Our tester made it the full 21 days, "cheating" only a few times by eating an apple or a spoonful of salsa. Not so surprisingly, she dropped a whopping 15 and a half pounds. "I was nervous beforehand, but it was easy to follow once I got into a routine," she says. "I slept so much better and was no longer tired during the day. Plus, my skin is so clear and bright now, I've stopped wearing foundation!"
Healthy eating should be seen as a collection of small changes that span your entire lifetime. Getting married offers the perfect incentive to change the way you eat and the sooner you adopt this way of eating the better. In preparation for your wedding, start adopting a healthy way of eating as soon as possible.
Instead of skipping meals, Shapiro recommends eating every three hours, a series of small balanced meals and snacks that are free of hidden sugars and that are correctly paired, which means they should contain either lean protein or a heart-healthy fat paired with fiber. A few of her favorites? Sliced apples with raw almond butter, gluten free crackers with hummus, 1/2 of an avocado sprinkled with sea salt or 2 hard boiled eggs.
The B vitamins are essential for the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails. These vitamins are abundant in many whole foods including wholegrains, poultry, eggs, beans, pulses, nuts, seeds, dark green leafy vegetables and fruits such as avocado. These nutrients help to promote blood circulation, delivering nutrients to the skin and removing waste. They also help to oxygenate the skin by causing blood vessels to widen, which promotes microcirculation to the top layers of skin. Vitamin B6 may also help with puffiness through its role in the regulation of electrolytes, which affect fluid balance.
“I had never had any issues with my weight until a few years ago, when my work as an accountant started to become really busy and I began eating on the go. Rather than go home and cook a healthy meal, I was living on fast food and ready meals and often would skip meals and therefore be so hungry, I would over eat at the next one.”
A: You reintroduce the foods you eliminated, one category at a time, over a few days, evaluating at day 4 to see if you’ve had any negative reactions like bloating or fatigue. Assess, and repeat the process with the next food group. This step-by-step reintroduction method lets you see which foods are “triggers” (to be permanently removed from your diet) and which foods can go back into rotation. You end up with a truly personalized healthy-eating plan going forward. You may decide to keep your diet super clean. Or you may end up reintroducing dairy, gluten and coffee, for example, and continuing to steer clear of most sweeteners, processed meats and carbonated drinks.
On iZO's Hardcore Cleanse (a Gwyneth fave), our editors downed 13 teas and juices in unique flavors like fennel-lemon and cilantro-avocado each day for three to 14 days. Our testers completed five days. (Disclaimer: While the Hardcore Cleanse is no longer available the company offers a similar Superfood Cleanse of nutrient powders to be blended with juices and smoothies that you make or purchase on your own.)