Antonios and I are wondering if Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset 21-day cleanse works. We have high expectations for this particular 21-day cleanse because we have a lot of respect for the creators of the Ultimate Reset cleanse protocol. But as with all things on FueltheBodyWell.com, we test and tell so you thrive.
In today’s post, we share our measurement criteria for answering the question does the Ultimate Reset 21-day cleanse work? In part two Results from doing the Ultimate Reset 21-Day Cleanse, we review the results based on these measurement criteria.
If you are wondering why we think doing a cleanse is a loving way to fuel your body well, you might be interested in reading more details about toxemia, deficiency, and the benefits of a healthy cleanse. If you already know you want to do a cleanse, and you are wondering if the Ultimate Reset will work, read on.
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Does the Ultimate Reset cleanse work?
We are getting ready to kick off our test. We’ll keep you posted along the way, and when the cleanse is over, we’ll let you know our answer to the question: does the Ultimate Reset 21-day cleanse work? We have been experimenting with various annual cleanses since the 1990′s because we believe it is one of the ways to support longterm wellness. This year, since we are blogging about our experience, we thought it would be helpful to have defined measurement criteria. How will we measure if the cleanse works?
1) Blood work.
We are getting our blood drawn tomorrow (Saturday, April 21, 2012) and we will be beginning our reset on Monday, April 23. We will get it drawn again at the end of the 21-days.
2) Athletic performance.
- We did weight training today and did every machine until muscle exhaustion recording the weight and reps so we will be able to measure the impact on performance. We will repeat the test 1 week after the reset ends. (The Ultimate Reset program guide recommends to return to 50% exertion the week following the cleanse; therefore we’ll wait until the following week to test our performance)
- We will also perform a fit test to measure our cardio performance before and after.
3) Body composition.
We recorded our before and after weight and measurements tonight (Friday, April 20, 2012), and we will repeat the same measurements at the end of the 21-days.
4) Qualitative measures.
We will fill out a questionnaire on day 1 and day 21 about our levels of energy, frequency of elimination, comfort with digestion, etc
How is the Ultimate Reset cleanse going to work?
We like that this cleanse is divided into phases. Having a phased process sets your body up for success and supports more thorough elimination of the toxins from your body. When a cleanse is too harsh or too short, there is a risk that the toxins that you release from your fat cells will not be eliminated, but actually end up getting reabsorbed by your body. The phased approach takes that into consideration and allows for time to eliminate the toxins that were released.
Below is what the Ultimate Reset program guide says about the phases of the 21-day cleanse. As we are doing the cleanse, we’ll let you know what we experience first hand.
In phase one, you reclaim your body, preparing your body for change. You’ll slowly remove foods such as red meat and dairy, which are known to place stress on the digestive system, from your diet.
In the second week, phase two, you release the toxic compounds that are stored within your tissues, clogging your cells and blocking proper nutrient absorption. You’ll now be eating a fully vegetarian diet
In phase three, the third week, you’ll restore your metabolism to maximum efficiency, putting nutrients, enzymes, and pre and probiotics back into your system. You’ll cut back further on grains; now you’ll be eating mostly fruits and vegetables.
We are adding a phase 4 to our evaluation. We ordered the Ultimate Reset with Deluxe HD, which includes an ongoing maintenance kit which will come the month following the reset. We feel that if we are going to do the work for 21-days to cleanse our systems, that we’d like to really lock in the benefits by using the maintenance kit the following month.
Wondering what comes when you order the Ultimate Reset. For a sneak peak, you can check out this 5 minute video of the contents of our Ultimate Reset Kit. (And feel free to laugh at how silly I look in every youtube freeze frame.)
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