So you've just completed the 21 Day Slender You Challenge and are wondering what to do next and how to maintain your results. Firstly, good on you for taking the three-week plunge! Creating your dream body takes tremendous will power. The kickstart was only the beginning of the journey to a healthier and more... uhm...slender you.
Do a “diet debriefing”
The first thing you need to do before deciding on a plan of action after the 21-day program is to take a minute to regroup and reset. Determine whether you have reached your goal weight in the last three weeks or do you need to give your body some more time? A diet debrief will help you reset your goals.
Once you've decided on what you want to achieve, simply select your goal and follow the suggested steps.
Follow these FIVE tips if you have not reached my goal weight YET.
- Repeat the 21-day kickstart challenge
There is no harm in repeating the challenge for up to 42 days. Many people who suffer from obesity follow a VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) for up to 90 days. You can also take a week break before beginning again. You can do the challenge by yourself or why not challenge a bestie to join you? Another great option is to get your colleagues to embark on your next challenge with you as this means that they won't be tempting you with fast food or unhealthy snacks. You could opt to have your one sensible meal at work and start a lunch club where you take turns to make lunch for your crew or challenge partner. Or how about blending recipes from the Slender You smoothie guide with a portable or USB blender at work with your Smoothie Squad at your side?
- Continue your Slender You journey with the 3-2-1 plan
The 3-2-1 plan is an effective eating plan where all you need to do is stick to THREE 100-calorie Slender You approved snacks a day, replace TWO of your meals with Slender You shakes or smoothies and Enjoy a healthy sensible 3rd meal (usually dinner with the family)
We also suggest you drink at least 2 Litres of pure water or use our Slender You Slimming tonics for added flavour- now that's simple fuss-free weight loss.
- Continue to watch your calories and carbohydrates
When striving to shed weight, it is important to ensure that the amount of calories being burned by the body is less than the amount being consumed. You don't need to run away at the sight of a carb, but ensure that you are eating quality complex carbs to ensure ongoing weight loss. Simple carbs turn into sugar which is stored by the body as fat so stick to oats, brown bread and sweet potato and veggies for good carbs.
- Keep your fasting window open
Were you following our advice about intermittent fasting? Continue to ensure that your body remains a fat-burning machine by fasting for at least 12 hours after your last meal. And speaking of your meals, try to fill your plate with green leafy veggies, low-calorie veggies, complex carbs and protein and opt for good fats like avocado, MCT oil, and coconut oil.
If you are ready for the next step - We suggest trying our 16:8 Diet Plan.
Here you will fast for 16hrs per day and eat in an 8 hour window.
5. Just keep walking
No, this is not an alcohol advertisement, we just believe in simple weight loss and walking is one of the things we advise as a way to burn extra calories.
10 000 steps is what we recommended in the Slender You 21 day Kick Start Guide, continue this walking plan to encourage more weight loss after your challenge. You can also take things up a notch by working out and by increasing your workout time and intensity. Implement the use of weights to build muscle to increase your metabolism.
6. Steer clear of sugar
Sugar is the enemy of all diet plans. Try your best to limit the intake of sugar when wanting to cut weight. If your sweet tooth is about to derail your weight loss efforts then grab a fruit or blend up a delicious smoothie with your Slender You Shake powder. Also make sure to have a stash of Slender You Craving Busters and Slender You Skinny Puddings in the cupboard for a low-calorie diet approved way to satisfy an intense sweet craving. Finally, desserts are part of a diet plan! You can thank us later.
If you have already reached your goal weight and want to maintain your results, here is your plan of action.
Shake things up to start the day
Replace one meal a day with your favourite Slender You Shake. Add some fruit, yoghurt or milk and blend your favourite Slender You Smoothie- most prefer their shake in the morning for breakfast.
Stick to sensible eating
Of course you can take a break from hard core dieting and even indulge in the occasional sweet treat, pizza or burger but, in order to maintain results try to eat sensibly.
Cleanse once to twice a year
Many women find it beneficial to partake in a “cleanse” or “detox” once or twice a year. Try the technique by doing the Slender You 21 Day Challenge once or twice a year. You can also continue with intermittent fasting, if you have implemented it as a weight loss tool during your challenge.
Remember to do some activity to maintain your current weight. It doesn't have to be crazy. You can even take a brisk walk, that is enough to get the heart rate going.
Get your Slender You maintenance stack
Slender You supplements can be used to maintain weight loss. We recommend our Slimming Tonics, Carb blockers, Craving Busters, CLA and even our Fat Burner to keep your weight in check.
Slender You can form part of any journey. Whether your goal is lose weight, cut belly fat, maintain weight loss, curb sweet tooth cravings or just boost your overall health, there is a Slender You supplement just for you! Shop yours here: www.slenderyou.co.za