May 7, 2013

Jillian Michaels 7-day Anti-Bloat Drink

So I've seen this post floating around on Pinterest for a while - so finally, two weeks away from vacation in Texas I decided to try it.

 I am not a doctor or a nutritionist  I came across this cleanse online and am sharing what I have read, what I used and my results. Please talk to your doctor if you are concerned.

So what the heck is this cleanse?

60 oz distilled water 
1 dandelion root tea bag
2 tbsp of lemon juice 
1 tbsp cranberry juice (100% sugar free)

Steep tea bag(s) in 6 oz hot water for 5-10 minutes. Because tea steeps better in hot water than cold.
Then add the tea to a large pitcher
Then add lemon juice and cranberry juice
Then add water
Let it mix overnight and in the morning, boom - it's ready to go.

What I did different:
Added: 1 green tea bag.
Why? I read online that dandelion root tea bags have a bitter taste (although, one Facebook friend said it tasted like cookies) so I added the green tea bag to help curb that
Changed: Brita water instead of distilled water
Why? Laziness. And no desire to buy distilled water. And also in all my searching I did not see anywhere that it said distilled > Brita

Questions I wondered before the cleanse:
Can you eat while you do this? yes
Will you make this go to the bathroom more? perhaps
How much weight should you loose? I've read 3-6 lbs
How much weight did you (and your coworker) loose? after 5 days, I weighed in on my weigh-in day and I was down 4 lbs

Being one-month into my working out everyday and WeightWatchers life change - I continued to eat following my WW eating habits and going to the gym every night. I read on a few forms that it makes you go to the bathroom more -- which could be true; however, I am an avid tea drinker so to me, it felt no different than going to the bathroom from my usual 5 cups of herbal tea a day. I read you can read anywhere from 1 lb to 6 lbs -- depending on the amount of water weight you need to loose. Going into this I predict I will be down 4 lbs when I weigh in on Saturday -- which would be cleanse + working out/WW. My 2nd week of WW and working out almost everyday I was down 10 lbs which I think was when I lost a lot of my water weight.

Jillian's YouTube Video

But I still wanted to try this cleanse because well....why not -- and I drink a ton of tea anyways :)


So I weigh-in every Saturday. The Saturday for this week happened to fall on day 5 of the cleanse and I was down 4 lbs! Yipee!

Overall, I liked the cleanse and it is definitely something I will try again. My coworker Nicole did it as well and she liked it as well. I received a lot of questions and inquiries as to how the cleanse so I thought I would make this post a Q&A...with myself.

Q: How much weight did you loose?
A: 4 lbs

Q: Did you eat? If so, how did you eat?
A: YES, I ate healthy -- adhering to my WW allotted points eating plan.

Q: Did you workout?
A: Yes, during this 7-day cleanse I went to the gym 6 times

Q: How did it taste?
A: Fine, like watered down lemon juice

Q: Where the hell did you find Dandelion Root Tea Bags?
A: Sigh...don't be fooled by the fact that's its on CVS, Walgreens, etc... web sites. They don't sell it in stores. I got 30 bags for $9 at The Vitamin Shoppe. You can also get it for $6 at GNC

Q: When did you weigh yourself?
A: Like I said earlier, I weigh myself once a week - on Saturdays. It is recommended to weigh yourself once a week. Doing it everyday will drive you crazy

Q: Did you notice a difference?
A: My lower abs were definitely flatter. And I will definitely do this cleanse again!

A lot of the web sites and chats and other blogs mentioned that people who did this quickly gained it back. I'd like to see how that goes. I don't believe I will because I am on a good diet and going to the gym. But that remains to be seen.

If you have any other questions let me know.

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