Spring is officially upon us and with it comes the perfect time to shake off any winter lethargy and perhaps the resultant additional pounds and spring cleanse your body!
Let’s start with the basics.
What is a ‘cleanse’?
By our definition, a cleanse is the act of both reducing the amount of toxins coming IN to the body whilst aiding or accelerating the processing and elimination of toxins OUT of the body.
In others words, cleansing helps us detoxify the existing CRAP (typically Chemicals, Refined sugars, Alcohol and Processed foods) out of our system whilst at the same time reducing the amount of CRAP that we put in that system in the first place!
At Foundry this process often begins with our 14-day Re-boot program.
What is the 14-day Re-boot?
The reality for people who are carrying a few extra pounds is that their blood sugar levels are out of whack and they have developed some degree of insulin resistance – disastrous for both health and aesthetics!
How has this come about? Long story short, insulin rears its head in response to elevated blood sugar levels and insulin resistance occurs when insulin levels are elevated over a prolonged period of time, causing the body’s own sensitivity to insulin to be reduced. This is a fat loss own goal and we need to reverse this, quickly.
Enter the 14-day Re-boot diet.
How does the 14-Day Re-boot work?
Our 14-day Re-boot program does exactly what it says on the tin; it ‘re-boots’ the system, specifically kick-starting fat loss.
In a nutshell, it works by removing processed foods and refined sugars that negatively affect insulin levels and balancing the diet with low GI foods which will help rebalance, or re-boot, our sensitivity to insulin. This will help us tolerate sugars better and in turn help us shed some of that excess body fat.
So, we’re removing higher GI food – which eliminates all processed foods and refined sugars; we’re removing alcohol completely; and we’re placing the emphasis on clean water and organic produce – thus reducing many sources of chemicals and other unwanted nasties from the system.
Net effect? Many major sources of CRAP removed from the system meaning a significantly healthier and more aesthetically pleasing you!
How do I do the 14-Day Re-boot?
It’s simple. For fourteen days – and fourteen days only – you eat from the ‘green’ foods at the base of the Food Pyramid, excluding all fruit and Category B vegetables. No digressions, no cheat meals. That’s it. (We know, but it works!)
The only other guidelines we give are around protein quantity, supplements and fluids.
Protein recommendations are based an individuals lean mass and we encourage people to ensure that they get adequate amounts. This is important for several reasons, most notably the preservation of lean mass and to aid liver detoxification. A palm-sized serving with each meal is a decent guideline.
Supplements are not essential but will definitely help. If you choose to do nothing else, throw an organic greens drink into the mix (to help alkalize the system), some omega 3 fish oils (to help reduce inflammation), some fibre (to ‘clean out the pipes’), and a decent probiotic (to boost gut health). A good quality multivitamin will also make you feel better.
Needless to say that plenty of clean water is essential – add lime to further alkalise. No coffee would be ideal; one coffee per day is fine. Herbal teas are in. All else is out.
What can I expect from doing the 14-Day Re-boot?
Significant fat loss, increased energy levels, better looking skin, better sleep and radically improved mood are just a few of the things you’ll be experiencing by the end of the fourteen days.
Although it’s probably fair to say that for most people the first few days can be pretty tough going, the effort is worth it. You’ll look, feel and function better – and you’ll find it easier to lose or maintain your weight in the long run.
Is the 14-Day Re-boot suitable for everyone?
It’s suitable for most people, although if you’re starting on the back foot you might want to build up to it meal by meal – something we do a lot with our new members.
In other words, align your breakfast to the green list first – do that for a week or two. Next, look at your lunch, align that to the green list – do that for a further two weeks. Next, look at dinner, and so on.
Happy spring cleansing!
In Part 2, we’ll look more closely at specific nutritional cleansing where we’ll introduce our 14-day W10 Amino Cleanse, a two week fat loss program designed to specifically boost liver function and help rejuvenate the digestive system, whilst simultaneously helping you shift fat like no other program we’ve seen!
We help our members with a nutritional programme that works for them, if you’re struggling, give us a shout at our gym in City Road or try out our fitness training sessions and we’ll help you work out a plan that suits you.
- Nail the Nutritional Basics
- Fitness and Nutrition Gone Wrong
- Benefits Of Good Nutrition Habits Versus a Diet
- Should You Use Nutrition Supplements?
- Fitness Training & Nutrition – A Match Made in the Gym