I can hardly believe it myself, but I have survived 17 days of eating nothing but raw, good-for-you food, thanks to Ani Phyo, author of Ani’s 15-Day Fat Blast. I did 17 days because I had a wedding to attend and went off the program, but stuck to eating raw foods.
What inspired me to “fat blast”? I’ve been losing weight for about 9 months at a very slow and steady rate, but hit a plateau that I just couldn’t shake. I am not one to buy into claims of “get a new body super fast!” but I knew I needed a short change to inspire me and recharge my weight loss. I only have a month until my wedding so it’s now or never. Also, I love a good challenge! I tried the plan before and only lasted 4 days, so this time I was in it to win it.
The Program: Raw foods to help you detox and melt the stubborn pounds away. Smoothies, soups, salads, wraps, sushi, and desserts are all yours to be had. The idea is not to deprive, but nourish, so you get to eat as much as you want of her prescribed foods. And for the most part, they are delicious. Everyone has different tastes so follow your gut and make swaps here and there as you see fit. I know I did! I was NOT about to blend raw broccoli into a soup (Kreamy Dill Delight), so I just added more spinach. I also read that people were severely disappointed in the Orange Vanilla Shake, so I made it without spirulina (which is optional anyway) and was totally delighted by the outcome. It’s that easy.
The Pros: It definitely works! She claims you can lose up to 15lbs, and I lost 6lbs, which is still a lot for only two and a half weeks. My jeans fit better, I’m not bloated anymore, and a lot of my cravings have pretty much been extinguished. I learned a lot of awesome recipes that I will definitely incorporate into my not-so-raw life. Raw sushi was a revelation! Collard wraps and zucchini pasta are way tastier than I could’ve ever imagined.
The Cons: I lost a lot of steam near the end. I still ate raw and used her recipes, but for the last two days, I gravitated towards simpler dishes I already had in my refrigerator instead of whipping up something all together new. I just couldn’t get it together enough to julienne another carrot. The detox symptoms are not a lot of fun, either. Day 3 and Day 17 were the worst. I felt achey, nauseous, and just exhausted, without any desire to leave the house. She doesn’t really prepare you for that, just promises boundless energy that I never really got to enjoy fully.
In summary, if you have weight to lose but are not into calorie counting, and you hate restricting how much food you can eat, Ani’s Fat Blast will rock your world. If you want to follow someone’s journey through the whole program, check out Raw Food Rehab, Living Girl Living Foods, and Jill’s Well. They have lots of advice and give honest reviews of all the food!
I think vegans will have an easier time with this detox since it incorporates foods we already adore (coconut oil, nutritional yeast, miso, cashews, etc) but a well-rounded and adventurous omnivore could totally make the Fat Blast work for them.
Tonight I’m treating myself to raw pizza at Cafe Gratitude to celebrate the end of my cleanse, and I’m pretty excited! Now it’s just a matter of maintaining what I’ve lost and looking fly on my wedding day. Smoothies for the win!