Are you serious about losing weight and eating clean? The Ultimate Reset by Beachbody is the perfect place to start. I did this program for the first time a year ago and I loved it so much that I was following it strictly every other month with my Challenge Groups. I skipped last month to try the FIX and while there were some great things about that program, I am still addicted to the Ultimate Reset and have gone back to it. So here is how the plan works. You get a box in the mail with all kinds of pills and packets. It comes with a book that contains step-by-step recipes for every single thing you will eat for the next 21-days. You also get a bracelet to wear during the program to remind you to stick with the program and not to give up.
Believe me, you will look down at that bracelet many times during the 21-days and possibly curse at it, but you will be so glad that you stuck with it in the long run. So after you get your kit you can go online and download the grocery list for the first week and print it out. There were a lot of things that I had never used before and some things that I had never even heard of on the list, but you can find almost everything at a Natural Foods Store. The first shopping trip is a little stressful and took me over an hour. I actually think I was sweating a little bit, but I made it through and that was really one of the toughest parts of the Reset for me.
It's a lot of food! The easiest part of the program was that you are not supposed to work out at all. The Ultimate Reset is like running a marathon on the INSIDE of your body so you can do some light yoga or walking, but you don't want to exert yourself too much. It was such a great break from running, which I was doing at the time and hated. So the first week is pretty simple if you already eat semi-healthy. There are scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast with a side of steamed kale which I loved! For lunch a huge salad with homemade salad dressing that is easy and tastes amazing. You can drink vegan Shakeology for a snack or choose from a list of snacks. Salmon with asparagus and potatoes for dinner. I was actually shocked at how good the food was and the portions were decent in size. I wasn't hungry at all the first day. You also drink water 15 mins before every meal and take supplements that are all natural and help with digestion and the release of toxins. Every afternoon before you eat a snack you drink an Alkalinize drink that I hated at first, but I got used to it. It's green and I just mixed it with 3 oz of water and took it like a shot.
After I researched it more, I realized how good it is for your body to be in an alkaline state and I even bought test strips to see how acidic my urine was. I started out around 5.5 and by the time the Reset was over I was well over 7.5. And yes, that's my urine on the test strip in case you're wondering. Cancer and other diseases thrive in a highly acidic environment, so it's very important to keep your pH above 7. Unfortunately most of the foods we eat like white bread, sugar, and fried foods are highly acidic and will really lower your pH. The green Alkalinize drink restores pH along with the green vegetables, lemon and red pepper that are on the plan. The rest of week one or "Reclaim" phase as it's called in the book is oatmeal, rice cereal, salad, sushi, stir-fry, and other amazing and tasty meals. I was a little hungry on days 3,4 and 5 but I could tell I was losing weight and it motivated me to stay on track. At the end of the first week I lost 4 lbs and was so happy! Did I mention there is no coffee or alcohol during the program? This is another challenge, but I kept telling myself "it's only 21-days of your life." By the second week I was in full swing of the routine and I knew when to take the supplements. Week 2 is titled "Release" because you drink a gritty lemonade-like drink during this phase. I didn't mind this drink at all and actually thought it was great compared to the green Alkalinize shot. During this phase I was expecting to have to go to the bathroom a lot, but everything was pretty normal. There is no meat or dairy in week two and surprisingly, I didn't really miss it, like AT ALL. There were a few recipes that I didn't love, but overall I continued to be so impressed by how great I was feeling and how good the foods were. The grocery shopping was much easier and I lost 1 lb at the end of the week.
The final week was called "Reclaim" and it was mostly fruits and vegetables during this phase. I will admit to having a glass of wine on day 18 at a friends baby shower, but I was really conscious about it and was sure to not overdo it. I didn't lose any weight in the final week, but I really saw a huge difference in my measurements and my before and after pictures. I also felt so good and learned so much about food, cooking, and that I had way more will-power than I ever gave myself credit for. After the Reset was over I kept following the plan and lost an additional 3 lbs. It was like the weight was just sliding off of me. I truly believe that this is the best program out there and while it is a substantial initial investment ($229.95) it is totally worth it. You can do the program over and over again. I have done over a dozen Challenge Groups and no group loses weight like the Ultimate Reset group. One of my challengers lost 20 lbs in just 21-days. I got my parents to do the program and they have had success and follow it to this day as well as many of my friends. This plan is hard work and there is a lot of prep and clean up, but it is the way we should all be eating. You will never feel so good and your body will thank you if you commit to do the Ultimate Reset. I have an online support group starting July 1 and I would love it if you joined me! You can learn more and order the program at www.ultimatereset.com/juliesmyth. Here's to clean eating this summer!