I once said this thing about Cleveland: It’s not as bad as you’d think. And I think I’ll use that same mantra for the 3-Day Shakeology Performance Cleanse. I feel lighter, leaner and all around better since I finished the cleanse. And I dropped 4.4 pounds (for those of you who care about numbers).
Why I Tried It
My weight loss plateaued a while ago. And, while I am probably fitter than I’ve ever been, I was looking to get just a bit leaner. I also overate throughout the Thanksgiving holiday and pounded my body with unclean foods. I arrived home feeling bloated and tired. I wanted a pick-me-up, and I remembered this cleanse.
Many of my FitFam friends have tried the cleanse before and detoxed their system of all the nasty stuff. All of them reported feeling lighter and leaner. And while I have never been a fan of juice cleanses or anything like that, I wanted to try it at least once in my life. The Shakeology cleanse appealed to me for several reasons:
- I am already drinking the product and know how it works.
- It’s a calorie-restricted cleanse – but dense in nutrients. I knew I’d still be getting 800-1,200 calories per day (anything less, and I could kill.)
- It follows the five-meals-per-day plan, which I’m also following.
- It’s only three days.
Due to my work schedule, I modified my cleanse, swapping my dinners and lunches. I also decided to drink two to three shakes per day with a banana. I consumed 6 oz. of coffee each morning. As you can see, I didn’t follow the cleanse to the T but modified it based on my personal needs. Despite this, I still saw results.
While I am not a fan of the scale, I do find it occasionally helpful to measure my progress. And I lost 4.4 pounds, as noted above. My clothes fit much better, and my stomach was much less bloated. I ended the cleanse feeling so much lighter, refreshed and energized. I’m also noticing that I now get fuller faster since I’ve completed.
The cleanse is most definitely a test of your mental willpower. I never wanted to give up, but I often questioned why I was doing it. Would it be worth it? In those moments, I found myself wondering about the lives of those who are truly hungry. And I felt grateful for my life.
I also realized that I don’t need as much food as I eat to survive. At night, I always treat myself to an apple smeared with natural PB. Not a bad thing, but eating so close to my bedtime probably isn’t necessary. Sometimes I do it just out of habit. The same applies to my half n’ half addiction. I don’t need to dump five containers into my morning coffee.
Oh, and my skin is clearer and smoother. I immediately noticed that some areas of redness went away.
Days 2 & 3 are a real struggle. Day 1 was, by far, the easiest. I was motivated and stuck to it. But on Day 3 came the intense hunger, especially at night. The hour or so before bedtime was usually the worst. I found myself going to bed earlier, just so I could focus on something else. That’s when I felt some of the headaches. The afternoons, at work, were especially hard to concentrate. But I’d often wake up the next day feeling great.
I had the Shakeology, so it wasn’t a big expense, but it could be for some. And they do get old after you’ve had 5 in two days. I also tried Vanilla Shakeology during the cleanse and hated it (you must add strawberries to that flavor!).
In terms of digestion, I can report that nothing bad happened to me there. I was (for lack of a better word) regular throughout the cleanse. I did drink a ton of water, forcing me to take bathroom breaks nearly every hour.
I would, without a doubt, do this again. It is designed so that you can only do it every three months. I see this as a nice reset following a holiday. I’d maybe incorporate it once or twice a year. I definitely feel as though it restarted my system and was worth the mental struggle I went through. I especially like that this cleanse doesn’t restrict your calories as much as the juice cleanses you read about. This is important for those who want to work out while going through it. I still completed my T25 workouts and even upped my game a bit. I still felt like I had enough fuel. I’d say it was a win!
Questions? Hit me up in the comments.