I’m a big believer in good old fashioned healthy eating and exercise. I don’t believe in a magic trick to losing weight or getting in shape. I really don’t think it’s all that difficult of a concept- move around, and eat healthy food. However, I definitely recognize that some of these fad diets and eating programs have their place. I think Weight Watchers is great for people that don’t have a good understanding of good vs bad calories, and the 21 Day Fix is great for someone that needs help with portion control. As long as participants understand that there is no magic going on, they are just following a strict and outlined version of calories in vs calories out, then it’s all good. But I never thought I would buy in.
Last week I surprised just about everyone I know by doing Beach Body’s 3 Day Refresh. My friend Ashley asked me to join her in her fiance, and I’m always down for a challenge so I said yes. Plus, I’ve been having far too much fried cheese and wine lately. My hope was to give myself a kick in the ass and remember that I like veggies.
The plan is simple and all laid out in the booklet. The basic rundown is a shake for each meal plus some combination of fruits and veggies, and a fiber drink plus fruits and veggies for snacks. And lots of green tea. It adds up to about 900 calories a day, which I do not by any means think is enough, but for a 3-day challenge, I can justify it.
I read a lot of reviews the day before starting, and they scared me! Thankfully, my experience was much less unpleasant than most of the reviews I read. Instead of doing a play by play, I’m going to keep this simple and just address the things that everyone wants to know.
Were you hungry?
No, actually. Well, that’s not entirely true. I was hungry about 30 minutes before it was time to eat, and there were a few hours before dinner on day 2 that I was uncomfortable. Meals are so often that it really wasn’t that bad. Getting past the emotional and ritualistic aspect of eating is the most difficult part of dieting. Food is a source of nourishment, first and foremost, and if it is viewed as only nourishment, it gets easier.
What were the side effects?
No side effects on the first day other than a mild lack-of-caffeine headache, I even went to yoga after work. In the afternoon of day two I started feeling really foggy, not like myself, and weak. A walk with the dog was as much as I could handle. That pretty much continued through day three, but by the end of the day I was feeling pretty good (probably because I was so excited for breakfast)
Did you lose weight?
I don’t know, I didn’t weigh myself, but I feel better. My friend and her fiance both lost several pounds. You can read her recap here.
Would you do it again?
I’m not becoming a Beach Body coach any time soon but- yes, definitely. I was hoping to reset my habits and I think the Refresh did that for me. By the third day, I was enjoying green beans more than I ever thought possible. Once it was over, a “boring” dinner of grilled salmon and mashed cauliflower was such a treat! I’m also finding that I am less physically (and emotionally) hungry.
Have you done a 3 Day Refresh?
What do you think about these fad diets?