DIET-DERAILING TIP #2:
DO A JUICE CLEANSE TO TRIM DOWN FOR GOOD
If you have a special event coming up or if you recently fell off the healthy-diet bandwagon, a juice cleanse may seem like the perfect way to reset your diet and trim down in a hurry. We have some bad news: An all-or-nothing approach to weight loss will ultimately fail—sorry! Most people on liquid cleanses feel tired and hungry, which ultimately leads to overeating and weight gain.
Want to do a juice cleanse anyways? Do a two-day 1,200- to 1,500-calorie mini cleanse instead of a full-blown week-long liquid diet. Replace breakfast and lunch with a fresh-pressed vegetable juice (we like daily greens), flat-belly smoothie or shake made with vegan protein powder.
To keep keep insulin levels steady and ward off hunger, look for sips that have less than 10 grams of sugar. For dinner, eat a healthy combination of whole grains, vegetables and lean protein. You’ll likely feel a bit lighter on your feet after the two days are up, which can help you feel more motivated to stick to a long-term healthy eating program. Need some diet-friendly recipe ideas? Check out our 10-Minute Meals for 6-Pack Abs.