I feel like I need to do a review of the 3-Day Refresh as it is one of the most popular Beachbody programs that people ask me about. I've done the program THREE times. Ironic? Maybe. The last time I completed the Refresh was after indulging from my wedding/honeymoon/Christmas. It was MUCH needed! There was WAYYY too many mai tais consumed on that spectacular trip to Hawaii. My stomach had expanded and I needed a fresh start without craving sugar and garbage.
Whenever I let myself fall into this kind of slump I always end up feeling like this:
Can’t resist the urge to finish everything on my plate
Skipping 1-2 of my 5-6 meals
Not drinking enough water
Unmotivated to workout
Feeling uncomfortable in clothes as they were getting tighter in certain spots
ALL signs point to the Refresh when this starts to happen.
Of course, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to lose a few pounds of alcohol bloat but weight loss was not my main reason for the cleanse. When I complete the 3-Day Refresh it shows me that I don't HAVE to have the excessive amounts of food and drinks to "survive". The Refresh actually takes a lot more mental strength than physical namely because eating for me, and most people, is a MAJOR social gathering.
Why would someone want to do the 3-Day Refresh?
What is it?
The 3-Day Refresh is a three day cleanse with 3 vegan shakes, a fiber drink, lots of water, 2 fruits, 3 vegetables and 3 healthy fats throughout the day. You follow a simple meal plan that offers many alternatives on the approved food lists with serving sizes. There are also optional hot tea and coffee options that you can use Stevia to sweeten if you would like. Everything is laid out for you, there's no guess work involved!
What is included?
I recommend you order the challenge pack, which will give you the 3-Day Refresh complete kit as well as one month of Shakeology to ensure your success with healthier choices. Basically, so you don’t spend all your money, time and effort on this cleanse and then on Day 4 blow it out of the water again! That would be such a waste of time and money!
Shakeology – Your daily dose of dense superfood nutrition that will replace one meal during and after the Refresh. It is loaded with 72+ super foods that replaces a vitamin and probiotics!
Vanilla Fresh Shake – These shakes are dairy and soy-free. They are an excellent source of plant protein and fiber. There are 22 vitamins and minerals as well as probiotics. Also the Vanilla Fresh Shake has potato protein extract that is proven to help curb hunger with no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or sweeteners.
Fiber Sweep – A soluble and insoluble fiber blend that naturally eliminates waste from your digestive system. It consists of flax, chia and psyllium seed husks. Fiber helps to keep our bodies healthy and to promote fat loss.
Where do you begin?
After you receive your package in the mail you need to set a start date, contact your coach for them to help you in a challenge group for support and accountability – again so you don’t just order a product and never use it! It is recommended that you either choose a long weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) or a 3-day portion during your week. I recommend a time during the week where you will stay busy so your mind isn’t as focused on food and you can more easily avoid temptation.
What to expect?
This is a cleanse and it lasts 3 days. It is not a program intended for to you feel super-full or satisfied. The overall calorie estimate is around 900 calories. That being said, I personally didn’t feel famished, but there were times I felt hungry. I would drink water or have a hot tea and it would go away. I definitely had FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) when it came to seeing other people eat.
You will notice there are times when you want to put food in your mouth; not because you are hungry, but more out of habit or boredom than actual hunger. You may experience some gas and/or bloating. This is to be expected and is a sign of your body cleaning out. As a former sufferer of IBS, I can assure you that I was at no point tethered to a toilet. I would have had PTSD if that were the case and would NEVER recommend this program to anyone if that was the result. This isn't a colonic! You are allowed to exercise during the 3-Day Refresh but only light to moderate exercise. I would recommend pilates, yoga or light cardio. Something like a run, spin class, or heavy lifting IS NOT recommended.
How do I prepare?
The week before you decide to begin the 3-Day Refresh, I would suggest the following:
Increase your vegetable, fruit and fiber intake.
Start limiting your red meat and caffeine intake.
Increasing your water intake. It is recommended that you drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water each day and up to 1 gallon of water to maximize your results.
Start cycling down the intensity of your workouts.
You will be the most successful if you have a plan! Open your package, select the foods you want to eat and make a shopping list. There is a guide in the book that helps you in this process, it's easy to follow.
What were my results?
Where can I purchase the 3-Day Refresh Challenge Pack?