My Monday May 13, 2013 my original post was called, " Drink This; Lose Weight".
Within 2 weeks I had over 6, 000 viewers of that post. To date over 15, 000 views.
Readers were asking all kinds of questions, but basically wanted to know if it really worked.
I did not create the drink. I originally saw it on a You Tube by Dr. Axe. He explained why these ingredients can help you detox and let go of built up toxins and fat. The formula was simple.
The drink is made of:
- Apple Cider Vinegar ( 1-2 Tablespoons)
- Fresh Squeezed lemon juice ( 1/2 lemon squeezed)
- Cinnamon ( 1 -2 teaspoons)
- Stevia to taste
- 24 ounces of water
- Blend in a blender before drinking
I always knew that drinking apple cider vinegar is very helpful for balancing ph, cleansing toxins, etc.
I knew that lemon juice does some of the same. Cinnamon is good for balancing blood sugar, but would the concoction actually contribute to weight loss? I had also included a You Tube video from Dr. Axe who demonstrated how to make this drink in the blender and proclaimed its benefits ( it's also at the end of this post)
After 4 weeks I am now ready to share my results:
This was my eating and exercise pattern. Normally, I would eat very healthy and light during the week, but I would overeat on the weekends because we would eat out and go out with friends. When I eat out, I have less control over the food I eat and less self control!
My Usual Routine Prior to Adding the Drink
So during the week, I am conscious of portion size and food choices. I kind of follow a Weight Watchers type of routine and lose a pound or two. On the weekends when we entertain or eat out, I frequently eat more fattening foods and greater quantity. I have also been known to indulge in dessert and some wine on the weekend. Therefore my struggle has been that I may lose 2 pounds during the week BUT I put it back on plus on the weekend.
Therefore at the end of the month, I usually saw no results. Every weekend, I had always gained back what I lost during the week. Things changed while consuming the drink.
My Routine While having the Drink Each Morning
I did not change anything in my eating habits. The only change was drinking the drink.
The Results after 30 days
While drinking the "drink," I noticed that even though I indulged on the weekends, I didn't gain weight. However, I still had to do moderate exercise ( at least a 2-3 mile brisk walk daily) My weight loss from during the weekdays remained stable. So, whatever I lost during the week was maintained. Yay!!
Lost 7 pounds this month
From May 13- June 12 ( 2013) .. I have lost 7 pounds despite my indulgence on the weekends. I've lost about 1 and half to 2 pounds during the week and remained the same on the weekend despite eating out, having dessert, and overeating. Before the drink, I would have showed a weight gain on the weekend.( today is June 13 and I lost 1 more pound!! love this drink)
What I usually eat:
Upon rising: I usually have a piece of fruit like an orange, and then I take a 1 hour brisk walk
After the walk: I drink my "drink" on an empty stomach ( it helps cleanse the system) If it is too much roughage, cut down the cinnamon. 20 minutes later I eat my Breakfast: I cook a 1/4 cup gluten free oatmeal , top it with 1/4 cup Greek yogurt;and 2 tsp of chopped walnuts.
Lunch: 1/2 gluten free wrap- filled with 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 1 scrambled egg , greens, tomato, fresh basil ( this is about 8 points plus- but healthy and filling)
3:00 snack: Smoothie( made with frozen bananas and blueberries and almond milk- sometimes some protein powder.
Dinner: Quinoa, beans, salad, vegetable or homemade lentil soup, salad with avocado, vegetables, riced cauliflower etc.
After dinner: nothing or a piece of fruit - I drink about 4-5 glasses of water a day ( should drink more)
Weekends: I go out for dinner, have dessert, and wine. ( Friday and Saturday nights)
My Conclusion: It Works!
It works in conjunction with a conscious real food diet most of the time. But, the drink makes it easier to cheat. It is forgiving. My weight is more stable, and I haven't been gaining the weight back.. For Me That is unheard of. I have to say, YES, this is working, but you still have to be somewhat conscious even when you cheat. I will continue to have the daily morning drink. I have also noticed that when I diet, I often get leg cramps at night. That has not happened at all with the apple cider vinegar. It is full of potassium and that helps leg cramps!
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