Health & Beauty
My Slim-Down, Get-Glowing Detox
Forget juice cleanses. This eat-as-much-as-you-want diet promises weight loss and clear skin. But did it work?
Did I forget to mention this part of the "Gutbliss" detox?
"Move. Get sweaty as often as you can, ideally at least three times a week."
Not only does sweating help with your digestion, Chutkan says, it also increases blood flow to the skin, which is where you skin picks up nutrients (vital for a healthy glow). Exercise also boosts feel-good hormones like serotonin and endorphin while decreasing the stress hormone cortisol. In other words, it's a way to feel really, really great about everything.
The first five days of the plan, I convinced myself it was way too cold to go to the gym. (For a Florida-born California girl, 50 degrees is cold.) By the sixth day, I couldn't ignore Dr. Chutkan's advice any longer. I get myself to the gym (it's in the same office park as our building, so I have NO excuse) and hop on the treadmill. After battling with my inner lazy girl for the first five minutes, I actually start to enjoy it. By the end of the week, I'm taking magazines (required reading when you work at a beauty company -- seriously) with me to read while I huff and puff at a decent pace on an uphill incline. I'm not running marathons yet, but since I usually read magazines while lying in bed, eating ice cream, I consider it a major improvement.
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