Yes, people. I did it. I altered it ever so slightly from the formal cleansing directions, but just follow me here and I’ll tell you more. You can do this the formal way, where people report losing 3-8 pounds in 3-days. Or do it the Josie way. I lost 6 pounds in 2 days, and then lost one more pound on day 3 even though I wasn’t being as extra strict on the last day. If you’re learning about Shakeology for the first time, please check out the right sidebar of this blog for more info.
So here we go with everything you need to know about the cleanse with some Q & A.
“What is the goal of the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse?”
The cleanse is designed to help to you kick start your fitness journey, bust through an annoying plateau or drop some pounds quickly in a safe and healthy. You will remove harmful toxins from your body and flush the colon. Yup.
Shakeology is nutrient dense (check out the labels for Chocolate and Greenberry), so do not fear. You will still get adequate nutrition. You will not starve or feel emaciated with no energy. My energy levels remained the same. I went about my routine without feeling tired.
“But what are you really losing, Josie? Those 7 pounds you lost can’t all be from fat.”
Nope. You’re right. You will lose SOME fat because your calorie intake is lowered during the cleanse, but the majority of weight loss will come from water weight as the toxins flush out, plus whatever else has been stuck inside your colon for God knows how long.
“Will I have loose stools?”
Thank you for asking. You will not be like the guy in the colon blow scene in the Van Wilder movie, but if this is your first time using Shakeology, you may experience a heightened cleansing effect. Regular Shakeology users may notice little to no difference in “going” poo, because your digestive system has already been regulated. But peeing is an entirely different thing. If you do the cleanse properly, you will pee… a lot. So go on and rent that Porta-a-Potty right now and strap it to your back for convenience. All this peeing gets the toxins out, too.
“Will I get hungry during the cleanse?”
Shakeology is very filling, especially if you’re taking it three times a day, plus consuming the other foods/drinks as prescribed by the cleanse (water, fruit, salad, tea and one lean protein at dinnertime). I opted to take Shakeology twice per day (aka, the Josie way of cleansing), because I wasn’t hungry for my third serving in the evening. This is a perfect example of listening to your body. I wasn’t hungry, so I didn’t force the 3rd shake in the evening. Regardless of this, I did experience normal hunger pangs before it was time for my next meal. I managed those mild pangs both by waiting for my next scheduled meal or sneaking in some extra fruit (there’s that Josie way again).
“Are there any problems or concerns that might arise during the cleanse?”
I wouldn’t so much call them problems as I would evil outside forces. While on the cleanse I still had to go about my normal routines. I grocery shopped. I cooked the family a delectable breakfast. This same greedy family also forced me to make them a special fried fish dinner that we only have once per year. And you know what? I couldn’t/didn’t eat any of it. That, my friends, was torture.
“What did you learn and what else did you experience?”
I’ll gotta be honest. I began the cleanse because I was curious about how much weight I could lose in comparison to other people who have done it. But I had it all wrong – that’s not even my style to be doing it for that reason. Doh!
Before the cleanse was over, it was NOT about weight loss anymore. I learned about harmful toxins that build up inside the body (I did some reading). I learned that excess water weight (that you probably don’t even realize you’re carrying) can be a heavy force on the scale. And I developed a greater sense of discipline. I wanted to succeed, so not even fried fish or fresh ‘n hot biscuits at breakfast could steer me from my goal of completing the cleanse. My success on the cleanse gave me a greater sense of empowerment to apply that discipline to other areas of my life.
Besides my 7-pounds loss, my face cleared up from some irritating adult
pimps pimples that had been bugging me in the weeks prior. The loss of water weight also made my abs look as if a layer of fat had been peeled off. My abs appear flatter with more definition.
I feel very light and my energy is sustained. I also have NOT had a cup of coffee since the night before the cleanse began. I typically go into caffeine withdrawal if I do not get my coffee on a daily basis like clockwork, but as of this writing, I haven’t had a cup of Joe in 4-days and I’ve had absolutely NO withdrawn symptoms.
“I’m ready to cleanse? How do I do it?”
Click here for complete instructions on the formal cleanse, plus details on “Josie’s Way” modifications.