What is the Advocare 24 Day Challenge?
To those of you who are not familiar with the Advocare 24 Day Challenge, it is a supplementation and nutrition program that is meant not only to jumpstart weight loss, but also to achieve overall wellness and increased energy levels. It helps people get in the habits of clean eating and exercise. We all know that we can lose weight by eating clean and exercising, yet why aren’t we all doing it? For me, the most difficult part of any weight loss journey is the beginning when I am trying to establish those healthy habits. This is why the Advocare products have been so helpful to me.
Can’t I Just Eat Right and Exercise Without Supplementation?
In the past I have tried to implement clean eating and exercise without supplementation. I found that when I switched over to eating clean I felt horrible. The decrease in caloric intake left me feeling weak and irritable with that gnawing sensation in my stomach as if I was starving. Because I felt like this, there was no way I was going to start exercising. As a result, I would end up going back to my unhealthy eating habits.
This time was different. The Advocare 24 Day Challenge consists of two phases: The cleanse phase is the first ten days, and the max phase is the last fourteen days. From the first day, I felt a difference. These supplements work! I have had my share of cheap alternatives that don’t do anything, but I could really feel the difference when taking these supplements. From the very first day I noticed that I felt energetic. I felt motivated to exercise because my energy level was so high and my mood was elevated. I did not feel weak, sluggish, and irritable like I felt during past attempts at weight loss. I also noticed that I did not feel hungry. I wasn’t trying to distract myself until the next meal because of that starvation feeling that I felt in the past when attempting to cut calories. I was completely satisfied, and I found it very easy to stay disciplined in my food choices. I did not feel deprived at all.
The supplements were the key to making the transition to clean eating and exercise an enjoyable one. This program helped me to establish healthy habits. I did not have to buy any special foods, although there is a meal replacement shake that tastes great and gives me all the nutrients I need when I am short on time. But other than that, I have been eating regular food found in the grocery store and enjoying it.
The Two Phases of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge
The Cleanse Phase (Days 1-10)
This cleanse is not like other colon cleanses I have done where I was not able to leave the house for fear of not being near a toilet. The purpose of the cleanse phase is to get rid of toxins in the body and to prepare the body to absorb all the nutrients in the max phase. This cleanse is not a fasting or liquid only phase. You will eat a regular diet of nutritious food and feel great. Along with the healthy eating, the cleanse phase includes a fiber drink and supplements designed to cleanse the colon. If you have issues with constipation, you will notice that they will resolve during this phase. It felt so good to be regular and to cleanse my body of all those toxins. This along with the notable increase in energy level made for a great ten days. I lost 3 pounds in the first two days, and my weight stayed there for the rest of the cleanse phase. But I did notice a change in my body. I was not bloated, my clothes were fitting better, and I could tell that my face was thinner. The average weight loss reported during this phase is 5-10 pounds.
The Max Phase (Days 11-24)
The max phase is designed to fuel the body with what it needs for optimal health. There are three different programs with an emphasis in certain areas:
E is for people who really want to keep their energy level up and rev up their metabolism
C is for people who need maximum appetite control
3 is for overall wellness, energy and appetite control
I chose max phase 3, and I am on day 16. I feel great! I noticed that the supplements keep my energy level high and give me great appetite control. I find it easy to make wise food choices, and I don’t feel deprived. I have plenty of energy to exercise, so it makes it easy to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. The average weight loss reported at the end of the 24 Day Challenge is 12 pounds and 10 inches. Now that I am establishing the healthy habits of eating clean and exercising, I know that I will continue to be healthy, have a lot of energy, and continue to lose weight.
For me, the hardest part of losing weight is changing those bad habits of eating unhealthy food and not exercising. This challenge is making the transition so much easier. How about you? What is the hardest part of losing weight for you?