Sunday, July 19, 2009

Detox to Optimize Athletic Performance

Detox to Optimize Athletic
by Estella Hom

As an athlete, it is important to be at your best and to always be able to perform optimally. To do so requires one to be both mentally and physically fit. Your body is a machine, much like a car.

It requires regular maintenance and is powered by the fuel you give it. If you cut corners and feed it inferior grade fuel, performance will suffer. If you give it the best, premium grade fuel, you will have optimized the chances of high performance.

Having said that, by cutting out all the junk, processed foods, refined sugars, and replacing it with natural foods and healthy fats, you will see a difference.

It has been said that by purging your body of toxins, you will in turn revitalize your mind, keep energy levels high, and body fat down.

In an attempt to optimize my performance and to gain an extra edge, over the last 3 days I decided to go on a Fruit Detox program. Any extra weight and toxins I have is going to hold me back so it must go!

I’m not an endorser on popping pills to achieve end results, and much prefer to do my cleansing through natural foods, which is one of the main reasons why I decided to try Jay Robb’s 3 Day Fruit Flush Detox.

It claims that one can lose as much as 9lbs while on this program, no workouts necessary. Okay, I didn’t quite lose THAT much, but I did come close and couldn’t resist fitting in a couple of kettlebell workouts in between.

After having tried it, I was really surprised that it didn’t leave me hungry all the time and I still had more than enough energy for my workouts. However, I did crave food – especially on Day 1, where I was just consuming whey protein all day.

Other than that, I like how this detox is very natural in the sense that you’re always consuming fruits/protein. The richest food I ever consumed was avocados.

The program was especially easy to follow and keep to since I was swamped with deadlines at work and pretty much tied to my computer all day. I packed all my fruits the night before to save on time.

As for results, I lost 5lbs on the first day alone! Then for the remainder of the time I lost another pound, making it a total of 6lbs by the end of the detox.

Not too shabby at all. I felt cleaner, my abs were flatter, I was revved and ready to go!
I feel great and would definitely do it again. The fact that it’s only for 3 days, I think anyone can do it.

Bottom line: Doing a detox for 3 days is a great way to lose a few quick pounds but not a quick fix solution for weight loss. For the long term, I suggest adopting healthy eating habits that include a good balance of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and fats. If you’re in, you’re in all the way!

About Estella
Hi, my name’s Estella Hom. I’m a graphic designer, athlete, and kettlebell fat loss expert and Funk Roberts Bootcamp Trainer. Design and fitness are my two passions.

After 4 years of crunching designs in front of a computer, all niters, and very poor eating habits, I earned my Bachelor of Design Degree from York University/Sheridan College and was fat. All of which changed when I began working out, training with kettlebells and embracing a healthier lifestyle.

The fat literally melted off my body and I underwent a complete transformation. I lost 45lbs, 21″ off my body, am down 7 dress sizes, and feel better than ever! I still design away on my computer but live a much more athletic and balanced lifestyle.

Here, I will share with you tips and secrets to winning the war against body fat, getting more out of your busy life, and achieving your personal best.

Failure is not an option. Do what you got to do.


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