Weight loss is a concern for a lot of people embarking on their first Clean Program cleanse. They wonder, will a cleanse help me lose weight? If you have weight to lose, you most likely will. That said, we encourage you to focus more on making better choices for your health, and less on the number on the scale.
Healthy weight loss is a natural byproduct of removing any foods and substances that hinder your progress, and adopting better long-term habits -- including adequate sleep, and movement and exercise. This is what a cleanse is all about! Weight loss is just one piece of the overall health puzzle.
WHAT DOES HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS MEAN?
Healthy weight loss is the result of better diet and lifestyle choices. Extreme crash or yo-yo dieting is not what we promote here at Clean. We aim to empower you with tools that improve your quality of life -- you deserve to feel great in your body! Healthy weight loss comes about in the following ways:
SLOW AND STEADY
Healthy, lasting weight loss tends to occur at a rate of about 1 to 2 pounds per week. Losing too many pounds too quickly can stress the body, and may cause fatigue, mood imbalances, constipation, headaches, and dizziness. Super rapid weight loss also tends to lack sustainability; you don’t need an extreme approach to succeed.
You’re more likely to maintain your results long-term if you learn to shift your lifestyle. A fresh, plant-based and whole foods diet, plus exercise and periodic cleansing protocols, will help you lose weight, boost your energy, improve digestion, and prevent many chronic illnesses. There is no quick fix to lasting health and weight loss, but better daily choices give results that last.
HEAL YOUR GUT
A lifetime of poor food choices, and eating foods we may be sensitive to, can cause chronic constipation, dysbiosis (an imbalance of good to bad gut bacteria), and systemic inflammation. When our guts aren’t performing optimally, our overall health suffers. Research shows the connection between probiotics and weight loss, while chronic inflammation and poor digestive health contribute to weight gain. Chronic inflammation can also cause you to hang onto water weight, throw off your metabolism-regulating hormones, and dysregulate your hunger mechanism.
The Clean approach emphasizes anti-inflammatory foods like fresh produce, ginger, and turmeric, while boosting your gut health with probiotic supplements and fermented foods. Daily probiotic intake (combined with a healthy diet) has been shown to promote weight loss by rebalancing the gut flora and improving digestion. Research shows that the quality of our gut bacteria profoundly impacts our health, determines how our bodies process the foods we eat, and how easily we shed pounds and maintain a healthy weight range.
WHY CLEANSE? DO CLEANSES WORK?
So what’s the connection between cleansing and weight loss? Any sound cleansing program will encourage you to rethink your daily choices, and develop better dietary and lifestyle habits as needed. We don’t focus on weight loss as the ultimate goal on a Clean cleanse; we focus on supporting the body in reaching optimal health, nutritional support, and removing foods causing inflammation and impaired digestion in the body. Many times this results in cleanse weight loss.
Managing stress and getting adequate sleep is also key to lasting weight loss. Cleansing is a time to reset -- both your body and your habits, so you feel inspired to make better and healthier choices over time. When the body is given the right tools in terms of healing, gut health, and nutritional support, it functions better. This is why healthy cleanses have a such a profound impact on your overall health and wellbeing. It detoxifies more efficiently, and you get to reap the benefits of improved levels of health, energy, and well-being.
Written by Carolyn De Lorenzo
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