Joe’s Journal: Day 17 – To Step on the Scale or Not?

It’s fascinating to me that in just 17 days I feel so differently. Eighteen days ago I was shoving burgers and milkshakes into my mouth and belly (the belly that appeared to be carrying a set of twins).  And now I’m turning my head away from the burger shops and turning to my juices instead, and actually craving the juice. Wow. I can’t believe I just said that. I’m craving fruits and veggies! This is great!

Feeling this good makes me want to get on the scale every day. I never thought I’d say that either. But I don’t get on the scale every day. As tempting as it is to jump on there and see how much weight I’m losing each day, I’m only weighing myself every week or so to monitor my weight loss and send my updates to Dr. Fuhrman. The last time I weighed in was Day 14. In just two weeks I lost 12 kilos/26 pounds. I’m thinking I won’t weight myself again until Day 30. Stay tuned for that update!

If you’re on a Reboot, I don’t recommend weighing yourself everyday either. Of course it’s up to you, but understand that our bodies are miraculous things and no matter how strictly we are following a Reboot plan, our bodies tend to fluctuate at some point throughout a Reboot. It’s not worth the stress of getting on the scale every day only to see the scale might have increased two pounds (see below, stress can cause weight gain!)

However, if you’re on an extended Reboot and have committed to only weighing yourself one or two times a week and are still not seeing any weight loss, follow these tips:

1.)    Drink MORE juice. That’s right. I’ve had a few Rebooters reach out to me saying “Joe, I’m only consuming two juices a day and tons of water so how am I not shedding weight?” Well you have to drink more than two juices! Drinking too little juice can set the body into starvation mode, slowing your metabolism. It might sound crazy but that’s the beauty of a Reboot…more is better. Aim for 4 – 6 juices per day at about 16 – 20 oz. each.

2.)    Make sure your juices average about 80% vegetables and 20% fruit (that’s before they are juiced). We have plenty of good recipes with this ratio in our Reboot plans on www.rebootwithjoe.com so make sure you are utilizing those.

3.)    Learn to relax. Stress can have a negative impact on your weight loss as cortisol, a stress hormone, can slow weight loss down.

4.)    Think healthy rather than thin. Remind yourself of all the wonderful good you are doing for your body and your long-term health. The weight will follow.

5.)    Try new juice recipes and ingredients.  Give yourself a broader spectrum of nutrients if you are drinking the same thing too often. Always keep the vegetable to fruit split 80% to 20%.

6.)    Drink water. Remember to consume at least 64 oz. of filtered water every day.