How serious is your (artificial) sweet tooth?

You’ve probably heard claims about how artificial sweeteners can e better for you than cane sugar but also that they might cause cancer and other serious diseases… yikes, how are you supposed to make a decision based on those claims? Having trouble fighting your love for soft drinks and can’t decide between regular Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, and Coke Life? How serious is your (artificial) sweet tooth?

Artificial sugars are a low-calorie alternative to cane sugar, or sucrose, that is used in many products we are regularly exposed to. These products are marketed by brands as being better for your health, since we can no longer pretend that sugar is good for us in the doses we consume it in. Of course, our lives would be easier if soft drinks, packaged desserts, flavored yogurts, and the many more foods we love to eat were as healthy for us as veggies and hummus. Unfortunately they simply aren’t and we can’t drink Fanta as if it were freshly pressed orange juice. From one Fit Girl to another, I have done some reading and will attempt to clear things up about artificial sweeteners.

Types of artificial sweeteners

At present there are six different forms of artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA: saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, sucralose and advantame. These substances are chemically produced and are also referred to as “nonnutritive”, meaning that they have no nutritional value or calories but are simply used to make your food taste sweeter. These sweeteners are often found in fruit juices, soft drinks, canned fruit, frozen deserts, and anything labelled as “diet”, “light”, or “sugar-free”. You will surely notice the difference in calories in the regular and “diet” versions of the same product- think of Coke Zero with less than one calorie per 330ml can. Yet, these products taste just as sweet as their sucrose-sweetened counterparts. This is because artificial sweeteners can be up to 13,000 times sweeter than cane sugar! How is that even possible?! Indeed, neotame can be anywhere between 7,000 and 13,000 times sweeter than plain old sugar, which means that you need a much smaller amount in your food to make it just as sweet (hence, way less calories).

While this may all seem too good to be true, don’t go grabbing packets of saccharin to sweeten your afternoon tea without reading about some of the effects these sweeteners can have on your body. The debate about artificial sweeteners is a hot one especially because the FDA and CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) have approved these products as safe for consumption. Also a common element of recent attempts to make unhealthy habits healthier, long-term effects of these substances are simply not yet known since the products have not been in our diets for very long.

They probably don’t cause cancer

A few of the artificial sweeteners have been associated with cancers such as bladder cancer (saccharin) and brain cancer (aspartame) in the past. In fact the US Congress required that all foods containing saccharin mention, “Use of this product may be hazardous to your health” until 2000, when the sweetener was removed form the carcinogen list. Since the majority of tests on these artificial sweeteners are run on rats and not on Fit Girls, the substances have actually never been proven to cause cancer in humans. We all know that rats can’t do burpees so it makes sense that they might metabolize artificial sweeteners a bit differently than humans.

It seems that the sweeteners cannot be said to cause cancer, but that doesn’t mean that you should rush to the store and stock up on them. While cancer is extremely serious, many other conditions that greatly affect your life are more likely to develop with the consumption of artificial sweeteners.

But they’re not great for you either

Your body and brain are powerful and complex and so is their reaction to sugars and artificial sweeteners. We won’t go into the details, but this article gives a good description if you’re interested. Since the sweeteners are nonnutritive you are essentially consuming calorie-less food or drinks which might temporarily satisfy your sweet tooth but is likely to lead to increased cravings for sweet foods later on. This means that the artificial sweeteners cannot fool your brain! Instead, they might be priming your brain to want to consume more sugary foods as they are more satisfying for your brain, no matter how many times you tell yourself that you’ve had enough servings of your favorite soft drink.

The fact that artificial sweeteners are used in products advertised as better for you than their sugary counterparts might play another trick on you- it might prevent you from associating sweet food and drink with caloric intake, something that you should try to limit the consumption of. Don’t be fooled into choosing another artificially sweetened product over fresh, nutritious food, something that has been perceived as an issue with these items. Some studies have even revealed that artificial sweeteners could cause addiction, and being dependent on something like Diet Coke cannot be good for your health as much as we wish it could be.

Another issue with sweeteners is that our consumption of unhealthy foods, be it salty or sweet, is much higher than is healthy for us. The tests run on these artificial sweeteners were run with relatively small amounts of them, so it is unknown what a large amount of these chemical sweeteners will do to our bodies in the long run. The consumption of diet sodas was associated with significant increases in the risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, diseases which artificial sweeteners were designed to help prevent in the first place.

It appears that candies, drinks, and other foods labeled as “diet”, “light”, or with “sugar-free” may end up having harmful effects on your eating habits and eventually on your health after all.

Verdict: moderation is key

Like most things in life, artificial sweeteners are most likely safe to consume every once in a while in small amounts. They will not immediately make you inflate like a balloon or cause uncontrollable consumption, but you should not consider them as healthy for you either. These sweeteners are ideal if you are not able to consume cane sugar or if you are trying to change your diet to eventually cut out or decrease your intake of sweetened foods. They can serve as a useful tool to making positive changes to your lifestyle, but keep in mind that it can be harmful if you let yourself get carried away (yes, 5 packets of Splenda in your daily Matcha latte is too much).

If you feel like your sugar cravings are not satisfied, try eating a juicy mango or a bowl of fresh strawberries and remember how tasty (and nutritious) naturally sweet foods are! Just listen to your body and be mindful of what you choose to consume, because you deserve to have a body that is taken care of so that you can dance, squat, and laugh as much as possible and not be hindered by some silly chemicals.

Sources: www.health.com, www.esquire.com, www.health.harvard.edu

6 things you should avoid if you have trouble falling or staying asleep

Sleep is so important for our bodies. Not only does it has an impact on our appearance (not sleeping enough could make you gain weight or feel bloated!), it also has an impact on our health. That’s why it is very important to make sure we get enough zzz’s at night. But what if you can’t fall asleep at night even if you feel tired or can’t stay asleep for the whole night? From my own experience I can tell you this sucks! So I decided to do some research as to how to prevent this from happening.

Do you know that Coldplay song which says “when you are so tired but you can’t sleep. Could it be worse?” Well I have just one thing to say about it. No Coldplay, it could not be worse! Honestly there is nothing worse than feeling tired and still not be able to fall asleep. Or waking up in the middle of the night and just not being able to fall back asleep until 5 minutes before your alarm goes off ?. I know how much this sucks, but don’t worry there are some things you can do to make things better. Or better said, there are 6 things you should avoid before you go to bed if you have trouble falling or staying asleep at night.

6 things you should avoid before bed if you have trouble falling asleep:

1) Staring at a screen

Are you one of those persons who uses their smartphone, laptop, or watch TV in bed? These habits, as harmless as they might seem, could cost you a good night of sleep. The blue lights these devices emit, stimulate the brain, making it harder for it to understand that it’s time to sleep and send the sleepy signals to your body. If you want to  watch your favorite series before going to sleep, better do it on the couch my darling! As for smartphones, ban them from your bed as well if you want your chances of falling asleep to increase.

2) Eating greasy food or high-in-fat foods

Not only are greasy, heavy-fat foods bad for your health in countless ways, they also make you sleep worse at night. These type of foods make your stomach work overtime to digest all the food, which causes discomfort, which in turn makes falling asleep difficult.  So no more fries, chips, icecream or cookies before going to bed. Remember there are so many healthy options for you to choose instead of eating junk food.

3) Working late

If you have a big meeting in the morning or a project due soon, then it’s probably smart to schedule some time after dinner and work on it. Just make sure you put things away and ease your mind at least 1 hour before going to bed. This will give your brain a break and you will go to sleep with a calm feeling. If you don’t give your brain the time to relax, you will end up going to bed anxious and won’t be able to fall asleep.

4) Doing intense exercise

We all know that exercising regularly is the key to a healthy life and a good night of sleep. But hitting the gym or going for a run just before bedtime is not the best idea! Exercise gives you energy, increaser your heart rate and makes you hungry afterwards. The best is to be done with your workout 2 to 3 hours before you go to bed. By then, you’ve already eaten, showered, relaxed and are ready to go to sleep.

5) Getting emotional or upset

In order to be able to fall asleep and stay asleep, you need to feel relaxed when you go to bed. Fighting with your sister, bestie, or boyfriend, or watching a disturbing movie won’t really help on the road to relaxation. Keep that in mind next time you want to watch American Horror Story just before you go to bed. 😉

6) Drinking caffeine

Although this one is as obvious as they come, it is worth talking about it! The caffeine in coffee, tea and even chocolate work as a stimulant that can keep you up longer than you would expect. How much caffeine and how sensitive you are towards differs per person. But if you want to increase your chances of falling asleep and staying asleep longer, you should avoid drinking these type of drinks. Ideally your last coffee should be around 2 pm. After all, who feels sleepy after that time?

I hope you, just as me, will avoid doing these 6 things before going to sleep from now on. Good luck!

The meat of the future: eat meat without killing any animals

Unless you live under a rock by now you know that the meat industry is very scary. It is an industry that cages, mutilates and butchers billions of animals. And the industry that exploits farmers by controlling the retail price of their products. Let’s also not forget that we see only what the meat industry wants us to see and if anyone dares to go against them, they will most likely end up in legal trouble. This industry is so f*/ked up that never before has there been so many activist groups trying to better things. And it looks like their efforts are paying off because things seem like they could be changing for the better soon!

For some months now every time I eat meat I feel a little guilty about it. Not because of the fact that an animal was killed in order for me to “enjoy” a piece of meat  but for the way in which it was killed. In my perspective eating meat is a natural thing, however I can’t stand the cruelty that surrounds the production of meat. I think it would be a different thing if animals would be able to grow old and live a cage free life until they were old enough that they would die from natural causes, or killed in a peaceful way.

Sadly this is not how things are. And while I admire and respect all vegans and vegetarians, that is not a lifestyle which I chose (however I haven’t closed the door completely to the possibility). This means that I am in a constant battle with my belly and my mind. Although I decided not to be a vegetarian I still try to limit my meat consumption to mostly 2 types of meat: fish and chicken and sometimes I eat beef. About a year ago I stopped eating pork and I don’t like to eat  “fancy” and exotic meats like for example duck or rabbit, just to mention some (I just want to clarify that I don’t think some animal lives are more valuable than others, or that it is okay to kill certain animals. That is not the point of this article and it should not be  interpreted as such).

Memphis Meats: The meat of the future

You can imagine my surprise when browsing through my Facebook I saw a video about meat which is produced without killing any animals! Yes ladies and gentlemen you read right, meat without killing any animals. Then company behind this is called Memphis Meats and the way they create this meat is by using stem cells. Stem cells are cells that be transformed and developed into any kind of cells. This new meat has many benefits, for example, thanks to the use of stem cells Memphis Meats is able to control it’s fat content and it is free of contaminants, fecal matter and antibiotics. The best part is that Memphis Meats claims that it tastes exactly like normal meat! (Of course we are going to need to try it for ourselves first to see if this part is true)

Beef pork and poultry will be the first types of meat available. Although the meat is already being made, it is expected to actually hit the market in 5 years so we’ll have to wait a little. Seems like 2021 will be a year that could change the meat industry as we know it for good. I’m definitely excited for this to happen and I’m really hoping this meat will be at a price which is affordable for everyone!

6 post workout mistakes you are probably making

Being Fit takes a lot of effort and dedication. From finding motivation and time to work out, to planning meals and good workout routines. There are so many things we think about that sometimes we forget that the things we do before and after a workout affect our results as much as the workout itself. The last thing we want of course is to work-out for nothing.

When we eat right and commit to exercising regularly it may seem hard to understand why we don’t see the progress we would like to see. The truth is that sometimes we sabotage our own progress by silly mistakes we do after a work-out that we can easily avoid. The things you do post-workout are as important as working out itself. That’s why I decided to look into 6 of the most common post workout mistakes people do:

6 post workout mistakes:

1. Oversnacking

This is one of the most common mistakes. Most of us (and I include myself here) overestimate the amount of calories we burned during a work-out. We think that because we feel sore, and we just sweat like we ran a marathon  that means we must have burned 1000 calories. Anyone else here is with me? But the sad truth is that most of the times we burned half of the amount of calories we think. Of course this varies depending what we did for exercise. Jus to give you an idea, a person who weighs 120 pounds (54.5 kg) burns 191 calories in hour of doing Pilates and 298 calories during 30 minutes of weight lifting (this are estimations that were found in previous research). While this numbers are by no means insignificant amounts, they are also not enough calories burned to justify the calories we consume if we over snack. This means that if you eat unhealthy snacks after a workout, most likely you will end up consuming more calories than what you burned which may result on weight gain. Remember that junk food has more calories than we think even when eaten in moderation. So don’t fall into the trap where you think that eating unhealthy snacks after a workout won’t jeopardize your results.

2. Drinking sports drink instead of water

Drinking a sports drink is something you should avoid unless you are a doing a super intense workout for hours (think of athletes). The issue with sports drinks is that they are full of sugar which helps deliver the amount of electrolytes that a body loses during an intense workout. This also means that sports drinks have a lot of calories (some of them contain 330 calories which is almost the same as a serving of ice cream!) Can you imagine eating an ice-cream during your work out? Not even in a million years right?! Drinking a sports drink is consuming unnecessary calories that at the end of the day will just sabotage all your efforts. That’s why if you are working out between 40 to 60 minutes then your best friend to keep hydrated is simply water. If you find yourself really craving a drink with flavor to keep you hydrated during a workout, then try coconut water instead. It has a sweet flavor, barely any calories and is extremely healthy.

3. Waiting too long to eat after a work-out

Some people don’t give much thought to whether they eat or not after a workout. Some others, like me do this automatically because they naturally feel hungry. But which is the right thing to do? After a work-out our bodies are gasping for calories and it is very important to eat something to keep blood sugar levels normal and avoid feeling tired. Ideally you should eat something within 30 to 40 minutes after you are done exercising. Besides the fact that if you don’t eat after a work out you are going to end up feeling more hungry and overeating afterwards, if you don’t eat after a workout you can slow down your muscle building in a long run.

I know sometimes our busy schedules can make it hard for us to work out, and even harder to find time to eat after a workout. Especially is you are working out before you go to work or to school. But it is essential to do so! A good  tip is to prepare your after work-out snacks beforehand. This way once you are done you can just reach out for  it. Try eating foods rich in proteins like eggs or Greek yoghurt with fruits. However, if you really feel like you have no time to sit and eat a real “post-workout meal” that’s okay. There are simple ways that will help you make sure that you always eat something within the ideal time frame. For example I always pack a banana and apple with me when I know I’m going to work out. This way I make sure I get some nutrients into my body right away. regardless if I am in a rush to get somewhere.

4. Eatin snacks high in refined sugars

Okay Fit Girls the fact that you need to eat something after a work out doesn’t mean you can eat anything you want. Eating foods with high levels of high refined sugars after a work out is as bad as not eating anything at all! Here is why: Refined sugar is basically sugar that has been so processed that it contains no nutritional benefits. This means that is has been depleted from vitamins and mineral and transformed into a refined carbohydrate (which are the bad types of carbohydrates). In other words, refined sugar is basically full with empty calories. On top of that, this type of sugar is addictive which means that in the long run the more you eat it, the more you will crave it.

If you eat a snack with high amounts of refined sugar after a workout you will get an energy boost first but it will wear off quickly which will make your body crave for more sugar and feel more tired afterwards. This is known as a sugar spike which means that your body goes from being low in its level of sugar- to being extremely high-to being extremely low again. Obviously having our sugar levels change so drastically, so fast is really unhealthy!

5. Drinking alcohol right after you worked out

Sometimes it may feel tempting to pour ourselves a glass of wine after completing our workout. Especially if you are working out in the evening before ending your day, like me. However reaching for that glass of wine, or any type of alcoholic beverage would be a mistake. To begin with, when we work out we sweat and lose liquids. If on top of that you add booze which is dehydrating the result won’t be nice. Also some studies have shown that alcohol keeps muscle from synthesizing protein after a work out which in turn keeps them from repairing torn muscle fibers. This means more soreness and less muscle growth which is the opposite from what you want to achieve. Also alcoholic beverages are full with calories which is another reason why you should avoid them after working out.

6. Not cooling down and stretching out after your work out

Not cooling down and stretching out is one of the worst things for your body after a workout. When we are exercising our muscles are constantly contracting as we push ourselves through our work-out. If we don’t stretch out we are at higher risk of getting an injury because we don’t bring our muscles back to their natural, relaxed form (stretch out). Also not stretching out can lead to permanent or chronical contractions. As someone who has a chronic contraction, believe me it sucks! It limits your workout because the muscle is basically in the shape of a ball and it hurts when you do certain exercises. As for the cool down, think of it as a car which is driving fast speed and out of the sudden the driver stops abruptly going from 100 km p/h to 0. This will damage the motor of the car at some point right? Well the same counts for our bodies. During our workout our heart beat goes much faster than normal and we are sweating because the temperature of our body rises. Cooling down allows our heart beats to slowly return to its normal pace and our temperature to regulate. Also keep in mind that cooling down and stretching out can prevent muscle soreness the next day (or make it less). Forgetting to cool down is a NO GO and a recipe for disaster. Believe me, this is a mistake I swear by!

Now you know what are some of the silliest mistakes we do after a workout and how they can actually get in the way between us and our ultimate goals. Try to avoid these behaviors and I’m sure before you realize it all your efforts will start to pay off. Remember, what we do after a workout is jus as important as what we do during a workout itself. 

Spot reduction doesn’t exist: here’s why.

If you turn on the TV, or flip to a page in a fitness magazine, you’ll probably be bombarded with advertisements boasting about how to lose that stubborn fat at your hips, or promising to reveal your six pack in 60 days. But the truth is, this sort of spot reduction is nothing but a marketing ploy. It just does not work.

I honestly wish that I could just pick a spot on my body to lose weight at. It would make my appearance goals more attainable, and that specific desire is what makes it so easy to get fooled into believing in spot reduction. If someone is promising you the chance to lose the fat at the one spot you’ve been trying to for the past 3 years, you’re going to jump at it! But try not to believe the hype! If it seems too good to be true, that’s because it probably is. 😉

Spot reduction, what?

Spot reduction is based on the idea that you can focus on one set of muscles, work on them for a bit and simultaneously lose fat there. But.. this mindset is scientifically inaccurate. When you eat food, your body is going to utilize the calories it needs to survive and to be able to perform whatever activities you need to do that day. The excess calories (energy) that you don’t use, will be turned into fat. This fat can come in two forms: subcutaneous, which is just under the skin, and then visceral fat which is deeper in the body and around the body’s organs.

So, the fat in your body can be best understood as excess calories that are stored for future use. In order to lose that weight, you need to burn off more calories than you take in. This means that you will eat at a caloric deficit. If you don’t eat enough calories in a day that your body needs, it’s going to go for your stored energy (fat).

If you eat at a caloric deficit and exercise regularly, you’re going to end up needing a lot of calories, thus forcing your body to burn that excess fat. This is weight loss! The thing is, there is absolutely no way to tell your body where to take the energy from. It’s not as simple as going: “Hey, body..can you take off the energy from my stomach? Maybe my thighs?” Instead, your fat will be reduced in your whole body.

Genetics & Fat Storage

While it is overall fat that gets reduced through a healthy diet and exercise, there are genetic factors that influence where you are going to lose fat from first. The first genetic marker is your gender. Most of the time, men put on visceral fat around their abdominal area, while women commonly stock up on subcutaneous fat at their hips and thighs. This has evolutionary significance since these spots ensured that women’s bodies are ready for pregnancy. This also means that the female body protects fat in these areas like it is a prized possession.

This makes the fat that is stored in this area pretty stubborn to remove. Women may do absolutely everything right, and only end up losing in their face and upper body, while that lower-body fat stays right in place. The good news is, that eventually, the fat in those areas will move. It just isn’t the go-to fat store for your body, so it will take some time before your body will remove the fat from that area.

On top of that, I’m sure you’ve noticed that your friends gain weight in certain places that are different from where you gain. That’s also based on your genes and your specific body profile. Just like your genetics determines your height and hair color, it also determines where you gain and lose weight first. Generally, fat tends to leave from the most recent places that they appear. So if you notice that you gain fat in your bust, or your face, then that’s probably the places where you’re going to lose it from quickly before you notice differences overall.

So, the next time you see a health gimmick boasting about the ability to burn fat in a specific part of your body, recognize it for what it is: a hoax. Spot reduction never was, and never will be scientifically supported.

All you can do is live as healthily as you can. Once you lower your overall body fat, you will be able to reach your problem areas in time! And if you find yourself in a slump, just know that you will eventually get the results you crave. You just need to stay dedicated to the process. Slow and steady does win the race, as they say. Looking for some tips? Be sure to read our blog about fat loss tips.

The facts and fictions on detoxes

One week juicing, only drinking detox teas and living off of soups. Detoxing is hip, hot and happening. You can find articles on almost any fitness blog you visit about all the different ways that you can detox your body. Often, this is done after a period of eating a lot of unhealthy food. But does doing a detox actually make sense? Or will the kilos that you lose just come piling back on afterwards? 

I’d like to begin by first saying that everyone should do what feels good for them and what they are comfortable with. If a detox works well for you, feel free to do it every now and then! We are not telling you what to do, but simply taking a closer look at the benefits of detoxes. Most of the time, the promises are too good to be true. Losing 5 kilos in a week is nice, but not when you’ll gain double that amount one month later. There are a lot of facts and fictions circulating about detoxing and that’s what this blog is about. Time to take it under the microscope.

What is a detox?

Doing a detox cleanses your body from toxins. This can be done in many different ways, but some detoxes are more effective than others. A detox can also not only cleanse your body, but can also affect you mentally. You will feel naturally rejuvenated after a juicing cleanse since you’ve spent an entire week long only drinking green monsters. A detox can be pretty tough when you’re not used to eating so little (or nothing). Headaches, nausea and a bad mood can also be some other effects of a detox.

During a detox, your body only gets just the necessary amount of nutrients that it desperately needs to function. This means that there will be a drop in your blood sugar level. Your body tries to combat this by releasing glycogen, which is a sugar that is mainly stored in your liver and muscles.  It also has a lot of water bound to it, and this is one of the reasons why you’ll probably lose a few kilos during a detox. Unfortunately, it’s not fat, but moisture!

Misunderstandings about detoxes

There are many misconceptions about detoxes. They’re not completely crazy, since most of the things written on the Internet aren’t completely baseless. Here are a few facts and fictions about detoxes at a glance:

“I’m getting rid of my toxins through a detox” – FICTION

Unfortunately, this isn’t true. Our body, the liver specifically, is luckily very good at getting rid of toxins by itself. You don’t need any detox diet on top of that. It won’t really help with getting any of the toxins out of you.

“After eating unhealthy for so long, a detox is a good idea” – FICTION

It would be great if this one were true. That would mean that the 5 kg that came on during the Christmas holidays can fall right back off with the help of a juice detox in the first week of January. If only… Sadly, the effects you get from eating unhealthy foods can’t be cured with a detox. The excess fat and sugar have already been stored in your body before you even think of starting a detox.

“With a detox, I can improve my strength and health” – FACT

This is only a fact, if you are aware of the products you put into your body. Most people who do a serious detox will improve their diet afterwards, because they understand how good it is to eat healthy. Only then will you improve your strength and your health with a detox. It’s a handy tool to make you aware of all the products you put into your body, but a week detoxing will not make sure that you never get the flu again. Unfortunately..

“A detox is the perfect way to switch up your lifestyle” – FACT/FICTION

This statement can actually pass as both fact and fiction. This is because it’s not the same for everyone. It is  not always possible for anyone to turn their lifestyle completely around in a day. Through a detox, you’l be aware of all the trash that you put into your body every single day.  If you do a detox where you are don’t eat any sort of sugars, for example, you will probably feel uncomfortable in the beginning. This lets you clearly see how dependent you actually are on sugars. It’s not the most pleasant way to find out, but it’s definitely effective. It would naturally be a shame if after going through a detox, you go back to your unhealthy habits. That’s also why people become more conscious about what they eat and drink after doing a detox. This is not a scientifically proven fact, but is is how it usually goes for fanatic ‘detoxers’.

As you’ll probably notice, your mental state is the most important part of a detox. Your body can detoxify itself just fine, but sometimes it can use a helping hand. That’s what makes this harsh treatment convenient. You deprive yourself of everything that is unhealthy and focus only on healthy food. It is then very important to be a little strong on yourself. After such a time, it is naturally not the idea that you go straight into unhealthy snacks. You’ll have to slowly build up to this to ensure that the kilos don’t come right back on.

Experiences from the Fit Girls

Fit Girls Laura and Anna have previously spoken about their experiences doing detoxes. You can read about their experiences here.  Something that Laura shares with the readers that are willing to give a detox a try: Prepare for the end of the detox. After the week is over, everything will be up to you. It’s a good idea to plan in advance what you’re going to eat and drink after the detox is over. That way, it will help to reduce the risk that you’ll fall back into your unhealthy habits. Laura also finds this a very suitable way to kick a sugar habit. For example, after going 2/3 weeks without sugar, it got easier to keep going without it afterwards.

While Laura was very excited about the detox, Anna wouldn’t do it ever again even if the world was ending. “The detox forced me to deny myself a lot, and I noticed that this was going to backfire eventually. I stopped on day 6 and I ate looooads of food that day. I felt very weak and stupid afterwards. A few days later, I was thankfully able to look at it as a positive experience. I now know how important it is for me to have a balanced diet. All or nothing is not my thang!”

And there you see it again: to each their own. Personally, I would never try to do a detox, but many Fit Girls do take on detoxes regularly to have a fresh new start. Read and research intensely before beginning a detox. Like I said before, it can be very hard to eat so little.

Have you ever undergone a detox? What were your experiences with it?