I read – and write – about weight loss a lot, and Ive always been curious what it would be like to go on a cleanse. So when my co-worker received one in the mail, I jumped at the chance to try it. They can be pretty pricey (this one normally costs $72) – and this would probably be my only chance to try one for free. Plus, soup can be considered an entr©e, so it must be easier than juicing_right?
Heres the deal: Soup-Cleanse includes six packaged soups youre supposed to eat over the course of 24 hours. Each one has fewer than 100 calories, with the total daily intake coming to 335 calories. Even though the cleanse is super low-cal, the soups are designed to satisfy your appetite – although drinking water between meals is encouraged to help subdue hunger. A soup cleanse is much better than a juice-based one, the company says in a note that comes with the soups: By removing the fruit that makes green juice palatable, we eliminate the fructose and reduce calories while also keeping some fiber. So you end up feeling more full, with no glycemic spiking and more weight loss. Sounds promising.
After I decided to try the cleanse, I took to Twitter to chronicle how my mind and body adjusted to the one-day diet. Heres a sampling of my tweets (you can view all of them at @KTpoung).
I didnt expect to see a major drop in my weight after just one day, although I did lose a pound and a half (granted, I know from previously reporting on weight loss that a lot of it was probably water weight). One unexpected perk: Today, I noticed I felt full after having just a small piece of dark chocolate and half of a two-egg omelet.
Im glad I tried the cleanse because now I realize just how much changing your diet overnight can mess with you. Still, I missed chewing and actually enjoying my meals. And after this experience, dont expect me to order soup as an appetizer anytime soon.