1 Week Miracle Diet for the Freshman 15


If you don't give into Pokey Stix, DP Dough, Canyon pizza, and Insomnia cookies during your freshman year, you're not doing Penn State right. It comes as no surprise, however, that they are some of the biggest contributors to the (...dun dun dun...) Freshman 15. So you've had your fun, you've gotten some of "The Penn State Experience," now what?

This is where I found myself this summer--I was unhappy with how I looked and felt, and I needed to do something that sort of "refresh" my nine months of gross eating habits. I started asking my friends if they had done any good, healthy cleanses. I kept hearing about The 7 Day All You Can Eat Diet--for a girl who loves to eat, this sounded like heaven. I decided to do a little research.

"This plan  [...] is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well-being. After seven days you [...] you will be lighter by at least 10 lbs. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition." Uh, 10 pounds in a week!? Is that healthy? Is that even possible? I was very, very skeptical. But the fact that it was not something a company was trying to make a profit off of and the rave reviews from my friends, scientific articles, and personal blogs and vlogs made me think that it was not a scam. On Day 7, I felt healthy, happy, energized, and, not to mention, 8 pounds lighter. I was shocked to say the least. How does this diet work?

Here is what it looks like, along with the role each part plays in the cleanse.

1. Do not drink any alcohol. For a plan designed around the effectiveness of eating food that burns more calories than it gives the body in caloric value, alcohol just adds useless, extra calories.
2. As much "Wonder Soup" as you want can be used to supplement your diet if you are feeling hungry at any time.
You will be more likely to stick to the diet if you keep yourself full.
3. Drink 10 cups of water each day. Water helps keep you feeling full and aids in digestion.

Day 1: Eat only fruits, but as much as you want. Melons are best. Stay away from bananas. Fruits prepare your body for the big dietary changes to come. The sugar in the fruit helps your sweet tooth cope throughout the rest of the week. Melons hold a lot of water, so they will help keep you full.
Day 2: Eat a baked potato with 1 pat of butter for breakfast. For the rest of the day, eat only vegetables, but as much as you want. Stay away from potatoes. The complex carbs in the potato and the oil in the butter will give you energy for the rest of the day. Vegetables provide the body with essential nutrients, and balance out the high sugar intake from Day1 while being very low in calories. The fiber in vegetables also aids in digestion.

Day 3: Eat only fruit and vegetables, but as much as you want of both. Stay away from bananas and potatoes. The fruits and vegetables function just as they did the past 2 days. The potato is eliminated because the carbs you need to fuel you throughout the day will come from the lower-calorie fruit.
Day 4: Eat up to 8 bananas. Drink up to 5 cups of milk. The bananas provide you with the potassium and sodium you have missed out on the last few days. It also helps curb sugar cravings. The milk provides enough protein to keep you going.
Day 5: Eat up to a 10 ounce portion of lean beef 2 times during the day. Eat 6 tomatoes. Drink 5 extra cups of water. The beef provides you with iron and sufficient protein, while the fiber in the tomatoes aids in digestion .You need the extra water to help purify all the uric acid you are producing.
Day 6: Eat only lean beef and vegetables, but as much as you want of both. Just like Day 5, the beef give you iron and protein. The vegetables still provide the fiber you need for proper digestion.
Day 7: Eat only brown rice and vegetables, but as much as you want of both. Drink as much fruit juice as you want. The carbs in the brown rice provide you with energy for the day. The fiber in the brown rice and the vegetables, in addition to the fruit juices, give your digestive tract its last boost.

All in all, I really recommend this cleanse. Thinking about trying it? Comment on this blog, and I can give you some of my own personal experiences!




As a freshman, I can already tell after three weeks that by summer (if not by winter break) I will need something to shed the couple extra pounds I know I will gain if i keep making special trips out for food and delivering in from the places you listed. I definitely want to give this a try but, honestly, it kind of sounds dangerous. How did you even manage to drink that much water or milk in a day? Plus 8 bananas seems like quite a bit given what they can do to your digestive system... I am definitely interested in trying it at some point though!

When I first heard the word "cleanse" in this blog post, I expected you dictation my future diet of cabbage soup 3 times per day for a week. Pleasantly surprised, I am very intrigued by this diet plan, because it does not restrict calories in the way other diets do. You have a variety of carbs and protein, which will help you keep the weight off, instead of gaining it all back once you go back to regular eating habits. I still do not believe in dieting for 7 days, I believe in a healthy lifestyle. But this post has opened my eyes to what other tricks lie out there in the fitness world. Although I'm not so sure about eating 8 bananas in one day, I am interested in trying this meal plan out sooner or later!

I've actually heard of this cleanse before! I'd never known anyone to actually try it, but now that you say it works I might have to! Over the summer I tried to shed the freshman 15 also, however I started my losing of the lbs by doing the "Dr. Oz 3 day cleanse" Which was 3 smoothies of various ingredients that you would drink each day. It was absolutely terrible! The smoothies tasted like garbage and by the end I had lost 3 lbs, but gained it back within 2 weeks. I would definitely recommend the Dr. Oz cleanse if you need a jump start to your diet, however it is rather expensive and you need to be able to tolerate disgusting drinks. I may have to give this cleanse a try though, thanks so much for sharing!

You can find the Dr. Oz 3 day cleanse here: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-ozs-3-day-detox-cleanse-one-sheet

Hi Amy! Actually, for a female of my size and activity level, it is recommended that I drink 10 cups of water a day. Find out how much you should be drinking by clicking the link at the end of my comment! About the bananas, it should say UP TO 8. When I did the cleanse, I only had 5. Milk and bananas is a strange diet, but it was surprisingly one of my easiest days. Also, I want to thank you! Your comment made me notice a typo... I meant to say drink 5 cups of milk, not 8! A little more doable. http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm.

Hi Sarah! While I was asking around and looking online for good cleanses to try, I came across the Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse as well! What initially attracted me to it was the fact that it was only 3 days. When I started actually giving it some thought, I realized that I couldn't picture myself drinking all of my meals and moved on to the next idea. And about gaining back the weight--the fact that I did not is one of my favorite things about The 7 Day All You Can Eat Diet! I learned how to say no to my cravings and that I have the power to choose healthy foods over junky foods. That skill is exactly why I have successfully kept the weight off!

Hi Amanda!

I've done this cleanse before! I actually did it last semester the week before spring break, (typical, I know). Anyways, I loved it! It was hard at first, because my body craved carbs constantly. However, after the second day, my hunger soon subsided and I found I wasn't craving all the same things I had before. I was actually satisfied eating a bunch of fruits and vegetables each day. I did a version of this cleanse that didn't include the wonder soup, however if I do it again I will definitely do the soup! At the end of the week, I ended up losing 7 pounds and feeling EXCELLENT! The problem that occurred, however is that I went on vacation right after I stopped and gained it all back. I think the key to this cleanse is that it is a great start to a regular diet or more healthy diet options, because if you go straight into eating poorly right after you'll gain it back! Hope this was helpful for whoever is considering this cleanse!


Hi Natalia! I agree that a seven day diet is worth almost nothing unless it is maintained afterwards by a healthy lifestyle. I kind of mentioned this in one of my other comments, but in those seven days came a lot of learning about myself. Before that week, I literally did not know how to say no. I have a crazy sweet tooth! But because I actually made a plan for myself, it was not for too long, and I had my best friend doing it too to motivate me, I was forced to learn how to deny my cravings. That is the main reason I kept the weight off. When I feel an intense craving that I know I should not give into, I remember how good I felt about myself that week when I would say no. I have also made other healthy lifestyle choices, like doing the Insanity program! Check it out here (http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/insanity.do). And about the 8 bananas, it is sort of crazy! You don't HAVE to eat all 8. It actually wasn't as bad as I had expected.

Hi Megan! I'm glad to find another person who can back me up on this cleanse! I experienced the same carb cravings on Day 1. I was shocked on Days 2 and 3 when I was actually satisfied eating only fruits and veggies! I guess we trained our stomachs well. That training was a huge part of why I have been able to keep the weight off--the cleanse helped me learn how to recognize my cravings and say no to them. I also did a little bit of my own research to understand my cravings (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100517172300.htm). Now, when I slip up for a few days and start to feel unhealthy again, I go back to the beginning and eat mostly fruits and veggies for a few days. It usually does the trick and gets me back on track!

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