I’m not a fan of most “detox” diets. People somehow think that starving themselves and drinking a magical concoction of pure maple syrup and cayenne pepper is their key to perfect health and fast weight loss.
Ummm, it sounds like starvation to me…
But my buddy Craig Ballantyne wrote this cool article on how to detox the RIGHT way, and he agreed to let me share it with you. Check it out:
It’s about that time of year.
This is when folks slowly start dropping off from their workout
program, or cheating on their diet.
And for a lot of folks, weekend eating – particularly SuperBowl
weekend eating – is to blame.
When some folks binge eat, they go looking for a “detox diet”,
thinking that will reverse all their mistakes.
But I’m not here to recommend that…no way.
Instead, I have an amazing article – perhaps his best article ever -
from fitness expert Craig Ballantyne about a simple 7-Step Detox
Diet that you can easily follow everyday…
…so that you never need to do an extreme 7-day or 2-week cleanse.
Here’s Craig to tell it like it is:
I just got back from the SuperBowl and got a chance to sit in the
front row right in the endzone. It was really cool, and I also got
a chance to see “The Who” live in concert at half-time.
But, while I was there, I had a few extra “non-compliance” meals
than normal, so it got me thinking about detox diets.
I have a pretty strong opinion about detoxing, and I put together a
simple 7-step detox diet plan that you can easily follow so that you
never have to do a 16-day detox ever.
You see, my biggest “beef” with the entire theory of “detoxing” is this…
It is simply NOT possible to EVER detox your body.
Because it’s such a vague statement.
What does “detox” mean?
How do you measure “detoxification”?
What do you even define as toxins?
And when do you officially become “detoxed”?
The answer is, “You don’t.”
After all, every single second of every day your body produces
carbon dioxide, which is a toxin.
And if you have deep belly fat, research shows that this “visceral
fat” is constantly releasing inflammatory toxins into your blood.
Every second. The more fat you have, the more toxic you are.
Plus, every breath you take includes pollutants.
And even the water that you drink may contain “toxins”.
So….what’s the real deal on detoxing?
Listen, while every “expert” is out there arguing about tiny little
details and “gurus” are trying to sell you on detoxing so they can
sell supplements, the TRUTH is that you really just need to know a
few steps to avoid getting toxic in the first place.
In my opinion, the #1 factor in living a “low toxin life” is simply
to keep as much garbage out of your body in the first place, rather
than depending on a 3-day, 7-day or even 16-day detox to be healthy.
So what do I do to prevent “toxin build-up” in the first place?
Well, I live the Turbulence Training Lifestyle of course, including
my “7 Step Detox Nutrition Plan”:
1) Start each day with a blender drink of berries, spinach or other
greens, raw nuts (such as walnuts – rich in healthy fats), and other
ingredients packed with antioxidants and healthy fats.
2) For lunch, have a large green salad with spinach, beans, broccoli,
peppers, avocado, onions, etc.
3) Eat an organic apple a day. Certain fruits (i.e. apples, peaches,
cherries, and strawberries) and vegetables have a higher exposure to
pesticides, and you should choose organic when possible.
4) Eat RAW snacks only – of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Try using
this one simple rule and limit all of your between meal snacks to
raw fruit, raw vegetables, and/or raw nuts and I promise you’ll drop
the pounds because you’ll be full on a smaller number of calories.
5) Drink Green Tea (2-3 cups) and filtered water (3 liters) instead
of beverages that contain calories or chemicals.
6) Limit animal protein intake to only 2 servings per day. On most
days, I’ll one of the following: an “after workout” chocolate milk,
organic eggs in the morning, or occasionally I’ll have high quality
meat at dinner.
You don’t need to be a full vegetarian to live a longer life, but
you should probably avoid eating meat 5 times per day, like people
(Hey Chicago, don’t get mad at me for that…it was a born-and-raised
Chicago native who told me 5 servings of meat per day was the
average Chicago meat consumption.)
7) Minimize or completely eliminate alcohol intake.
While research does show that for men, up to 2 drinks per day may
help cardiovascular health (and for women, up to one drink per day),
I’m not about to recommend you start drinking.
After all, if you go above those limits, you start to destroy your
health…and you risk addiction. Alcohol killed my father, and I
don’t want to see the same thing happen to you. Tread cautiously
with the booze.
So that’s it. A simple 7-Step Detox Diet Plan.
By the way, it goes without saying that you should avoid:
- excessive amounts of sugar
- refined grains
- and 7-11 nacho cheese
And you should be exercising to lose the belly fat…using proven
methods, such as interval training – which is proven to beat long,
slow cardio when it comes to burning dangerous belly fat.
Plus, you should be using Turbulence Training resistance supersets
to burn more calories and sculpt your body.
If you’ve never used Turbulence Training, you can try it out today
for less than the cost of a Superbowl hot dog.
Click here to get Turbulence Training for less than 5 bucks:
Simply follow those 7 nutrition guidelines and use the short TT
workouts to cut out as many toxins from your body – without detoxing.
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training
PS – I also believe you should avoid toxic relationships…
…so you need to take a hard look at the people you surround
yourself with in life.
Do you have the right work friends?
Are you in the right relationships?
Do you spend enough time with the right family members?
Or are they toxic too?
Remember – you need social support for success in life and in fat
loss…so surround yourself with positive people, like the good
folks on the TT Member’s forum.
If you need to dump the toxic folks and get positive social support,
we’d love to see you on the forum and help you out.
You will get a free 3-month TT membership access to the forum when
you try out Turbulence Training for only $4.95 today:
Please click that link to get started losing fat & getting rid of
the toxic baggage in your life.
Hope that helps.
Next week, I have a really cool bodyweight article for you.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
To your success!
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training