I Gave Up Exercise for two Weeks and Got In the Best Shape of My Life


I’ve by no means dieted in my life. I reside by the 80-20 rule—eat wholesome 80 % of the time, let much less wholesome meals slide 20 % of the time (okay, okay perhaps my rule is extra like 60-40).

I additionally work out rather a lot (normally 5 to seven days every week), so I by no means felt dangerous about indulging with pals on the weekend or stress-eating throughout the week (learn: protein bar binges; we’ve got plenty of bars right here at Shape HQ).

But when Jamba Juice and celeb coach Harley Pasternak challenged me to attempt the Body Reset Diet (sound acquainted? You could have seen it on Khloé Kardashian’s Revenge Body), I used to be intrigued. (A two-week weight loss program to reset my protein bar behavior? How dangerous might that be?) So I signed on.

How the weight loss program works: The first 5 days, I might eat 3 small Super Blend smoothies (made with recent substances similar to kale, Greek yogurt, lemon, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries); 2 Pasternak-approved “crunchy snacks” (extra on that beneath); and no less than 5 liters of water a day. In section 2, I might swap 1 smoothie for 1 ‘S’ meal (sandwich, stir-fry, scramble, or soup) from Pasternak’s The Body Reset Diet e-book. And the final 5 days, I used to be all the way down to only one smoothie a day and 2 ‘S’ meals.

The reset additionally challenged me to get seven hours of sleep an evening, unplug from all screens for an hour, and hit 12,000 steps a day with out understanding. (Exercise makes you hungrier, so Pasternak suggests laying low throughout the reset so you possibly can higher fight cravings.)

The meals I might deal with, however the lack of understanding troubled me. I hadn’t taken a exercise hiatus like this since a household journey to Paris in 2015. And even then I used to be doing lunges on each set of stairs I might discover. I anxious for my household, pals, and coworkers. (A hangry Marietta was 1 factor, however a benched Marietta was going to be insufferable.)

Regardless, I alerted household, pals, and fellow goal-crushers in Shape‘s private FB group of my new problem and vowed that I used to be going to Instastory my entire journey to carry myself accountable.

And I am not going to lie, the meals and exercise FOMO was actual, however so have been the outcomes. After 15 days, I misplaced 5 kilos and a complete of 5 inches in my waist, thighs, arms, and butt. My pores and skin was clear, my cravings have been underneath management (I had 1 KIND Bar—that is it!), and I might go to sleep extra simply (new physique, who dis?).

But taking a step again to have a look at my weight loss program and train habits additionally supplied some eye-opening perception about my physique and my well being. Here are 4 of the most important classes I discovered.

#1 I wasn’t as match as I assumed.

According to Pasternak, blasting energy for an hour a day at kickboxing will not reverse the injury from sitting the remainder of the day. While I by no means considered myself as sedentary (how might I be after I’m understanding 5 to seven occasions every week?), I not often hit 10,000 steps a day.

On Pasternak’s no-workout plan, I used to be all the time transferring. To hit 12,000 steps a day, I’d stroll 2 miles with my canine within the morning, stroll 1.5 miles from the bus station to work, stroll 1.5 to 2 miles to Jamba for lunch (then again to the workplace), then stroll from work to the bus station, logging the ultimate 1,000 or so steps round the home.


Walking this a lot wasn’t only a bodily problem however a psychological 1. (Actually, paying attention to that little “move now!” buzz of my Fitbit was a habit I had to work hard to create). But as the times went on, I acquired good about transferring all through the day. In reality, by the final 2 days of the reset, Pasternak even challenged me to take 14,000 steps a day. Moving all through the day as a substitute of simply throughout a exercise class helped preserve my thoughts busy, too. I quickly forgot in regards to the snack drawer, and people noon walks at lunch actually broke up the day. I by no means as soon as felt that stress that used to kick-start my binges. The better part? I fell asleep extra simply. I was a “toss and turn on Instagram” particular person, making it unattainable to sleep, so this was a HUGE change for me. I’d usually take HIIT courses within the night, so I might be wired at evening and would keep up till 2 a.m. after which get up at 6 a.m., which left me drained, careworn, and craving—you guessed it—protein bars. Plus, TBH, strolling 12-14Okay steps a day on a reduced-calorie weight loss program, I used to be genuinely drained, and I knew that the sooner I fell asleep, the sooner I acquired to eat within the morning.

#2 My parts have been method off.

Before this reset, I all the time thought I ate healthfully. But because it seems, regardless that I used to be maintaining a healthy diet staples (avocado toast, child carrots, low-fat cheese, Greek yogurt), my parts have been method off.

Pasternak says that per serving, we should always purpose for a hand-size quantity of protein (lean turkey or rooster, tofu, black beans); a palm filled with fiber (fruits, entire grain, or legumes); and wholesome fat (hummus with none oils, or avocado, nuts, or chia seeds) in regards to the measurement of the space from the tip of your thumb to the bottom of your thumb.

This blew my thoughts. No marvel I used to be ravenous after I might had my Greek yogurt—I did not have any fiber to make it a whole snack. (A lemon ricotta crostini topped with arugula and edamame from Pasternak’s e-book, I discovered, supplied the correct amount of fat, protein, and veggies to maintain me full.)

#3 Thirst could be disguised as starvation.

Pasternak advised me early on that thirst is definitely typically mistaken as starvation. So all through this course of, I actually discovered to research my starvation. I acquired within the behavior of asking myself, ‘When was the final time you ate?’ or ‘When was the final time you drank water?’ If I assumed I used to be a little bit low on fluids, I might make some tea or drink a glass of water. And like magic, I would not be hungry anymore, I felt extra energized with out the jitteriness that espresso may give me typically (a love-hate relationship) and my pores and skin was clear because of giving up these sugary protein bar binges.


#4 You *can* get a nutritious meal on-the-go.

When I signed up for the reset, I feared that the smoothies could be full of processed substances and full of sugar, however I used to be pleasantly stunned that every had recent substances that created a balanced meal. Plus, Jamba Juice permits you to combine and match substances when you do not see a precise mix you want, or when you desire, say, spinach to peanut butter. (You’ll need to check this out to make sure you aren’t accidentally blending up on a sugar- or calorie-bomb smoothie, although.) So, I discovered that simply because a meals was a “fast” meal, it wasn’t routinely unhealthy. Jamba’s Super Blend Smoothies are full of apples, berries, chia, pumpkin seeds, cucumber, and spinach. Even extra: Since ending my smoothie reset, I cease by no less than as soon as every week simply because it’s so handy (and since I could or will not be hooked on the PB ‘N Jealous).

My reset outcomes: Yes, I had train FOMO every so often, however I walked away feeling stronger and searching leaner than ever. One of the principle causes Pasternak says to not work out on the Body Reset Diet: Exercise tends to tremendous cost the urge for food, making these cravings that rather more noticeable. By not understanding, I did not have that “I earned this” mentality that I normally had post-class. Now, I’ve dropped that feeling that if I miss a exercise, my day is shot, and I’d as properly eat no matter I would like. In reality, I am nonetheless understanding much less than earlier than I began and have maintained my weight. Instead, after I oversleep or really feel too sore to make it to a category, I simply know to include motion all through my day and do #mypersonalbest to hit these 12,000—er, 14,000—steps a day. I concentrate on fueling my physique with the suitable stuff and the suitable proportions. After all, consuming proper, transferring extra, unplugging, and attempting to get a full seven hours of sleep is a exercise.

This article initially appeared on Shape.com.

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