Your Ultimate 10-Day Weight Loss and Detox Plan
Let me ask you a simple question. What you think, how will you gain more fat, by eating one more piece of cake, or a slice of meat? If you answered cake, you are on the right track.
What many people don’t know is that sugar makes you fat, not fat. Do you know that sugar is even more addictive than cocaine? And even more important, sugar is closely linked with diseases like diabetes, dementia, depression, acne, cancer and heart diseases. The more sugar you eat, the more you are at risk for developing some of the mentioned diseases.
That being said, I am sure you’d like to get rid of sugar at this point. And you are probably thinking, getting rid completely of sugar is not an easy task. Right? Wrong!
Anyone can do it, and I am here to tell you my ultimate 10-day diet plan for getting rid of sugar, and losing weight in the process. What I can tell you for sure is that if you follow the plan, you will lose at least five pounds in 10 days. And that is not something you can with other diets. And you’ll do that in a healthy way. So, let’s go.
Step 1 – Decide to detox
The first and the hardest step in any diet is the decision to go further. I know it is not easy to say goodbye to sugar, but that is something you really need to do.
Ask yourself, are you eat sugary sweets because you are hungry, or just because you are bored. At this point, you should also check yourself if you are suffering from pre-diabetes type 2. The reality is that many Americans, as much as 90% never diagnose the disease, and they live it. Diagnosing pre-diabetes can help prevent diabetes, so go for it.
Step 2 – Just Stop
The second step is another challenge, and rightfully so. So, once you decide to detox, your next step is to just stop and throw away all sugary sweets.
It is a simple as that. Stay away from sugar, and you’ll be healthier. Let me ask you, “do alcoholics get one or two more drinks daily until they stop”? No, they stop immediately. Same with smokers. You don’t easy up the stopping process, you just stop.
So, for 10 days, avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners and flour products (hidden sugar). And believe me when I tell you, you’ll feel better.
Step 3 – Don’t drink your sugar
Liquid sugar is even worse than sugar. Why? Because sodas, carbonated drinks, cokes and similar sugary drinks contain concentrated sugar, even worse. That being said, once you go on a detox diet, you must avoid all sugary and soda drinks. I don’t want to go all negative about cokes and Coca-cola, but just google how much sugar is there in one drink.
Step 4 – Time for Protein
Once you remove sugar from the equation, it is time to add a new variable to it. Or, better said, more of the same variable.
Protein is building block of your muscles, but more importantly, protein balances your insulin levels, essentially preventing sugar cravings. The most important meal of the day is your breakfast. To avoid sugar cravings through the day, you must have some protein in the morning.
Some good sources for protein in the morning include cheese, yogurt, eggs, banana, and avocado. As for other sources of protein through the day, lean meat is the best you can look for, but don’t underestimate fish, seeds (pumpkin and chia), or nuts.
Step 5 – Pat attention to your carbs
One of the mistakes people do is avoid carbs completely in their diet. You just can’t do that. You need carbs as much as the next person, and carbs are fuel for your body.
But the trick here is to get good carbs. Same as there are good fats, there are also good carbs. Some of the best sources for carbs are vegetables, including broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, kale, spinach, cauliflower and similar greens.
Step 6 – Fats, and then more fats
I mentioned there are good fats, and I will elaborate now. Your body needs both good and bad fats.
What classifies as bad fats are saturated fats (fried food, processed foods, fatty meats, butter and similar) and trans fats (found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils). When we talk of good fats, we think of unsaturated fats found in fish.
Fight bad fats and sugar with good fats such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, found in nuts, seeds, avocado, virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and of course, fish.
Step 7 – First Aid Help
Everyone can be under stress and pressure from time to time. And in those situations, we all can reach for sugary sweets. In order to avoid those situations, you need to be prepared. That being said, carry a protein bar with you all the time.
Step 8 – Get rid of stress
Stress is your worst enemy when you want to lose weight. When you are under stress, your body produce more cortisol, a hormone that makes you hungry. You know that stress eating we see in the movies? Right after the guy has broken up with the girl, and she is drowning in ice cream and sweets? That is stress eating, the worst kind of weight gain.
So, how can you fight stress? By exercising. Walking, running, pilates, yoga, swimming, all of these physical activities help. And in worst case scenario, take a deep breath and count to 10 when you are under stress.
Step 9 – Fight Inflammation
I talk about this all the time, the root of all problems is inflammation. There are several foods that fight inflammation, with ginger being the best of them. Make sure to add this magic spice to every meal you can.
As for others, look for dark leafy greens, fatty fish, whole grains, nuts, soy products, peppers, beets, garlic, and berries.
Step 10 – Sleep
I want to leave the most important step for last. Sleep is definitely something you cannot underestimate. Your body needs those 8 hours of sleep (at least 7 if not possible). Without proper sleep, your body cannot rejuvenate, and you will feel hungry and crave for food the moment you get up from bed.