For those of you that follow my blog you will know that this is very far from what I normally write about but It’s pretty hard to have ‘Mini Adventures’ when your struggling with your weight and fitness so I decided to do something about it.
It’s fair to say that I’m a sceptic when it comes to diets and cleanses. I don’t like the concept of a diet as it implies that at some point it will end and you will return to eating rubbish.
Having broken my ankle a few months back (It’s definitely that and not the fact that I’m approaching 40 and becoming lazy) l found for the first time in my life that I had put on what for me was a huge amount of weight and I was struggling to claw my way back to fitness. I’ve been a 32-inch waist size since I was 18 and have consistently had a bodyfat percentage of around 14% so when I realised that in the space of two months my waistline had pushed its way to just under the 36-inch waist size and my bodyfat % had shot up to 21% I was more than a little worried. I even went so far as to see my doctor and who seemed to take a perverse pleasure in informing me I was just fat and even mentioned the words ‘Middle aged spread’.
A close friend of mine is a Forever Living distributor and advocate and she convinced me to give it a go to kick myself back into my normal routine. At this point it didn’t take much convincing and my Wife had also just finished the 9-day programme with great results so I put my order in and set myself some realistic goals such as; stick to the programme for the full 9 days, reduce my bodyfat % and start to slim back down.
So, What is it?
The kit itself is great; it comes with a shaker for the protein shakes and has a handy little compartment below for the different capsules you need to take throughout the day. Obviously, there is a drastic reduction in the amount of calories you consume over the nine days but the supplements and shakes are more than enough to keep your body nourished. Some weight loss is a given as if your exercising daily with a moderate intensity on a calorie deficit diet it’s just not sustainable or healthy for a long period of time.
Each pack contains:
- 2x 1 liter bottles of Aloe Vera Gel®
- 1 pouch of Forever Lite Ultra® Shake Mix
- 18 tablets of Forever Therm™
- 9 packs of Forever Fiber™
- 54 soft pills of Forever Garcinia Plus®
I won’t go into the specifics of the programme and you can get all the information you need from here: Clean 9 Programme
In short you take the supplements morning, mid-morning, lunch, dinner and at night. The Aloe gel is not the nicest tasting thing you will ever drink but you get used to it quickly. I just downed the juice and followed it with a glass of water without problem but they do sell flavoured versions which are better. I would recommend the Peach.
How I faired!
The first two days are the toughest as you go from eating three meals a day to just having the shakes. Realistically two days without a solid meal is barely long enough for your body to recognise its not being fed so it’s not that tough. It’s more mental than anything. If you really start to feel hunger pangs there are plenty of free fruits and vegetables you can graze onto keep you going. Luckily for me I don’t drink tea or coffee so I don’t have much caffeine in my diet normally unlike my wife who did experience some headaches for the first two days which are most likely attributable to Caffeine & sugar withdrawal.
Once you’re through the first two days it’s easy, you get a shake for breakfast and lunch and a 600-calorie meal in the evening. The only thing I struggled with was just drinking water all the time and I found myself craving flavour. Drinking water is a huge part of the plan the more the better, sure you will pee a lot but that just helps shift all the bad stuff out of the body. Remember the majority of fats are excreted from the body through urine and to a lesser extent sweat.
By day 4 I was feeling stronger and fitter, more relaxed and I even started sleeping better. My wife found reducing her caffeine intake dramatically helped her sleep pattern and when she woke she always felt more refreshed. It even helped me to reduce snoring.
My skin and hair also saw a healthy improvement which I presume is down to the Aloe. For me the best part was the improvement in my digestion. I’ve suffered with severe IBS for a long time and since I completed the Clean 9 I’ve been so much better; the bloating has gone and I am much more in control of my bodily functions.
Be sensible with your 600 Calorie meals, don’t fill them with carbs and sugar, instead try to eat fresh veg and meat or fish. You will find a new appreciation of food as everything tastes so much better.
My biggest concern after day 4 was that I was starting to lose a muscle mass from my upper body so I had to make sure that in addition to 30-40 minutes of cardio (I found the stair climber to be the perfect exercise ) I altered my weights routine so I was doing less reps at higher weights and I only did 15 minutes every other day to give my body more recovery time.
Over the 9 days I was really pleased with my progress;
- I lost 3.3kg in weight.
- My Bodyfat percentage dropped from 19.5% to 16.1%.
- My lean muscle mass didn’t drop as I had feared it would.
In conclussion I’m very happy with my results but its important to remember that its not a miracle diet programme but rather a kickstart to get me back on the right path so I can continue to enjoy Mini Adventures all over the world!
If your interested in trying the programme or just want more details leave a comment or contact me using This Form and I will put you in touch with the distributor.
The Author of this post has not been sponsored or received anything in return for writing this post. I am not affiliated to the Forever brand and all views expressed are my own.