Friday, January 17, 2014

Why do the master cleanse?

Here's a little bit about me and why I am doing the master cleanse. Being healthy is very important to me and to others, so I want to share my experience.
I am a hometown Mamma of 6 children. My husband and I are in love. I love God. I am always trying something new. 
When I became pregnant for my first child, I weighed 150 lbs. When I was done with the pregnancy I weighed 215. Months after giving birth I continued to weigh 180-190. I had multiple pregnancies throughout the years and never dropped below 180. I tried multiple fad diets (including the master cleanse for weight loss) and failed. 
In December of 2012 I had a baby and decided that I was going to lose weight this time. In February I weighed 180 lbs and I started to count my calories while making sure to have a very healthy and balanced diet. During my pregnancy I had already changed our eating habits and had started to cook everything homemade. I ate a lot more raw foods and became calorie conscious while helping my husband lose a few pounds.
I aimed at 1500 calories per day. I was nursing and anytime I dipped below 1500, my breast milk would suffer. With a nursing baby and counting consistency, I lost 45 lbs in 6 months. I was down to 135 lbs. I have never felt so beautiful in my entire adult life.
However, weight loss comes with it's own challenges. Loose skin, gallbladder and thyroid issues all started to take a toll on me. I felt tired, I had anxiety, aches and pains in places that I have never felt them before. I had done the Master cleanse to lose weight a couple times when I was heavy, but I never stuck with it OR tried to have a good diet when I was done.
This master cleanse in 2014 is to reset my body. I don't expect to lose weight and I won't weigh myself until I am done, if at all. Now that I am happy where I am with my weight, I have the freedom to NOT look at the scale. If I fit in my clothes and look good, I am happy with it!
The RESET from this master cleanse will hopefully clear up a gallbladder issue that I have had as well as a thyroid issue. I do not take any medications for these problems and hopefully will not have to. My hope is that they will clear out of my body in this process.
I think that someone could use this as a weight loss tool....but it would take work. I would recommend that someone starts to count their calories with a whole food diet for at least 3 months before starting this fast. Do the fast and go back to calorie counting. Do NOT give in to temptation to binge after the fast as this will ruin your figure and the benefits of the fast. 
I think that the reason people put weight on after a fast or cleanse is because they binge eat. They don't eat the proper foods in the proper portions for their body. Yes, you will gain weight if you eat more calories that you burn. You will lose weight if you eat less calories than you burn. There isn't anything strange or scientific about that. It's easy if you want to do just have to work at being consistent.

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