We all have important occasions when we need to look our best and get in perfect shape quickly and with no extensive work-outs. “Light days” and detoxing can cleanse your system and help you drop up to 2 dress sizes in only 7 days. All you have to do is follow our simple but supper effective tips and you’ll get the body of your dreams in no time.
How does a light day work? 1:03
Choose one of the 4 types of light days. Gather all the necessary foods and ingredients. Prepare the food: you can steam or bake it. Eat 3 to 5 oz of food every hour. Drink plenty of water or green tea throughout the day. Eat a bit of fresh parsley or drink a glass of water with lemon on an empty stomach in the morning to kick-start the process. Don’t exercise on these days. Follow this system either 2 days in a row or once every 2 to 3 days.
Light day: fats 1:36
This type of light day is meant to activate the enzymes responsible for the breakdown of fats. If you decide to go with a “fatty” light day, just grab 2 to 3 cups of low-fat cream or milk and divide this amount into 5 meals. You can also treat yourself to a cup of coffee on these days.
Light day: carbs 2:02
This type of light day is perfect for summer, when you don’t really feel all that hungry. If you prefer apples: divide 2 pounds of apples into 5 meals for the day with an interval of 3 hours in between each. If you like to eat dried fruit: dip 1 pound of dried fruits in water and divide them into 5 equally-sized meals. If you opt for watermelon: divide 4½ pounds of watermelon into 5 or 6 meals. Watermelons contain not only a healthy volume of water, they also have their fair share of fiber. If you like oats: prepare 1 cup of oatmeal and divide it into 5 or 6 portions.
Light day: protein 3:43
Protein-packed light days are the most comfortable for weight loss. Protein is digested by the body really slowly, which keeps hunger at bay for longer. Choose your favorite from cottage cheese, meat, or fish, and drink lots of water.
Light day: combined 4:25
It’s pretty hard for most people to eat the same exact food all day. If you choose to have a combined light day and do everything right, you’ll get the same healthy effects! Just try this recipe for a rice-and-apple dessert: cook 2½ oz of rice in 2 cups of skim milk. Don’t add any salt or sugar, though. Divide your milk-cooked rice into 3 meals. In between those, you can eat up to 2 pounds of apples.
- What is a “light day”? 0:35
- How does a light day work? 1:03
- Light day: fats 1:36
- Light day: carbs 2:02
- Light day: protein 3:43
- Light day: combined 4:25
- What’s a “detox”? 4:55
- Smoothie recipes 6:29
- The wrong foods for detoxing 8:09
- When practiced twice a week, a “light day” eliminates toxins, burns fat, gets rid of swelling, and rejuvenates your body.
- You’ll have to choose one of the 4 types of light days, gather all the necessary foods and ingredients. Prepare the food and eat 3 to 5 oz of it every hour.
- If you decide to go with a “fatty” light day, just grab 2 to 3 cups of low-fat cream or milk and divide this amount into 5 meals.
- Whether it’s apples, watermelon, dried fruit, or oatmeal, you can choose your favorite and eat it throughout the “carbs” light day. You can also try replacing them with other juicy foods like cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, beetroot, celery, oranges, or grapefruit.
- Protein-packed light days are the most comfortable for weight loss. Choose your favorite from cottage cheese, meat, or fish, and drink lots of water.
- Combined light days are meant to make the struggle physically and psychologically easier.
- Detoxing is a way to rid the body of toxins, hence the name. The main idea is to consume lots of fruits and vegetables in liquid forms, like juices or smoothies.
- Try pineapple-banana, banana-ginger, cherry-almond, strawberry, or green smoothie.
- If you’ve decided to cleanse your body with a detox, you’ll need to forget about sugar and any sweet, salty, fried, and smoked foods.