Over a year and a half ago, I decided that I needed a drastic change as I was overweight for my height and was getting heartburn and severe back ache every day.
I was told about the Jumpstart 7 Day Weight Loss Program and did some research on it. Firstly I understood that it was a "Detox" and a "Jumpstart" only. I needed something to get me started and prepare me for a weight-loss program. I lost 16 kilograms in total during and after the jump start program.
The Jump start 7 Day Weight Loss Program is a seven-day juicing fast whereby you consume nothing more than fruit- and vegetable-based juices. A shopping list is provided of exactly what fruit and veggies you need for the week. It is suggested that a week before doing a detox, that you get your body ready by eating the fruits and veggies instead of shocking your body with no solid food and just starting on a juice diet / fast.
I bought the complete pack which contains:
* Jump Start 7 day weight-loss program book
* Jump Start Juicing machine
* Jump Start juice Kid's Korner (recipe book)
* A book with other recipes (smoothies etc)
There is a detailed meal program in the book which shows receipes that need to be followed (Breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, mid afternoon snack and dinner) It gives an explanation of what each fruit / vegetable does for your body individually and also when you combined certain fruit and veggies together, what they do for your body collectively. It explains why those fruit and veggies are paired together and which toxins are released.
While doing the Jumpstart program, it is recommended that you get as much rest as possible. Many people will feel bursts of energy while on the program, but it is still recommended that you reserve your energy to aid in your body’s detoxification process.
If you do exercise while on the program, it is recommended that you do stretching exercises, yoga, deep breathing, walking, light jogging or rebounding on a small trampoline.
Intense physical activity should be avoided.
It is recommended that you take a photo of yourself before you start the detox and also after.
A chart is provided in the book which you can to fill out your measurements as the week unfolds (weight, waist, thigh, breast measurements etc) You can lose up to 7 kilograms in the week doing this detox. I lost 3 kilos in this week as I didn't realize that I was about to menstruate. I was happy with 3 kilos as some people cant lose 2 kilos in a whole month, so 3 kilos in one week was an achievement for me. I also lost 6 cm on my waist and 3 centimeters on my hips.
In the beginning the juices where sweet and taste nice. But you still get hungry. So I read the book carefully which stated that you should use a spoon and "eat" the juice as if you are having soup. Just drinking it from a glass is only quenching your thirst but not doing anything four your hunger. When you use a spoon, it kind of sends a signal to your stomach that food is on its way. You take longer to finish the juice and you seem to be fuller afterwards. It sounds absurd but it really works.
My the middle of the week I had no hunger issues and found that the juices filled me up until it was time for the next juice. Also the juices where not not as sweet anymore but still manageable.
By the end of the week, I was finding it very difficult to finish the juices. It was like the recommended amount / quantity was too much. But in fact, it was my tummy that had shrunk. Also the juices started to taste not so nice as things like basil was being added. Also , raw cabbage was not so nice. But I had to just consume it, because I was seeing the results and had come so far already.
So what happens after the seven day detox?
So the week after the detox you are still advised not to eat solid food. As you can imagine, it will be another shock to your system and you will pick up the weight you just lost if you try to eat solid food straight away.
On the first day afterward, you have to now continue with the fruit and veggies but eat them raw instead of juicing them. You must continue to have some juices as snacks during the day
On the second day you may introduce soups and still continue to eat fruit and drink juices like the first day.
On the third day you may have your soup with a fresh salad while continuing drinking the juices and eating fruits.
On the fourth day, while eating the fruits and drinking the juices, you may introduce some free range chicken or some fish.
Thereafter the book gives you tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle while incorporating juices into your daily life.
So in the three months following this detox, I followed a balanced diet and lost an insane amount of weight to bring my total weight loss to 16 kilos. The weight just fell off. If I did not have a jump start I would not have been able to stick to a diet and the weight would have been harder to lose. I guess once the toxins where released, it must have been easier to shed the weight.
It is recommended that you do this detox once a year to flush out toxins from the body. After a year and a half it is definitely time to detox again even though I have managed to keep the weight off. Winter was tough and I ate things that I should have not eaten. In my defence, the cold weather does make a person eat more junk! lol Also this detox clears up any skin problems as well, so since I have been eating poorly lately my skin is not looking its best. So I would say that I am overdue for my next detox.
Sorry for the long post but I wanted to share my experience.
Thanks for reading.