I first started taking Shakeology in June 2010. (See my review here.) It has without a doubt become the most important supplement I take every day. If you are new to Shakeology, head over to Shakeology Corner to learn more. I have a ton of printed material and videos.
I had been hearing about this Shakeology 3-Day cleanse for the past few months and decided to finally try it last week. The timing worked out well because you should do it while you are in a recovery week of your workout program. Do not do this in the middle of one of the P90x or Insanity weeks. Do it on a recovery week.
I have attached a very thorough article by Steve Edwards who describes the cleanse in detail below. How is it different than other cleanses? What are the benefits? Why should you do it? I will mention one thing, this is a lower caloric, but nutritional dense cleanse and is not in any way starving yourself.
Normally, I consume about 3100-3300 calories per day. In the past few months I have shifted from a very heavy protein diet to one that has a higher percentage of carbs.. Steve states there is an option to add some additional fruit into the cleanse to increase the caloric intake, which I did. Given where my caloric intake was, I dropped it in about half during my cleanse. So, how did it go?
My Daily Food Intake
Breakfast – Shakeology and 1 Cup Cantaloupe
Snack #1 – Apple
Lunch – Shakeology
Snack #2 – Banana
Dinner – Lots O’ Veggie Salad with 6oz of Salmon with squeezed lemon and olive oil for dressing. (They say only WHITE FISH, so I wasn’t perfect on picking Salmon…oh well.)
Post Dinner – Shakeology
First question I was curious about was whether I was going to be hungry. After all, I was cutting my calories in half. I am happy to report that I was NOT hungry during any of the 3 days. However, It was really cold in Chicago the days I did this, so I was missing some HOT food. My salmon was hot off the grill at the end of the day and it tasted like heaven!
Energy for Workouts
I did the following workouts as part of my recovery week and felt no less or more energy than any other day.
– P90x One on One, Vol 1 – Mammoth UML
– P90x One on One, Vol 1 – Super Cardio 5-6 Plus
– P90x – Core Synergistics
These 3 days were actually a piece of cake to plan for. I brought one pre-mixed Shakeology in a Thermos to work along with my fruit. The rest was at home. However, on the 3rd day, I had a trip to Seattle and thought that I would need to cut the cleanse short. Then, I thought about it more and it really is an ideal diet on the road. During lunchtime on my plane ride out, I had my GNC Shaker Cup, asked the flight attendant to fill it with water, poured in my Shakeology and Walla! I stuffed some fruit in my backpack and I was good to go. So even during a heavy travel day for me, I felt great.
Did I lose weight?
I did lose about 2 lbs during this cleanse. I have since been able to put that weight back on. When a 57 member focus group (12 men and 45 woman) did this cleanse, the average weight loss was 3.9 lbs. One male lost 11lbs and one female lost 6 lbs. You can definitely lose weight on this cleanse, but it is important to read the science behind it below from Steve.
Would I recommend it?
In a word…yes. This a cleanse that is recommend about once every quarter which works out well because I usually build 3 month training blocks. The cleanse will effect everyone differently as it depends on what your starting point is. If you have questions as to whether the cleanse is right for you, shoot me an email so I can understand where your starting point is. If there are any health concerns, it is always wise to consult with your doctor.
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I like to call the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse a “performance cleanse.” This is because it was designed to be done with a workout program. Let’s take a look at how this differs from other cleanses, how to tailor it to your needs, and what to expect if you 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 program.
Your eating structure doesn’t change. You still eat every few hours while you’re awake. Each meal should have a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber. And while you’re not eating as much food as you’d normally eat, your calorie-to-nutrient ratio is extremely high. This means that you shouldn’t restrict the actual nutrients you’re getting by too much, so activity can continue as normal.
We recommend you try to keep your shakes to just Shakeology. Adding fruits of any kind, or seeds (for fat and fiber), or the Shakeology Fiber supplement, can and should be done as you see fit.
Ditto for your one solid meal—a salad. As we all know from any salad bar, the definition of salad can be varied. The goal of the salad in the plan is to keep your calories coming from natural sources (no artificial ingredients should be added, including artificial salad dressing). Aside from that, you can add ingredients as necessary. Keep your meat intake to four ounces or less, but add veggies, seeds, nuts, fruits, and legumes in quantities to satiate you.
The goal of the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse is to optimize your performance. You want to eat enough to fuel your day AND your workout. The foods you’re eating are so high in fiber and nutrients that it’s virtually impossible to overeat. You’ll be consuming so much fiber, along with enzymes and digestive aids, that your body’s ability to flush excess foods quickly will be at its peak.
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.
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.
Here is the full plan:
The key is to follow the same regimen all three days.
3 Shakeology shakes per day
2 cups of green tea per day
1 or 2 pieces of fruit per day (optional)
1 salad for dinner—can include fish or poultry
No dairy or extra sugars (this includes almond and soy milk)!
Drink 2 to 4 liters of water every day
Only use low-fat dressings, and go easy on the salt and/or pepper to taste
2 snacks before/after any of the major meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Fruit is optional, and it is discouraged (however, some of you will need the calories while others may not)
Power-workout participants (those who are already super conditioned) are recommended the higher numbers of calories
For maximum results, do NOT use additives
Dinner salad may include WHITE GRILLED PROTEIN—poultry or fish only
1 cup of green tea to start the day
1 scoop Shakeology (140 calories)
1/2 cup of fruit (60 to 90 calories)—optional
Ice to taste
8 to10 oz. of water
1 piece of fruit (apple, pear, orange, banana mango, etc.)
1 scoop Shakeology (140 calories)
Ice to taste
8 to 10 oz. of water
1 cup of green tea or a detox tea
1 scoop Shakeology (140 calories)
Ice to taste
8 to10 oz. of water
Greens—3 servings of vegetables, plus 4 oz. of grilled white meat (fish or poultry)
2 tablespoons of dressing—no more!
Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
1. How many calories per day?
800 to 1,100 calories per day
2. How often can I do the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse?
Ideally, you should do it once per quarter (every 3 months)
As the seasons change
Before starting a new workout program
When you feel you need help breaking through a plateau.
3. Should/Can I still do my workouts during the Cleanse?
Depends on the individual
You’ll have less energy than normal, so consider doing it during a recovery week
Try not to do in the middle of P90X® or INSANITY®
4. Can I do a 1-day or a 2-day cleanse instead of a 3-day?
Yes! Some people will see results with one or two days
We recommend against continuing the cleanse for more than three days
5. Should/Can I take other Beachbody® supplements during the Cleanse?
Results and Recovery Formula™: No, too much sugar/calories
Others (Omega-3, etc.): Not necessary, but won’t hurt either