This Quickie Cleanse Has Major Payoffs—And You Can Start Today

Cut out junk for one  week, and you’ll notice real results before your detox is done.

Skipping booze, sugar, and processed grains and eating only whole foods for just seven days can trigger long-lasting changes. “A lot of times when we reach for a cookie or a drink, it’s out of habit. By shaking up your routine, you can reset and form better ones,” explains Brooke Alpert, RD, author of The Diet Detox.

Read on for five benefits to expect in just 7 days.

You’ll crush your workouts

In the absence of booze and sugar, your pancreas makes less insulin, the hormone that shuttles glucose into fat cells for storage. When your insulin levels go down, you store less glucose as fat and burn it on the spot instead.

Your skin will plump up

A diet full of sweet treats messes with the repair of collagen, the protein that keeps your skin plump. That’s why when you nix sugar, you might notice a smoother, more supple complexion in only a week’s time.

You will sleep deeper

A nightcap may help you unwind, but it disrupts your REM sleep, the restorative stage that first occurs later in the night. When you cut out alcohol, you’ll often find that you not only sleep longer, but also better.

Your tummy will be flatter

Passing on veggie chips, granola bars, and other packaged snacks can potentially bring down bloating instantly, because you’re dodging all the sodium hidden in those processed foods.

You may shed some weight

If you typically sip vino with dinner and dig into fro-yo for dessert, you might see the number on the scale drop. To lose a pound in a week, you need to have 500 fewer calories a day.

Follow these simple food rules

Skip: Anything that’s processed or comes in a package, booze, and added sugar (the kind that’s in salad dressings, sauces, and candy).

Eat: Veggies, fruits, lean proteins (like fish and chicken), and small amounts of dairy and unprocessed grains (such as quinoa and barley, not bread).

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