Summertime. Children are out of school, and for many, the pool, beach, and vacations are in full sight. It is indeed that time of year when we must face our bathing suits, shorts, and the reminder that we forgot our new year's resolution to lose that last 5-10 pounds.
Whether it is in our integrative medicine clinic, my speaking engagements, or social media- the one question on top of our mind has to do with our bellies. How can I feel good, fit into my short shorts, and not starve myself?
7 DAY SUMMER CLEANSE WITHOUT STARVING YOURSELF
Let's talk about a 7-day cleanse where you can eat from a list of anti-inflammatory foods, still drink coffee, and have the following results:
1. Lose belly bloating. Most individuals drop at least one dress or pant size in 7 days.
2. Safely lose 3-5 pounds.
3. Cleanse without becoming hangry or feel like you are starving
PUT AWAY THE JUICING MACHINE
The old definition of cleansing may conjure up memories of drinking only juices and herbal teas. A juice cleanse traditionally involved starvation, robbing most nutrients and fiber from the diet while feeding sugars from fruits and vegetables to your body. There is no scientific proof that juice cleanses reduce inflammation, but rather for most they can cause more harm.
CLEANSE WHILE REDUCING INFLAMMATION
Our goal with the cleanse is to help your body rapidly reduce inflammation, consume foods low in sugars and carbohydrates. Within 24 to 72 hours, your body shifts into fat-burning mode; and by fat-burning mode, I mean ketosis. It is critical you stay hydrated. So what will cause your metabolism to shift from fat burning back into sugar burning?
The process is different for every person. The higher the carbohydrate and sugar intake, and calories you consume, the more likely you, or anyone, is to shift back into burning glucose for energy. Now, some people can consume a decent amount of healthy fat, and still stay in fat-burning mode, while others just can’t.
Knowing when you’re in fat-burning mode is a process and skill that you are going to learn. I provided additional resources to help you identify, without expensive testing, how to know if your body has shifted into ketosis. But as you progress through this program, you’re going to know, pretty accurately, if and when you’re in fat-burning mode.
START WITH A 7 DAY GUT CLEANSE
This type of cleansing will be less likely to cause symptoms of fatigue, irritability or hunger if you have “primed” your gut. By removing foods and beverages that cause inflammation, you are going to allow a leaky gut and restore the healthy lining of your intestines. A gut cleanse is a process in which we change the foods we are consuming to restore the normal balance of healthy bacteria for our gut flora.
It is undoubtedly beneficial to add a multi-strain probiotic to your gut cleanse.
If your baseline diet was filled with heavily processed foods and other foods that promote inflammation, chances are you may experience a significant significant drop in weight and your belly bloating.
INFLAMMATION LEADS TO WEIGHT GAIN, BELLY BLOATING, AND DISEASE
There are two types of inflammation, acute and chronic. Chronic inflammation builds slowly over time. Sometimes it lessens, but it can also persist for days, weeks, months, and for many of us, years, which means it’s less noticeable. We learn how to live with it. Chronic inflammation is the enemy.
It can cause slow and steady weight gain even if you haven’t changed your diet in years. So many of us are walking around with chronic inflammation, or issues that we’ve had for so long, we don’t even remember what it feels like to feel good. You've accepted that it is just normal or routine to feel lousy. I find that people who suffer from chronic inflammation think to themselves, “Well, I guess I’m getting older,” or, “I guess this is just what my body was meant to feel like.” Maybe they think, “Well, I exercise all the time,” or, “I stand on my feet,” or, “I sit in this chair, and that’s why my body hurts all the time.” But chronic inflammation is also very dangerous because it’s at the root of almost every debilitating, deadly disease you can think of, including some cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, PCOS, periodontal disease, depression, migraine headaches, irritable bowel disease and countless others.
YOUR WEIGHT & INFLAMMATION
Regarding our weight, inflammation causes water retention, which makes us heavier. Have you ever had one of those days where you get on the scale, and it seems like you’ve suddenly gained five or ten pounds? Maybe you wake up, look in the mirror, and you’re puffy. Your face looks swollen. Perhaps you’ve looked down at your knees, ankles, and feet, and you don’t even recognize them as your own.
All of these situations are examples of chronic inflammation in your body. A key healing principle in integrative or functional medicine is to reduce and eliminate inflammation in the digestive tract.
Inflammation in our guts is not only found to be responsible for weight gain and obesity, but also Type II diabetes, hormonal imbalances, certain types of cancer, migraine headaches, depression, ADHD, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and numerous other conditions.
DOWNLOAD THIS FREE 7-DAY SUMMER CLEANSE GUIDE
Download this free 7-day summer cleanse which provides you a list of anti-inflammatory foods to buy. You can still eat three meals a day.
WHAT YOU ARE CUTTING OUT:
SUPPLEMENTS THAT CAN HELP JUMPSTART YOUR WEIGHT-LOSS AND INCREASE ENERGY:
1. Multistrain probiotic
2. Meal replacement shakes with protein (non-dairy), vitamins, & minerals
3. Vitamin B complex for daytime energy
4. Digestive enzymes to help with digestion of food and gut health
5. MCT oil to help with daytime energy, reduce inflammation in the gut, and promote ketosis
6. Collagen powder to help heal leaky gut and inflammation
Check out the list I prescribe my clients and order for yourself without making an appointment:
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