Before talking about my experience with the latest organic weight loss supplement, I feel like I need to add a disclaimer: I did not go into this attempting to lose weight.
I am a big believer in loving your body as it is, and in eating, and being, healthy rather than focusing on weight.
That said, however, with our North American diets and fairly sedentary lifestyles, being healthy and losing weight often go hand in hand.
And some of us, like myself, have one heck of a time keeping extra weight off.
(Hello, spare tire! And "No, complete stranger, I am not pregnant. Thank you, though, for asking".)
And when my absolute FAVOURITE certified organic skin care and-basically-everything-else company came out with a 3 day fasting product that people were totally tripping over each other to get...
...I figured I'd give it a shot.
Fasting and Weight Loss
One of the most well-known intermittent fasting diets is the 5:2 Fast Diet, that encourages you to eat the recommended calorie intake for 5 days of the week, and restrict calorie intake to 25% (about 500 calories per day for women and 600 for men) for the other 2 days.
The organic weight loss supplement that I tried this week - Miessence's FAST - works on the same principle of restricting calorie intake to 25% for 3 days.
This requires the body to dip into the glucose that is stored in the liver and the muscles during those 3 days. And when your body begins to burn stored glucose, then you begin to burn excess fat as a source of energy.
But weight loss isn't the only benefit of intermittent fasting...
Other Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Some studies have shown that intermittent fasting can...
- improve blood pressure
- lower cholesterol levels
- lower insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of diabetes
- give the immune system a boost
A detoxification process also occurs, because any toxins stored in the body's fat are dissolved and removed from the body
University of Oxford
Best Organic Weight Loss Supplement
The thing that I love most about Miessence's organic weight loss supplement is that it is not JUST an organic weight loss supplement.
(Remember, folks: be happy in your body. You are beautiful.)
That's why I decided to try this product instead of just high-tailing it for the ice cream shelf...
Miessence's FAST gives you a TON of protein, fibre, antioixdants, and alkalising greens.
So it is an organic weight loss supplement, but it's also a whole bunch of other things...
- Weight Loss Formula
- Protein Shake
- Prebiotic Formula
- Fibre Supplement
- Green Alkalising Supplement
- Liver and Colon Cleansing Supplement
- Super Antioxidant Drink
- Immune Support Supplement
- Energy Drink
And remember some of the other benefits of intemittent fasting? Lower blood pressure and cholesterol, lower insulin resistance and risk of diabetes.
So let's talk about what's in my fave new organic weight loss (and everything else) supplement...
Ingredients in Miessence's FAST Organic Weight Loss Supplement
- sprouted brown rice protein*
- pea protein*
- sprouted pea fibre*
- baobab powder*
- acacia gum*
- wheat grass juice powder*
- barley grass juice powder*
- burdock root*
- dandelion root*
- matcha green tea*
- aloe vera leaf*
- orange peel*
- peppermint leaf*
- freeze dried olive juice extract*
- dried coffee fruit extract
- cascara sagrada*
- luo han fruit protein*
*certified organic ingredient
My Experience with Miessence's FAST Shake
So I tried this product out for the full 3 days. And, let me tell you, it was pretty tough not to cheat and say, "Well, this is the end of day 3. It's basically the same as the morning of day 4. Maybe I need popcorn and a beer."
But I did indeed last the full 3 days.
So here's how it went.
Day 1 was the hardest. I really wanted some sushi and a fruit smoothie. But I held out. I did "cheat" a little bit and add some beets, kale, spinach, and blueberries to my lunchtime FAST shake.
Day 2 was angry and weepy. This might have been just a regular 'what do I do with my life' sort of speedbump, but I think I was extra emotional because of the fast and the detox stuff my body was doing.
What I found especially interesting was the by day 2, I would get really hungry and really want some sugar or some chocolate, but once I had my FAST shake, that craving went away.
My body was getting a lot of the essential nutrients it needed (TONS of protein and iron) so once I had those nutrients in my belly, the cravings went away.
Day 3 was actually kind of super awesome. By day 3 I was starting to get that 'cleaner, lighter' feeling. And I felt good.
I was not craving food on day 3, though I knew that I couldn't last forever on this crazy 3 day thing, and I definitely did look forward to that homemade quinoa salad and veggie soup that was prepped for day 4.
I also "cheated" a little bit on day 3 and added half a banana and some raspberries to my lunch and dinner shake.
And super cool side affect: my sugar cravings were virtually gone.
Overall, I found some pretty surprising effects to this 3 day experiment.
- I lost 8 pounds in 3 days. Some of this was fat, some was likely water weight, and some was just 'junk' that built up in my body. (I'll spare you the poop talk...) Update: 3 weeks later and the entire 8 pounds are still gone. Success!
- I felt cleaner and lighter and just overall better.
- I have more energy.
- My sugar cravings are virtually gone.
- I have a much easier time determining when I'm hungry and when I'm full. (Prior to this, I was eating as much as I thought I needed based on calories and portions and at the time I though appropriate.)
- My hair is actually much nicer than it was before the FAST. (What?!)
A few points to note, though, if you're going to try out this organic weight loss supplement: the benefits of fasting go way beyond just weight loss.
Intermittent fasting, especially when you have the right nutrients in your supplement, can help you to 'reset' your gut, to clean out your digestive system (that's what the cascara is for), and to shine a light on your eating patterns.
I was able to identify when I was just eating out of habit, rather than hunger.
And Miessence's FAST shake also helped cut my sugar cravings WAY down, which means less useless calories that my body just stores as fat.
If you want to keep the weight off though, you need to focus on diet and exercise, on keeping portions reasonable and eating a plant-heavy diet.
If you can do that, then this organic weight loss supplement will just help your body kick the whole process into high gear.