To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse, That is the Question

As a former overweight person, I tried everything to lose weight. Naturally I tried detox ideas because the claim of rapid, radical weight loss!  The main reason people detox is to jump start their weight loss, clean out their digestive track and to simply take off a few quick pounds before vacation.

But let me tell you my own personal experience’s….

Master Cleanse

Main Ingredients for the Master Cleanse Recipe

·       Pure Filtered Water

·       Grade B Organic Maple Syrup, Formaldehyde free (expensive)

·       Organic Cayenne Pepper

·       Organic Lemons

·       Sea salt – Unrefined, (Not iodized) or Epsom Salt

Optional Ingredients:

·       Laxative tea

·       Natural Herbal Tea (decaffeinated)


In the morning you start off with a big glass of salt water. This was supposed make me (well for lighter terms) go to the restroom, but that didn’t happen.  Then throughout the day I drank a concoction of fresh lemons, maple syrup and cayenne pepper with water.  I drank this three times a day and as you can imagine, it tasted awful.  I also periodically drank tea.


The website also states the benefits of doing the master cleanse:

– You will save money on food (obviously)

-Through the roof energy (never happened for me, in fact I usually went to bed by 7pm because I was so tired)

Kicking bad habits like eating junk food (It just made me want it more)

– Cleanse your body (I did feel cleaner on the inside)

– Fast results (I lost 4 lbs. in 3 days)


They recommend doing this for 7 days, however I lasted 0nly 3 days.  Not eating drove me crazy and I put the weight right back on.  Since I am looking for a fast short cut to weight loss, I moved on to another cleanse.


Shakeology Cleanse

Coach Mary Jane talks about the Shakeology cleanse.

1 Shakeology shake per day

2 cups of green tea or oolong per day

1 or 2 pieces of fruit per day (optional)

1 hearty salad for lunch and a healthy well balanced dinner

No dairy or extra sugars

Drink 2 to 4 liters of water every day  (50% of your body weight in ounces at a minimum)

Only use low-fat (vinegar based non dairy) dressings, and go easy on the salt and/or pepper to taste

2 snacks before/after any of the major meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

For maximum results, do NOT use additives

Dinner may include WHITE GRILLED PROTEIN-poultry or fish only

Avoid milks (NO soy, rice or sweetened milk ) unsweetened almond or coconut milk is ok once a day

Avoid coffee, sugar and artificial sweeteners

For flavor add lemon, vanilla, cinnamon, no sodium seasonings


Again I was only about to do it for 3 days.  There are options for a 3 day or  7 day Shakeology plan.  The only difference is on the 3-day plan I had a shake for breakfast, one for lunch and one for either a snack or after dinner.  You have the option to eat a light healthy dinner that includes the same as above and vegetables.


The 3-day Shakeology cleanse worked well for me.  I felt that the 3 days was doable and I did noticeably feel better.  Being able to eat made a huge difference and in fact I I wasn’t even hungry.  My 9-year-old daughter even did it with me!


Diamond Body Image Cleanse

This is the cleanse that I developed and works great for me and my clients. It is 5 days, you can eat, plus you will feel the difference after 1 day. It is an easy way to eliminate the toxins you are holding and lose a few pounds to.
Doing a cleanse does the body good, but it doesn’t seem effective as a weight loss tool.  Many people detox not for the weight loss but for the purification aspect of detoxing the body.  Your body doesn’t have to have food every day so the occasional fast or cleanse is beneficial…just not for long lasting weight loss.

Long lasting weight loss comes with changing your lifestye. You have to lose weight in a way that will be easy for you to maintain, if it’s not, you will end up reverting right back to your old habits. Just focus on changing one thing at a time….

The One Thing Method is something that I put together for you to help you change your habits. If you are ready to start living your ideal life in your ideal body check out The One Thing Method For Eating!

Author: Danielle

My name is Danielle. I am a mom, author, weight loss coach and creator of the “Diamond Body Image Process™.
I work with strong and determined women with busy lives, who’ve let themselves go for years due to work or taking care of their family. And because of this they are struggling with…
– Standing on your bathroom scale and seeing you are at your highest weight ever so you’ve decided to lose the weight but you don’t know HOW.
– The shame of being overweight is holding you back from being in family photos or videos
– Feel frustrated, fat and uncomfortable because your pants are too tight.
– Feeling embarrassed to be naked in front of your husband and causing you to not be intimate with him yet you want to build a strong bond for a lasting relationship.
And secretly they feel ashamed and embarrassed about their weight. And if they were really honest they would say even though they look happy on the outside, on the inside they feel like a big fat failure and lack the confidence they once had.

For these women, I provide a safe, caring environment for them to be completely honest and open their feelings and fears. I empower them to stop making excuses and blaming their circumstances for being overweight, and instead take personal responsibility for their weight loss, so they can achieve their ideal weight, feel more confident and energized and be their best version of themselves.
I teach my clients simple ways to change their eating habits, exercise habits and transform their mindset through my Diamond Body Image Process™ for long lasting weight loss.
My caring, direct and motivational coaching style inspires women to take action and become the best version of themselves. I teach weight loss from my personal experience. I’ve lost 100 lbs and I’ve kept it off for 7 years. My clients say they feel understood, heard, motivated and they see real results. The profound confidence in each client through weight loss is life changing.

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