you guys for you to try! 💁🏼‍♀️ . 1️⃣Split Squats 2️⃣Superset: Hip Thrusts/ Single Leg Glute Bridge 3️⃣Superset: Deadlifts/Glute Lifts 4️⃣Weighted Step Ups . @brettstir 🎥💕 Outfit: @justpeachi *RESTOCK COMING THIS MONTH* details to come 😊 _____________________________________ #fitfam #fitness #fitnessmotivation #fitnessjourney #workout #workouts #workoutroutine #workoutmotivation #workoutvideo #legday #legdayworkout #glutes #glutesworkout #squats #squatbooty #healthylifestyle #happiness #positivevibes #saturday #weekendvibes #diettips #fittips #citylife #pittsburgh

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Kelsey Wells (@kelseywells)

Kelsey Wells is a SWEAT trainer of Kayla Itsines fame. She created the PWR program on the SWEAT app and also a post-pregnancy program. Her instagram is always full of great workout snippets which are helpful even if you’re not a subscriber to the app.

 

Cassey Ho (@blogilates)

Cassey Ho is the founder of Blogilates, I actually referenced her videos in my 2018 Guide To Working Out with Youtube post. She posts great workouts that you don’t need a gym for, they’re heavily pilates based which are actually super challenging even if Cassey makes it look super easy!

 

Melissa Alcantara (@fitgurlmel)

Melissa Alcantara is famously the trainer responsible for Kim Kardashian’s 2018 body transformation. Under the Instagram name @fitgurlmel the body builder shows her daily workouts. It’s workout inspiration at it’s finest.

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Success consists of failing over and over again without losing enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill : : First time doing snatches 🏋🏽‍♀️ A few things my fitness journey has shown me…1️⃣you are no better than anyone else only different 2️⃣you will be a beginner over and over again if you want to keep learning 3️⃣ you are only as strong as you tell yourself you are 4️⃣ you will feel and look stupid af but you will get it and then who’s the stupid one? 🤔 Outfit: @gymsharkwomen @gymsharktrain @gymshark @deuce_gym with @jjarel : : #mondaymotivation #motivation #fitfam #fitmom #fitspo #fitness #fitgirl #fit #fitnessaddict #love #beautiful #learning #weightloss #gymtime #crossfit #fitnessjourney #success #goals #bodygoals #fitspiration #fail #training #inspire #inspiration

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 Kayla Itsines (@kayla_itsines)

I couldn’t do a best of post without the queen herself! The creator of the Bikini Body Guide and subsequently the SWEAT app Kayla’s instagram is constantly updated with workouts. Not only does she post workouts but there’s plenty of transformation inspo and mindset advice.

I love how instagram can dish up my daily dose of fitspo and just by following a few accounts I can shake up my work out. Do you use instagram for workouts already? What are some of your favourite workout accounts? Let me know in the comments below!

The best instagrams to follow for workouts

The best instagrams to follow for workouts

The best instagrams to follow for diet

The best instagrams to follow for diet

I love Instagram but it can be a challenging place. It’s hard to filter all the people that flood the grid with thinly veiled sales pitches and mis-truths. The best instagrams to follow for diet is a collection of just that, those instagram accounts I really trust to give me information and help me find that sweet spot for fat loss.

The Fitness Chef (@thefitnesschef_)

The Fitness Chef is a great account to follow, he’s an online Personal Trainer and his account is full of hard and fast nutrition tips with full calorie counts of items like all the burgers on the menu at Burger King and some great calorie comparisons. He subscribes to flexible dieting whilst staying in a calorie deficit for fat loss which is such an achievable method.

Comparisons like the below are a great reminder to be mindful of the things we’re eating.

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Tag a mate who needs some help preparing their work lunch 🤝 – – The prawn salad on the left is not bad as much as my prawn flatbreads on the right are not good. Instead, they are what they are – a source of energy and nutrients. – – One happens to have significantly more energy than the other across a similar volume of food. Consuming high calorie foods is not bad, as long as you’re aware of your overall energy intake in relation to your goal. – – Both these options contain protein, carbs and fat, but the main difference is shown in the fat values. On the left; 38g = 342 calories of fat, compared to 10g on the right = 90 calories from fat. The inclusion of additional protein on the right also balances it’s macronutrients more evenly. – – At the end of they day it’s up to you. The likelihood is that preparation of meals at home gives you 100% control in making them suit your goal. Whereas shopping at lunchtime gives you less control in finding something enjoyable which also suits your goal. – – Make sure you are aware of the bigger picture (daily calorie intake for your goal) and apply that mindset to the smaller pictures (each meal or snack). Eat what you enjoy, but always be aware and informed on what you consume. – – Here’s the recipe for the right hand side: – – 1️⃣ In a bowl, mix up 150g of cooked prawns, juice from 1/2 a lime, black pepper and dried coriander. 2️⃣ Chop up 1/4 of a bell pepper and add to 2 folded flatbreads, along with a small handful of spinach in each. 3️⃣ Add the prawns to the flatbreads (75g in each), put in the fridge and take to work the next day. – – #thefitnesschef #worklunch #mealprep #lunchideas #lunchbox #lunchboxideas #losefat #caloriedeficit #eatsmart #balanceddiet #highprotein #caloriecomparison #prawns #portioncontrol #caloriecounting #mfp #workfood #nutritioncoach #fatlosstips

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He also does great lists of popular fast food items with calorie counts, he’s based in the UK so it’s always best to check calorie counts for your country on an app like myfitnesspal or on the website of the venue you plan on eating at.

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Tag a McDonald’s lover, hit save and keep both you and your friends informed on the calorie values of this bunch of the franchise’s items. – – Whilst most McDonald’s item’s ingredients lack the quality and nutrient density of a whole foods, I think most of us already know this. But the pertinent thing here is that people enjoy Macdonald’s. And people will consume their items now and for years to come. This is evident by the ferocity in which Macdonald’s has dominated the fast food market for decades. – – Therefore, instead of lambasting somebody (or yourself) for choosing a Big Mac over a kale salad, why not become more aware of what consumption of their food means in simple terms. Perhaps this awareness will consequentially mean that a higher quality food is selected instead in order to fit your plan better, or simply that you are more aware that you can actually fit these items into your current, flexible diet. – – As you can see, I’ve listed these items in singularity, but when combined into a meal (and with a sugary drink), the calorie value can rise fairly high for the volume of food consumed. – – That said, what’s your go to? If you have one at all…? If your despise Macdonald’s, feel free to comment “McDonald’s can get f*cked” 😉😬😂. – – #thefitnesschef #mcdonalds #bigmac #fatloss #fastfood #calories #caloriedeficit #losebellyfat #mcflurry #mcmuffin #nutritioncoach #fatlosshelp #fatlosscoach #burgerlover #mcdonaldsbreakfast #losefat #fatlosstips #eatsmart #nutrients

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Equalution (@equalution)

Equalution are ‘body transformation experts’ – they meal plan for their clients based on flexible dieting and the 80/20 rule. Equalution post great calorie comparisons on their instagram account. I actually used their services for a while during the start of my weight loss / fat loss journey. Their instagram is great and they’re consistently showcasing great flexible dieting ideas and calorie comparisons.

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Whether in your coffee ☕️, on your cereal 🥣 or just as it is 🥛 MILK DRINKERS LISTEN UP 💡 How many calories in your choice of milk⁉️⚠️ Switching to lighter variations in something you may have once, twice or multiple times a day is a good way to reduce your overall calorie intake. One area that many people fall short in caloric reduction is liquids – like milk 🥛 . Just because some edibles are liquid it doesn’t bypass energy intake and the need to be aware of it. 💥Our top tips for milk ✅ Choose skim or non fat milk if you’re choosing regular milk ✅ In the case of almond milk go for an unsweetened variation ✅ Watch your portion size (for liquid calories it can be quite dense) ✅ If you’re looking for a dairy free alternative soy (or almond milk) is lower than lactose free or coconut. Fun fact: Most soy milk brands are also fortified with similar levels of calcium to dairy milk. Some, including Sanitarium's, also contain vitamins D, B2 and B12, potassium and phosphorous! ⭐️FINAL HOURS FOR THE PRESALE20 DISCOUNT CODE FOR THE 8 WEEK CHALLENGE COMMENCING MONDAY. Link in bio 👉🏼Will your body be the next we transform⁉️📧info@equalution.com

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Carter Good (@cartergood)

Carter Good is an online fat loss coach and his instagram showcases motivating and informative posts about fat loss and diet. Sometimes they’re the little snippets in my feed that change my mindset just when I need it.

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First off, Can we take a moment to appreciate the number of tiny pizza emojis I crammed into this graphic? 🍕❤️ ⠀ Anywho, I motha-flippin’ love this graphic. It perfectly illustrates two of the biggest “whoopsy-daisies” folks make when they’re trying to lose weight… ⠀ The first mistake is on the left ❌ —> thinking that occasionally eating something “bad” or unhealthy is going to undo their hard work entirely. ⠀ The second mistake is on the right ❌—> thinking a few “good” or healthy meal will fix their evening and weekend overeating. ⠀ Here’s the Truth ✅: what you do MOST of the time is waaaa… *takes sip of coffee* …aaay more important than what you do SOME of the time ⠀ And that goes for both the “good” and the “bad.” 👌 ⠀ In other words, don’t freak out over the occasional pizza 🍕 or ice cream 🍨 or chocolate 🍫 or whatever. Instead, focus on hitting your nutrition targets and eating nutritious foods 🥗🍎 the majority of the time. ⠀ Bonus point if you can fit a few slices of Za into your daily targets w/o going over 😉🍕 ⠀ The same goes for occasionally eating healthy foods… ⠀ Don’t assume eating a salad 3-4 times a week will magically solve all your weight loss woes 🥗👎 ⠀ What you do most of the time matters most ⭐️ – If you want to make real, lasting changes to your body, then you need to find a comfortable balance between eating “fun” foods and foods that are going to benefit your health in the long run. — ⠀ ⠀ #cartergood #weightloss #losingweight #diet #dieter #dieting #nutriton #fatloss #healthydiet #weightlossplan #fitness #weightlosssupport #weightlossstruggle #nutriton #nutritioncoach #fatlosscoach #weightlosstips #weightlossjourney #salad #pizza #pizza🍕

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Lady Lolas (@lady.lolas)

Katie Lola’s is all about balanced nutrition and encouraging others to healthy meal prep. Her meal preps are fantastic (yes, she shares the recipes!) and she showcases meal prep from her followers every week.

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I originally started meal prepping to manage my IBS. Prepping my lunches meant I was guaranteed access to food that wouldn’t give me cramps or make me feel tired and bloated. I still have a sensitive stomach, however a combination of prepping and regular visits with a gastroenterologist and nutritionist have helped me to significantly improve my gut health and minimize my IBS flares. Prepping also saves me so much money and I’ve found a real passion for cooking and creating my own recipes 😍. It makes me so happy to see you guys trying out my creations! Remember to use hashtags #LLmealprep, #LadyLolas and tag me when you post your prep and or try one of my recipes so I can share your creations on my story xx . This week’s prep includes: . . 💛BREAKFAST – almond, coconut flakes and chia seed overnight oats with fresh strawberries. . 💙MORNING SNACK – Home set soy vanilla yoghurt with mixed nuts and a piece of fruit. . . 💜LUNCH – Quick and easy vegetarian wraps! I will add the full ingredient list on my website www.ladylolas.com soon. For next week’s lunch I’d like you to share in the comments section below a dish that you love, but wouldn’t necessarily know how to re-create into a healthy prep? I’ll choose one of your suggestions and create a new recipe to share with you next week! . . 💚AFTERNOON SNACK- @thecleantreatsfactory peanut butter protein ball and @tropeaka salted caramel shake. . . ❤️DINNER – team @hellofreshau 😍✊. Use code ‘KATIE40’ for 40% off your first box.

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Finally I can’t pass up an opportunity to send you to my instagram accounts! I have two @in_amandaland for travel and pretty things and @amandadoesweights for all things gym and fitness.

Look out for my next post in this series – The best instagrams to follow for workouts and let me know in the comments below if you have some great diet instagrams I should add to the list.

Related: The 2018 guide to working out with YouTube

the best insta grams to follow for diet