I overdid it this Sukkos and really let loose and now I regret it. Is there a liquid diet or a cleanse that you recommend just for a few days to reset my body? Once I lose the few pounds I will definitely go back to your healthy balanced plan.
Overdid It and Regretful
Dear Overdid It and Regretful,
You are asking a great question. It seems like a quick fix to detox for a few days and get rid of all the extra calories that we consumed fast, after which we can return to moderate eating and steady weight loss.
While in theory this makes sense, in reality this never works. I have seen hundreds, if not thousands, of clients and have found that the fastest and most consistent fix for losing the extra weight from a bad day or weekend is to just simply get right back on plan. You can skip snacks in favor of lighter fare such as fruit but do not cleanse and do not drastically cut calories, even for a day or two. It simply doesn’t work. You will lose a bit of water weight but will be too hungry to keep to a moderate plan once you are done cleansing. Additionally you will slow your metabolism so that everything you eat post-cleanse simply sticks to your waistline.
Your best bet is to continue eating according to your plan, leaving off any unnecessary extras such as treats or extra fruits. After a few days, the extra calories will be gone, and you will be back on your weight loss journey. Do not try to speed up the process.
Here are some dos and don’ts for getting back on track:
- Go on the scale to see where you are at. Did you gain? Stay the same? Lose? This is not meant to put you in a bad mood but rather to face reality.
- Write out your menu for the week ahead so that you are completely prepared and stocked up.
- Get professional help from a nutritionist. This is a great time to commit for a while since there are no holidays coming up for now.
- Get rid of any leftovers so that there are less temptations.
- Start a food journal documenting what you eat (and sometimes even why).
- Go on the scale too frequently (more than once or twice a week). This will discourage you as numbers change week to week and not necessarily day to day.
- Beat yourself up over what you ate or how much you gained. It is in the past.
- Go on a starvation plan just to lose the weight quickly. This will only slow down your metabolism and cause you to feel deprived.
- Set unrealistic goals. 1–2 pounds a week is considered healthy weight loss.
Good luck and hope this helps! Remember you can do it!
Alice Harrosh is a nutrition counselor and manager at Nutrition by Tanya, with 14 locations including a branch in Five Towns right on Elderd Lane (behind Jildor Shoes). Alice knows that making healthy choices is not always easy as she has been through the struggle herself. For more information on Nutrition by Tanya or the TAP (Tanya approved products) food line, please visit nutritionbytanya.com or call 844-Tanya-Diet (844-826-9234). For daily tips and inspiration, you may follow @nutritionbytanya on Instagram. Our beautiful and healthy new cookbook, Cooking with Tanya, is now available in Judaica stores or through the Menucha Publishing website.