This past weekend, Zeena & I decided to complete the Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse. The detox was comprised of drinking 4 smoothies per day for 3 days, breakfast, lunch, snack, & dinner. Along with the smoothies, we had to drink 1 cup of green tea in the morning, take a multi-vitamin, a probiotic supplement, omega 3 fish oil supplements, and take an epsom salt detox bath. At the beginning of the cleanse you must weigh yourself and then record your weight each day until the end. Below is our review of the Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Cleanse.
So let me first start of by saying I didn’t HATE or LOVE this cleanse. There were aspects to it I found favorable & some not so favorable.
Note: As far as the detox baths go, well I didn’t take them. I don’t exactly like taking baths..so I chose to skip them.
The taste of the breakfast smoothie was just so-so and the lunch smoothie was disgusting (I literally drank less than half on the first day.) The dinner smoothie was my FAVORITE! I loved the combination of the mango and cayenne pepper (gave it a spicy/tropical taste). The snack smoothie was just your choice of the breakfast, lunch, or dinner smoothie.
By the end of the day I recall just wanting to chew something so badly and I remember thinking: “Who’s idea was this??!” (it was Zeena’s by the way..)
I will admit that I stayed pretty full throughout the day though.
I was a little more warmed up to the idea of just drinking all day and not being able to chew anything. I skipped the lunch smoothie and just had the breakfast smoothie twice and dinner smoothie once. My body felt great and I was bloat-free!
I noticed I wasn’t craving sweet or salty foods, and when I became hungry, I simply craved fruits/veggies & protein. I still felt great and was bloat free on day 3! The smoothies also seemed to taste more vibrant.
Note: I did not make the lunch smoothie on this day either.
By the end of the cleanse, I dropped about 3.2 pounds of “junk weight”. I say junk weight because I don’t want to give the impression that this cleanse will make you lose actual weight from fat. The weight you are losing is bloat from excess water and waste. I typically fluctuate between 120 and 123 anyway, depending on if I’ve eaten and had something to drink recently.
Below I’ve organized a list my pros and cons for this cleanse…
- Smoothies include lots of fresh fruits & veggies, healthy fats, omegas, vitamins, minerals, & phytonutrients
- You’re consuming all of these healthy foods RAW (yay!)
- Dinner smoothie is delicious!
- Reduces abdominal bloat
- Rids body of “junk weight”
- Helps regulate digestive system (great if you are experiencing constipation)
- Keeps you hydrated (be sure you continue to drink water too!)
- Lunch smoothie was disgusting
- Cleanse is somewhat inconvenient (unless you pre-pack your next meal’s smoothie..it will probably be warm though). This would be easier to do over the weekend when you don’t plan on leaving the house.
- Cleanse is expensive (Definitely cost me more that $16 per day)
- All liquid, no chewing (I didn’t like this)
- Very little protein in this clean (Very bad! Our bodies need protein!)
* I believe that the act of chewing is an important part of “satisfying” our hunger/cravings. Not chewing makes you feel like you are “missing” something. Also, chewing FORCES you to slow down the pace at which you eat so you are less likely to over-eat, stopping when you are full, whereas blended fruits and vegetables are very easy to consume fairly quickly, so you are more likely to over-consume calories. Your body takes about 20 MINUTES to recognize its full. If you suck your smoothie down in 10 and then 15 minutes later feel like you are busting at the seams, thats not good.
Would I do this cleanse again? No. Although I loved the idea of providing my body with nutrients, I had intense cravings. I enjoy being able to eat fresh slices of watermelon and apples with peanut butter without liquefying it. 3 days of detoxing was PLENTY for me.
Excited for the 3-day detox, I drank my morning detox tea a little bit too fast. I felt somewhat nauseous so I took breaks from drinking it. The breakfast smoothie was delicious and had me excited about this cleanse.
Then the lunch smoothie came around. YUCK! It was hard to drink and had me gagging a few times. I finished most of it but couldn’t bear to get down the chunky leftovers.
Once dinnertime came around I was grateful to try a different smoothie. Dinner wasn’t as good breakfast but was a lot easier to get down than lunch. By the end of the day I felt dehydrated, my mouth was very dry! I didn’t drink much water because I felt full from the smoothies. By bedtime I was having intense cravings for nearly every food group.
On day 2 I woke up FULL of energy. I didn’t feel sluggish at all in the morning. So far I lost 1.2lbs. The morning smoothie was delicious again and I actually looked forward to it.
I couldn’t bear the idea of the lunch smoothie so I swapped the cucumber and celery for blueberries, which tasted yummy and tropical!
Third day in and I was ready for this cleanse to be over! I started to feel a bit sluggish midday, which isn’t common for me. I didn’t look forward to the breakfast smoothie and would have much rather had an egg white. I made the same swaps as Day 2 for the lunch smoothie, which went down well.
Total weight loss: 2.2lbs
Here are my pros and cons for this detox cleanse:
- Detoxing your body from toxins
- Giving your digestive system a break
- Providing your body with essential nutrients you may lack
- Small amount of weight loss
- May result in slight binging after cleanse ends
- Not getting a sufficient amount of other nutrients such as protein
- I enjoy snacking in moderation which is not possible on this cleanse
- Gross lunch smoothie
Overall I would recommend this cleanse to anyone who wants to give their body a rest from their traditional foods. This definitely is not meant to be a long-term solution to weight loss. Consult your doctor before beginning any type of body detox.
Have you tried the Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Cleanse? Comment below!
– Letisha & Zeena