INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Let’s get right to it: I need to lose some weight. And by some weight, I mean a lot of weight.
Yes, my new “dad bod” has gotten a tad out of control.
I know I can drop the weight. I mean, I was basically on one long diet for 20 years living in New York and LA, where my on-air appearance was sometimes more important than my on-air performance.
I just need a jump start.
So, I’ve decided to try a 2-week juice cleanse with Broad Ripple holistic health shop, Simplicity.
Cleanses, or “detox diets,” are definitely THE current fad diet right now. These diets claim to clean your blood and eliminate harmful toxins from your body. We’ve all heard of people going on a 3-day, 5-day or 1-week cleanse, and if you’re like me, you’ve wondered, “How in the heck does that work?!” Being the golf fan that I am, when I heard PGA legend Phil Mickelson did a 6-day all-liquid cleanse recently leading up to the British Open because he “didn’t feel good” about himself, that piqued my interest. After all, Phil and I are the same age. So, I decided to give it a go.
I want to be clear — cleanses are not for everybody. In fact, a dietitian from IU Health tried his best to talk me off the cleanse ledge just before I started it.
“To answer the question of ‘Are cleanses good or bad?’ I don’t necessarily endorse them,” cautioned IU Health dietitian Tyler Townsend.
“A cleanse is a fad diet, and as the word ‘diet’ applies, ‘diets’ die, they end. After they end, what we see is, someone will have a diet, they’ll stop the diet, return to normal eating, and when they do that, they increase their weight back higher to even more than when they started the diet,” Townsend said.
But my golf idol Phil Mickelson lost 15 pounds in 6 days on his cleanse!…is what I was thinking while interviewing this IU Health dietitian.
“A pound or two a week is considered healthy weight loss,” Townsend points out, adding that gradual weight loss is the healthier way to go in his professional opinion. “Weight loss is not a linear straight line. It’s a journey. It goes up and down. There’s good days, there’s bad days.”
Wow. Maybe a cleanse is not the way to go. I need some cleanse convincing.
“We are going to be there for you, Carlos! We are going to be your cleanse team,” exclaims Simplicity founder Beth McCarthy-Smith when I walked into her Broad Ripple office. “We are going to fill you up with nutrients, because once we fill you up, your body will let go of what doesn’t serve you! It is going to be amazing to see your transformation in 2 weeks! We’re really excited!”
Yes! Ok! Alright! Now I’m once again pumped for my cleanse!
No cooked food for 2 weeks — just water, cold pressed juices and specially-portioned raw food.
I got this. I can do this. I mean, it’s just 14 days. What could go wrong? Find out Wednesday morning on WTHR’s Sunrise.