WHAT I EAT IN A DAY TO LOSE WEIGHT
Here’s how I eat to lose weight – on a detox day
I often get asked what I eat in a day to lose weight – and also, what I eat in a day when I do a detox. In this post and video, I’m going to show you what I eat in a day to lose weight, and what I eat while I’m doing a detox.
Sometimes I like to detox to kickstart my weight-loss, and sometimes I like to do a detox to cleanse my body – so that I feel refreshed and healthy (maybe I’ve been eating a bit more unhealthy food than usual).
THE MOST EPIC DETOX PLAN
Here in this post and video, I’m going to show you some some healthy and filling recipes that are great for detoxing. These recipes are all plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.
I like to avoid all animal products when I do a cleanse – including all meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, yogurt, cheese & milk. While detoxing, it’s best to eat only plant-based foods for a few days – this allows the body to cleanse properly and get rid of any toxins.
You don’t need to juice all of your meals, rather opt for whole foods while doing a cleanse. Eat plant-based protein and healthy plant-based fats with fresh fruits and vegetables while detoxing to ensure that your body gets all of the nutrients that it needs.
Your detox meals can taste good – it’s actually best if they are, because then you will enjoy them and will therefore get more benefit from them. Use natural fresh herbs and spices to bring flavour to your food while you detox, and find combinations of fruit and vegetables that you love to make your meals more enjoyable. Simple plant-based meals can be absolutely amazing as well as nourishing!
DETOX VS. VEGAN?
In general, I follow a gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free diet – I’m not vegan, but I do like to eat mostly plant-based foods. I’d say that in an average day, 2 of my meals will be plant-based – sometimes all of them will be plant-based. But I sometimes add eggs, fish and lean meats into my diet too – this is just the way that I like to eat.
I always get asked why I’m not vegan, and I’n not sure why people ask me that question such a lot – maybe it’s because I eat mostly plant-based foods.
I have been vegan in the past, a few times actually – long before I started this blog! But it just didn’t work for me, I became very anaemic and I had to make some lifestyle changes. HOWEVER, I don’t judge or make opinions about anyone else’s diet. I believe that every person has the right to follow a diet that they prefer – everyone is entitled to make their own choices about what diet they would like to follow.
WHY EVEN DETOX?
If you have been struggling to lose weight – you may notice that if you detox your body, you might start to shed weight that has been hard to get rid of in the past. Doing a cleanse can help to get rid of water retention, which can add to weight gain. When you detox your body in a healthy way and make sure that it has all of the nutrients that it needs, you may be able to lose weight more easily because your body has everything that it needs and your immune system will be stronger.
If you are trying to lose weight, just remember to be mindful of calories consumption (no need to be obsessive about it though) while you do a detox (because even certain healthy plant-based foods can be calorie dense – but this does not make them bad, just eat them in moderation).
But detoxing is not just all about losing weight – when you cleanse your body, you may notice that you have a lot more sustained energy! This might be because you had built up toxins in your body, that your immune system was trying to protect you from. Detoxing can result in better energy and sustained energy (yes please!).
CALORIES PER DAY
I’ve also typed up the full recipes for you below – these recipes just serve me (they just serve 1). When I’m trying to lose weight, I’ll usually eat 3 meals per day – and sometimes I’ll have a snack (depending on how active I’ve been, how hungry I am that day and how I feel that day).
I usually eat 1100-1300 calories a day to lose weight, and sometimes I’ll eat up to 1400 calories – if I really need it or have been more active than usual. I have a petite frame, but women with a taller frame will need to eat more to lose weight in a healthy way. I talk more about how to work out your personal calorie needs in my book.
You can also download my 3 day eating plan for weight-loss, if you want another example of what to eat in a day to lose weight. I’m currently giving it away for Free, so you can download it and check it out if you want to.
I hope that you find this helpful!
Liezl Jayne xo
-1 medium banana (fresh or frozen)
-1/3 medium avocado
-1 flat teaspoon cold-pressed coconut oil
-2 teaspoons chia seeds (soaked with 6 teaspoons water)
-2 Tablespoons dry rolled oats
-1 handful baby spinach
-optional: 1 teaspoon spirulina or chlorella powder
-1/2 to 1 cup coconut water (or regular water)
-ice to taste
-on the side: 14 raw almonds
-blend all of the ingredient together until smooth
-serve chilled, drink, enjoy!
-munch on those raw almond on the side
Roughly 400 – 420 cal
-1/2 cup hummus
-2 Tablespoons sunflower seeds
-a few romaine lettuce leaves (I used 5 medium-small)
-8 olives (pitted and halved)
-1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
-squeeze of fresh lemon juice
-sea salt and black pepper
-using the romaine lettuce leaves as healthy “taco shells”, spoon some hummus onto each shell and spread it out
-top each romaine shell with cherry tomato halves, olive halves, sunflower seeds, fresh lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper
-eat and enjoy!
Roughly 360 cal
SNACK – OPTIONAL
-1/2 cup blueberries
-1/2 cup strawberries
-1/2 cup cherries
-1 cup green tea (with mint)
-snack on the berries and sip on the green tea!
-black and unsweetened green mint tea is totally refreshing and calorie free!
-1/2 cup cooked quinoa
-1 medium sweet potato
-1 cup chopped kale
-1 teaspoon cooking oil (I use macadamia oil)
-1/3 medium avocado
-8 raw walnuts
-fresh lemon juice
-sea salt and black pepper
-preheat oven to 180°C/ 360° F
-slice sweet potato and cook with sea salt, black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon oil for roughly 30 minutes
-sautee the chopped kale with 1/2 teaspoon oil, sea salt, black pepper and lemon juice
-slice the avocado
-add the sauteed kale, cooked quinoa, roasted sweet potato, sliced avocado and raw walnuts to a bowl
-serve fresh with sea salt, black pepper and fresh lemon juice to taste
-eat and enjoy!
Roughly 470 cal
Take note: Please note that you should be in a healthy state before you decide to follow a new way of eating, or a calorie restricted diet. It’s always advised that you talk to your GP, doctor or health care professional to see if a new way of eating is suitable for your personal health needs.
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