LET US BEGIN: (12/16/11)
Tis the season to eat way too much at family get-togethers and work pitch-ins! Deck the halls with cakes and cookies, fudge and candy canes, all free for the taking and so difficult to resist. At least once a day, I hear someone declare their diet to be on hold or describe their plan to gain 5 pounds now and get rid of it once the new year is here. The easiest way to spread holiday cheer is by sharing your favorite dish or dessert with any and every hungry person you come across. Many offices host a pitch-in in lieu of gifts or Secret Santa, others bring homemade goods “just because,” and the office is always delighted. November and December are not only classified by their holidays but also by the food that goes along with them.
While shopping in Walgreens and studying the vitamin section, I came across The Jillian Michaels JumpStart 14 Day Cleanse & Burn. The box stated that it “combines the Triple Process Total Body Detox & Cleanse Plus Probiotic Replenishment plus the Maximum Strength Fat Burner.” The detox half guaranteed to help reduce belly bloat and body waste buildup, support your colon and digestive system, help support the liver’s natural detoxification process, and help you feel lighter and more energized. The fat burner promised to encourage lipolysis and inhibit the activity of phosphodiesterase, which is important to help drop the pounds faster. Normally I write these things off as a cheap gimmick to hook people who want a miracle pill to do the work for them while they continue to enjoy Big Macs and Hershey bars, but for some reason my curiosity got the best of me.
My plan is to continue to watch my calories as I have been doing for over a year now, but to allow the pills to do their job with little to no assistance from me. I will ensure my calories are between 1400 and 1800 each day, but I will not be overly strict. The first seven days will be spent taking the Detox and Cleanse pills; two in the morning and two in the early afternoon with a full glass of water. I will also be continuing to take my normal handful of vitamins each day as I normally do; Women’s Multi, B12, B Complex, Chromium, C, D, Calcium, Green Tea, and Niacin. After the 7 day detox, I will begin the Probiotic Replenishment and Fat Burner half of the program. Each morning I will take one probiotic and two fat burners. In the afternoon or evening, I will take two fat burners with whatever the largest meal will be. During the fat burning phase, I will restrict my calories to ensure I am between 1300 and 1600 a day.
During this time, the calorie restriction alone won’t allow me to lose more than 2 to 3 pounds. I will not be doing any physical activities that I don’t normally do either. Two weeks isn’t a significant amount of time to see a big drop in weight unless you’re dealing with an obese person who has a lot to lose. Last year, it wasn’t unreasonable for me to lose 2 to 4 pounds a week, but I’ve come a long way since then and my expectations aren’t too high. I do trust Jillian Michaels though and can’t see her slapping her Get Fit Or Die Trying face on anything that won’t provide results. I’ll be posting my progress on here so don’t forget to check back in with me in a couple of days!