So when Beachbody announced last month that it had a new cleanse that was only 3 days, I was intrigued. I had a small group doing it with me. Support always helps.
The 3-Day Refresh is 3-day program that consists of nutritious and delicious Shakeology, high-protein vanilla shake, and a digestive fiber drink. You also eat an array of fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats including olive oil and almond butter.
The whole objective of this brand-new program is to help you kick-start healthier eating habits while you fuel your body and lose weight. This program is the healthier alternative to liquid fasts.
I woke up and drank a glass of water. I did have a cup of black decaf coffee. I drink mostly decaf anyway so that didn't bother me. Ideally you should not have coffee during the three days but I think coffee has some benefits and as I said, I was drinking decaf. I did miss the milk in my coffee though. Breakfast was my usual Shakeology. I often drink vegan Shakeology so this wasn't much different than any other day.
You also eat a serving of fruit with Shakeology. I prefer to eat my fruit rather than to blend it. You could do either. Day 1 I had a banana. The meal guide says 1/2 of a banana but these were small.
I should point out before I go any further that I ran 9.65 miles on Sunday. That burns over 900 calories. Although I tried to consume all of those calories on Sunday, I am not sure that I did. I woke up on Monday hungry -- something that never happens to me.
So by the time mid-morning came, I was very hungry. This program does not call for a mid morning snack. I had a cup of herbal tea around 9:30 am. But I had to wait until 11 am to drink the Fiber Sweep drink. This drink is a little lemony. It reminds me of that lemon zinger tea. It is thick and gritty. But isn't that what you expect from a fiber drink? My mistake was to put the glass down and work on an email. Ugh. When I picked the glass back up the drink was very, very thick. The package did warn me about that. Oh well, I chugged it and got it over with.
This program requires you to drink a lot of water -- at least half your body weight in ounces. I chased my fiber drink with a glass of water. I normally do drink that amount and I wanted to try and get a little more.
Lunch was good. I had the Vanilla Fresh shake. I blended it with ice and water rather than just shaking it in my shaker cup. It tasted good, although a little gritty. I made a small salad to go with it and used olive oil and apple cider vinegar as the dressing. I also had 1/2 an apple.
When the time came for my afternoon snack, I was really hungry. I didn't get a chance to make or buy hummus so I had some veggies and almond butter, which were both satisfying....for a while. Again, if I didn't start with a calorie deficit, I would have been fine.
Dinner was another Vanilla Fresh. This time I just used the shaker cup and I don't think it made a difference in texture. I also made a veggie stir-fry. The recipe called for certain veggies and I didn't have all of them so I used what I had. After dinner I was full and satisfied. But usually I am used to eating something small after dinner. I thought this would be a problem but I went to bed early so it didn't bother me.
I slept great! I felt good when I woke up. I actually had energy. Enough energy that I went for a 3 mile run. In order to do that and still have enough energy, my cheat was 1 extra banana. The other meals were the same as yesterday but I wasn't as tired or hungry in between. I felt ok. I did have to have an extra teaspoon of almond butter with dinner.
Once again, I slept great. I had gone to be early and got a lot of rest that I probably needed. Things I normally do at night when the kids go to be could wait a few days. The last day was the best day of all. I felt like I had a lot of energy and I wasn't starving. I did have a little more hummus with my veggies for snack but I hardly call that a cheat.
So what were the results??
I lost a little over 3 pounds.
One member of my Refresh Challenge Group said:
"I do feel better being down almost 5 lbs. I am not craving junk, I want to eat healthy again. So all in all I give the 3 day refresh a thumbs up . I would do it again."
Another member was down 5.3 pounds and said, "I'm not craving junk, I'm motivated to continue eating healthy, and my pants are quite loose now I would definitely do it again."
My hubby lost a little over 4 pounds and an inch off his waist.
You can't really see the difference but I feel the difference in my abs.