Are you suffering from any of these symptoms?
Headache, fatigue, aching joints, moodiness, dizziness, nausea...
It is the flu? No...
Is it a nasty stomach bug? Not that either...
Is it something even more serious?
It's actually something relatively easy to fix. It's...
And I see it all the time inside the Beyond Diet community.
Now, I'm not writing this to scare you or to make you reluctant to get on board with healthy eating – obviously, that's the best thing you can do.
I'm writing this important email to tell you that these symptoms are normal, very short-lived, and completely worth the results – consistent and permanent weight loss.
I'll never forget the first time I felt these symptoms. I had finally decided to give up my nasty addiction to Diet Coke. At the time I was drinking anywhere from 3-4 cans a day (wow, how far I've come since those days!).
I was so excited to finally unchain myself from my Diet Coke dependence, but like a lot of people (and you may be one of them), I had no idea what to expect in the first couple of days...
After getting to work in the morning (a gym in NYC) I thought I might be getting sick. I was fighting a headache and nausea which continued through the afternoon. By the end of the day I wanted to curl up in a corner and die (ok, I'm exaggerating a smidge).
Thankfully, I was surrounded by health professionals who noticed the problem way before I did. When they heard that I wasn't having my regular 3 cans of Diet Coke that day they said...
You are not sick Isabel, you're just detoxing! And the good news is, in 3 days, you'll be perfectly fine and your body will be burning fat like never before.
Well, they were almost right...
I was certainly feeling the effects of detoxing from caffeine and aspartame (a nasty artificial sweetener in soda), but it took me closer to 5 days before I felt totally normal.
But the good news, actually the great news that changed my life forever, is that I felt better than I had in years!
I slept better and fell asleep faster, I had more energy throughout the day, I was able to concentrate and focus on projects, and I felt like a weight had been lifted – I was no longer addicted to Diet Coke and my body was thanking me for it.
So why does your body go through these nasty symptoms? Why do you feel worse before you feel better?
Let's start with caffeine, one of the hardest substances to kick, but also one of the most-common culprits of dependence.
How much caffeine you drink every day is directly related to how long and how intense your detox symptoms could be. Here's why...
Caffeine is a powerful vascoconstrictor in the brain, meaning that it constricts blood vessels and decreases circulation. Oxygen to the brain can actually be decreased up to 30% when you have caffeine!
So when you take that caffeine away (which you should definitely do) the sudden increase of circulation can cause major headaches.
How about sugar?
Sugar, primarily refined sugar, creates detox symptoms that are quite similar to caffeine, but with less of the painful headache and more of the moodiness and fatigue – although symptoms do vary from person to person.
Princeton researchers reported that when you stop your daily dose of the white stuff the "feel-good" chemicals in your brain, like dopamine, take a nose dive, and that leads to irritability, anxiety, fatigue, and lack of interest in things you once enjoyed. It is extremely similar to the feelings of deep depression.
Many health professionals have even gone as far as comparing sugar to heroin because heroin also produces an increase in dopamine very similar to the one seen when eating sugar (even scarier!). Some people experience a deep brain fog, body shakes, and a short-term depression after just one day of being "off" sugar.
Remember, I'm not trying to scare you, but this is stuff that you need to know!
Use these 3 tips to overcome detox symptoms so that you can get to the good stuff (feeling and looking amazing) as quickly as possible...
#1. Slow and steady wins the race
"Cold turkey" is not the way to go if you drink 2 or more 8 oz. cups of coffee or soda, or eat more than 2 sugar-laden foods each day.
The best way to go about detoxing without disrupting your life is to decrease your intake by 1 serving – so 1 oz. cup or 1 sugar-laden food – every 2 days.
It is ok to keep 1-2 cups of caffeine (I'm talking organic coffee, NOT soda!) in your diet, however, in regards to sugar the ultimate goal is to have the least amount possible on a daily basis.
Use it as a cheat meal, rather than a daily indulgence. I save my sugar for date nights with my hubbie when we order a dessert together. We don't have any processed sugar in the house because it can wreak havoc on your body and destroy your weight loss efforts.
#2. Get even MORE sleep
I know this may be a difficult recommendation for some, but you will need extra rest during the first few days of your transition away from caffeine and sugar.
On these substances your body is used to being stimulated by an artificial substance to wake you up and give you energy, so it will take a few days for your body to get back to doing this on its own.
The great news is that once you do get over the short detox period, you'll have natural energy throughout the day, every day!
No more hitting the snooze button before prying yourself out of bed – you'll wake up feeling rested and ready to take on the day.
No more 3 pm sugar cravings that only makes you feel regretful after downing a candy bar to get through those last couple of hours.
And best of all, no more reliance on an artificial substance for what your body can do naturally – no sense in that!
#3: Drink water with freshly squeezed lemon.
Increasing your water intake will help your body's recovery process during detox. Be sure you're getting at least ½ of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water each day, if not more. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, you need 75 ounces of water daily.
The secret is adding freshly squeezed lemon juice to help flush out toxins faster. Lemons actually increase the rate of urination in the body which means the toxins are releasing at a faster rate and that helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
The citric acid in lemons also maximizes enzyme function which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification. So there's more than 1 reason to add a lemon slice to your next glass or water bottle.
And most important advice I can give you...be patient!
You're making some incredibly important changes in your body that are going to transform your life for the better.
Take it one step at a time and move at a pace that's comfortable for you. The results will be phenomenal and long lasting!
If you want a little help getting over the detox hump – and you want to lose 1 lb. per day for 9 days – then you'll want to see THIS >>.