So I started my first 3-day Refresh ($59.85) last Tuesday and ended on Thursday. I knew a weekend start would make me feel far too restricted, so I opted to do this during the week.
Is it a cleanse? No. It's seriously best described as a "refresh" because you don't just drink liquids - you eat, too.
Ultimately, here's what I did for 3 days:
- Drink water. (8-12 oz upon waking)
- Drink Shakeology + a fruit option (within an hour of waking)
- Drink my normal green tea.
- Mid morning drink Fiber Sweep. (it's fiber. I didn't love that part.)
- Eat lunch. (Lunch was a vanilla fresh, high-protein shake), plus some fruit, a vegetable and a healthy fat
- Afternoon snack. (veggie and a healthy oil - or a juice)
- Dinner. (Another vanilla fresh and then a dinner from the recipe list.)
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NOTE: You're also drinking half your weight in ounces of water everyday, as well. In other words, if you weigh 140 lbs, you're drinking 70 oz. of water a day.
You're eating 900 calories for 3 days. Is this sustainable? NO. BIG NO. Is it designed to be? Absolutely not.
Q & A time.
Q. Was I hungry?
A. For the most part, no. Did I think about food, yes? But I wasn't starving. I think the constant schedule of eating kept me full.
Q. Are you happy you started it during the week, as opposed to a weekend?
A. Absolutely. One time I got my teeth whitened on a Friday and I had to abstain from any food that would stain a white t-shirt for 48 hours. The entire weekend. I was miserable. It worked best for me to do this during the week.
Q. Do you feel refreshed?
A. I'm scrunching my face as I write this, I think I do? I mean, I feel good and I was excited that I did it. I learned about portion control and more regarding importance of putting good things into your body. For example, one should not eat nearly an entire pack of strawberries at a time. One should maybe eat about a cup or so. I think seeing what I was eating was effective.
Most importantly what resonated with me is that I woke up feeling good. I like that. I can see how that could become addictive. It's not worth over-indulging at night if I'm going to feel bloated and gross in the morning. Mornings are bad enough, amen?
Q. What was the worst part of it?
A. Not being able to eat what I want to eat when I want to eat it.
And I didn't love the taste of the fiber sweep - but from what I googled, NO ONE loves the taste of any fiber ever.
Q. Can you drink coffee on the refresh?
A. I've never been a coffee drinker, but I drink a lot of green tea. Although it's not a requirement, they ask you to abstain if possible from coffee for 3 days. But if you must, you have to drink it black - you can't add milk, sugar or any kind of unnatural sugar sweetener.
Q. Can you drink anything besides water during the day?
A. Yep - caffeine-free teas - just don't add anything to 'em.
Q. Did I lose weight?
A. Yep. I lost 2.5 lbs on the third day. On the fourth day I had lost a total of 3.5. I lost about an inch around my waist and belly, too.
Q. So, how did the weekend go? Did you gain it all back?
A. I was/am nervous about that. As of Sunday morning, all of the weight was still off. And, I went to a big dinner Saturday night and had a couple of glasses of wine. But here's what I didn't do? Eat a ton of bread or chips. And, I knew I was going out to dinner, so I modified during the day.
You guys, this is groundbreaking to me: FOOD IS FUEL. Isn't not entertainment or a hobby.
Earth shattering in my world.
Anywho, here I am.
Some people do the refresh monthly as a sort of "reset". I can see that.
I liked that I was eating real, whole foods.
I'd definitely do it again.
Full Disclosure: I'm a beachbody coach and I use the products. And I love shakeology. I want you on my team. Let's do this.