DAY SIX: (12/22/11)
As tempted as I was a couple of days ago to throw in the towel, I managed to hang in there. For science!
The random rumblings have all but ceased, as have the stomach pains. With any type of detox and cleanse, the body will experience some unpleasant side effects as you go through the process of changing your body. Nothing is without its price and I sure as hell paid mine on Tuesday. I’m quite happy to say that through it all, I didn’t experience any of the less than pretty effects that others have reported. Upon looking at review after review, I’ve found that it’s fairly evenly split between the people praising cleanse diets and people shouting about bowel movements, or lack thereof.
I’m itching to weigh myself, but I have another 24 hours before I’ll allow it. I’ve heard that most of the weight lost within this time period, if any, will be water weight and will be easily gained back. This method of taking pills seems a bit safer to me than some of the cleanse diets I’ve heard of. The Lemonade Diet, where you cut out food and rely on a liquid diet only, seems pretty frightening to me. I don’t trust anything that tells me I must stop eating in order to improve my health and/or lose weight. Obviously I’ll shed pounds and won’t introduce toxins into my body if I’m not eating. I’ll also be destroying my body with the extreme calorie deficit I create and the nutrients I deny myself. That aside, I love to eat and I won’t do anything that reduces my food intake by too much (1000 calories or less per day) or cuts out entire food groups (low to no-carb diets, for example).
That being said, pills have their own fear factor for me and I only trust them a little more than the more natural cleanses. Remember the side effect of Alli? The maker encouraged users to wear dark pants as they may experience anal leakage as a result of taking the pill. Xenadrine was one pill that used to contain ephedra, which has a laundry list of negative side effects. Hell, even my birth control pills have a giant page of small printed unwanted effects they could have on my body, both short and long-term.
I’m almost halfway through Jillian’s program and I’m neither optimistic nor have I given up hope. At this point, I’m just along for the ride and not concentrating too hard on the process except when I post these blogs. Anyone care to put money on whether or not I’ve actually lost or gained any weight? I’ll be hopping on the scale tomorrow night!