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!