I am sure by now someone has offered you a chance to participate in a (insert amount of days) weight loss challenge, cleanse, detox, or metabolism jump start right? It is the hottest thing right now in the "diet" industry. I want to put an emphasis on diet when discuss this topic. A diet by definition is "a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons". This is very different from the healthy lifestyle approach which includes whole foods, regular exercise and essential supplementation. In addition, most of these challenges require a purchase of a product and may even include compensation to the representative you purchase the product from. The directions on most of the challenges are simple. 1) You will avoid:
- Fried foods, refined sugars, corn or white starches, or bread
- Wheat products: bread, crackers, etc.
- Dairy: cheese, yogurt, milk, white sauces or dressing
- Coffee or soda
- their supplement shakes
- their supplement packets
- their caffeine source