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Bio-Light 3-Day Detox
Member Name: scooby23
Bio-Light 3-Day Detox
Date: 14/08/02, updated on 21/08/02 (8441 review reads)
Advantages: quick, effective
Disadvantages: acquired taste
I decided to detox after I'd had enough of waking up every morning looking like Yoda. I'd read that dark bags under the eyes are due to toxic build-up, I'd had enough of paying for eye creams that weren't miraculous enough, and I reckoned I could do with a clean-out anyway. I chose the 3-day detox as a practice run-up to doing a longer detox in future.
What you get for your thirteen quid is is a 200ml bottle of concentrated detox drink. Ingredients are: aromatic aqueous plant extract (purified water, clove, wheatgerm, liquorice, cinnamon, ocean kelp, juniper, clam, ginger, caraway, soya, yeast, fenugreek, verbena); fruit juices (raspberry, prune, lemon, apple, grape, carrot, black radish, beetroot); glycol; antioxidant; ascorbic acid; sweetener; potassium acesulfame; glycerine; stabiliser; lecithin; magnesium chloride; natural flavouring (raspberry, in this case); and essential oils (cinnamon, orange, juniper). The bottle is marked down one side into thirds: every day, you shake the bottel and mix a third with 1.5l of mineral water, which you then drink over the course of the day. Yup, it tastes pretty foul - I went for the, er, "raspberry" flavour - but I got used to it really quickly. It took me literally all day to force the first day's 1.5 l down me but on the second day I found it easier, finishing it by teatime, and on the third day I was actually beginning to like the taste and didn't find it hard to swallow at all.
While you detox, you follow a sensible diet - suggestions come in a leaflet inside the box. You are told to avoid oil, butter, starch, fatty cheese, sugared drinks, meat extract, fat, alcohol and salt. Breakfast should be a rye cracker + boiled egg/poached fish, or a piece of melon + rye cracker + live yoghurt (rye crackers to be eaten with low-cal spread), or wholegrain cereal with semi-skimmed milk, or fresh fruit. Lunch and dinner menus are provided from "bioblocks" printed on the le
aflet - lunch is one portion from Block A, one from B and unlimited from C while dinner is one A, no Bs and unlimited Cs.
Block A lists: lean steak/lamb (3oz), any fresh non-fatty fish or seafood (4oz), chicken/turkey/low-fat cheese (4oz), or tofu/quorn (4oz). B lists: 2 rye crackers with/without low-cal spread; 1 slice rye bread; 1 small jacket potato; 1 live yoghurt; small portion brown rice; small portion wholemeal pasta. C lists: asparagus; beans; beansprouts; broccoli; brussel sprouts; cabbage; carrots; cauliflower; celery; consomme soup; courgette; cucumber; garlic; herbs; leek; lettuce; lentils; marrow; mushrooms; nori; onions; pulses; parsley; radishes; spinach; seeds (any); swede; tomatoes; wakame (I don't know what that is either). If you feel like snacking, you can have anything from C or another list, D, which is: apple; apricot; banana; cherry; kiwi; date; fig; mango; nectarine; pear; raspberry.
Side-effects were mild toxic headaches - (nothing too painful), some spots (which weren't too volcanic and which disappeared pretty quickly), and feeling a bit light-headed for the first day and a half. Nothing severe.
If you follow the guidelines exactly, your intake should be about 1000 high-level calories a day. You're told to cut out caffeine and sugar, as well as diet or low-cal drinks; to remove the fat from meat before cooking and to grill meat and fish; to steam vegetables, if possible, or boil them as briefly as you can.
I don't know if I lost weight - I don't reckon I lost much, if any - but I did feel and look better. The manufacturers advise that those who were unsuccessful in losing weight on their first try are often more successful if they try again - but this may well be a marketing ploy to getyou to fork out for it a second time, of course. However, the saggy grey bags under my eyes got smaller every morning and have now vanished altogether (yesterday was my last detox day), I actually hav
e some colour in my cheeks for a change, and I do have noticeably more energy - I had to get up 3 hours earlier than usual this morning and I was out of bed and in the shower before the alarm went off, which is remarkable. I'm going to wait a while and then try a longer detox program to see if I can't shift my cellulite as well...watch this space.