at how this differs from other cleanses, how to tailor it to your needs, and
what to expect if you or your customers decide to try it.
First of all, it’s not a true cleanse. It’s a calorie-restricted and
nutrient-dense diet plan. Traditional cleanses contain very few calories and
nutrients. Compared to the much more popular Master Cleanse, it’s like an
all-you-can-eat buffet. Traditional cleansing diets are done to rid your system
of toxins and bring it into homeostasis. They also contain a spiritual aspect.
This process can take a long time, which is why you may have seen coworkers
walking around the office in a zombie-like state for weeks on end—swilling a
strange concoction of lemons and maple syrup.
The Shakeology cleanse is nothing like that. Depending on how you decide to
do it, you’ll be eating frequently and consuming between 800 and 1,200 calories
per day, and it could be even more should you feel the need. The point of this
cleanse is not calorie restriction, per se—it’s nutrient efficiency. The aim is
to get the most nutrients possible into the fewest number of calories. The goal
is to put all of these calories to use as a part of your exercise program, to
rid your body of undigested foods and toxins, and to bring your hydration levels
into homeostasis. The result you’re after is not weight loss—though it will
likely occur—but for your body to be running more efficiently. This should make
you feel lighter and more energetic, even though you’re doing an exercise
What to Drink
Water, of course, is recommended in
quantity. This is vital to any cleanse, because one of your goals is to bring
your hydration into homeostasis. When your electrolytes are out of balance—the
main problem we have is salt—you often retain water outside of your cells. This
situation, which we refer to as retaining water, is cured by drinking more
water. As the excess salts are diffused, your body begins to hydrate your cells
(using sodium as it should be used) and flush the water held outside the cells.
So, oddly enough, you drink water to eliminate water retention.
Sodas, alcohols, juices, etc., should be eliminated entirely during a
cleanse. Coffee and tea, which are diuretics, should be minimized at the very
least and eliminated if possible. Again, performance is the key, so if you need
a cup of Joe as a pick-me-up, go ahead. Just use only as needed, and don’t use
additives. Eliminating sugar and chemicals is vital. However, do not use energy
drinks or soda for this purpose, including the ones with artificial sweeteners.
Coffee drinkers may find that switching to black tea during a cleanse will give
you the energy you’re looking for with less upset. Coffee’s acidic nature can
heighten the effects in a negative way during your cleanse.
Why You Won’t Lose Weight
I should say why you might not lose weight, but I wanted to get your attention. Most people will lose
some weight during a cleanse, but that is not the goal. Those with a lot of
undigested gunk in their systems will lose weight as it’s flushed out. Those of
you who are properly hydrated and already eat well are less likely to lose. For
those of you who need to lose weight, take heart: you are setting up your system
to use nutrients more efficiently and improving your ability to lose weight
through structured diet and exercise. So while you may not lose much on the
cleanse, you’ll be more prepared to lose weight later.
Another reason why we don’t always lose weight on cleanses is due to a stress
hormone called cortisol. Restricting calories is stressful to the body, and it
reacts by releasing cortisol. Cortisol is performance-enhancing in the short
term, but if you somehow keep your body stressed for long periods, it creates
havoc in your system and can cause you to doggedly hang onto weight in a type of
survival mode. We don’t want this to occur, which is one reason the Shakeology
3-Day Cleanse is short. It’s important not to remain in a highly
calorie-deficient state for long periods of time, especially when you are trying
to exercise hard.