This week I did something called the 3 Day Refresh. This is a Beachbody program designed to kick-start healthy habits and/or break bad habits, and get a fresh start without starving yourself or depriving yourself of proper nutrients. For me, it came at a necessary time because I have been “off” for about 2 or 3 weeks and was in desperate need of a kick in the booty to get back on track with the healthy lifestyle I’ve worked so hard to maintain for the past almost 10 months. So I wanted to share my results, my thoughts, and my recommendations for anyone who would like to learn more about the 3 Day Refresh!
First – this is not a crash diet. If you are looking to drop a few pounds fast, this is certainly a way to do that, but if you do not plan on continuing with a healthy, clean diet after the refresh, I would assume you will quickly gain your weight back. Overall good nutrition is VITAL to maintaining a healthy weight and body for the long-term, so I would recommend using this program as a kick-start into a healthy lifestyle rather than a quick weight loss tool.
Second – the refresh cuts out meat, dairy, and carbs and focuses on a diet of fruits, veggies, fiber, and protein shakes to ensure proper nourishment to your body during the 3 days. It is also designed so that you will not feel starved. There were times throughout my 3 days that I did feel hungry, but usually it came at a time when I could have a snack or some tea or was in need of more water. Those things typically satisfied the hunger I felt. I did cheat on my last night and have a handful of cashews 😉
So one of the best parts of this program is that it isn’t an all-liquid cleanse. You eat real fruits and veggies throughout the day. I wanted to share some of the food I enjoyed while doing the program:
Vanilla Fresh Shake with Grapes with lunch
Afternoon snack of broccoli sautéed in olive oil
Carrots, hummus, and vanilla fresh shake blended with fruit for lunch
I enjoyed some decaffeinated green tea sweetened with stevia throughout each day
Delicious cucumber and tomato salad (recipe included in my 3 Day Refresh guide)
Steamed green beans with a teeny pinch of salt and avocado
So you can see, I wasn’t totally deprived of food for 3 days. I did get tired of washing my blender multiple times a day, though 😉
On to results! I lost 4.6 pounds during the 3 Day Refresh. My stomach flattened and I lost some bloating overall in my body, specifically in my tummy and face. Let me be clear again – I was NOT doing this as a crash diet to quickly drop weight. I knew that I had lost track of my self-discipline in terms of my personal health and fitness, and I needed a reminder of all that I’d learned over the past several months and a kick-start back into healthy, clean living. I had gained back some weight that I had worked hard to lose, and wanted to get myself back on track!
I was reminded of a few major ways that my self-discipline had been slacking. First, hydration. With this program everything was planned out for me, to a T, and so I was much more aware of the amount of water I was drinking. During these 3 days, I drank a LOT of water – and felt SO much better for it!! It reminded me that I need to be very intentional each day about my water intake and being sure I stay properly hydrated!
The other thing was simply in my overall self-discipline with snacking and eating out. I’ve found myself grabbing foods that are left on my kids’ plates that they didn’t eat, or feeling hungry and instantly going to the fridge or pantry and picking out whatever sounded good. Granted, we don’t keep much “junk food” in the house so I was typically still eating healthy-ish food, but I was getting my portions all out of whack. And then eating out – this has been a bad one lately! I’ve just been tired of cooking and have been very quick to suggest we just go grab some food out, which has had an impact on both our money and our bodies. Eating out typically provides much larger portions, first of all, and also more ingredients than I need/want. And its expensive!!!
So, all in all, the 3 Day Refresh was a good experience! I was a little grumpy during the 3 days and was definitely craving meat, but I am very pleased with the results and happy to feel back on track and in a much better place nutritionally! Here’s to fresh starts and healthy habits to lead into the holiday season!!
If you’re interested in trying the 3 Day Refresh, leave me a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d love to talk to you about it!